Urban Yamadori ?

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Urban Yamadori ?

Post  Ian Young on Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:56 pm

Spotted this Pine in a garden today. Think it's Japanese White Pine. Time to have a shave, put on a shirt and, bonsai book in hand, Chinese Elm in car, go and knock the door lol!


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Post  chris on Sat Sep 25, 2010 2:09 pm

Well spotted Ian, good luck

Regards Chris

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Post  Guest on Sat Sep 25, 2010 2:12 pm

Ian,

Where is it located?
..got to shave, put on my landscaping company shirt, go to the airport, get a cab, knock on the door and tell the owner im a foreigner willing to do total landscaping work for a minimal cost, replaced the pine with lovely flowering plant that will match the house design.
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send me PM. i dont other IBC members to know it. Very Happy

by the way, the tree sucks, not good for bonsai,so dont take it... cyclops cyclops Shocked

regards,
jun Very Happy affraid

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Post  Ian Young on Sat Sep 25, 2010 2:28 pm

LOL Jun Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

Thanks Chris, I was almost spotted taking the photo from the car by the owner coming home What a Face That would have blew it out of the water before I even started Embarassed

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Post  Guest on Sat Sep 25, 2010 3:56 pm

Ian,
i want to share this true story with you. im a tough kind of guy in our neighborhood...but this experienced i had really broke my heart and almost made me cry.
this is before i understand your concept of an urban yamadori, which is quite alien to me. because here we can buy good but cheap materials all year round.
okey..this is how it goes... i saw once before a very matured podocarpos along the road where i usually pass by for work. its located outside the fence of a house and almost looks unattended...the tree is in a literati form because of its location trying to get sunlight and survive in the rough environment, almost a meter in ht, about 5 inch diameter trunk, with well ramified branches on top an several twisted branches along the trunk.with lots of twist and turn along the trunk. even without styling it, just dig it up and put it a good pot and its a show ready tree, will even take the grand price i think.
im even willing to pay huge bucks just to get that tree... i planned my strategy on how to approach the owner for almost a month...and day after day for a month my eyes are always on that tree and acquiring it almost became an obsession for me...then when i got the courage and right approach on how talk to the owner, i even prepared my truck and equipment for a possible sunday dig... i clearly remember that moment its a saturday 10am... i saw the tree chopped down with just a couple of inch remained on the base...thats one of the saddest moment in my life with bonsai, and up to now i keep seeing the image of that tree everytime i pass by that road and blamed my self for not doing the right thing.

learn from my painful experienced my friend.

regards,
jun Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad

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Post  Ian Young on Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:01 pm

Jun,

I have been there my friend. A friend and I have found a hedge made from Juniperus Squamata. Impressive large trees that would make fantastic bonsai. He approached them and offered to remove the trees, which actually made a poor hedge, and erect a fence at cost price. He is also a landscape gardener. The owner said no thanks. Two months later we saw a 'for sale' sign up and kept an eye on the house in hope of trying our luck with the new owner when they moved in. A few weeks after that the sign was down and the Junipers where cut back to stumps. A new fence was being put up. I could have cried Sad The new owner was a fast mover.

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Post  peter keane on Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:47 pm

Yep. Can't say how many times that's happened to me. One experience involed a pair of fat trunked white spruce that were stumped for parking spots. With another, two wonderful hinokis that were replaced with grass seed. ahh, well. what can you do.

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