A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A NEW BERBERIS SHOHIN.

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A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A NEW BERBERIS SHOHIN.

Post  Hans van Meer. on Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:17 pm

Hi everybody,
I bought this Urban Yamadori a year ago at my friend Teunis Jan Klein's place "Deshima". This sweet little plant and 3 others that I bought that day, were selvaged growing around a 50 year old train station that was about to be demolished. I fell for the thickness and movement of that short trunk that was hidden underneath all that young foliage. This is how she looked when I bought her on 5-9-2009:







Above: As you can see in these pictures, the plastic container was broken, so that same day, I replaced it with a similar sized one of my own.

Below: 28-1-2010. I had a good day recovering from my back operation, so I felt like doing something! And this little Berberis thunbergii was not too big to handle, but challenging enough to keep me busy! Smile







Below: After its first styling. In this picture you can see that I left two posible cascading branches on the tree. I wanted to get more used to this little trees new image, before I finally would decide which one to save and use in my design. A few days later I looked at the tree again and than I knew for sure, so I removed the top/back branch. I liked the future of the bottom/front branch that I saved better. And removing the frond/bottom branch, would have ment, that I would be left with a large scar, smack in your face! So the choice was not that difficult after all. But there is no sense in rushing these things!



Below: 19-9-2010. And this is, after a few little more wires were applied, how she looks today after just one year in my garden. Amazing how quick this species grows!



Below: For size!



I cant wait to plant it in a nice blueish/greenish cascade pot. I think that color would look beautiful with the yellow flowers and later on with the dark green/purple red foliage and red berries! I hope you enjoyed this little story?!
Cheers,
Hans van Meer.


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Post  MACH5 on Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:24 pm

That is sweet Hans. From a bush to an ancient, little tree hanging from a cliff in a year's time! Thanks for sharing ThumbsUp

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Post  Viriato Oliveira on Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:27 pm

Hi Hans

great story you had...and tree!!! Laughing


can´t wait see the tree repoted.



Congratulations

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Post  Milan Karpíšek on Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:05 pm

Really nice work, Hans. You have intersting tree

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Post  Todd Ellis on Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:53 pm

Lovely Hans!

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A YEAR IN THE LIVE OF A NEW BERBERIS SHOHIN.

Post  Guest on Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:34 am

A very good tree Hans and would look very good in the Stone Monkey pot I bought for the Cotoneaster. Unfortunately for you, It's mine.... All mine. Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Very Happy

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Post  Guest on Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:11 am

Hans,
beautiful!...a more feminine looking tree. cascading yet gentle looking tree.

regards,
jun Smile

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Post  Lukas Sirotny on Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:04 pm

Very nice step ahead in just one year! This species is very fast grower, but I noticed that the variety with permanently red leaves is not very suitable for bonsai, because it is very unpredictable and after each winter there is a heavy dieback of branches, or at least in our zone (Czech Rep.). But this is not the case of this green leaf variety which grows perfectly, I have also started one nice berberis this spring and it sprouted 3 or 4 times during one growing season.
Nicely done, Hans, keep reporting its progress! ThumbsUp

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Post  Peter E. on Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:17 pm

Hans, great start to this little one.
How about a rugged shell pot to complement the bark texture.


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Post  bonsaistud on Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:48 am

Top drawer, Hans...

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Post  Guest on Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:00 am

I am new to IBC, and look very much forward to many visits in the future.

Dear Hans, What a lucky find.... and very nice work too, look forward to see it in a pot.
Yvonne

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Post  my nellie on Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:20 am

Good work, Hans!
Lukas Sirotny wrote: ... ... This species is very fast grower, ... ...
Yes, indeed!

And now, dear Hans and everybody, this is me and my question as as beginner.... Embarassed

I have bought a b.t. last October. I repotted her into a training pot and hoped that next spring (2010 I mean) will bud where I would like, but of course she did it where she liked to... Twisted Evil
And I have also found out that she is a strong apical grower, too. I did let her grow unrestricted for reasons of growing better trunk, but at some moment I had to prune back the loooooong shoots trying to reach the ceiling, in hope that she would back bud lower...., but again I was strongly disappointed.

Is there something I am missing????
Any advice, please???

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