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Old 10-14-2012, 12:50 AM   #406
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Today I went to the local garden center to see if anything was on sale, considering that fall and winter are on their way/already happening...

I went with the intention of purchasing a Japanese red maple. They had at least twenty, ranging from 1.5'-6'. Two of them had some very nice nebari and thick trunks, but branching started some 2' up from them. It'd be a hassle and would take a long time to do a trunk chop, and even then it wouldn't have been worth dropping ~$85 on them.

I ended up finding a nice Sargent juniper with potential for becoming a raft-style bonsai for just $9. I already trimmed it up, and tomorrow I will wire it and post pics.

It was really funny too that at the nursery, I ran into a family friend who asked me to make her a Wabi Kusa for her (she'd seen my site through a friend's friend on Facebook or something), so my trip there turned out to be about twice as profitable as the purchase of the tree itself
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Old 10-14-2012, 02:24 AM   #407
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PICS PICS PICS!!! id be careful with doing major pruning and work on the tree, idk what the climate is exactly where you live, but im not sure if its the best time to do work like that...
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:41 AM   #408
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PICS PICS PICS!!! id be careful with doing major pruning and work on the tree, idk what the climate is exactly where you live, but im not sure if its the best time to do work like that...
Pics tomorrow. This is true, to be honest this didn't occur to me. I've never killed a tree and doubt that I will in the near future (if ever...). Proper care after pruning should be fine. Weather has been moderate in the 50's-70's lately, but will drop over the next few months obviously.
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:10 PM   #409
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New material. Trimmed but not yet wired.


Glosso growing in on the trident maple, I really like how it will turn out.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:51 PM   #410
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This is a great thread will have to look at it closer when I have a couple extra min. I will post some pics of previous trees that I tried my hand at unfortunitly they were either stolen or died from lack of light at the apt we had a few years ago.

I would love to try my hand at this again, Any advice for a newbie, I should have room on the stand my 20 long and a few of my orchids will be on. I have a twin bulb 65 watt pc fixture I am going to be suspending over the stand for light.

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PS My algeries an me dont get along with juniper....
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:10 AM   #411
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Wired the root-over-rock trident maple today, pics to come. It turned out very nicely.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:34 PM   #412
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Here is a shot of the newly-wired root over rock maple.

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Old 10-17-2012, 10:43 PM   #413
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im curious as to why you dont crop out the light and edges of your backdrop and haev it looks like a proper studio shot... the tree looks great though! yeseterday i dicovered an ugly ficus i have that someone gave to me years ago. its been living with my orchids and i had stopped thinking of it as a bonsai.. its really ugly i dont know where id start with making something out of it
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:47 PM   #414
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im curious as to why you dont crop out the light and edges of your backdrop and haev it looks like a proper studio shot... the tree looks great though! yeseterday i dicovered an ugly ficus i have that someone gave to me years ago. its been living with my orchids and i had stopped thinking of it as a bonsai.. its really ugly i dont know where id start with making something out of it
Well, mostly because I'm on my iPad, but still I think it looks cool how it is. Plus it's kind of a casual upload but I understand where you're coming from.

That's cool, pics!
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you took that shot with your ipad?!?! great job! i actually like the composition of it with the lamp and the edges showing. i was just curious if there was a reason you didnt do both. i usually save mine both ways if it looks good like that

ill see what i can do. *disclaimer*- its UGLY i didnt do any work on it and it is not in any way soemthing im proud to own...yet
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you took that shot with your ipad?!?! great job! i actually like the composition of it with the lamp and the edges showing. i was just curious if there was a reason you didnt do both. i usually save mine both ways if it looks good like that

ill see what i can do. *disclaimer*- its UGLY i didnt do any work on it and it is not in any way soemthing im proud to own...yet
Haha I just realized how ambiguous that was. Not taken with the iPad (taken with D7000) but uploaded from it.

Great trees can start out from ugly material
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:50 AM   #417
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ohh i see! lol!

this one looks nasty, its a ficus (ginseng ficus maybe) but its got these like huge swollen elephant obese roots and then leaves. UGLY

here it is a few years ago when i first got it. ive gotten the leaves to have better ramification and so they are closer to the trunk and nice and dense. but still UGLY

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Update on the trees, I've moved them to their winter location where they will receive less light fewer hours of the day and more shade. They are on a little bench I made on my front balcony. I will get some better photos of the actual location tomorrow. Also, the glosso on the Trident Maple is doing amazingly! I never expected that it would do so well. It hasn't gotten really cold yet, but then again, it never really gets really cold here (much to my dismay).


Trident Maple during the day


Trident Maple at sunset


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those look nice and healthy! great job!
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those look nice and healthy! great job!
Thanks bro! As promised, shots of their new setting and of the glosso's growth.



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