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Post  Van on Sun May 03, 2015 6:06 pm

Hello to all members of IBC family.

I vehemently defend my position in this post: http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t16284-rooted-in-stone-a-poem.  So today i would like to follow up with this post.

Oh! what's an indignity when my neighbor veering through his window on a Satuday morning and there I was, buttock pointing up in the sky and my head burried deep halfway in his garbage can.  But that what happened about 2 and 1/2 years ago for the story about this and one other tree, both are Ilex Shilling or Ilex Vormitoria.  I just post this tree because the other one little too heavy for me to carry this morning to take pictures, i will do the follow up.

The tree was wired for the first time about a week ago.  Its in late Max Braverman signature pot.









The deadwood and live vein, i don't have enough talent to create that yet.  Its all nature and just little lime-sulfure to protect it.  This tree has nine-lives because i had very little hope to be able to save it.  The root base was sticking up and bake for about three days in the hot florida sun.  The live vein was created because only one single root happened to be covered in by the shade of the trash can.



This is the only picture i took about 7 months ago, because honestly i though it would not make it.

As always, criticism and honest opinions/suggestions are highly appreciate.  One more note, 90% of my trees are digging out of trash cans. Thanks.

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Post  marc74 on Sun May 03, 2015 7:04 pm

Nice find

I hope to one day find something in a rubbish tip etc

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Sun May 03, 2015 9:11 pm

one mans trash is another mans treasure...
and thats my favorite kind of treasure...

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Post  Van on Sun May 03, 2015 9:50 pm

marc74 wrote:Nice find

I hope to one day find something in a rubbish tip etc

Thanks Marc, you will if you look for it. On garbage removal days, i always look for any sign of green in the bins.

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Post  Van on Sun May 03, 2015 9:53 pm

beer city snake wrote:one mans trash is another mans treasure...
and thats my favorite kind of treasure...

Kelvin,
My teacher said: Look deeply, there is trash in the flowers, and there is flowers in trash. Thanks.

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Post  marc74 on Sun May 03, 2015 10:15 pm

i always keep an eye out but seems to be quite rare and to be very lucky


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Post  Van on Mon May 04, 2015 11:59 am

marc74 wrote:i always keep an eye out but seems to be quite rare and to be very lucky


What kind of suburb you live in also a factor, newer ones are less likely to find any worthy matterials for bonsai. Lucky for me, i live in an area where at the turn of the 20th century, the rich people up north came down to build their vacation homes to entertain families and guests and they all wanted to show off their yard is better than their neighbors. But keep looking, i found a total of 8 worthy matterials for bonsai randomly in the period of 3 years when i saw the ground keeper diggin out and clean up at an elementary school, and sometimes just stop for a little chit chats with neighbors or lend a hand when they busy with their gardens.

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Post  marc74 on Mon May 04, 2015 12:45 pm

Yeah I need to chat the locals and the farms and grounds of large houses.

I live in Kent in Charles dickens village so lots of history but mostly farms and houses. So all depends on if get friendly with gardeners etc but not that easy unless trespass to find someone lol

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Post  Van on Mon May 04, 2015 4:18 pm

marc74 wrote:not that easy unless trespass to find someone lol

I don't think someone with the heart can shoot you when they see you upside down in their trash bin like me, sometime they may ask you to do them a favor to tidy up their garden when they see that.  You get some trees, get a good meal, and make them cry later when they see how their tree turned into a bonsai. Razz

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Post  marc74 on Mon May 04, 2015 4:29 pm

Smile

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Post  MKBonsai on Wed May 06, 2015 1:42 pm

Binadori?????

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Post  Tentakelaertje on Wed May 06, 2015 3:58 pm

MKBonsai wrote:Binadori?????

Actually, this is not bad at all!

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Post  Van on Thu May 07, 2015 5:27 pm

MKBonsai wrote:Binadori?????

Urban yamadori, binadory, the most diversify place for plants all over the world suitable in your area. "Just like a box of chocolate, you don't know what you gona git.".  Thanks.

