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Water Jasmine progression over 6 months

Post  tuyhoabob on Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:33 am

I do go for bigger trees, 2' and over, but I wanted a 'Welcome' tree for the front of my house. The idea was something drastic that I could spend some time working on and, in the end, have an attention getter. The pics show the work so far. I'd looked at this tree in a local Bonsai nursery a few times and finally decided that it was butt-ugly enough for my 'project' tree. The guys also cast the pot and delivered it when I was ready.






[b]After a few hours of weeding, trunk scrubbing and digging down around the roots.


Sooty mold removal some pruning and other work.




The beginning of some die-grinder action.




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Post  tuyhoabob on Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:46 am


[b]Pot delivery day, it took 4 of us to move each piece into place.




Building the wall for the pond/beer cooler.




Tree in, pond filled and water lettuce added.



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Re: Water Jasmine progression over 6 months

Post  Paul Landis on Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:01 pm

Wow!! Great progression!! Thanks for taking the time to post it!!

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Re: Water Jasmine progression over 6 months

Post  Nik Rozman on Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:14 pm

Yes, it is an interesting composition. But why fir Christ's sake did you removed the top ?! Confused The bonsai looked much better before.

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Re: Water Jasmine progression over 6 months

Post  Jerry Meislik on Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:22 am

Bob,
Nice work. I like where you are heading.
Jerry
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Re: Water Jasmine progression over 6 months

Post  tuyhoabob on Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:54 am

Sorry about removing the top but I went for something more dramatic. I'm still not done with the die grinder, want to hollow the trunk out more over time. The finished tree should only have 3 large pads of foliage, the largest (top one) will partially wrap around the trunk. Right now things are at a standstill, it's winter (sort of) and it is only getting about half an hour of sun a day so growth has stopped. I'd move it but can't get a forklift!!

When it begins to get more sun and growth begins again I'll get a more current picture.

Jerry---in our chat about preservation I think the weather here is against about everything we thought about. I can't get my hands on any lime sulphur anywhere. What I will probably do is what's most common here. As I get the grinding to the point I want it I'll use some matte polyurethane and just paint the dead wood, let it soak in good over a few coats and that's it.

I may get it to last for about 10 years before it starts to crumble but it should look pretty good for most of that time.

Bob

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Re: Water Jasmine progression over 6 months

Post  Dustin Mann on Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:11 am

I think you have the start of atree that has wonderful round nebari and trunk taper. The base looks very balanced with root spread in many directions;the deadwood looks very natural and not too much "artsie carving". I think you did the right thing by shortening(taking top off); Initial height was confusing-like tree trying to tell 2 different stories- one of power/majesty, then switching appex to delicate survival. I believe with care(good soil) this tree will continue to get better. Water Jasmine has great dense foliage(amazing fragence). With that powerful trunk I see potential for giving movement in branches(asymetrical as opposed to balanced static branching to off set vertical trunk. Just a thought. Dustin Mann

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Re: Water Jasmine progression over 6 months

Post  tuyhoabob on Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:22 am

That's the way it's going, rugged and asymetrical. Right now I'm trying to borrow a small chain saw to finish the carving because the bits I can find for my die-grinder are too small. Soil...did you say SOIL? Here we have one thing...sand...there is no soil, no Pine bark, no Turface, no nuttin...lots of sand. What I have done is found 1/8th inch Basalt rock (used for paving) and mixed it with the sand to make 'soil'. The top dressing is ground coconut shell to hold the sand in place when I water.

For those of you into numbers:
Tree was 2.5 Million VND when I asked. I sent my buddy Tuan and his price was 1 million (without the white guy tax).
Cost 70.000 ($5) for the guy with the bagette to pedal it 5 km to my house in 100 degree heat.

The pot and stand are hand cast, 5' X 3' and weigh about half a ton (ya really).
Cost: 1 million VND or $60
Delivery was 50.000.
Chain and locks: one for the tree one for the pot--priceless!

Bob

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Bonsai heaven

Post  Tzung Tzan on Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:26 am

Bob, sounds like bonsai heaven. Everythings so cheap there. I wish it was like that in Australia.

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Re: Water Jasmine progression over 6 months

Post  sixhunter on Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:14 am

wonder if theres any update so far ? do keep us updated =)

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Re: Water Jasmine progression over 6 months

Post  tuyhoabob on Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:32 am

It went through our 'winter' pretty well, just stopped growing completly for about 3 months but has begun to get excited again in the past few weeks. I'll do an update on the carving/wiring and some other things in the near future. I've also been out of town a lot and doing some 'collecting' of the female variety...got married the beginning of the month.

Now that it's awake and growing again I'm going back to work on it.

Bob

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Re: Water Jasmine progression over 6 months

Post  sixhunter on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:32 am

nice man, take care and have fun =D

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Re: Water Jasmine progression over 6 months

Post  Joe Hatfield on Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:39 pm

Congrats on the wedding! I wish you the best of luck and warmest wishes of happiness. cheers

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4 years later

Post  Wander on Thu Dec 04, 2014 2:40 am

Is this guy still alive? How's it doing? I can't tell you how excited I am to see how 4 years has progressed this awesome tree.

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Re: Water Jasmine progression over 6 months

Post  beer city snake on Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:40 pm

that is pretty rad and now that this thread has been revived, i too would be curious to see it now...

in my eye, the trunk itself serves as "the mountain" from which the individual trees grow...

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