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Hi everyone the site looks great. Looking forward to some great discussion. All is a little slow here at the moment as we are in the middle of winter. Things are about to pick up though as we have Peter Adams heading down under for the Bonsai School Summit a week of workshops and demonstrations mainly by Peter.
I have been most nervous about whether the stock I have is good enough for the workshop. I am pretty sure there will be a lot of chopping and very little wiring but maybe some root grafts or other work.
Here are he trees I am taking. Packed and ready to go. Less than two weeks away :)

Brett, I'd really like to see individual shots of these trees ...and could you tell us a little about each one? 

Hi Bwayne thanks for the interest. I got the seiju elm almost 3 years ago from a bonsai nursery as pre-bonsai stock. It was very good stock and was really easy to work out the initial styling. No trunk chop just select branches and wire down. I am not happy with the back branch as it is very close to the same level as the first right branch. Not that bad ascetically but I think the trees taper will continue to develop much better if it was higher. Being a seiju it pops out buds all over the trunk to the point it is a chore in itself to keep removing them but it refuses to pop out one at the back where I want it too. I may give up and graft one there. I am thinking Peter will get me to start over on my branches(back to an internode or two) as I can see some fault in my training at least on the first heavy branch. The roots and bark are what has me most troubled. From the last two re pots it seems that the original fat roots may be dead or dieing since it was lifted from the field and replaced by new ones.  I have also lost a fair amount of the amazing corky pine like bark. It is returning but I would like to understand what is going on there. I have tried hard to stop the bark from staying moist but as it is so corky and light it sucks up the water constantly

The species of this one is in contention some say it should be hop hornbeam as it has rough bark the Nurseryman states it is American hornbeam from seed that he brought back from China many years ago. I thought it was Korean because of the amazing autumn colour. Recently I found that Carpinus Cordata has rough bark and also it is able to hybridize with American Hornbeam so maybe that could be it.
I was not planning on buying a hornbeam on the day I purchased this one as I was battling leaf burn and wanted to try something that suited my climate better but I kept going back to it and could not leave without it. I was convinced to chop the trunk but I think I should have gone further as the trunk leans out so far from the side. Also the leader I chose did not fit the flow of the trunk line. I had decided to start again but I thought I might have a go at correcting the angle of the top of the trunk as I was planning to chop it I thought it was worth a try. It moved a fair way but I have not looked under there to see what is going on yet.

Current pictures. I have always liked the back branches on this tree it made looking into the tree very interesting but it does cause some interesting styling issues. I think I will have to get rid of at least the largest one in the middle.
Only about 5 days left before I leave for the two days of Demo's and then Full day workshop with Peter. This is about the best stock I have at the moment. I have considered the possibility of purchasing different stock when I get to the city. I think I can fill the day in with one of them? I am sure I will learn alot in any event.


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