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Post  Van on Thu May 07, 2015 5:34 pm

Tentakelaertje wrote:
MKBonsai wrote:Binadori?????

Actually, this is not bad at all!

Emotionaly rewarding knowing that you be able to save something from certain death, then later for it to manifest its inner beauty for something that was considered as trash. If it does not make it, knowing that you try your best, no guilt associate. All and all, its a good thing to do. Thanks.

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Post  MKBonsai on Sun May 10, 2015 9:57 pm

I've saved a number of trees in the past that were ripped up and left for dead an/or for the shredder to arrive. I'll post a few pictures of them some time soon - fortunately more have survived than have died. Most of them are English Hawthorns, which is funny as they often don't like root disturbance when you repot them but often seem to do well if they are healthy when ripped out of the ground by a digger and left by the side of the road in full sun for a few hours!

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Post  Van on Mon May 11, 2015 4:13 pm

MKBonsai wrote:English Hawthorns, which is funny as they often don't like root disturbance when you repot them but often seem to do well if they are healthy when ripped out of the ground by a digger and left by the side of the road in full sun for a few hours!

Often when facing life or death situation, anything that has a life usually fought with all of its mightly will to live.  When life is abundant, then the troubles often set in for being complacent and conceite (sorry for sounding philisophical, but it sure seems to behave like that). I have trees that being tied by a large chain then pulled off the ground by a truck that tear off most of the bark, some sat on the curb 3 or 4 days with the root ball and the dirt almost completely drying out.  You just do all you can deligently and hoping it can pull though, sometime after weeks of caring and hope and think all of your efforts are in vain, just so joyfull when finally you be able to see some of the tiny buds pushing though.  Thanks.  

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Post  Van on Mon May 11, 2015 11:04 pm



The second, little bigger Ilex Schilling, saved on the same day.

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Post  Van on Mon May 11, 2015 11:12 pm



althrough this tree fare a little better than the first one, but it suffers the same fate as the first one, only one single root still alive.

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Post  Van on Mon May 11, 2015 11:14 pm



With the tenis ball for perspective.

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Post  Van on Tue May 12, 2015 2:45 am



first coat of lime sulfure in Feb.2014

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Post  Precarious on Tue May 12, 2015 3:57 am

marc74 wrote:Yeah I need to chat the locals and the farms and grounds of large houses.

I live in Kent in Charles dickens village so lots of history but mostly farms and houses. So all depends on if get friendly with gardeners etc but not that easy unless trespass to find someone lol

Interesting mention of Dickens, since this whole thread harkens to the theme of Great Expectations. ThumbsUp

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Post  Van on Tue May 12, 2015 2:57 pm

Precarious wrote:
marc74 wrote:Yeah I need to chat the locals and the farms and grounds of large houses.

I live in Kent in Charles dickens village so lots of history but mostly farms and houses. So all depends on if get friendly with gardeners etc but not that easy unless trespass to find someone lol

Interesting mention of Dickens, since this whole thread harkens to the theme of Great Expectations. ThumbsUp

Hi David,
Its a hard thing to do when you expecting anything from anyone.  As members of bonsai community, we can only do what we can collectively to lessen the pressure on some of the old souls of our native species.  
In hope, i can share the common bonsai citizenship with you: ttp://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t16077-bonsai-citizenship  : sunny .  Thanks.

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Post  Van on Tue May 12, 2015 4:26 pm

Precarious wrote:
Interesting mention of Dickens, since this whole thread harkens to the theme of Great Expectations. ThumbsUp

In the spirit of Charles Dickens contradiction, it would be a great read if someone crafts: The Tales of Two Bonsai. Idea

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Post  Tentakelaertje on Wed May 13, 2015 9:56 pm

Van, this tree looks stunning!
This is a very inspirational thread that really sticks to the mind. Thanks for showing us this trees, I love them!

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Sun May 17, 2015 10:33 am

Apologies Van,

I replied on your other topic and just go around to seeing these.
Well done!!
Thanks for taking the time to show.
Until.
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