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  1. Gene Deci

    Doing Yamadori near railroad tracks

    This thread reminds me of a collecting trip our club took a number of years ago. One of our members owned a long strip of land that abutted a rail line. We went there and it was a very fruitful place to collect - lots of trees were dug up. It was hard to tell exactly where the rairoad right...
  2. Gene Deci

    Pine bud-back from old wood

    @Sansiu LP @leo Next year I will see if I can find it again (friend's property) to see how it is doing I'm certainly not suggesting a bonsai technique here but you have to wonder if that budding was triggered by some chemical released by the tree. That might be useful to know.
  3. Gene Deci

    Pine bud-back from old wood

    This tree is an Eastern Red Pine (Pinus resinosa). It had seemingly succumbed to a severe draught. There was no green anywhere, just a few brown needles clinging to some dead looking branches at the crown. But the next spring, after ample rain, this happened. The trunk sprouted new growth from...
  4. Gene Deci

    Hollow Creek Bonsai

    I was at Hollow Creek several years ago. A great selection of pots as well as trees at reasonable prices. Don't know what to expect now days though.
  5. Gene Deci

    Do bonsai demos have value?

    Once a few my fellow club members and I where looking at the material the guest artist was going to use for his demo. Someone said, "Seriously, what would you do with it?" We all did take it seriously and gave our responses with full explinations. So of course we paid close attention to what...
  6. Gene Deci

    Collected Southern Live Oak

    There is a live oak in Foley Al. that is a state champion. Magnificent tree! Someone told me when I went to see it that live oak played a role in the revolutionary war. They were so good for ship building that the British forbade the colonists from harvesting any for themselves..
  7. Gene Deci

    If you could collect just one of these?

    Hey Matt, you need to make this tree a long running post as you bring out the best of it over the years.
  8. Gene Deci

    Trunk taper development with minimum scars

    I tried it a couple of times years ago. It didn't work. It might be possible to make it to work, but not easily.
  9. Gene Deci

    Trunk taper development with minimum scars

    If you have access to The Journal of the American Bonsai Society, in Volume 52, Number 3 an article titled "What Chop" describes a technique that has worked for me.
  10. Gene Deci

    larch leaf reduction

    In my experience larch are like most other bonsai in that as you develop the ramification the number of leaves increases but the size gets smaller
  11. Gene Deci

    Does it have a name?

    Just a quick question. What do you call it when you bring two branches closer together by putting a wire loop around them and twisting it tighter with a stick in the middle? Is there a name for that? I was trying to explain this to a friend and had no luck.
  12. Gene Deci

    To bury or not to bury?

    I'm sorry. My post was not clear and I'm afraid I mislead you. I was trying to say that the standard techniques work for some species but not others. There may well be no techniques that work for your tree.
  13. Gene Deci

    To bury or not to bury?

    It depends on species, I think. I have tried it three times, two successful one not. Actually, one ground layer and one air layer successful, one air layer not.
  14. Gene Deci

    Trophy 2019 a few pictures of the exhibit

    May be the best post here ever.
  15. Gene Deci

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

    Exactly! I had a tree in a show once where the nebari and branching looked better from the side that tilted away from the viewer. I showed it that way. The judge turned it around and turned it back and turned it around again. Finally he said, "It would be a better tree if it didn't have that...
  16. Gene Deci

    First Cedar Styling - Feedback Please

    Nice. What species is that?
  17. Gene Deci

    My ongoing war with the V.C. rages on.

    What I like about Matt's method is that, although I don't always do it, I find my trees winter best when the pots are in contact with the ground and the trees are, partly at least, covered with snow. But that is just what the voles and mice like so you have to do something to protect them.
  18. Gene Deci

    The biggest tree I have collected yet...

    If you keep finding great stuff like that you're going to make us all jealous you know.
  19. Gene Deci

    Very super absolute beginnings

    I suspect you are the better man - bonsai wise in any case. I have collected a lot of crappola too. The difference is I don't regret it.
  20. Gene Deci

    Very super absolute beginnings

    I'm not sure why people make absolute pronouncements when there are always exceptions. Most of my collection is from collected material and most of them I began working on the year after they were collected. You don't have to collect stuff that will take several years before you start to work...
  21. Gene Deci

    Very super absolute beginnings

    I wouldn't give up on collecting without some thought. A lot of people here, myself included, enjoy collecting for its own sake. It is indeed a different skill set but there is much satisfaction possible too. And as you say, it is usually the most inexpensive way to acquire trees. Perhaps...
  22. Gene Deci

    Should it be called "bonsai"? Article in the ABS journal

    I liked that whole article a lot. Just out of curiosity, I wonder how many b nuters get the ABS Journal?
  23. Gene Deci

    Are "sucker stumps" actually bonsai?

    Here are a few of my trees, collected except the crab which was from nursery stock and the willow which was from a cutting. These are all older pictures but they show the trunks which you wanted to see. Note that I don't hold any of these up as examples of outstanding no-chop trees. They are...
  24. Gene Deci

    Are "sucker stumps" actually bonsai?

    I find it hard to get excited by a tree with a visible chop. Even when it is in the back, you can usually tell and it is a turn off for me. I have seen some excellent carving and other solutions that I liked but it seems that in those cases what I liked is that you can't tell for sure that it...
  25. Gene Deci

    Adair’s bench at Boon’s

    I'm glad you linger on each tree long enough that we can begin to really appreciate them. Thanks.
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