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Old 06-29-2015, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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wow, Dragonslayer-those are awesome.

curious tho'. A bonsai is not a typical gift for a 23 year old. Did you ask for one? Was it just a serandipity thing that started something good? A lemon on the part of the giver that turned into lemonade?
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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So beautiful and I'm jealous of your climate. Even though we don't usually have harsh winters, I think the humidity and heat would not be good for bonsai here but who knows.
Thanks for taking those pictures and enjoy your wonderful hobby.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:42 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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So beautiful and I'm jealous of your climate. Even though we don't usually have harsh winters, I think the humidity and heat would not be good for bonsai here but who knows.
Thanks for taking those pictures and enjoy your wonderful hobby.
I'm a moderator for an international bonsai forum, and we have many members in your area. It's a matter of using locally native trees or taking additional precautions, with some additional costs and time required to keep bonsai that are not happy in a climate. For example, my Coast Live Oak came from Coastal Central California and would die in our winters here without additional protection.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:42 AM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
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wow, Dragonslayer-those are awesome.

curious tho'. A bonsai is not a typical gift for a 23 year old. Did you ask for one? Was it just a serandipity thing that started something good? A lemon on the part of the giver that turned into lemonade?
I was already doing miniature furniture and expressed an interest in doing bonsai to go with a miniature house. I have been a gardener since I was 8 with my own garden space. It was from my spouse of 4 years at the time and next month on July 20th will be our 36th year together.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:47 AM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
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I'm a moderator for an international bonsai forum, and we have many members in your area. It's a matter of using locally native trees or taking additional precautions, with some additional costs and time required to keep bonsai that are not happy in a climate. For example, my Coast Live Oak came from Coastal Central California and would die in our winters here without additional protection.
We are nice and mild on the north coast of California, while everyone else is roasting at near or over 100º we may top out in the upper 70's with humidity typically 60% or higher. My bonsai are under my Monterey cypress that I started summer of 92, it gives them plenty of protection from freezing in the winter or heat from the summer sun. Our biggest issue is salt air and its corrosive power on everything. It limits the growth of redwood trees to the height of any other highest trees close to it, then their tops get scorched and malformed. I have an olive I got from a friend in 1985 that is still in a large pot, it does not get warm enough for it to bloom here or set fruit if it does.
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Old 10-27-2015, 12:40 PM
 
Location: The High Desert
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I always have had a few bonsai trees that I started out from nursery stock. My oldest and best was a nicely formed juniper that was 21 years old. My others were not hardy enough or had some other problems and didn't survive much more than a few years. I have a couple indoor trees that do fairly well but aren't really bonsai.

When I moved from the humid Midwest to the NM desert I expected some climate problems and was very careful in getting the trees moved. When I arrived I carefully set them out and made plans for setting up a sheltered spot for them the next day. That first night the rabbits and desert mice came and ate the leaves and bark on all but my old juniper. Heartbroken, I started pampering the juniper to such a degree that I overwatered it and it didn't survive. The desert sun will burn up a bonsai in about a day if it isn't sheltered. Now I'm starting over with a weeping form elm (elevated out of the reach of the rabbits) and a mountain juniper and a few other conifers. At this stage they are just getting used to being confined in a pot and I'll see what happens over the winter.
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Old 10-27-2015, 01:24 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Creatures can be a pain. In my case it's the squirrels knocking over some of the smaller trees, but we have rain so often that they can survive even if I don't catch it for a day or two. My very first is a rose that rooted on it's own from a pruned cutting that fell and stuck in the ground over winter back in the 1980s. When I saw it and the roots in spring I potted it up. Currently the trunk is 2" at the base, about 8" tall, and in all these years it's never flowered, but the leaves are tiny. For anyone that's ever up to Seattle for vacation, stop in Bremerton at Elandan Gardens. The owner, Dan Robinson is a well known bonsai artist. I have learned a lot from him, and have worked on a few of his trees as a volunteer. His passion is for creating the look of what nature does to trees with wind, snow, disease and pests. He was the first to do a demo at a big exhibit using power tools. I have a die grinder and a dremel that I use for carving on my trees.

Elandan Gardens/Museum
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Old 11-01-2015, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I love bonsai. I tried it a few times but don't have the patience. Have you ever tried bonsai?

https://www.facebook.com/Myscienceac...type=1&theater
Here's more on the tree, NK.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...7ae_story.html
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Old 11-03-2015, 11:57 PM
 
Location: In a state of mind
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My father had a lovely, tranquil bonzai garden under a pergola. He had about twenty, several he had inherited from an old guy 20-30 years earlier. Those might have been 50-60 years old. My Dad would trim and shape them over years.

They were - spectacular!

He passed away and I inhereted the garden. I moved it to a special part of my patio. I was SO happy.




I killed every last one inside of a month. They just up and died. I even hired a bonzai guy but he was too late.

I guess they just missed my Dad too.
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