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General Category => Shohin Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: dorothy schmitz on November 04, 2009, 10:31 PM

Title: Budget bonsai
Post by: dorothy schmitz on November 04, 2009, 10:31 PM

Did not pay more than $5 for each of the junipers (procumbens, pots extra) before styling.. ;D.. The Australian pine I collected some years ago and the Shimpaku I won in a raffle. Thought I'd share my "investments"..
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Post by: dorothy schmitz on November 04, 2009, 10:36 PM
A few more. Both procumbens are planned to go over rocks next spring :



Title: Re: Budget bonsai
Post by: dorothy schmitz on November 04, 2009, 10:39 PM
And last, the Australian pine:


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Post by: Jerry Norbury on November 05, 2009, 02:27 AM
Terrific work.
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Post by: paul burke on November 05, 2009, 09:05 AM
Hi Dorothy,

Superb work on all of the trees, I've watched your work over on AOB and I find your posts truly inspirational.

I think you've demonstrated here that beautiful trees can be created from stock that many would either overlook or would advise planting in the ground for numerous years to fatten up the trunks.

Are the procumbens to be planted on rocks together or will they be separate subjects?

Will we be seeing any of the excellent sketches that accompany many of your posts at AOB on this forum?  I'm sure anyone not familiar with them will be just as impressed by them as I am.

I look forward to seeing more of your work, please keep this great quality coming.

Paul



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Post by: mcpesq817 on November 05, 2009, 11:00 AM
Great work!  I love your style - your trees always have a very peaceful, calm look to them.  Very inspirational. 
Title: Re: Budget bonsai
Post by: John Kirby on November 05, 2009, 03:38 PM
Very nice Dorothy. You posted a couple of larger prostratas/San Joses (?), that you had started as cuttings a number of years back, on Bonsai talk a couple of years ago, was wondering how those were progressing.
John
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Post by: davestree on November 05, 2009, 03:55 PM
Australian pine or Austrian pine ?  Anyway, very nicely done.
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Post by: bwaynef on November 05, 2009, 05:11 PM
Australian pine or Austrian pine ?  Anyway, very nicely done.

A native of Australia, the Casuarina family is an invasive species in Florida (and most states that don't get cold enough to kill them in winter) and often called Australian Pines.  Casuarinas aren't true pines (obviously, not of the Pinus family) but they sure look like them.  I'm not sure how they're cared for, but I understand there's a certain amount of needle plucking involved just like w/ most true pines.
Title: Re: Budget bonsai
Post by: dorothy schmitz on November 05, 2009, 11:01 PM
Paul, the procumbens will be planted on separate rocks. I have not decided on the rocks yet. Regarding the sketches, perhaps you had some from KoB in mind? I like to sketch  before approaching a tree, especially when it involves jin and shari.
Thank you for your kind words.

mcpesq817, thank you. Yes, I indeed enjoy bonsai when they are calm and dignified.

Thank you,John. I do not recall having posted any larger Junipers which I have started from cuttings (hey, I am only doing bonsai since 6 1/2 years..ha!)? Are you sure they were Junipers?

Thank you Davestree. It is a Casuarina equisetifolia, commonly known as Australian pine, as bwaynef pointed out, thanks.

-dorothy
Title: Re: Budget bonsai
Post by: John Kirby on November 06, 2009, 07:49 AM
Thanks Dorothy, I may be misremembering or they may have just appeared to have been large Junipers...... Thanks again, very nice work. John
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Post by: Steven on November 06, 2009, 08:11 AM
Thank you Dorothy for sharing these. Love the first Juni. Shimpaku correct? But they are all fine trees. Hope my "budgetsai's" look half as good over the next 5-7 yrs. You have a great artistic eye. May I ask what lighting was used? The Juni's seem to glow. Or are they that healthy?  :D
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Post by: sixhunter on November 23, 2009, 12:40 AM
wow very beautiful !  ;)
Title: Re: Budget bonsai
Post by: donmaple on November 24, 2009, 08:57 PM
Dorothy, your photography is excelent! The structure of your Bonsai is easy to see, depth of field is outstanding. I can just study these little trees for hours. You have a very good eye. Thank you so much for posting such great trees. Can you share your photo set up with us some day? Beautiful trees. Thank you, Don.
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Post by: noissee on November 25, 2009, 08:16 AM
Yes, I agree with Don... I would love to know your photo set up. In fact, maybe there should be a photography section...perhaps in Advanced Techniques (because surely it is).
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Post by: dorothy schmitz on December 01, 2009, 09:52 PM
Thank you Don and noissee. If you want to see real good photography you have to check out Sam Edges works! He

photographed the trees for Boon and the Bay Island Bonsai book. Hope it is allright to post the links here:

http://www.bonsai-photography.com/ (http://www.bonsai-photography.com/)

http://www.bonsai-photography.com/blurb-color-management.pdf (http://www.bonsai-photography.com/blurb-color-management.pdf)

And his blog:

http://samedge.wordpress.com/ (http://samedge.wordpress.com/)

-dorothy
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Post by: MatsuBonsai on December 02, 2009, 08:36 AM
Dorothy,

Great links!  Thanks for sharing.
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Post by: samedge on December 03, 2009, 02:59 AM
Thanks for the kind comments.  To check out some more photos you can go to:

http://www.bonsai-photography.com/edgegreenhouse/index.html (http://www.bonsai-photography.com/edgegreenhouse/index.html)  for some early spring photos

http://www.bonsai-photography.com/sierra/index.html (http://www.bonsai-photography.com/sierra/index.html)  for some photos of incredible sierra junipers,

or visit Boon's web site for show photos: http://bayislandbonsai.com/bay-island-photo-gallery/ (http://bayislandbonsai.com/bay-island-photo-gallery/)

Here is one of my past trees that has won several awards: http://bonsaiboon.com/bib/bib2008/content/Image_0315_large.html (http://bonsaiboon.com/bib/bib2008/content/Image_0315_large.html)


I hope you visit my blog as well in the future.

Best,
Sam
Title: Re: Budget bonsai
Post by: dorothy schmitz on August 24, 2013, 09:12 PM
Wow, time to update. Still have the two small "budget" junipers and the casuarina:




Title: Re: Budget bonsai
Post by: John Kirby on August 25, 2013, 07:29 AM
Everyone looks Happy and Healthy!
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Post by: dorothy schmitz on August 25, 2013, 10:03 PM
Everyone looks Happy and Healthy!

Thank you, John.

Best,
Dorothy
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Post by: SpongeMann on February 05, 2015, 11:47 AM
Great work! And thank you for the links .