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  1. rockm

    A Visit to Meehan's

    Gardens Unlimited in Ladysmith has some of the best trees in the Mid-Atlantic. They don't sell stock any more, though --too much of a hassle. They do work on advanced trees with owners. If you ever get a chance to get there, it's worth it.
  2. rockm

    Wild trees for bonsai 2019 (UK)

    Collectors here in the U.S. "bag" deciduous trees when they show signs like this in late spring. That is, they put a white, or clear plastic bag over the trunk and tie it at the bottom. The treatment helps protect the plant from drying out and sets up conditions that can help new growth get...
  3. rockm

    Working out the age of trees

    I don't collect trees for their age. It's difficult to do here in the eastern and southeastern U.S., most of the higher mountains are protected in national forests. Out west, land is held by the Bureau of Land Management - which issues "use" permits rather easily for collecting trees. In the...
  4. rockm

    Working out the age of trees

    This is an ethical question that faces many collectors. There is no easy answer. I tend to understand why someone would take a 500 year old tree off of some remote--and remote is a key) ledge, where it is among literally thousands of other old trees that can't be easily collected. No one is...
  5. rockm

    Working out the age of trees

    The formulaic approach can give an idea, but in practice it depends wildly. For instance, the live oak below has a trunk diameter of 6 inches or so. It is almost 250 years old--I was lucky because the oldest part of the tree was cut back at collection. I counted the rings (the only real way to...
  6. rockm

    Cedar elm repot

    I appreciate it. I am far from an expert. There are others here, (Adair, Brian Van Fleet, Vance, Smoke, etc.) that have vastly more talent than me. I've just been around a long time. ;-)
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    Cedar elm repot

    Yes it does. Those wings mostly go away. IT can eventually develop into craggy bark, too. Corky growth is particularly common on fast growing shoots.
  8. rockm

    Newbie stubborness

    That may be, but some remain cemented to the past or are afraid of the Internet (which is not uncommon among folks Chan's age). Doesn't really negate what they did there. Saying so, skates past their worth. They are what they are in many cases. I know I forever in debt to Chan for a single page...
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    Cedar elm repot

    It's hardy here. In D.C. were about in the same USDA area as Dallas, more in the summer, less in the winter. Mine is overwintered outside under 8 inches of mulch. Have a smaller one I'm being a bit more cautious with. This species is VASTLY underused for bonsai. It is probably the best native...
  10. rockm

    Newbie stubborness

    Ahem, let me step up onto the soapbox here. Take this rant FWIW and what you paid for it ;-) Well, "good" is relative. He is self taught and began in the 1970's. Using your current scale of "good" is kind of unfair. Things have progressed tremendously since then. Dismissing his work--and some...
  11. rockm

    Who are you? The Human side of Bonsai

    likewise Bozo.
  12. rockm

    Who are you? The Human side of Bonsai

    Grew up in about fifteen places in the U.S. all rural or mostly so. childhood spent roaming woods, deserts, mountains and plains from Arizona to Massachusetts and in between. LEarned a lot on my own in those places about trees and animals. As I got into my teens and 20's, I took up outdoor...
  13. rockm

    Newbie stubborness

    FWIW, the guy's name is Peter ChAn...He's been around quite a while. https://www.bonsaiempire.com/locations/bonsai-artists/peter-chan 😁
  14. rockm

    mid Atlantic fungal epidemic. Anyone else seeing this?

    Um, the resistant strain of chestnut is being refined by humans. W You an anti-vaxxer?
  15. rockm

    What’s Wrong With My - Ume / Prunus Mume and also Nanking Cherry?

    That looks like sun scorch to me.
  16. rockm

    The Bonsai Master Myth...

    I'm from mid-valley-- Augusta county. used to hunt over in Highland and West Augusta when I was a kid. Only used two bows, that magnum and a 50 lb Grizzly. Made my own arrows. Haven't shot in years though.
  17. rockm

    The Bonsai Master Myth...

    A lib in Front RYAll? You must have MANY MANY guns...;-) BTW, fellow 'instinctive shooter" archer...Still have my first Fred Bear Kodiak Magnum.
  18. rockm

    The Bonsai Master Myth...

    Also might be worth asking how many adults were in the class. Winning first place among a bunch of elementary schoolers on their first bonsai outing isn't all that...just sayin. Put some pics where your mouth is B
  19. rockm

    The Bonsai Master Myth...

    Nope, just like you're not above being a dipshit with parakeets and a .22. I'll let my language define me thanks. I'm hardly a Yankee. Yankees have parakeets, .22s and (snark)...SUVs...I bet its a Range Rover...or a RAV 4...
  20. rockm

    The Bonsai Master Myth...

    I do think Bill V. should think about this. He has the connections and rep for it, as well as the personality and drive. He pulled the National show together and has pulled it off successfully for years. That takes some doing and some know-how.
  21. rockm

    The Bonsai Master Myth...

    Huh? WTF, dude. I'm a Southerner, I own guns, I drive a pick up, I have pit bulls, you can take that shit and shove it up your Yankee ass...
  22. rockm

    The Bonsai Master Myth...

    As we say in the South when we're talking to pains in the ass--"Bless your heart" Bolero. Your passive aggressive attack on Mr. Degroot hasn't gone unnoticed, even if you wont' take any responsibility for it... What part of "To create a Forest Planting he started with several (maybe 6 or 8)...
  23. rockm

    The Bonsai Master Myth...

    Of course you're trying to run Dave Degroot down...envy is never a good look there B...Before you cast stones, you might want to take another look at your trees with that grade school eye...
  24. rockm

    The Bonsai Master Myth...

    Jeez, yeah. People want to put their own mark on things. Doesn't mean the new term is "something completely different." And "Amateur Professional" is simply silly. It's like saying "Jumbo Shrimp" you can't be an amateur and a professional. YOU ARE ONE OR THE OTHER... Mostly these are invented...
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