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    Cool Photos of Old Trees I thought some of you may like these photos. Her book is out of stock at Amazon, but it's now on my wishlist.
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    Craigslist Concave Pruners

    As part of an amazing Craigslist score today, the seller threw in these cutters. Can anyone help me with an ID? I think I recognize the chop on the pots. :o
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    A bridge

    I copied this image from Stone Lantern's excellent blog. & it seems he lifted it from here: I would love to know who made this. So cool.
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    Ficus Retusa root issue

    As you can see in the pictures, I have a Ficus retusa with a root circling its base. It has obviously been there for a while since the trunk is growing around it. Any suggestions on what I should do with it? bury it and let the tree just continue to grow over? scrape the outer layer off...
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    Pedro Morales - Tropical Bonsai vol. 1

    Has anybody checked out this new book yet?
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    Trimming a Portulacaria

    Here's a cool video (more of a photo progression I guess) of Richard Turner trimming his big Portulacaria afra. I wonder how often he repots it.
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    Peg Grafting

    Here's a neat video from Wigert's where he peg grafts a big Green Island Ficus. I like how the aerial roots are left to continue feeding the grafted branches. Edit - here's another:
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    New post form Tyler Sherrod

    Tyler Sherrod has a new post on his blog. Nice photos of some very nice trees:
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    Looking for some workshop advice

    I've signed up for a bring-your-own-tree workshop with Michael Feduccia, in about a month. I'm having a hard time choosing a tree to bring. It will be the middle of winter, which obviously is different from "winter" in most of your locales. Here though, it significantly limits the severity of...
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    Spectacular photos of Earth

    NASA has released a free e-book full of amazing photographs titled "Earth As Art". The PDF can be downloaded here:
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    The Bonsai Art of Japan - episode 31

    More awesomeness from Bjorvalabonsai. This one's pretty much just eye-candy, without any instruction. Still, breathtaking stuff.
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    Penjing: The Chinese Art of Bonsai by Zhao Qingquan

    Has anybody else picked up Penjing: The Chinese Art of Bonsai by Zhao Qingquan? I've had it for a couple of weeks (got mine from Stone Lantern, though Amazon has it for a bit cheaper). I've really...
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    Post Count

    Forgive me if this has been brought up before. A quick search didn't find anything similar. I think that posts made in the Bar or Tea House shouldn't count towards one's post count. I know that post count isn't always a good metric for judging the usefulness of information, but I do think...
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    Paver Base

    Has anyone used paver base as a soil ingredient? I picked some up from Home Depot (while looking for something else). It seems pretty good - solid, cheap, not much waste after sifting. heavy though. Does it break down? Anything else I should know? a picture of it sifted and rinsed is...
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    Heading to the Left Coast

    I'm visiting Santa Clarita (just north of L.A.) in a few weeks. We have a pretty loose schedule, so there's plenty of time for visits to gardens, nurseries or other places of interest. I'm not really looking to buy any trees (though you never know I guess), mostly just want to site-see. We'll...
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    River Photos

    I came across this cool photo today browsing FaceBook. That's some nice movement & ramification. Here's the description for IFLS's Facebook page. "Actually this is an aerial photo of a river flowing through a desert in Baja California, Mexico. Notice the similarity between this and actual...
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    Tiger Bark 1 (work in progress)

    Here's a Tiger Bark Ficus that I got at Durastone last fall. I think I took that big aerial root off right after taking this picture. Please let me know if you have advice &/or opinions. I have another similar one that I'm going to try to prune into a formal upright soon. I just watered &...
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    Couple of little Ficus

    I picked up two little Ficus on Saturday. I told myself going in that I wasn't going buy any trees, but I ended up finding (2) $15 dollar plants to bring home (& a raffled pot). My dad ended up paying for them as well, hard to pass up that. The first is a Green Island.
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    My first Tokoname pot

    I picked this pot out right away on the raffle table at The Gathering last weekend at Durastone. I put in 2 tickets and won! Hopefully I didn't get the chop and signature upside down.
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    The Gathering: A Tribute to James J. Smith This looks like a great day. I'll definitely be there. Saturday, April 21. $20, demos, raffles, etc.
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    A little Buttonwood

    Here's a picture of a Buttonwood on display at Heathcote. I imagine the foliage will look much better in a couple months after some consistent warm weather. Sorry for the not-so-great picture. I had my 3-year old son with me, so I just snapped off a few pictures on my phone when I had a free...
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    Dragon Tree Bonsai nursery

    I visited Dragon Tree Bonsai this morning (Palm City Florida). Wow. Many more "specimen" trees than I was expecting. Maybe not meticulously prepared for exhibition, but really impressive, big trees. Rows and rows of prebonsai plants too. Of course Robert knows his stuff, but he was also...
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    fun scrolls

    Does anyone have an idea for trees to pair with these scrolls?
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    pretty cool flash demonstration of the size of things (i know the redwood tree image is lame)
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    Multi-trunk Serissa

    I finally got some good backyard time this morning and used it to look at, think about and take some photos of my multi-trunk Serissa. I bought it last summer and haven't done any major work yet. Just some basic pruning to maintain shape, pinching of suckers popping out of the roots, watering...
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