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mikecia:
Hello folks!

As the title states, I am a brand-spanking new fan of Bonsai. I've always found the art intriguing and wondered when I would ever take the time to pick it up. Well, this past weekend I was shopping around the flea market for some sales of fruits and veggies when lo and behold there was this guy selling some trees he was raising. I spent a fair amount of time talking to him about the basics and he graciously offered his services for whenever something flew over my head.
Its a Dwarf Japanese Juniper and is around 5-6 years old (as far as I know). I know someone will ask for a picture and I will post some as soon as I can. The gentleman has already wired it into a wind swept form ( Im sure you guys have a term for this) but it is still ripe for the molding.

Ive spent a fair amount of time searching for some online resources and found about all of you through a couple of blogs.
I look forward to annoying all of you with my beginner's questions and hope to pick of some great tips from the experts.
Any advice you have to offer me right off the bat is very much appreciated.

Thanks. 

TimD:
Here is a great site for you to browse through.
http://www.bonsai4me.com/SpeciesGuide/Juniperus.html

It addresses a bunch of beginner topics/questions and will help get you started.

I hope this helps.

Welcome to the addiction that is Bonsai =-) and psst stop eyeing your neighbors shrubbery =-)

BarbaraM:
Welcome Mikecia.....enjoy your new view of the world.  You won't see landscape the same. Trees become much more fascinating everywhere you look.

bonsaikc:

--- Quote from: mikecia on June 30, 2009, 09:39 PM ---Hello folks!

As the title states, I am a brand-spanking new fan of Bonsai. I've always found the art intriguing and wondered when I would ever take the time to pick it up. Well, this past weekend I was shopping around the flea market for some sales of fruits and veggies when lo and behold there was this guy selling some trees he was raising. I spent a fair amount of time talking to him about the basics and he graciously offered his services for whenever something flew over my head.
Its a Dwarf Japanese Juniper and is around 5-6 years old (as far as I know). I know someone will ask for a picture and I will post some as soon as I can. The gentleman has already wired it into a wind swept form ( Im sure you guys have a term for this) but it is still ripe for the molding.

Ive spent a fair amount of time searching for some online resources and found about all of you through a couple of blogs.
I look forward to annoying all of you with my beginner's questions and hope to pick of some great tips from the experts.
Any advice you have to offer me right off the bat is very much appreciated.

Thanks. 

--- End quote ---

Mike, you will find that we stand on tradition around here. There is a technical name for the style your tree is in and we'd appreciate it if you would use it....

It's known as "Windswept."  :D

Seriously, welcome to the magnificent obsession and welcome to Bonsai Study Group!

Chris

Vic N:
Hi, Mike. Welcome. Here's another good site where you can learn a lot :
 http://www.evergreengardenworks.com/articles.htm.
Good luck.  Vic

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