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Post  prestontolbert on Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:27 pm

This is Dichromena colorata I think. Im happy with it so far considering its my first attempt at an accent planting.

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Post  Jesse McMahon on Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:51 pm

Looks good to me!

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Post  AlainK on Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:39 pm

Very nice, but the pot looks much too big to me. Embarassed 

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Post  prestontolbert on Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:53 pm

Hey jesse!
Alain, Should I feed and grow the grass taller or should I fill in with more grass, more moss, or should I add a third plant?

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Post  AlainK on Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:33 am

Who am I to give you advice? scratch 

I can tell you what I feel, but it's up to you to keep it as it is, let the weed grow, or put it into another pot.

but if you ask me, I'd keep the pot for a spreading "shitrakusa" and put the weed in a bowl- shaped pot. Very classical, I know Wink

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Post  prestontolbert on Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:40 am

Alain, thank you for your advice, whether you think its worthy or not. lol.
I googled shitrakusa and got zero results. What is shitrakusa?

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Post  kora on Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:29 am

the correct spelling is shitakusa- I am also inclined to suggest a trailing plant-there is a bit too much emphasis on the vertical aspect for my eye, and yes the pot needs some more plant material-one compromise would be to include a trailing type plant with the grass,kora

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Post  AlainK on Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:30 am

Oops...

Yes, Shitakusa : season plant.

Sworry, itsh wars a trypo. Embarassed 

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Post  stonener on Mon Aug 19, 2013 4:18 am

Hey Pres
IMHO it an accent make it sing
add a seed or two of;

Japanese variegated Ajuga reptans or

Dragon's Blood Sedum, spurium coccineum

both flower and are compact, easy to grow
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Post  prestontolbert on Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:25 am

Thanks Kora and Alain
Stonener- Great suggestions! I think I'll go for the sedum, the color will blend with the red base of the star grass. BTW I like the tags at the end of your posts.
-PT

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Post  stonener on Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:07 am

Hey PT
don't pass up Ajuga reptans!
check out "black scallop" awesome!
pull the eyes right out of you head!
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*it screams*



just one seed will do the trick...


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Post  dick benbow on Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:54 pm

I really liked the quality of the photo. Nice sharp contrast. well done

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Post  prestontolbert on Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:04 pm

Thanks for the suggestion Stonener, "Pulls the eyes right out of your head"....nice.
Dick- Thanks, I just got a new photography set up, and I'm having a lot of fun with it. I'm taking them at night with a really slow shutter speed.

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Post  Kakejiku on Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:27 pm

I am making glue and stirring it right now so I wanted to post...slow yes...but I really had to think about your piece.

At first, I guess my initial reaction was yeah not enough plant in the Kusamono, but then I got to thinking of all the trips as a Boy Scout in the Rocky mountains and seeing small tufts of grass with only a few blades of grass growing through cracks in the rocks and surrounded by dried up lichen and that is what I saw....

Could see this paired with a Juniper or pine that grows high up with maybe a Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep on a scroll....?
What do you see it being paired with.

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Post  Guest on Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:47 pm

Hi...this is a post I had not noticed

Lovely Photo....Like the pot, though high, is it still stabile due to the heavy sice, with the tall grass...the hole in the pot is small, and therefore are there exacly enough high grass in it.....Very elegant.

Kind regards Yvonne...I would use it with a caskade pine

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Post  dick benbow on Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:52 pm

Johnathan, I can picture that....Smile

I could also see it used in late winter as a harbinger of spring. Ume or apricot bonsai in flower as main bonsai. scroll could have a bird like a Robin, also associated with many migratory birds as the first ones back with the waning of winter, here in the U.S..

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Post  stonener on Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:15 pm

Hey PT!
No maintenance needed!
Even if it was empty!
It would be a great accent!
Owl, squirrel or others nest
Less can be more!...Basketball 
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Post  prestontolbert on Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:06 pm

Wow, thanks to all for such thought and critique.  I do think about little cracks on cliffs with a cascade pine and just a blade or two of grass a little down the cliff.  I used to live 10 minutes from Sedona Arizona, and the color of the pot reminded me a little of red rocks.  As far as scrolls, I have very little experience, but to my taste I would like to see a craggy red rock bluff with maybe a tiny speck of a raven in the sky to  exaggerate the near view and loneliness of the grass and pine.    
I remember a ponderosa pine in Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona that grew out of the cliff, straight down for 8 feet, turned 180 degrees, and snaked its way back to the base and had a beautiful canopy just above the roots. I always told people about that tree when I talked about Sedona.  Last year when I went back, the tree was dead.  Maybe I'll style a black pine as an homage to that tree.
-Preston

^sorry I didn't post sooner, IBC didn't let me log in for the past 5 days

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Post  Guest on Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:59 pm

Hi Prestontolbert

Your vision sounds good...the tiny raven in the sky is a nice idea....the pot look a lot like a red rock to me, so in this case will a red rock on the scroll, be to show the same thing two times...I think to show only the raven is the better thing to do.

Kind regards Yvonne

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