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« Reply #135 on: April 04, 2014, 10:30 PM »
Sorry about the sideways.

The after.

 

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« Reply #136 on: April 05, 2014, 11:35 PM »
Looking good sorce. I'm gonna jump right into this, i am chomping at bit to tell everyone a good story about a collection i made today... So it starts last year, i was bringing my gf to a local staples, and as per my usual, i wandered around looking at the trees. The entire strip mall development looked neglected, which is a radar for me of possible urban yamadori present, lo and behold i find four old neglected shimpaku, beautiful blue green foliage, twisted winding live and dead veins. But they looked like they has seen better days, they were beginning to get choked by ivy, and mites and whatever else were wreaking havoc on them. So i go to the store on whose side the junipers were planted and i approached the manager and told him what i thought and offered to exchange azaleas/rhodeys for the junipers, and i would do the heavy lifting. The guy behaves like an absolute ass hole and says, "no those trees will die right where they are." Now i have a temper but its normally one that only a special kind of snake charmer can coax out of me, and i blurted out, we'll see about that, i guarantee i have, those trees, you don't have the capacity to outdrive me and i storm out. So, I'm standing outside the store seething a bit and i see a couple workers from staples, the store next door, and i start talking to them. Come to find out we both have a common belief that the manager of paint express is a moron. They explain that he is not the owner but just a manager, and they do a little digging for me, and provide me with a name and number!

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Re: Need help expanding my knowledge in Bonsai
« Reply #137 on: April 06, 2014, 10:32 AM »
Sorry after. ;D
 

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« Reply #138 on: April 06, 2014, 10:34 AM »
Nice Josh. Get those trees.

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« Reply #139 on: April 06, 2014, 10:59 AM »
Sorry i fell asleep as i was telling the story! Was soooo tired yesterday...

So the owner said I could do it, but the time we said being last fall when the above part of the story happened, i decided to wait until spring because of their poor conditions and the timing. I would go there periodically, remove dead stuff, spray insecticides and fertilized in fall. Well yesterday the day to collect came and went, the owner had mentioned in passing that i would have to get along with paint express, and i got the feeling from talking to him that the manager had told him our conversation. So i was quite worried that if the manager came outside and saw us he would stop the work, so decided to go before they opened around six am. Unfortunately, i got drunk on Friday night and woke up at nine am on Saturday, so they were open =/

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« Reply #140 on: April 06, 2014, 11:07 AM »
I decided screw it, I'll go anyways.  i contacted my bonsai buddy i had invited to come help me (in exchange for a tree of course), and it was about ten thirty before he was at my house... We headed on location praying the manager wouldn't come out and cause an issue. I prayed that he would at last wait until i had removed all the trees and stuffed them into my car to show up...

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« Reply #141 on: April 06, 2014, 11:13 AM »
We tried to work quickly, but before we even finished one tree, the manager of the store walked out... He said, "Scott (the owner) called me and said you guys would be here, do you need anything." I looked up at him, It was a different manager! I thanked my lucky stars,  and collected four gigantic junipers and a mulberry, I'll take pictures for you all today. They are quite beautiful! Anyone reading this please help me with aftercare instructions.

I planted them in pure pumice and i am misting about twenty time during the day but nothing at night. I was thinking of getting a misting system, thoughts? They are also in semi shade until i see new growth...

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Re: Need help expanding my knowledge in Bonsai
« Reply #142 on: April 06, 2014, 11:48 AM »
Hell yeah.

Mulberry should be fine. They are always the first to need watering for me.

Cant wait to see em.
 

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Re: Need help expanding my knowledge in Bonsai
« Reply #143 on: April 06, 2014, 04:45 PM »
oh man, here they are!
 

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« Reply #144 on: April 06, 2014, 04:50 PM »
some more
 

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« Reply #145 on: April 06, 2014, 04:51 PM »
more
 

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« Reply #146 on: April 06, 2014, 04:53 PM »
last few before I go and work cleaning out the dead stuff some more! here is the mulberry, help me choose a front!
 

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Re: Need help expanding my knowledge in Bonsai
« Reply #147 on: April 06, 2014, 04:54 PM »
more of mulb, help me choose a front please...
 

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Re: Need help expanding my knowledge in Bonsai
« Reply #148 on: April 06, 2014, 04:55 PM »
more of the mulb, need to choose a front before I start carving the rot out, which I would like to do soon...
 

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Re: Need help expanding my knowledge in Bonsai
« Reply #149 on: April 07, 2014, 08:04 AM »
Junipers.   All cleaned up. The deadwood is going to be amazing. Lotta detail work. 900 days at 35k RPM. LOL NICE

F the front on old Mulb till it gets going. Walter pall designs with 360 fronts. I would follow that till a " front " presents itself.  Lot going on there now...


How bout a grow box?