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Post  kauaibonsai on Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:05 am

nine months and five days ago, a friend and I saved 68 bougainvillea in the way of a highway project. a photo documented post titled the " largest collection ever " was submitted in late january to commemorate the largest single collection I'd ever been involved with. sharing some pictures of the evolution of two of the trees. the first pictures were taken on june 19 - the rest, yesterday. several years of development lie ahead. the direction for the future is established.

best wishes, sam


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Re: nine months later

Post  Rob Kempinski on Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:31 am

Nice progress. Shoot, in nine months you (well not you) but someone could have had a baby! Very Happy

I noticed the big hollows - did you carve out the middle of the deadwood.

PS Is the Pledge spray can the secret to wood preservation? Very Happy

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Post  Todd Ellis on Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:49 am

Sam, these trees are well on their way to being nice bonsai. Is the Pledge for the deadwood or the pots?
Todd

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Post  Ryan on Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:55 am

Now I REALLY see the skull in the last tree, cool!

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Post  kauaibonsai on Fri Oct 28, 2011 4:57 pm

thanks for the comments, all. the pledge is for size comparison. the hollows are one way to deal with large chop scars. worked/rewired a large cascade and an upright. will post images in a bit.

best wishes, sam

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Re: nine months later

Post  crush on Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:11 pm

Hi sam,

For information sake..i got this bougainvilla with lots of soft woods...at your experience with this type did u ever
encountered soft woods, how did you manage this issue?.

thanks for any advice.

all the best,

crush

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Re: nine months later

Post  -Brent- on Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:30 pm

Awesome progress there Sam, and they're looking really good!

Regards
Brent

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Post  john5555leonard on Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:01 pm

hi sam , fantastic material , its exciting when you find stuff like that . crush i,don,t know much about bougi,s but we have the soft wooded type here too and nobody uses it for bonsai. john

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Post  kauaibonsai on Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:54 pm

thanks, guys.  posting 2 more from the same batch . still have a raft and semi cascade to go. for crushdrive:

is the soft wood dead? if so, you have a couple ways to go. scrape to live wood and develop what's left- or if the dead area is part of your design plan and cannot be eliminated, then try to stabilize with wood preservative.

enjoy the pictures. best wishes, sam






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Re: nine months later

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:36 pm

crushdrive wrote:Hi sam,

For information sake..i got this bougainvilla with lots of soft woods...at your experience with this type did u ever
encountered soft woods, how did you manage this issue?.

thanks for any advice.

all the best,

crush

I use a product called MinWax Wood Preserver, it is a high quality oil based product. Multiple coats are used as the product soaks into the wood, it also must be reapplied on a regular basis. However, sometimes if the wood is really soft, this doesn't work.

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