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Post  redmoon on Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:15 pm

Field digging began earlier than anticipated this year. This karamatsu was already showing green at the bud tips. Dug yesterday.

Tree#1


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Post  Tom on Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:17 pm

I really like the lower trunk on that.

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Post  BobbyLane on Sat Feb 06, 2016 10:55 am

Im not a Larch fan, but this looks to have good potential and the base is fantastic.

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Post  Eric F on Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:54 pm

Looks cool. I like the craggy, knotty trunk. Great start! Are you going to chop it lower where it gets a little strait? Either way its cool. Id like to see it in a couple years. Should be nice.

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Post  redmoon on Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:58 pm

Thank you for comments gentlemen.

I have flagged 21 trees to dig from the field this year. Today and yesterday 2 Seiju were lifted.
#1 to be layered for obvious reasons.

Tree#2


#2 will also be layered so's not to waste the tops.

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Post  steveb on Tue Feb 09, 2016 1:23 am

How does one keep bulges from forming on these trees?  Do you have to keep all branch junctions to two?

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Post  redmoon on Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:23 am

They will disappear in time. The corking process is unfortunately not a linear one. It begins at the nodes where there once was bud growth and spreads along the inter nodes. The more growth that matured (as a branch) the thicker the corking at that point (even if that growth has been long since removed). Possibly one could speedup the process or 'fix' a trouble area by making a series of wounds with something like an ice pick but that's just theoretical. I haven't had cause to try it yet.

These closeups may illustrate better.




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Post  steveb on Wed Feb 10, 2016 12:23 am

Thanks for the reply. I have a couple of small cork bark elms that have bulges. I have wondered whether I should waste time on them. Looks like I will. 

Thanks again. 

Great larch btw.

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Post  redmoon on Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:17 pm

My pleasure steveb and thanks.

Digging continues. I suppose it might prove helpful to number the trees in this thread.
Three from the Ericaceae.

Tree#4 R. x lysolepis



Tree#5 Kyushu Azalea



Tree#6 Another "partly deciduous" Kyushu


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Post  redmoon on Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:34 pm

Tree#7 Picea orentalis var. Gowdy



Tree#8 Picea sitchensis



Tree#9 Shimpaku



Tree#10 Shimpaku



Tree#11 Black Pine
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Post  redmoon on Sun Feb 21, 2016 12:16 am

Digging has ceased temporarily here. Tree #11 was the test case to see how the pines where coming along. Optimum pine digging still seems to be 10-14 days away (weather depending). As 9 of the last 10 to dig are pines ... so we wait. Meanwhile some stone planters were put together.

Cliff#1


Slab#1


Slab#2


Cliff#2

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Post  redmoon on Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:30 pm

Soil temperature @6" 55F. Buds look good. Roots look good. Back to digging. Initially 21 trees were flagged to lift but at the half way point I noticed the spacing of the remainder. If we dig 4 or 5 more those left will have much better spacing. More sun. More room to stretch. Also, being able to see the individual's structure better, we can do a better job of field pruning. These 3 lifted yesterday.

Tree#12  Sitka Spruce:



Tree#13  Black Pine 'Nishiki Tsukasa'



Tree#14  Black Pine 'Kyokko'


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Post  Leo Schordje on Tue Mar 08, 2016 7:19 pm

Love the cork bark JBP, both are great cultivars to work with. I'll enjoy seeing their progressions. All the trees have tons of potential. Very nice.

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Post  redmoon on Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:54 pm

Kind words! Thank you Mr. Schordje. Glad you love the corkies. Some more scheduled to be disinterred this week end. Meanwhile:

Tree#15 Japanese Maple



Tree#16 Black Pine



Tree#17 Black Pine 'Kyokko'



Tree#18 Black Pine 'Gansekisho'


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Post  redmoon on Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:26 pm

Tree#19 Black Pine


Tree#20 Black Pine 'Senryu'


Tree#21 Black Pine 'Nishiki Tsukasa'

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Post  MichaelS on Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:11 am

Some really nice material there redmoon!!
I particularly like 14, 21, 6 and 4.
You have your work cut out for the next couple of decades. ThumbsUp

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Post  redmoon on Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:45 pm

Why thank you MichaelS! Frankly, we can’t think of a better way to spend our time. Although, I’m going to hang out a shingle in a year or two and see about moving some of these to new homes. Thin the herd so to speak.

You’ve reminded me of something I’ve been meaning to ask you. I’ll go find the pertinent thread and do that. Maybe by time that’s done the rain will have stopped and we can take photos of the 3 dug this week.

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Post  redmoon on Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:44 pm

Tree#22 Black Pine 'Gansekisho"


Tree#23 Shimpaku


Tree#24 Black Pine

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Re: Pre Bonsai

Post  redmoon on Sat Mar 19, 2016 2:25 pm

Digging is winding down for this year. Three left to go!


Tree#25 Black Pine 'Gekka' (Cutting grown)

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Post  redmoon on Mon Mar 21, 2016 2:49 pm

Tree#26 Scots Pine

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Post  redmoon on Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:47 pm

Tree#27 Shimpaku

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Post  Thomas Urban on Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:06 pm

Tons of great material! Are these Yamadori or did you purchase from nurseries and have them in the ground?

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