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  1. TomB

    Linden, Worth it?

    The main trunk line you identify is awful - straight, immature, taperless. I’d say the material had more potential for a clump style. There’s a reason it’s discounted Imho.
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    Presumed recurrent fungal infection on Trident Maple

    too soon to say, it's only been a few days
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    The Tree Thread

    Work-in-progress Scots pine. This will be cut back and have old needles removed in about a month.
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    The Accent (Companion) Plant Thread

    Hosta 'Tiny Tears'. Only a couple of inches tall.
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    Ferns... And Keeping Them Small

    The ferns I often use grow to 3 or 4 feet in the wild (I often collect seedlings). Containerisation keeps them small, for two or three years at least.
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    Where to get good pre-bonsai in Europe

    Have a look here: https://www.bonsai-shop.com/en/bonsai
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    The Tree Thread

    Don't know about you, but I get itchy scissors fingers just looking at it. It's like resisting picking at a scab. This one WILL get a radical pruning fairly soon - Mugo pine. 'Gnom' variety, BUT it has some foliage coming out of the original rootstock below the graft (visible bottom right of...
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    The Tree Thread

    Every time I walk past this tree (Sloe, Prunus spinosa), I feel a desperate urge to prune it. it was cut back hard this spring (and twice since then) and I'm growing it out now, not planning to cut it again until next year. Really hard to resist tidying it up though!
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    The Accent (Companion) Plant Thread

    Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears', flowers just opening today.
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    Presumed recurrent fungal infection on Trident Maple

    I’m seeing the same on a trident. In my case wet foliage is a likely contributing factor. I’m now trying mancozeb (and changing the watering). It’s been getting regular sprays of a different fungicide too, without effect.
  11. TomB

    Bonsai Display Shikishikake

    Some examples below. They're actually very light. The hook has a nut on it that clamps it in place, you can loosen it to move the hook up and down to adjust the height of the scroll. The second image below was on a 'pipe and drape' backcloth, as was the third - you can make a little loop of wire...
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    Bonsai Display Shikishikake

    Over here I am seeing more people using these devices to hang scrolls: https://global.rakuten.com/en/store/takumi-kyoto/item/jizai-susuh121/ It's a sliding hook in a strip of bamboo.
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    The Accent (Companion) Plant Thread

    Found one. Job for the weekend I think :)
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    The Tree Thread

    Mame-sized root-connected triple trunk UK native dogwood, Cornus sanguinea. Just defoliated and selectively pruned to promote growth of finer twigs.
  15. TomB

    European Hackberry

    Good call on the middle trunk imo. I like the way the two remaining trunks echo each other’s movement.
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    Acer Sango kaku

    Of course this is generally regarded as a refinement technique, not something one would do to a developing tree, BUT it would be a possible solution to the problem you are facing @fredman . Bobby, sorry for hijacking the thread, will shut up now :)
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    Acer Sango kaku

    That means you are pinching way too late. Take out the central bud as soon as you can see it between the first baby leaves. If you miss the timing, then let the shoot grow out and cut it off as soon as the wood has started to lignify (some people would say sooner, I like to be sure the embryonic...
  18. TomB

    Hedge Maple: Tips, tricks, and general wisdom.

    I think pinching / pruning the first flush is more important for developing shorter internodes; defoliation on its own doesn't cause that. You need to either limit the first extensions, or cut them off and rely on a shorter second flush. I don't think that's unique to Acer campestre.
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    Hedge Maple: Tips, tricks, and general wisdom.

    From the look of the leaves, I suspect you've got something fungal going on which is weakening the tree.
  20. TomB

    How low can you go!!

    It will only sprout from sites where there may have been buds or branches in the past. You can identify these areas as there will be evidence of a 'ring' around the tree where the node was. It won't sprout from smooth wood, or from the cut like say an elm would. It's also not guaranteed to work...
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    Hedge Maple: Tips, tricks, and general wisdom.

    The answer to that is a definite yes. I regularly defoliate mine, both full and partial as appropriate. As comparisons, I think you can be more aggressive with them (in terms of defoliation frequency) than with Acer palmatum, but less than Tridents - though climate and growing conditions will...
  22. TomB

    The Tree Thread

    Potentilla again. Still looking scruffy, but getting there. Some of the longer shoots are there because they have flower buds on them about to burst. Once the flowers go, scissors time :)
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    The Tree Thread

    Japanese maple raft coming back nicely from a recent defoliation. Couple more years ramification and this should reach the image I'm aiming for. Chuhin sized tree.
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    The Tree Thread

    ... and at the show today. We did a display as part of a larger (non-bonsai) event. Couple of the trees, and various of the accents and stands, are mine.
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    The Tree Thread

    Friday evening, prepping stuff for a club display this weekend
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