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Don Blackmond

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Ficus Nerifolia
« on: September 24, 2009, 02:27 PM »
This little guy was just worked up a bit.  Much more wiring is needed.  This photo shows it before cutting it back.
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Ficus Nerifolia
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2009, 02:31 PM »
Here it is after being cut and the bottom left branch wired (main branch was wired down with a lanyard and 2 secondary branches were wired).
 

Rick Moquin

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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2009, 02:41 PM »
Looking good  :D
 

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Re: Ficus Nerifolia
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2009, 04:40 PM »
Wow. Beautiful nebari, Don! What is your plan for this tree? Where do you see it in 5 years?
 

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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2009, 04:45 PM »
This has an outstanding base. Would love to know how it was developed.

__gary
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Ficus Nerifolia
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2009, 05:53 PM »
What is your plan for this tree?
sell it
Where do you see it in 5 years?
someone else's bench
;)
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Ficus Nerifolia
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2009, 06:18 PM »
In all seriousness, this tree will continue to be what it is under my care.  I plan to grow the branches out 3" or so and work on thicker branches with less ramification.  I also want to eventually shorten the apex.  I will work it into a more shallow, oval pot, as time goes by.  There is a shoot half way up on the right that will be developed to fill in some negative space.  The 2nd branch on the left that comes to the front need to be repositioned and shortened.

This was one of the first trees owned by the lady who started Miami Tropical (before Alava).
 

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Re: Ficus Nerifolia
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2009, 06:20 PM »
This has an outstanding base. Would love to know how it was developed.

__gary

Help me out here, since my mind is drawing a blank.  Who started Miamai Tropical Bonsai.  Was it Mary Madison?
 

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Re: Ficus Nerifolia
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2009, 07:19 PM »
Don,
This tree may have the best rootage/base/nebari of any Willow Leaf that I have seen.
Absolutely wonderful.
Jerry Bonsaihunk
 

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« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2009, 10:27 AM »
This and the other ficus you posted are absolutely incredible.  They remind me of the huge, old powerful looking ficus in Australia.

Makes me wish I had the inclination to start working with tropicals :)
 

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« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2009, 11:22 AM »
In all seriousness, this tree will continue to be what it is under my care.  I plan to grow the branches out 3" or so and work on thicker branches with less ramification.  I also want to eventually shorten the apex.  I will work it into a more shallow, oval pot, as time goes by.  There is a shoot half way up on the right that will be developed to fill in some negative space.  The 2nd branch on the left that comes to the front need to be repositioned and shortened.

This was one of the first trees owned by the lady who started Miami Tropical (before Alava).

Pre  Fred and Alva ....wow I should know that. Didn't think there was another founder. There was a Mary Miller that worked there once in a while. Mary Madison is a totally different entity.

__gary
 

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Re: Ficus Nerifolia
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2009, 09:24 PM »
Don: Just fantastic. Base(nebari) looks like a Trident Maple as opposed to grafted nebari seen on most Microcarpa trees. Love the simplicity of branch detailing/movement. Not trying to imitate a conifer  Dustin Mann
 

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Re: Ficus Nerifolia
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2009, 03:05 PM »
This has an outstanding base. Would love to know how it was developed.

__gary

Help me out here, since my mind is drawing a blank.  Who started Miamai Tropical Bonsai.  Was it Mary Madison?

The name I was looking for is Christine Rojas (sounds like "row hoss").  Anyone know her, or the proper spelling of her name?
 

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Re: Ficus Nerifolia
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2009, 12:00 PM »
Don; You have Christine's last name spelled and pronounced correctly. She used to edit "Tropical Bonsai" magazine with Mary Miller after Mary closed Bonsai Bench in Homestead. Christine I recall was also a body builder. Don't know what happened to her. M. Miller is still around doing critiques at Florida shows. Mary had a brother named Tom Hulce who also woked on bonsai with Christine I believe.  Dustin Mann
 

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Re: Ficus Nerifolia
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2009, 10:16 PM »
Don; You have Christine's last name spelled and pronounced correctly. She used to edit "Tropical Bonsai" magazine with Mary Miller after Mary closed Bonsai Bench in Homestead. Christine I recall was also a body builder. Don't know what happened to her. M. Miller is still around doing critiques at Florida shows. Mary had a brother named Tom Hulce who also woked on bonsai with Christine I believe.  Dustin Mann

Per this thread Mary Millers Bother is Tom Stoute.
http://bonsainut.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3079&page=2