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Larry Gockley

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The Dragon Retusa
« on: August 14, 2009, 01:52 PM »
This is a three year project of mine, that I started from an air-layer. It has a 2" trunk, and is 18" high, not the trunk-to-height ratio I prefer, but I couldn't bring myself to cut off that high aerial root.The curved surface root kind of reminds me of a dragon tail, and the base of the aerial root, it's beard, ( do dragons have beards? ). LOL It is presently on my  list for a complete defoliation and restyle. Larry
 

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Re: The Dragon Retusa
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2009, 03:07 PM »
Larry,
I think this tree has possibilities, but I'd like to see it from several other angles. Do you have other photos?

chris
 

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Re: The Dragon Retusa
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2009, 05:53 PM »
Hi Chris. No, No other photos at the present, but it might be better to take other photos after defoliation. What do you think? Larry
 

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Re: The Dragon Retusa
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2009, 01:38 PM »
That's an excellent time to photograph your trees. You can more easily see the real structure.

Chris
 

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Re: The Dragon Retusa
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2009, 12:23 PM »
Hi Larry,

I used to raise reptiles and snakes and when I first saw the picture I thought there was a gecko tail wrapped around your tree.  I really love some of the bizarre shapes that come out of exposed root bonsai, its like Christmas as you never really know what your gonna get till you take the dirt out.  A view with no leaves would be great, I am curious what the apex looks like but it is pretty concealed with leaves.  Thanks for sharing!

Alex
 

Larry Gockley

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Re: The Dragon Retusa
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2009, 03:55 PM »
Hi Alex. Good to here from you. The tree has no apex to speak of, or tapir, for that matter. I am letting the top grow to have some branches to choose from in the future. It is already taller than I like, but as I said, I couldn't cut off that aerial root. I plan to defoliate it this comming week. Maybe with an apex branch, and some wood carving, I can make it work. Larry
 

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Re: The Dragon Retusa
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2014, 12:05 PM »
Update the Dragon.
 

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Re: The Dragon Retusa
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2014, 04:04 PM »
Hi again Sorce. I sold that tree at the Houston fall show in 2012. I liked it but not enough to keep in my collection.
 

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Re: The Dragon Retusa
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2014, 01:34 AM »
Thanks.