My magnificent seven

Esolin

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Very nice. What's the tall one in the middle? Elm?
 

hinmo24t

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Yes, my trees grow all year round......maybe a bit less in fall and winter.

thats great, lucky for you! except i think japanese maples and the pines enjoy a cold period!

a lot of us lose 5 months of a year of growing with dormancy



also, not sure its close to you, but Mundaka, Spain has a wonderful wave for surfing!! world class, and Portugal as well

#1 concentration of Portugal population are in the area i live and grew up in, for United States...

 

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thats great, lucky for you! except i think japanese maples and the pines enjoy a cold period!

a lot of us lose 5 months of a year of growing with dormancy


also, not sure its close to you, but Mundaka, Spain has a wonderful wave for surfing!! world class, and Portugal as well

#1 concentration of Portugal population are in the area i live and grew up in, for United States...


Yes I'm very concerned about my maple and spruces. The maple is flushing right now (a bad new I think).

Mundaka is not close (either Portugal), but we have here "pozo izquierdo" (a windsurf paradise) and also 2 or 3 of the best places to practice surfing..... so you're welcome whenever you want :)
 

hinmo24t

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Yes I'm very concerned about my maple and spruces. The maple is flushing right now (a bad new I think).

Mundaka is not close (either Portugal), but we have here "pozo izquierdo" (a windsurf paradise) and also 2 or 3 of the best places to practice surfing..... so you're welcome whenever you want :)
good luck with those species, the maples enjoy some shade!

as for the surf, ill look into where you mentioned, thanks. and ill let you know when im coming by haha
 

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Nice collection. I think you will have some issues with temperate climate trees--maples and spruce if your climate is tropical and subtropical (USDA zones 9 and 10). I don't know the exact climate you're in, but I think it's pretty warm all year round. Both those species require cold temperatures (below freezing for weeks) to remain healthy. Otherwise they will wear themselves out in a year or two...They weren't built to handle constant growth and extreme heat. Some people in warmer climates in the U.S. use refrigerators to simulate that, but I think it's a lot of work for not much return. I've found the best and easiest way to do bonsai is to not fight nature too much. Use indigenous tree species, or trees that are native to similar areas for the best results.
 

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Nice collection. I think you will have some issues with temperate climate trees--maples and spruce if your climate is tropical and subtropical (USDA zones 9 and 10). I don't know the exact climate you're in, but I think it's pretty warm all year round. Both those species require cold temperatures (below freezing for weeks) to remain healthy. Otherwise they will wear themselves out in a year or two...They weren't built to handle constant growth and extreme heat. Some people in warmer climates in the U.S. use refrigerators to simulate that, but I think it's a lot of work for not much return. I've found the best and easiest way to do bonsai is to not fight nature too much. Use indigenous tree species, or trees that are native to similar areas for the best results.
You're rigth, I'm very concerned. I'm in zone 11, tough sometimes I think it's 12 or 13
But when I bough a maple I knew about the dormancy problem. I also knew of a guy 2 km from my home that has 5 japanese maples (of more than 30 years each one), and also spruces, azaleas,..... (He is the only master teached in Japan in my island). So I thought, I will give it a chance!
 

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The Canary islands are mountainous, right? It may be the case that near sea level the spruces and maples would not fare too well. But perhaps 1/4 or 1/3 way up the mountainside they would be very happy.
 

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The Canary islands are mountainous, right? It may be the case that near sea level the spruces and maples would not fare too well. But perhaps 1/4 or 1/3 way up the mountainside they would be very happy.
Yes, I'm about 1/3 way up (about 500m above sea level). At sea level, it's spring all year round. Here, we have auttum and winter, tough not hard (temperatures never drop under 10ºc)
 

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Lol...

Your Bonsai Math is Spot on...7!

I'm starting to doubt that year end report!🤣

Nice.

Sorce
 

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So it doesn’t get below 50C, I’d be interested to see how your temperate trees do .. so why not focus on Olive , Juniper (do Sabina junipers do well where you’re at?) , Pomegranate and other subtropical species. I’ve seen absurd olives collected .
 
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Lol...

Your Bonsai Math is Spot on...7!

I'm starting to doubt that year end report!🤣

Nice.

Sorce
I named it my magnificent seven as a refference to the classic film (maybe it was not named so there). That film is "Los siete magníficos" in spanish.
The year end report was accurate. What you see in this pic is just the corner of my bonsai garden. The 26 remaining trees I talked about are there, but not in this framing :D
 

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So it doesn’t get below 50C, I’d be interested to see how your temperate trees do .. so why not focus on Olive , Juniper (do Sabina junipers do well where you’re at?) , Pomegranate and other subtropical species. I’ve seen absurd olives collected .
I already have the species you mention. I'm growing also some tropicals (no problem with them here, they are outside all year round ). I have no doubts about the surviving of all this species.
I only can potentialy have problems with my japanese maple and the alberta spruces. I would say the chances of surviving a long term are not too high, but none of my trees has died in the last year, so I hope to win this bet (as I said someone close to my house, has had five palmatums for 30 years, and also spruces). I know I can't compare my skills with those of him (he's a 40+ experienced master trained in Japan, but I can try to keep them alive 🤣
 
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I already have the species you mention. I'm growing also some tropicals (no problem with them here, they are outside all year round ). I have no doubts about the surviving of all this species.
I only can potentialy have problems with my japanese maple and the alberta spruces. I would say the chances of surviving a long term are not too high, but none of my trees has died in the last year, so I hope to win this bet (as I said someone close to my house, has had five palmatums for 30 years, and also spruces). I know I can't compare my skills with those of him (he's a 40+ experienced master trained in Japan, but I can try to keep them alive 🤣
What is the native flora there ? Have you heard of olives collected there? What does that bonsai master have in his collection besides traditional species
 

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What is the native flora there ? Have you heard of olives collected there? What does that bonsai master have in his collection besides traditional species
The native flora of my islands is very very wide. ( google it). Maybe our most peculiar especies is dracaena draco (the one in the pic had to be repotted 🤣.
drago-k41H-U150348093862AxB-624x385@Canarias7.jpg Source: Canarias7

Olives are scarce in our islands, so it's difficult to find them out of farms.
But we have here a 2000 years wild olive "bonsai". What you see in the pic is the result of the "goats prunning" and some university scientist have made the conclusion that it's been so for the last 2000 years (LINK).

155269698-kQTF--624x385@Canarias7.jpeg Source: Canarias7



That bonsai master ( J.J.Montes) has a little bonsai nurserie. His web page is: http://www.bonsaielvalle.com/
He has a monster bouganville for about 30.000$ that I like. No, I'm not planning to buy it 🤣
 
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