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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Sorce on January 01, 2015, 05:38 AM

Title: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: Sorce on January 01, 2015, 05:38 AM
 :o Happy New Year!

  So when I started in 2011, I still believed 2012 was going to bring an event, maybe not the end of the world, but I thought about not seeing trees to finished. I really thought Yellowstone might blow red.

  Here it is, 2015!  Still no great trees, but some words from this forum ring in my head a lot. I really like this group, and I appreciate how much I have learned.

  In 2015, I may get something into an actual Bonsai Pot, may use Akoi Blend, and may purchase a good piece of material.  I hope to downsize, which will include getting rid of everything I have "learned" on, and anything with crap for nebari. More lights indoors.
And with any luck, get that grow bed going.

  What's up for your Bonsai 2015!?

 

 
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: M. Frary on January 01, 2015, 12:03 PM
 Nothing but pain and brutality. That's every year though.
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: Jerry Norbury on January 01, 2015, 12:19 PM
More of the same.

I must say I started on a good note today when I cleaned my benches.
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: SHIMA1 on January 01, 2015, 09:37 PM
Nothing but pain and brutality. That's every year though.
Yes, I'm a member of this club. Fierce winds sweeping the benches. Not cold enough to inhibit fungus, not warm enough  for vigorous growth. Rampant rot from too much rain. Moss everywhere including behind my ears. I could go on.
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: MatsuBonsai on January 01, 2015, 09:57 PM
I must say I started on a good note today when I cleaned my benches.

When you're done, could you get mine?  They could use a good cleaning.  :)
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: Anthony on January 02, 2015, 05:48 AM
Ha, there is much joy in having metal stands, with BRC for the top [ wire mesh ], after the protective paint coat, 28  years later they are still clean.

Repotting underway.
Happy New Year !!
Good Morning
Anthony
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: William N. Valavanis on January 02, 2015, 09:31 AM
I can't repot today….

All my bonsai are frozen solid, like a chunk of ice!

I don't think I'll be able to repot tomorrow either…

Bill
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: Anthony on January 02, 2015, 10:54 AM
Mr.Valavanis,

that is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy New Year.
Good Day
Anthony

*Repotting done for the week
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: Sorce on January 02, 2015, 07:03 PM
Thanks Bill, those photos are marvelous!

Sorce
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on January 02, 2015, 08:06 PM
Awesome photos bill!

I really look forward to 2015. I purchased several cuttings/seedlings from Brent and Bill (different variety of prunus mume, 2 trident maples, 2 zelkovas, a Korean hornbeam, Chinese cork bark elm, 3 Japanese red pines, and 5 Japanese beech) Hopefully all of them will bring an enjoyable future, but of course it all depends on me. So I will be repotting, and applying some nebari techniques as I transfer them into colanders or ground this year.

In addition, I will be working on the rest of my trees. My newly acquired red maple seems to excite me the most.

Lastly, I would like to thank all of you for all the support and knowledge I gained from this group

I hope all of you will have a great year!

Nick
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: Jerry Norbury on January 03, 2015, 07:51 AM
I can't repot today….

All my bonsai are frozen solid, like a chunk of ice!

I don't think I'll be able to repot tomorrow either…

Bill

Bill

Out of interest, what would you be repotting at this time of year anyway?
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: William N. Valavanis on January 03, 2015, 08:02 AM
Nothing, I was just wishing. Tired of winter, but we still have 3 1/2 more months of cold weather coming.
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: Jerry Norbury on January 03, 2015, 08:58 AM
Phew - thought I was missing something.
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: William N. Valavanis on January 03, 2015, 09:02 AM
No, about the only thing you can do now is to wire evergreens. But if you wire and shape now the trees must be given a bit more protection. When wiring and shaping the tree is "opened up" and many of the inner branches and foliage are now exposed. Before working the inner branches and foliage was protected by the outer foliage. So, the inner foliage and branches are not acclimated to the colder temperatures.
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: Jerry Norbury on January 03, 2015, 09:03 AM
Indeed.

