Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  Ryan B on Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:30 am

Idealized trees are the goal still, right? Even among the sloppy Pallys? It's about an idealized tree in nature? Still? Right? We're still working with Aristitolean forms right? Or did I miss something.

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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  Guest on Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:03 am

I have to agre with Ryan....a broom is to me a idealized tree, in the japanese style....no need to drag this style dawn, and call every informal nice tree a broom.
I am working on brooms at home, and somehow have I during this summer, been thinking more than one time...why bother...
The tree that look like a lampshade....I can only imagine how refined and pretty the tree are during the winter, when the leaves are gone

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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  John Quinn on Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:02 pm

I would also like to see it bare...any winter pics, Ryan?

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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  Ryan B on Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:34 pm

No winter pics John, I'll see if I can't find one.

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This is my broom style zelkova

Post  mambo on Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:16 pm

Just before I pruned it heavily this week.
Unlike most of the trees shown on this thread, I believe this is a broom style or form.
Unfortunately my photography skills are no better than my bonsai ones!



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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  Rui Marques on Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:19 pm

WOW tongue So naturalistic

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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  Todd Ellis on Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:32 pm

Beautiful tree Mambo!

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Post  milehigh_7 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:42 am

Wow Mambo! I think I am in love! Tell us more about this tree!

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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  Sam Ogranaja on Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:43 am

Killer tree!!!!

Thanks for sharing!!!
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This is my broom style zelkova

Post  mambo on Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:59 am

Thank you for your comments.

Though I don't intentionally do naturalistic Wink

There's not much I can tell you about it. I purchased it about 9 or 10 years ago from a collector in Barcelona who was selling off her own collection. It was then some 40 years old, grown from seed and imported from Japan. She had what I felt were some great trees and this was one of three I purchased from her. At the time as many of the tips had thickened through lack of attention (lack of time to tend her collection was the main reason she was selling), I cut it right back to the primary/secondary branches and started almost from scratch. This week I again pruned it back, taking almost 1/2 the finer branch work off to improve taper on many of the branches so I guess I now have another five years of work. For some reason I can't seem to get the density of branches that the great bonsai artists achieve, though I do everything by the textbook - bud pinching, leaf pruning etc. Somehow, when I prune it at the end of winter, about 1/2 of the new branches have died so progress is slower than I'd like.

It could be the tree, or it might just be me.... if anybody has any ideas, I'm all ears!

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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  Plecostomus on Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:01 am

This is my neea buxifolia


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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  mambo on Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:42 am

Hi Plecostomus,

This for me is not a broom style tree. Before posting my tree I had to plough through 18 pages of photo's and frankly, what I considered broom style would have fitted on three pages. My read on the broom style is not as flexible or naturalistic as Mr. Pall's. The debate was interesting to read though!

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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  JoesBonsai on Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:49 am

Here is my Acacia Black Monkey Thorn

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Salix Broom

Post  Frojo on Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:56 am

Nice tree Joe.
Since the South-Africans seem to be posting, here is my willow.


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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  Andre Beaurain on Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:44 am

OMG, a willow in broom, the first one I've seen, and it is beautifull.
Do you have trouble with it shedding branches?
Is it a Cork Screw Willow?
very very nicely done Frojo

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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  Sam Ogranaja on Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:42 pm



Stunning....Stunning....Stunning!!!! Top-notch photography too. Great DOF, brightness and clarity.

Thanks for sharing.
Sam

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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  JimLewis on Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:17 pm

A reminder when it comes to defining (or re-defining) what is what (in bonsai as elsewhere):

"But 'glory' doesn't mean 'a nice knock down argument,'" Alice objected.

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

"The question is," said Alice, whether you can make words mean so many different things."

"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master -- that's all."
Lewis Carroll - Through the Looking Glass

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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  mambo on Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:09 pm

Nicely stated Jim!

Whatever some bonsai artists would have us believe, a square peg will never fit in a round hole, and where I come from, I believe the saying goes "a spade is still a spade".... or is it "a broom is still a broom?"...... Wink


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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  Frojo on Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:36 am

Thank you so much Andre & Sam.
I think it's a Cork Screw, it certainly is kinky. Only lost a bit the first winter, after the trunkchop 3 years ago. It made it through the last 2 winters without a problem.

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My big broom fig

Post  bonsaiboy50 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:58 pm

My big broom fig, collected from the wild some 30 odd years ago. Was found growing on the top of a boulder with a small amount of soil around its roots
It did have large roots growing over the boulder and into the ground so i cut them off and took out the top of the tree which was mostly dead. I left it on the boulder for a year and collected it the following year.
It measures 1.3 mtrs across from tip to tip and .850 mtrs high , including pot. Hope you enjoy
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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  Gary Swiech on Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:50 pm

Here's what 3 of my broom Zelkova serrata look like today, this years 8-16-13.

The first is 27" and was grown from a pencil sized tree in 1989.

The second is a cutting of the first.

The third is a cutting of the first, and on and on

All three  have orange red fall color.

•••No leaf pruning at all this year to gain trunk size.







•••Number 2 will be a tall one when I'm finished and #3 will be short. All three are in need of root pruning next Spring.

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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  Guest on Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:43 pm

Thanks for sharing Gary....they look nice.

Kind regards Yvonne

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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  Gary Swiech on Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:27 pm

Thanks Yvonne.

As you know, they are really never finished.Smile 

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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  marcus watts on Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:29 pm

here's mine - end of May before defoliation



and after removing all the outer leaves so light could reach the inner shoots



winter/spring will bring a repot and a new front !


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Re: Clean Sweep - Show Us Your Brooms

Post  Gary Swiech on Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:37 pm

Excellent example of the broom shaped Zelkova Marcus!

Can I ask about it's past? Was it an import when you first got it and how long has it been in your training?

It really does convey the expression of a of the Zelkova.

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