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Owen Reich

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Lurker Challenge !!!
« on: May 03, 2014, 10:29 PM »
I challenge every lurker on here to post a photo of a project or some other topic on here.  You know who you are.  I'll post something or perhaps others will match the posts.

I'll even start one now.

This is a Larix kaempferi I styled at Meehan's Miniatures in March.  The old front and planting angle were ok, and the stock was developed on site for almost 20 years if I recall correctly.  I flipped the tree to the new angle and will drop it even lower next year when it's repotted and the buds catch up to the new orientation. 

What do you think?
 

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Re: Lurker Challenge !!!
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2014, 12:29 AM »
  You're right Owen. Us lurkers know who we are. So here is a project of mine.
  Tamarack collected 2 weeks ago.
 

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Re: Lurker Challenge !!!
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2014, 12:37 AM »
  In fact I feel so bad about just lurking here's another.
  Cork bark elm. Chopped this winter. Already sprouting leaves.
 

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Re: Lurker Challenge !!!
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2014, 05:43 AM »
Nice challenge. ;D

  Owen. On a elm like MFrary's. How long should one leave that cluster of shoots?
I usually select one branch right away, then rub off the other buds.

I always assumed it would be better to "direct energy" early.

Thanks! Nice larix.

Mfrary. Love the elm!






 

Owen Reich

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Re: Lurker Challenge !!!
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2014, 06:54 AM »
everybody could post new threads........
 

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Re: Lurker Challenge !!!
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2014, 07:13 AM »
  Hey Source. I let those shoots grow up a little then pick the ones to keep. These elms put out so many buds at the cut that it's nothing but a mass of green coming out of the cambium layer.
  Once a few strong ones show themselves I pick 1 to build a traditional informal upright or 3 to 5 for a broom.
 This one gets a single leader. I also select the branch placement now.
 

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Re: Lurker Challenge !!!
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2014, 10:26 AM »
Here are some photos of a 'little jaime' that isn't so little anymore.
I am leaning towards a Literati style.
 

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Re: Lurker Challenge !!!
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2014, 12:11 PM »
This is my cork bark elm. I bought this from Brent in December. Picture taken about a month ago.
 

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Re: Lurker Challenge !!!
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2014, 01:20 PM »
Fred, I've always wondered what people did with those massive cork bark elms from Brent - please keep us posted!

I have a yard full of "projects" and could probably fill up an entire forum. I'll just post these photos because I took them a couple of days ago. It's a winter hazel reclamation project...bought from a club member about 2 years ago, she was having trouble with it (most of the top died back). So the first step has been to get it growing vigorously again. I think it's healthy enough now that I can start evaluation what needs to go and focus on the future clump style structure.

I love the flowers and would also be happy to just plant this in the yard if I can't coerce it into a decent bonsai.

Chris

 

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Re: Lurker Challenge !!!
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2014, 02:20 PM »
I'll throw a couple in...
 

Owen Reich

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Re: Lurker Challenge !!!
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2014, 06:56 PM »
wlambeth, that's the largest Little Jamie I've seen in a container.  Underused native Chameacyparis.  With the small foliage and thin trunk, I think it could work out well.

 

wlambeth

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Re: Lurker Challenge !!!
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2014, 10:19 AM »
It was growing in the ground for almost 2 years.
And has been in that pot for about 3.

In a few weeks I'm going to buy some thick gauge copper wire to begin the bending process.
Of course I will use vet wrap under the wire.

Maybe next year I can start reducing the pot size.

Thanks for the reply Owen.
 

Owen Reich

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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2014, 08:35 PM »
coh, I think that could be a nice clump style.  Branches need to be wired when young or they won't bend well.  I'll be in Rochester tomorrow.  Most of the time will be spent working on trees.  PM me about the vine project. 
 

Owen Reich

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« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2014, 08:44 AM »
That's a good start  ;D.  I personally know at least 5 more lurkers on here.......

Here's a photo of one of one of the oldest bonsai in America; that is to say, it arrived here at the turn of the last century.  Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Chabo-Hiba'.  At the Larz Anderson Collection owned by Harvard.  In original container and awe-inspiring.
 

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Re: Lurker Challenge !!!
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2014, 06:44 PM »
Owen, can you post that picture again in a larger format?  It doesn't get very large when you click on it....