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Larry Gockley

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A Tiger bark Retusa
« on: January 17, 2012, 07:21 PM »
Decided to take some pictures the other day.  I started the first branch on the left, after a big cut back to the whole tree. After letting that branch grow to about 3 feet to get diameter, I cut it back and started over. It still has needed work. of course. I call this tree " The Bride". Do you see it or do I have an overly active imagination?  Larry
 

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Re: A Tiger bark Retusa
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2012, 10:02 AM »
i like it. Very elegant "sexy"
 

Larry Gockley

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Re: A Tiger bark Retusa
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2012, 10:35 AM »
Thank you nathanbs. She is cute indeed. Larry
 

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Re: A Tiger bark Retusa
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2012, 09:46 PM »
Would the nebari look better without the long distracting root? The large roots on the left and right of it balance well.
I would hate to remove such a major root, but I am just giving my opinion.
 

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Re: A Tiger bark Retusa
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2012, 11:12 AM »
Greetings Edro. Since I posted this picture, I took the tree to a BYOT seminar with Arthur Joura. Sorry, no new pics, but it is even better now. Arthur did not have a problem with the roots except that some of them branch off at right angles, not conducive to an even flow. My goal this  summer is to notch some of the small roots and bend them into a more even flow. Thanks for the reply. Larry
 

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Re: A Tiger bark Retusa
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2012, 01:44 AM »
Hi Larry,
May I ask how many years in training to get it to this point?
Very nice. I like it.
Leo
 

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Re: A Tiger bark Retusa
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2012, 05:43 PM »
Hi Leo, and thanks. When I got the tree, about 7 years ago, it had a lot of straight branches growing at the top. It did not have the first branch on the left, but a bud started there when I cut most all the top branches off. When I removed most of the top branches, ( the bigger ones), I then wired the smaller remaining branches. I allowed the new bud, first left branch, to grow to about 4 feet long to get diameter, then cut it back to start over, for tapir and secondary branches. My goal this summer is to modify some of the surface roots into a better flow, as opposed to the present right angles. Larry

   BTW, I should take the time to post a new picture. Since this was taken, I had the tree at a BYOT seminar with Aurthur Joura, and that was a vast improvement.
 

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Re: A Tiger bark Retusa
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2012, 01:58 PM »
Larry,
We need an updated shot.
Jerry
 

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Re: A Tiger bark Retusa
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2012, 05:30 PM »
Hi Jerry. How time flies! Since I posted this, as you may know, I worked on the surface roots, (nebari). The front roots, I dug up where they branch off, and moved them to make a more harmonious flow. They branched off at right angles. The back root, per your advice, I made some cuts, applied root hormone, and covered with sphagnum moss and wire mesh, to induce roots. In the mean time I let the foliage grow freely, as I don't believe in trimming them back all the time. I have in the back of my mind to maybe prep it for a club show or two, this fall. Thanks for asking . Larry
 

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Re: A Tiger bark Retusa
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2012, 05:44 PM »
Larry,
You have been busy.
Jerry
 

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Re: A Tiger bark Retusa
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2012, 10:47 AM »
Thanks Larry :)