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bonsai experience
« on: August 05, 2009, 06:09 AM »
I have been looking over my bible of early bonsai, my first book Minature Trees and Landscapes by Yoshimura and Halford trying to figure out where bonsai is going as far as styles. Lord, this forums page goes forever. I have been seeing trees in Indonesia, Europe and even here have seem to slant to heavy trunked material that have been cut off with superficial tops grown on. This material could have been collected from the wilds, field grown, grown in escape pots or collected in your mother in laws back yard.
Have we lost something here? Is horticulture skills giving way to the more impressive looking hulk chops? This is what I would like to explore. Hopfully, I can influence a bonsai novice in seeing the methods I was shown as a beginner. So I will be showing pictures of scratch grown trees and having a good time with questions and I hope there will be some.
 

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Re: bonsai experience
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2009, 08:04 AM »
Now here is the kicker. If I am going to work, so are too. Each commentary, must include a picture of your tree no matter the age or size. Just one tree and we will go slow but this will be your responsibility. If you don't have any start up bonsai material then go shopping and the younger, the smaller the better. Now when have you heard that for a bonsai class? You will not need a back hoe, a chain saw, to tresspass on property or a donkey to haul yamadori off mountain sides. Nice and simple like the old days.....

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Re: bonsai experience
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009, 12:46 PM »
 juniper procumbens $1.50 in a one gallon pot ages ago. Wired once and off to clip and grow it went.
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Re: bonsai experience
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2009, 05:56 PM »
Sorry for the delay. The vet had to pull 11 teeth out of my dear dog's jaw so been doing a little tlc. I like to grow at least 20 or more of each species that is targeted to  being a bonsai. They all do not turn out to be winners. Most do not. This tree is easy to work with and was lucky to select it from day one. As time passes it holds up well and improves with age.
The plant species is Jabatacoba.

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Re: bonsai experience
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2009, 08:40 PM »
Hello Gary
 This is a Japanese Black pine 2yrs old bought from Riverbend Gardens for $7.95 its 10 inches high and I would like to learn

to make it into an informal upright so sensi teach me I have a lot of free time now. I live in michigan but will be moving to

centeral Flordia near Daytona.

John
 

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Re: bonsai experience
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2009, 09:02 PM »
I have a little experience with jbp. I have been trying hard to grow them and I will be happy to show you John what I have and found about this beautiful plant. Welcome to Florida!

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Re: bonsai experience
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2009, 11:24 PM »
Gary,
 Are you from Flordia and if you are what club do you belong to?

John
 

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Re: bonsai experience
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2009, 07:43 PM »
I am not a club type person. Sitting around card tables whining about politics is enough to make me want to plunge a sword in my gut. Otherwise they are a blast. The next thing to do is start to draw. Not a pistol but with a pencil, sketch. In Miami we carry a gun and a pencil.  Think ahead to the goal design look and draw it. Sketch it many times and show it to other people to see if it looks ok.
So John draw a picture of what you want that pine to look like and we will go from there if you would. Now if you want it to look like this....we are in deep $&**.

KK
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Re: bonsai experience
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2009, 09:58 AM »
I had a feeling like this once before. I was in the middle of the Gulf Stream participating in a regatta. Well the wind stopped, slack calm. The only locomotion I could generate was moving the rudder back and forth. Paddling a 28 foot sailboat with a piece of lumber the size of a checker board. 
 

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Re: bonsai experience
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2009, 01:37 PM »
Gary,

I am interested with the direction you're trying to give to this thread. I will take a picture or two as soon as the camera batteries are charged. Any preference on the stock species? I have some very young palmatums, some very long inpeditum rhodos and a very young procumbens.

Michael
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« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2009, 04:01 PM »
 Is that air tuggen in me sails? Which tree... are you kidding? It is a good thing you are in Germany or I would ask you to marry me.  But I would rather be becalmed any day then sitting on my butt talking about politics.   

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Re: bonsai experience
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2009, 05:03 PM »
Well I will attempt to draw what I want my tree to look like but I failed art 101 in school.

John  ;D
 

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« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2009, 06:03 PM »
I see on the news that Taiwan was belted with 80 inches of rain. The site of the ASPAC. Sent Kevin Shen an e-mail to see how bad they got flooded. Best wishes for the Taiwan area!

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« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2009, 09:33 PM »
Min Hsuan Lo, The chief of operations says some trees were damaged by typhoon but show will go on in Taiwan.
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Re: bonsai experience
« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2009, 11:16 PM »
Thats great to hear thats one outstanding show. Ok this is my first attempt at my trees future.