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  1. bwaynef

    Beaufort SC

    I'm assuming you're looking for folks to learn bonsai w/, and you're from Beaufort SC. Sadly, SC presently has a dearth of bonsai groups. If you're up for a drive, we're meeting in Greenville tomorrow morning. There's another guy from Charleston making his maiden voyage to the group. I know...
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    North Carolina Friends...

    I saw somewhere that Boone has 148 growing days/year based on avg frost dates.
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    North Carolina Friends...

    This is how life choices should be made: base them on how well your favorite bonsai will grow. You're living the dream!
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    Interest in (free) Japanese>English translation? How could we go about doing this?

    Are you thinking whole books or articles? One difficulty is how to get the material to you ...if its not already digital.
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    Stewartia Monadelpha

    Dave L's field?
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    North Carolina Friends...

    In addition to Greenville (which I mentioned earlier), check out Travelers Rest, specifically. Its almost a suburb of Gvl, but with its own ...culture. There's the (22-mile) "Swamp Rabbit Trail" that connects TR & Gvl. I'd contend there's better BBQ in SC than NC, (but its not brisket/beef).
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    keeping tree shape after refinement.

    I wouldn't get hung up on 5-6 years, but yes.
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    keeping tree shape after refinement.

    You always have to foster young growth and always have to leave something to cut back to. Or, learn to graft.
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    North Carolina Friends...

    Highlands is ~53 miles from me. Its a nice area. Cozy little downtown. I don't have a ton of insider info, but we go there occasionally. Brevard is a nice area as well, and the ice cream downton @ Rocky & Bullwinkles is terrific.
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    North Carolina Friends...

    Charlotte & Asheville have a lot going for them, ...but in pretty different directions. For retirement though, and outdoorsy-type things to do, I'd suspect Asheville and the surrounding area are what you're looking for.
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    North Carolina Friends...

    Might want to consider (greater-)Greenville SC if you're not tied to the notion of western NC.
  12. bwaynef

    Is the current bonsai instructional system broken?

    Its unfortunate that you used the name of someone who is categorically not what you depicted as the example.
  13. bwaynef

    Is the current bonsai instructional system broken?

    What exactly is an example of different teaching styles: the style you've attributed to Boon, or Boon's actual teaching style? The twain don't mix, nor do I think they should rightfully be intermingled in a discussion like this.
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    Is the current bonsai instructional system broken?

    That depiction is the opposite of my experience, for whatever its worth.
  15. bwaynef

    Is the current bonsai instructional system broken?

    No agression, passive or otherwise in THIS post. /sarcasm
  16. bwaynef

    Acer palmatum ‘Miners’

    Here it is after cutback. I’ve still got to move some branching around, maybe. Did I miss anything blatant?
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    Any idea whats wrong with this pitch pine?

    The fungus issue is in the needles. The tree is in a weakened condition because of the roots, ...which leads to its current fungal condition. The (bad) fungus isn't in the roots. The fungus is present because the roots are in a sub-optimal environment ...and the tree is weak because of that...
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    Any idea whats wrong with this pitch pine?

    I'm not positive that it ISN'T a sucking insect, but I'm leaning more toward fungus with the banding on a lot of the needles. A lot of the time, fungus is soil related. What you described is what I would NOT do. I suspect not removing a portion of the old soil, and not combing out that part...
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    Any idea whats wrong with this pitch pine?

    The tiny yellow dots look like a sucking insect to me. Could be the beginning of fungus, ...and its almost time to treat for fungus anyway, so I'd probably treat for both. Could you tell us more about the soil? One thing I'd do regardless of what the culprit is, point the growing tips up.
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    Pacific Bonsai Museum on CNN

    Just saw a post that they were returned.
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    Pacific Bonsai Museum on CNN

    I always cringe when articles are posted about how valuable bonsai are. I guess it just reminds me I need to put up those security cameras I bought on Black Friday.
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    What is your favorite soil to use and why?

    Which is why I can't understand how its used without sifting, which would hold even more water. With sifted 8822, its economic appeal starts to fade.
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    Soil sifter

    What's the secret sauce that the drill is driving?
  24. bwaynef

    Soil sifter

    I'm starting to get interested in soil sifter plans. I'd love to see more of this one.
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