Developing Bonsai in the ground

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Developing Bonsai in the ground

Post  Ian Young on Sun Sep 05, 2010 4:44 pm

I visited a club members garden yesterday and was amazed by some of the trees he has been developing in his garden. I have added a few pics here but if you want to see the rest of the 40+ photos I took during the visit, then have a look on our club website by following this link.

http://www.nibonsai.co.uk/?page_id=930







Some unusual varieties being developed as bonsai.

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Post  Guest on Sun Sep 05, 2010 4:49 pm

Great photos and a lot of interesting trees there (I visited the other photos too). Very Happy

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Post  my nellie on Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:14 pm

Bravo to Josh and his vision!
Thank you, Ian!

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Post  Hawaiian77 on Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:22 pm

Howzit Ian,

That was awesome!! ThumbsUp ThumbsUp Mahalo for sharing. Very Happy Very Happy

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Post  Neil Jaeger on Sun Sep 05, 2010 6:12 pm

Wow, you are a lucky man to have such a good friend that has such beautiful trees and seems to have alot of bonsai knowledge.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:32 am

Hi Ian,
I would love to see a closeup photo of Josh's cascading tree in the bench group shot; the one on the right, which looks like it hangs down, with lots of drift wood. Any chance you have a photo of it to share? Thank you, Todd
\P.S. I enjoyed your article and photo magazine of Josh's nursery. Very Happy


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Post  MACH5 on Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:57 am

Ian this is fantastic! Thanks for sharing. Josh gets some really nice nebaris and trunks with this method. I have been thinking about turning an area of my garden into a growing bed for a while. I think your post helped me make that decision for good! Wait till I tell my wife about it affraid affraid

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Post  my nellie on Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:14 am

MACH5 wrote: ... ... Wait till I tell my wife about it affraid affraid
You can always make her to propose it!!! Wink

....if you are ingenious enough you can make it happen!

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Post  Ian Young on Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:23 am

Thanks Morten, Alexandria & Tim.

Neil,
I am indeed a lucky man. Friends/Members like Josh are welcome in any club.

It takes all sorts to make a club work. Some clubs are solely focused on exhibitions and competitions others only cater for beginners while others don't want the newbees at all. I feel a club should offer something to everyone but not force its own ideals on people. People who do bonsai can be very private about what they do and you can loose members easily if you force participation. It's a hard balance to get right and one clubs worldwide have struggled with over the years. I would love Josh to teach more at our meetings but he teaches for a living and it would be a grind for him. If I request something in particular, he always comes through for us. His acquired knowledge over the years in working with this sort of material is invaluable. I, on the other hand, love teaching the basics to new members and this is what I get the most satisaction from. I'm not bothered about getting a tree into a top European Show and getting sucked ito the politics that lie hidden in the background. I do bonsai for me! Rant over Embarassed

Todd,
I can't seem to find a photo of that tree. I'll have a look through some older ones and get one scanned. Its an ivy cascade. The deadwood at the top, from a certain angle, resembles a woman washing her her. I'll get back to you on that one.

Mach5,
Just go for it Smile My wife went to work one day and when she returned I had fenced off 1/3 of my back garden and created a benched area for training material. The grass was already covered in plastic and 6 tonnes of stone. A week later, when she started speaking again, I managed to negotiate a peace treaty. I always say I could be done the pub but instead I play with wee trees in the back garden. Surely that's a better option thumbs up

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Post  Ian Young on Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:04 pm

Todd,

After rooting out a few old discs from past club shows I have found the cascade for you. Taken back in 2003, but it hasn't changed much in that time. The tree was collected from a wall in the school where Josh works.



and for scale, someone standing beside it.


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Post  Ian Young on Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:10 pm

I also came across an old photo of the big beech shown at the top of the post. Here's the 2003 to 2010 progression.




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Post  Kev Bailey on Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:28 pm

Thanks for the detailed insight into Josh's collection and methods. I enjoyed your article on the NIBS site too.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:18 pm

Todd,
I can't seem to find a photo of that tree. I'll have a look through some older ones and get one scanned. Its an ivy cascade. The deadwood at the top, from a certain angle, resembles a woman washing her her. I'll get back to you on that one.


Thank you Ian. I appreciate your help in this. I looked through the web site, saw more beautiful trees, but only the "bench" shot. Very Happy

I saw the photos. It is a lovely tree! Thanks again!

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Re: Developing Bonsai in the ground

Post  Ian Young on Sun Mar 06, 2011 8:43 pm

I was back at Josh's Garden again today and took more photos. It was nice to see them naked.

Here's an Elm developed in the ground, never been in a pot.


DSC_1449 by Bonsai eejit, on Flickr


DSC_1446 by Bonsai eejit, on Flickr

And a Field Maple.


DSC_1451 by Bonsai eejit, on Flickr

More photos of my visit here and some further explanation.My Blog

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Post  Harleyrider on Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:37 pm

Brilliant! Thanks for sharing Ian, and thanks Josh for doing what you do.

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