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    6.61 inches of rain

    6.61 inches of rain here yesterday. Now I don't have to water until TOMORROW. Yay, bonsai CW
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    Un-welcome visitors to my garden

    Seeing a lot of Spotted Lanternfly instars (nymphs) lately. Their preferred food is Ailanthus (Tree of heaven) but they apparently also like grape. I have a fair amount of wild grape and they seem to love that. However they are also feeding on Virginia Creeper and to my dismay my Hemlocks...
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    Harvested some sweet birch

    So 4-5 years ago I collected what I thought were hophornbeam seedlings in upstate PA. I put them in my grow bed to fatten up. As they grew I could see that I misidentified them. They are sweet birch, very fast growers. Today I pulled 3 of them. Easy job with an corded sawzall. 10 minutes...
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    New bonsai shed

    So I've been self isolating since last Thursday, and have been wanting to build a shed for all my bonsai crap, so I threw this together. Still need to finish the roof, add a stoop and some sort of door lock. Probably paint the window to match the roof? Maybe match the black trim? CW
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    Old garden virburnum

    Three are some viburnum on my property that were old when I got here 30 years ago. I've had my eye on one that seemed worth collecting, so last week I dug it and spotted it up. Looks sort of ficus'y, don't it? @BobbyLane will like this side. They get lots of white flowers around Mothers...
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    Likes are now Reaction Scores?

    Just noticed this. CW
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    Overnight Cedar Apple rust explosion

    This wasn't here yesterday. Ive got some crabapple, and neighbors have eating- apple trees. Anyone know if I should wash this gel off before treating? CW
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    Stanley PRO bonsai tools

    Went to a local home show and Restore (recycle type place) had a stand. I found these PRO scissors, and a planting tool set. The scissors are pretty good quality. The planting set doesn't seem very useful. $15 CW
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    Pinus Contorsa - Spaan’s Dwarf - Shore Pine

    I was down in Maryland over the weekend and visited Susanna Farm Nursery (great place) and picked up the rather large Spaan's Dwarf. Trunk is about 5"-6" across and has some nice taper and movement. I wasn't sure if it was a bonsai candidate, but figured it for a nice landscape tree if it...
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    Cemetery Junipers (potted)

    So my cemetery contact texted me today about two bushes that had to be removed. Turns out they are junipers that have been in concrete planters for 15 years (my contact remembers them arriving). No idea how they survived. The planters had a single 1" hole in the bottom and roots escaped from...
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    Collected Hemlock

    I collected this Hemlock in early spring of 2016 upstate PA. Mostly barerooted it and potted it up. I decided it needed to lay down and be styled as a raft. This is a recent pic. I put some wire on it and took out some foliage. I think a lot more needs to go, but I really moved some of...
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    Caterpillar ID

    I am ground growing an Iberian Oak (nice small leaves) and today I found these slimy little buggers on the underside of some discolored leaves. I couldn't find any ID on caterpillars this small. They are very wet looking, unlike any caterpillars I've seen before. I clipped the affected branches...
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    Check out this full-size garden raft/multi-trunk

    I was browsing the Conifer Kingdom website and saw this For Sale in their "Specimen" area. Would love to have it, but it would be lots cheaper to get a bonsai grove already finished. CW
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    For the Chicago area members

    Saw this in my recent American Conifer Society newsletter. CW
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    I never see my own posts

    Earlier today, I entered the 6yr JBP contest and when I next visited the site my entry didn't show up in the ALERTS menu. What am I missing? (well, not too much, since they're my own posts) But this isn't just today's post, but all my posts. Is this by design? I don't see an option to...
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    CWTurner - 6yr. JBP contest entry

    Let's see if I can at least keep some of these alive for 6 years. Sounds like fun now, but I'm likely to get lazy/distracted when my bigger trees start growing again, so hope I don't completely forget about these seedlings. Mother Nature better be kind if this is going to work. I decided to...
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    Pre-demolition plantings Chicago area

    I was browsing a demolition sale here in the Philly area and saw a link to a Chicago area pre-demolotion seller. Anybody into landscape collecting for bonsai or their own landscape? Some yew and burning bush available that you might want to check out...
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    More cemetery azaleas

    I got a call from my cemetery contact a week or two ago, saying that they pulled some more azalea that I might be interested in. I did collect a couple and while I was there they pulled a half dozen more and dropped them in the dump area for me. Here's some pics. This was an easy one. Bare...
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    Modified thread graft

    So I have this stout little Dwarf Eastern White Pine that's seems to be pretty healthy, but as with most EWP the foliage is out at the end of the branches. See: So I have to do something to get this looking like a...
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    Boxwood repot

    I collected this boxwood from my front walk in April 2015. I trimmed a good bit of foliage off after potting it but it hasn't really thrived. I think that my poor dense soil might be the cause. So today, I did a repot. It had a fair amount of healthy roots, but for two years growing in...
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    Bench from a fallen tree

    In one of the winter windstorms I lost a hemlock, probably 60 years old. So I decided to make some use of the trunks. First project was a bench out of a log that I sliced lengthwise. The reason I decided to do this was that the log had a natural pair of legs from a couple branches on the...
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    Nursery auction in Oregon!

    A bit late posting this, but west coaster's might be interested. CW
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    How do YOU use Bonsainut?

    After the enlightenment from @Lazylightningny post on finding old threads that we've started I figured we might all learn some more about this great site. When I come here (and I never log out, so rarely have to...
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    Art piece question

    Two sets of tiny paintings on some sort of translucent paper (you can see some newspaper, that I have them resting on, through the bottom set). Rice paper would be my guess, but I really have no idea. They are very colorful and appear to be painted, not prints, if that's the right term. You...
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    Lava rock purchase

    I have been using stone dust as a component of my soil and needed to upgrade to some good lava. From this post, , I found out about Partek Peat Corporation in Great Meadows NJ. This company's main products are for baseball fields and other...
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