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I've only played with a couple of air layers, but after reading a bunch about that sort of callusing issue I've made a point of girdling at least 2 fingers width, more if it's a bigger branch with lots of growth going above the girdle.
It’s hard to do that on a branch thinner than a pencil. I’ll give it a shot on another one and try the shady method 😉
 
Yesterday I hung out with my super secret bonsai study group. I'm grateful that I had the energy to spend the whole day with the crew. I mostly sat and slowly wired my hemlock.
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While solitude is good for focus, connecting with bonsai friends is good for keeping you energized or even to talk through a possible style decision.
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I've known a few of these people for decades so it's fun to tell stories of old collecting trips or the shows we've traveled to, or who's tree is still alive from that workshop 20 years ago. @wisco.bonsai has all the good photos and videos here
 
I did NOT do all of this today (by a long shot!) but I did pull the bottom part out of the mold and assemble the pieces if only for a quick photo. Lots more finishing work and final assembly ahead.
Update... Done!
 

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Hot day!

Pruning azaleas and whips under the canopy and listening to music. Better half out at a dance lesson.

Goal is 50 this afternoon between watering sessions.

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About 30 finished, plenty more…

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….and then we start from the beginning again.

Stay cool folks!

So glad @namnhi got through the storm mostly intact!

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Bought this Hinoki Cypress on clearance that took a beating at the nursery this summer. Removed all the dead and removed a few branches for some basic structure. Gonna make a wooden training box and slip pot it in. At the bare minimum for $20 I have a nice accent piece for the patio even if I don't bonsai it in the future.
You can always make some cuttings also.


Got my JBP saplings in the mail today from CMeg, they were shipped 16 days ago...were in Lexington KY, and would have been delivered the next day but the next day it said they were in Jacksonville FL... then who knows where they went. Surprisingly, they are still looking pretty solid! Not bad for being in a box with no light for 16 days.

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Found these little F-ers on my mugo pine with breakfast coffee, handpicked them all off. They cluster so unusually - 18 on a single shoot covering almost every needle, but none anywhere else on the tree. I'm guessing sawflies
 

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Found these little F-ers on my mugo pine with breakfast coffee, handpicked them all off. They cluster so unusually - 18 on a single shoot covering almost every needle, but none anywhere else on the tree. I'm guessing sawflies
Yup saw fly larvae.
Kill them all fast and with impunity!
They will eat all the new needles on a branch in shore order.
 
that's why I dropped them on the paper towel just folded it in half and stepped on it.... no mess no sympathy..... don't F with my trees
 
Slip potted this ugly jerk little shimpaku. I'm going to throw it under a bench and forget it exists for a couple years. This is one of those trees I got from 99 cent bonsai auctions that looked much better as a photo than IRL.
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Feel like this has promise!!!
 
Love all the images on this board of suburban house with backyards FILLED with
Slip potted this ugly jerk little shimpaku. I'm going to throw it under a bench and forget it exists for a couple years. This is one of those trees I got from 99 cent bonsai auctions that looked much better as a photo than IRL.
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it's prime for you to pass on at the $1.99 auctions. You have a future in the business of bonsai.
 
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