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leila

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Introductions!
« on: February 21, 2012, 01:05 PM »
Hi there,  I thought I'd introduce myself, since I've been lurking here for a bit.   I'm Leila, and I'm pretty new to Bonsai.  I caught the bug last spring in Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, and have been more or less obsessed ever since.  I don't have any trees ready for training so far, but I am signed up for a workshop at my local bonsai club after which I'll have a brand new Trident or Japanese Maple to play with.  So far I've just been trying to learn as much about horticulture as I can, and on a budget.  I have a couple of indeterminate species that I collected from around the property (I live in the woods).  I've been playing a lot with Willows because they are so forgiving and easy to propagate.  I'm currently waiting on spring to see if any of my experiments from last season have survived the winter.   My avatar is of one of my two pomegranate sprouts, which are also waiting on the warm weather so they can go outside and hopefully take off.

Anyways, I wanted to say hi and thought maybe some of you would like to introduce yourselves as well.  Maybe someone has some advice on whether I should pick the trident or japanese maple.  I'm sure I'll be picking all of your brains soon enough.
 

Adair M

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Re: Introductions!
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2012, 02:06 PM »
Both trident and Japanese maple make excellent subjects for bonsai.

Generally speaking, tridents grow much faster, and so, are better suited to beginners.  You will have more to do!  More growth, means more trimming.  They are extremely forgiving, and bud back well.  Beginners like to "tinker" with their trees, and so, tridents will give you plenty of buds and branches to tinker with.

Starting bonsai from cuttings takes forever.  I would advise starting with something that has a trunk and a few branches you can style.  Your workshop should get you started.

You can learn a lot on this forum by going back and reading the old threads.

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Re: Introductions!
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2012, 02:27 PM »
I'll second the recommendation for a trident, but you could do a lot worse than Japanese Maple.  I suspect the trident will give you more to do, sooner, than a Jmaple.

I'll also suggest you join a club and get involved there.  This forum is an excellent resource (if I do say so myself) because of all the experience gathered herein, but a club has localized experience that's invaluable.  It also helps to be able to see the procedure in person.  We'll be here to answer your questions still though.

 

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Re: Introductions!
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2012, 02:28 PM »
Welcome, and the bonsai at Longwood certainly will captivate your interest. I grew up a couple of miles from there and that's where I was bitten too. Do you live near there? If you do, there is the Brandywine Bonsai Society; I know they use to have bonsai demos at Longwood. Also, I know they were looking for a volunteer to help with the bonsai at Longwood, so that's an idea too.

p.s. I'd go with the trident too.

Regards,

John
 

leila

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Re: Introductions!
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2012, 03:48 PM »
Thanks everyone for the responses.  I'll keep my eye out for a nice trident when I go to pick one out.

The cuttings right now are really just to teach myself how to keep them alive, and you know, they're free.  I'm hoping to try to air layer some more substantial material this spring.

I'm living in Southern New Hampshire, so the New England Bonsai Gardens is the only place I'm aware of where I can go to workshops.  Being an architecture student means that I keep pretty busy, so I'm not sure right now that I can commit to joining a club, though I hope to in the future.

Vulcan - how I would love to volunteer at Longwood!  Alas, I was only visiting the area.  One of the employees at my local nursery used to be an intern at Longwood and she says she misses it a lot.  She also told me that they have a smaller collection of bonsai than they used to because people used to smuggle them out.
 

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Re: Introductions!
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2012, 06:25 AM »
Leila, Greeting!
Welcome to the Forum and Bonsai.
New England Bonsai is an excellent places to go, both for study and to purchase trees. As for Clubs, if the ones near you are anything like mine, they will gladly take you in. I realize you have extreme limits on your time do to your studies. However, must clubs have members that make it to only a few meetings a year. Sure it is better to go to more but you can only do what you can. If you are in Southern New Hampshire my club, Green Mountain Bonsai Society, in Jericho Vermont is probably a bit far but we would gladly have you join. If you need more info contact me and again welcome.
Jay
 

leila

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Re: Introductions!
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2012, 09:16 AM »
Hi Jay,

Jericho is a bit far, but I have on occasion made my way out to Burlington, so I'll remember to look your club up if I'm ever headed that way.