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Oliver Muscio

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Chinese Elm Progression--Lurker Challenge
« on: November 19, 2014, 01:46 PM »
I met Owen Reich recently at a Nashville Bonsai Society picnic, and confessed that I was a lurker here (just 10 posts up to now, no trees shown, I think. He challenged me to post something here, so this is a progression of the ulmus parvifolia that I had brought to that meeting.  My notes are more than a bit sketchy.  I did not take digital photographs until around 2001, and there is a big gap after that, but for what it's worth, here goes:

I purchased a starter from The Bonsai Farm in Texas (no longer in operation, I think) in 1991, and it was initially put in a 1gal nursery pot. It was later airlayerd, top & bottom put in training pots & growing bed, chopped, put in training pots.  Honestly, I am unsure which portion ended up as the tree today.
The first photo I have is from 2001, the second from March of 2002.  It was repotted in a new orientation. The third photo is from November of that year.
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Oliver Muscio

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Re: Chinese Elm Progression--Lurker Challenge
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2014, 02:11 PM »
After a big gap in the record (I hope I have learned my lesson about this,) here is the tree in Feb. of 2012.  I have grown a new (rather too pointy) apex.
By November of 2013 I had begun to reduce and round out the apex.
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Oliver Muscio

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Re: Chinese Elm Progression--Lurker Challenge
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2014, 02:24 PM »
By April of 2014 I had repotted the elm into a new, oval pot (cream, looks white here), and continued to work on the apex.
The final photo is the most recent, from September 2014. Looking at the photo, I see that I need to pull down some of the lower branches, especially the first on on the right.
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Re: Chinese Elm Progression--Lurker Challenge
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2014, 02:30 PM »
This tree turned out beautiful. I love its naturalistic style. The perfect pot to I think. Well done  :)
 

Oliver Muscio

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Re: Chinese Elm Progression--Lurker Challenge
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2014, 05:04 PM »
Thanks!
Oliver
 

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Re: Chinese Elm Progression--Lurker Challenge
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2014, 05:34 PM »
Nice progression Oliver, thanks for posting it.  I agree about pulling those branches down, it'll look even better then.
 

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Re: Chinese Elm Progression--Lurker Challenge
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2014, 09:29 PM »
Those branches needing to be pulled down is what struck me when I read this thread earlier.  Well, that and how nice it looks.  Excellent work in only ...a decade or so. :)
 

Oliver Muscio

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Re: Chinese Elm Progression--Lurker Challenge
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2014, 11:50 PM »
Those branches needing to be pulled down is what struck me when I read this thread earlier.  Well, that and how nice it looks.  Excellent work in only ...a decade or so. :)

I'm a slow learner! ;)
 

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Re: Chinese Elm Progression--Lurker Challenge
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2014, 01:21 AM »
Hi Oliver

Beautiful Tree and well done.

Definitely move the lower branches down but you have a winner there.
 

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Re: Chinese Elm Progression--Lurker Challenge
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2014, 05:17 AM »
Welcome Lurker!
Oliver.

If you had all those years of pictures, it would have just been a pain to decide which ones to post!

Great progression!  Plenty of pics too see what has become!

IMO, only that right branch needs to come down and only because where it
Crosses the one above it is a little too eye catching.

No fall colors yet?  We already have ice up here!

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« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2014, 08:35 AM »
 ;D
 

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« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2014, 01:32 PM »
That smile didn't change my unread status.

And what a beautiful smile.!