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  1. rockm

    Jins/Shari on deciduous bonsai: opinions or examples?

    Technically not a deciduous tree, but a broadleafed evergreen, this is a boxwood I'm designing to resemble the broken, split higher altitude oaks that sometimes top the Blue Ridge where I used to live. Entire front is carved shari. Deadwood includes old surface root.
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    Hey, L.A., its pronounced "grapple"

    Used to have Polish neighbors. I'm familiar--with the Slivovitz (not the donkey sausage) And FWIW, the local beverage served in this kind of container was the local Appalachian ski resort lift operators' choice.
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    Hey, L.A., its pronounced "grapple"

    Nah, still comes out "balled up snow shit" and WTF Plum schnapps??? YAGER meister is what real crusty old eastern U.S. ski instructors used to drink (firsthand experience...)
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    Root Growth: Soil vs Bonsai Soil

    You don't know what you're doing?
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    Root Growth: Soil vs Bonsai Soil

    Oy...freaking vay....this argument was left behind about 30 years ago...with soil mixes that included "loam" Let me tell ya that root rot is mostly NOT a problem for bonsiaists using well draining soil or soil less mixes. It is HUGELY more prevalent in "humus rich soil" in containers than in...
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    Hey, L.A., its pronounced "grapple"

    FWIW, here in the east, we don't use the word. We just call shit that looks like balled up snow "shit that looks like balledup snow"
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    Hey, L.A., its pronounced "grapple"

    As long as you don't say Graw-PEL, you're good to go.
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    Hey, L.A., its pronounced "grapple"

    Snow in So. Cal., and in Las Vegas...National Weather Service has to explain what snow, sleet and grauple is--(and BTW, it's not "GrawPEL," for crying out loud) from the article--He explained that if the precipitation bounces off the ground, then it contains ice, which would make it hail or...
  9. rockm

    Root Growth: Soil vs Bonsai Soil

    you're confusing what bonsai soil is about. Using bonsai soil has nothing to do with the soils' relative "nutritional" value, if you've got your tree containerized. "Normal" soil from the ground will kill containerized trees in the long run, but mostly in the short run. "Normal" dirt doesn't...
  10. rockm

    Boxwood Blight Presentation Slides

    Thanks. This has been around in Va. since 2015. Started in Williamsburg (which has some of the oldest boxwood in the U.S.--as does the rest of the state) Fungus doesn't like hot or cold, but cool and wet--i.e. Spring and Fall--conditions. Beware nursery boxwood...
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    The wife....

    yeah, I meant the "you didn't really say they were LED" lights... The light might not be enough to catch the tree on fire, but they provide enough light to see what's inside the lantern...which, um, can't be unseen...To each his own... good luck.
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    The wife....

    She might not be as happy when that dead tree ignites under that hot light in a couple of days. Hope the smoke detectors are working...
  13. rockm

    Ulmus parvifolia 'Seiju'

    I have found some of the tiny leaved varieties of Chinese Elm can be a bit cold sensitive, even here in 7a N. Va. I had a Catlin die on me after a particularly hard series of winters, as well as a seiju. Those winters had only a couple of days below 0 F, so -35 F would be a huge issue, I'd think
  14. rockm

    2019-season BC-yamadori mega-thread :D

    Bad pic, but only one I can find at the moment.
  15. rockm

    Cleaning pots

    Well, yeah, you can, you just have to switch out pots ;) Seriously, if you're scrubbing and scraping and applying WD 40 and detergent to the pot, the tree in it could be collateral damage...just sayin.
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    Cleaning pots

    All of this isn't going to get the worst of the crap. You can also damage or break your pot with the scrubbing and scraping. Best most thorough solution I've found is to bury the pot in the ground or a pile of shredded, decomposing mulch for a year or so. Takes time, but gets rid of ALL the...
  17. rockm

    Don Gould pots

    That's great. Long overdue. Don was a great potter and was taken far too soon. I've been doing bonsai since the mid-90's or a bit earlier. I remember Keystone arts quite well. Very good quality. Looking forward to seeing the website! Here's a big custom drum I commissioned from Don in 93 or...
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    What cases / when is it right, aesthetically-speaking, to ignore the rule of "angle the tree toward the viewer"?

    Jeez...This IS NOT an "Oriental View" it is SIMPLE OPTICS--EVERYONE'S brain processes things the same way. Optical illusions work on Western, Eastern, Southern, Northern brains the same way. Forced perspective and foreshortening Bill's blog is always, always a great read, particularly when he's...
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    Beginning a fat multi-trunk yaupon holly

    MUCH MUCH better!
  20. rockm

    Collected Wing Elm Clump

    When I first dug up cedar elms, I dug BIG trees using a dulled out brush saw from my parents workshed...Took hours and had to keep the cattle away while I was digging. Damn bovines kept trying to tip me into the hole... Smarter collectors use reciprocating saws.:)
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    Collected Wing Elm Clump

    If you're smart about it, you saw off the roots close enough to the trunk and you don't have to worry about washing off soil...also helps if you're digging the trees in sandier soils. All the cedar elms I've collected self-bare rooted themselves when I lifted them out of the sugar sand - soil...
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    Collected Wing Elm Clump

    I'd agree with everything above. Not good to keep ANY field soil on cedar, winged, American, at collection. Wash it ALL off. I would also NOT use pumice/shale for soil (ESPECIALLY if you've got field soil attached to the roots--Pumice/shale is going to dry very quickly, while the field soil will...
  23. rockm

    What cases / when is it right, aesthetically-speaking, to ignore the rule of "angle the tree toward the viewer"?

    Ran across this blog post from Bill Valavanis on his trip to this year's Kokufu Exhibition in Japan at the beginning of the month. Scroll down to the "A Private Visit to Omiya Bonsai Village" and look about ten photos in for the photo of the trident in the "blue container" Also look at the...
  24. rockm

    Do superb, famed and "national treasure" level bonsai...

    I've been told much the same about the treatments at bonsai nurseries. Have heard through the grapevine that by the end of the growing season at some nurseries, workers are instructed to wear tyvek suits to avoid being burned by the solutions they're spraying. By the end of the growing season...
  25. rockm

    Light pollution - street lighting affecting photoperiod

    Any chance the surrounding air around the balcony has been warmer on average than that closer to the ground? The ground temperature can lag behind air temps. The balcony may be warmer relative to the plants in the backyard..
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