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Watched a bit of the repot for this on insta today... that was fun!
Great tree, looking forward to seeing it wired and styled.
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Thanks for stopping by! Feedback on the Instagram hangout is very welcomed.

I’m trying to provide a low key, approachable perspective to bonsai while holding space for the regional bonsai community. I’m not trying to be the best, most impressive, or highest production value in this setup. Maybe the most concise goal is to demonstrate the approachable, welcoming, and non-pretentious Pacific Northwest bonsai culture. (At least, the form of that which lives in my head.)

I understand it’s a bit slow paced overall and don’t expect people will sit, rapt with attention for a full hour (or even 20 minutes).

So far I’ve been surprised by how many Australians and Brazilians pop in to watch. I like that it’s an opportunity to represent Portland’s commitment to transparency in materials and process, plus our uniquely well situated climate and how that impacts our horticulture.

I’m pleased that we have some regulars from smaller regional clubs stopping by. I want BSOP to be like a big sibling to them.
 
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Ooh I did get one process shot:
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That’s a solid block of roots, 7 inches deep by 12 inches square. The bottom inch was a little mucky from organic buildup but the top four inches were almost 100 percent fine fibrous feeder roots.
 

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Thanks for stopping by! Feedback on the Instagram hangout is very welcomed.
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So far I’ve been surprised by how many Australians and Brazilians pop in to watch. I like that it’s an opportunity to represent Portland’s commitment to transparency in materials and process, plus our uniquely well situated climate and how that impacts our horticulture.

I’m pleased that we have some regulars from smaller regional clubs stopping by. I want BSOP to be like a big sibling to them.
Ha! Aussie’s are everywhere, we‘ll pop up in the most unlikely of places. The timing yesterday was mid to late morning for us so I was checking in while I was meant to be working... hence coming back and forth as I got a spare minute.
I like the laid back vibe. Feels like just kicking back while you work on some bonsai related stuff and talk through your methodology to some degree... very relaxed. Keep it up!
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Ha! Aussie’s are everywhere, we‘ll pop up in the most unlikely of places. The timing yesterday was mid to late morning for us so I was checking in while I was meant to be working... hence coming back and forth as I got a spare minute.
I like the laid back vibe. Feels like just kicking back while you work on some bonsai related stuff and talk through your methodology to some degree... very relaxed. Keep it up!
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I’m glad it’s laid back and informative! There’s also the very real possibility this isn’t worth my time 😂
 

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I’m glad it’s laid back and informative! There’s also the very real possibility this isn’t worth my time 😂
That’s your call not mine! I will say though if you do keep it up I’ll drop back in if and when I see you going live... hopefully catch you then! 🍻
 

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Awesome tree. Any consideration to making a broken top to emulate a tree in the wild?
It’s a tempting idea! I’m definitely doing that on some of my other trees, like Douglas-fir, Incense cedar, and Lodgepole pine. This tree is likely to remain pretty formal in style.

Hemlock are pretty dang vigorous where I’ve seen them. Even up near the krummholz zones near me they’ve had complete canopies. If anything, they’re just windswept and a little beat up from heavy snow load. Michael Hagedorn’s hemlocks are great examples of how they grow in the wild out here in the Pacific Northwest.
 

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