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Better than nothing

Post  pootsie on Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:07 pm

The Columbus Bonsai Society just had its show. Here is a link to the Gallery on the club website.

Overall, well, it's better than nothing. I look at the displays and think to myself that some of the trees have potential. My own trees are all far from where my vision puts them, as well. I hope that the central Ohio bonsai scene improves.

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Re: Better than nothing

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:31 pm

There are some nice trees and I wish we could grow some of them here.

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:32 pm

Pootsie,

thank you for the images.

Beautiful very old Black Pine.

Want that Ginkgo ..... here's my teleporta's address .....

Little leaf linden in the Tombstone effort is interesting.

What's the fascination with all those Ficus bonsai ? In the North ?
Some are quite pleasant.

Khaimraj -

[Who doesn't really enjoy ficus.Easy to grow diffcult to design.Tree or Hedge ?]

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Post  bonsaisr on Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:35 pm

Khaimraj Seepersad wrote:
What's the fascination with all those Ficus bonsai ? In the North ?
Khaimraj -
They are for those of us who are too old to ski. Razz
Iris

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:46 pm

I was surprised the first time I went to the Krohn Arboretum in Cincinnati, Ohio to see all the Ficus as bonsai. They brought plants up from Florida as well as Florida Bonsai Masters for demos.

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:33 pm

Oh Ms. Iris,

always with fond memories of you. Laughing

Yes, Billy, I was takn aback with the abundance and too-little, I can't get that cultivar to do anything.
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Post  pootsie on Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:38 pm

On behalf of my fellow club members, thanks for the kind words.

I think that ficus are popular here because they are so easy to grow and propagate. The club member who was trying to arrange the displays in our inadequate space did his best to get a temperate species in between each ficus, complaining all the while that we had too many at our northern-climate ficsupalooza.

The old black pine, nicest of anything there, was actually displayed by a vendor who knows all too well that central Ohio bonsai enthusiasts don't spend that kind of money on a tree

In looking at our trees up close (mine and the others) I feel that the nicer trees still need refinement of detail. For instance, my ficus (yes another ficus) goldengate posted in another thread -- nice trunk with no ramification. A couple other trees I think are wonderful trunks that are now ready for work on the branches and foliage.

My eye is ahead of my hand.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:23 pm

[quote="Khaimraj
Yes, Billy, I was takn aback with the abundance and too-little, I can't get that cultivar to do anything.
Khaimraj [/quote]

I have tried Too Little and agree that it is one of those plants that "looks" like it would make great Bonsai, but.

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Better than Nothing

Post  bonsaisr on Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:30 pm

Is it possible that TooLittle (sic) grows equally well or better in the North than in Florida? Confused
See my comments comparing my TooLittle with one from Florida in the National.
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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:33 pm

Pootsie,

try this idea with your beautiful ficus retusa. Distant tree. Let the few leaves become the mass of branches and leaves when great trees are seen from mountains or long valleys.
Build your next display to illustrate that.

I would suggest not displaying Great Ancient Ficus next to Bun-e-Sat-Far. They are competing for attention.

Being silly here - do you have a great carrot or cabbage under which bun-e can attain enlightenment.

Aside - I have a male bunny someone dumped out on the road, and he is quite a character, I call him -
Bun-e-Lava.

To your ficus - when you can't get dense ramification - use the power of suggestion.

See,it's much better than my 3 inch Gmelina, and this one is over 10 years old.
Khaimraj



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Re: Better than nothing

Post  Todd Ellis on Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:44 am

The cascading spruce and hemlock (with the thick trunk and lots of branching) caught my eye. The black pine was beautiful. I would like to see the big trunk ponderosa too. I hope our FIRST show looks that good! Very Happy
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Re: Better than nothing

Post  mike page on Sat Sep 25, 2010 5:24 am

Pootsie
I see a lot of potential. Working steadily toward refinement over time is the key. I'm sure you can do it.

Regards

Mike

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