Or clean benches...
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: Zach Smith on January 05, 2015, 07:54 PM
I can't repot today….

All my bonsai are frozen solid, like a chunk of ice!

I don't think I'll be able to repot tomorrow either…

Bill
Love it, Bill.  Reminds me of why I don't live in Rochester, New York.  We got a lot of ice last winter.  Not something us Southerners deal with very well.

Zach
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: DorianJF on January 06, 2015, 02:16 AM
Hi All

Happy Happy Happy New Year to all.

Away on some well deserved leave so have been quiet for a while

2015 - Bonsai...  Mmmmmmmm.  Well I think it is trying to take my bonsai to the next level. 

Will rely on everyone's help though.  Did a serious stock up on wire, tools etc.

Bring on 2015.  All set and ready to go.  Well as soon as my holiday is done.
 
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: Sorce on January 06, 2015, 06:05 AM

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Love it, Bill.  Reminds me of why I don't live in Rochester, New York.  We got a lot of ice last winter.  Not something us Southerners deal with very well.

Zach
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Gotta just throw it in your sweet tea!



Nice Dorian.  Geared up!


Sorce
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: Leo in NE Illinois on January 06, 2015, 11:27 AM
For 2015?
get caught up on yard maintenance. Have a bunch of weed tree volunteers in the yard that need to be cut down. One or two might end up in pots, but the majority are Norway maple which I am not fond enough of to try to create bonsai with.

Stratified seed of Pinus. rigida, P. lambertina, P. banksiana, Elaeagnus angustifolia, E. multiflora, and Diospyros virginiana. With luck will have lots of seedlings to water this summer. I'm really interested in working with all of them. The native pines in particular. This is the nurseryman aspect of bonsai. Creating pre-bonsai stock. A decade or two down the road somebody else will turn the survivors of these seedlings into bonsai. This is the third year in a row I started D. virginiana, eventually I'll have enough of different sizes and ages to put together some forest plantings.

Will repot a nice Japanese white pine in spring, it is a 9 year old from grafting.
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: DorianJF on January 06, 2015, 12:34 PM
Nice Leo.  Loads to keep you busy.

I was just wondering if I have collected enough rocks on my holiday for a Penjing Trial or 2. ??? ??? ???

Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: Sorce on January 07, 2015, 06:38 AM
I thought I collected too many rocks!

Sorce
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: Anthony on January 07, 2015, 07:09 AM
Sorce,

word of caution. Penjing rocks are very rare, and must have a certain character for use in Landscape Penjing.
See youtube for the Chinese work, those rocks are well selected and must cost a great deal.
I will walk for miles on our beaches with K, and come back with only 1 or 2 possibles.

We have the wax and mg/ca types [ under 30" of seawater ] and some unusual hard pan [ Fe types ] but you have to really look to get the quality seen in the books.
Took some time to find sources, a very long time.
Good Day
Anthony

* A fun rock
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: Owen Reich on January 07, 2015, 05:23 PM
Anthony, Nice little display  :).
Title: Re: Your Bonsai 2015
Post by: Anthony on January 08, 2015, 04:40 AM
Hee hee hee, Owen,

more like goofing around with a mudstone and a used Japanese wooden something from a Chinese store down here.

Good to see you in writing again, hope you had a great Christmas and wishing you a Happy New Year.
We have ChikV, down here, a virus that gives you a fever, then a rash and finally ages you for weeks to three years. Anything in the body that has been damaged will ache and hurt.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chikungunya (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chikungunya)

After the infection you are supposed to be immune for life ?

So there will be no invites to you for at least two years, ...........you don't want this at all.

Hopefully, we will have a Southern Bonsai Society by then, a Bonsai Museum / clubhouse and some more mature members.
An end to the youngsters that just wanna make de $$.

As the seagrape goes, we are up to 40 something leaves, on that particular plant, and are trying for 80.
Additionally, work is being done on airlayers to produce trees closer to what is seen in nature.
Wish us luck.
Good Day
Anthony