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Yard Pine- JBP from Frank Kroeker
« on: January 08, 2010, 08:36 PM »
This is a JBP that I got from Frank Kroeker in December 2004. I styled it the first time a couple of days after Christmas in 2004, it looked like a very skinny plucked chicken at the time. It got the name "Yard Pine" because some of Frank's OKC bonsai buddies said "THis tree is so ugly it wouldn't even be a good yard pine". I will look for the picture of it when I first got it leaning over in a box- Maybe Frank still has it. Marco Rewired in in 2006, I then restyled in 2007 and 2009.

It needs to be wired again, my wife took the small wire off right after these pictures were taken around New Years.

I guess, I am posting this to show folks that decandling and needle pulling works to increase foliage density and back budding, even if you don't like where I am going with the tree. It is in a Dick Ryerson pot, I will repot into a different pot in March.

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Re: Yard Pine- JBP from Frank Kroeker
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2010, 09:00 PM »
Ugly or not that is a fine pine  ;D
 

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Re: Yard Pine- JBP from Frank Kroeker
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2010, 11:33 PM »
Hi John, nice tree. I like the subtle movement and it has good bark. what are the dimensions?    Wood
 

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Re: Yard Pine- JBP from Frank Kroeker
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2010, 11:47 PM »
Gary (wood),
It is just a smidge over 3' tall. John
 

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Re: Yard Pine- JBP from Frank Kroeker
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2010, 02:18 AM »
nice job John,
where is the picture(s) of the pluck chicken? 
it grows a lot of feathers at last.
 

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Re: Yard Pine- JBP from Frank Kroeker
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2010, 10:28 AM »
Ah Boon-san,
I think the plucked chicken look is on the computer at home. I will find and post. Literally there were fewer than 10 needles per branch and all of the branches needed to be shortened and regrown. I could only do this because of what you tried to teach me.  It will get better over time.

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Re: Yard Pine- JBP from Frank Kroeker
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2010, 01:30 PM »
john, this is a great looking tree, i love where you're taking it! be interested to see some older pics to see why you might think someone wouldn't like its direction. thanks for posting it.

chris
 

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Re: Yard Pine- JBP from Frank Kroeker
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2010, 02:26 AM »
John san,
you make me feel happy.  the trees are healthy.  You have done well and share with the others.
now you make me Japanese.  i call you John san,
 thnaks,
 

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Re: Yard Pine- JBP from Frank Kroeker
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2010, 10:38 AM »
OK, after searching I found a picture of what this pine looked like in 12/04, when I picked it up from Frank. When I saw this tree I like the fact thatiwas a tall tree and that it had good bark and an interesting base. I am still lookin for the post styling pictures in December 2004 and April 2006. I'll keep looking....
 

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Re: Yard Pine- JBP from Frank Kroeker
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2010, 11:18 AM »
John, incredible work! Only six years and such great ramification. I really like where you are going with this tree. It is a very naturally elegant looking tree. Where did the Shari go that is in the original picture? I have only recently decided to attempt some pines. They kinda scare me, you know how you kill them and it takes months to find out. Not like deciduous at all. But I bought Boons DVD's and can understand them better now. Your Pine is an inspiration...beautifully done. Thanks for posting the before and especially the after.  Don
 

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Re: Yard Pine- JBP from Frank Kroeker
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2010, 02:57 PM »
Thanks Don, actually it is only five years..... I have some branch issues to take are of, then I think I can show it, that has been the goal all along. If you have the tree in good soil, feed it well, water it well, watch the bugs and fungus, and give it plenty of sunlight- it is really hard to kill JBP- unless you work on them hard when they are weak.

The DVD's are great, they give many of the real keys to making JBP work.

John
 

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Re: Yard Pine- JBP from Frank Kroeker
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2010, 04:12 PM »
Still, organizing pictures, here is the tree in May of 2006 after a second wiring.
 

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Re: Yard Pine- JBP from Frank Kroeker
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2010, 04:27 PM »
John,

Have you always documented  the work done on all your trees?

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Re: Yard Pine- JBP from Frank Kroeker
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2010, 05:33 PM »
It has been hit and miss, I always seem to get going and forget to get the camera out, drives my wife nuts. She (and Boon) are working on me to be better about taking pictures.

This picture is from August 2008, it had really responded well to repotting, wiring and fertilization.
 

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Re: Yard Pine- JBP from Frank Kroeker
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2010, 05:43 PM »
OK, here is the progression in two frames pictures in order:
Raw 2004, styled 04, restyled 06, 07, aug 08, Dec 09

The styled 04 shot is the "plucked chicken look".
John
« Last Edit: January 23, 2010, 05:44 PM by John Kirby »