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Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:34 pm

Some of may favorite styles are those that involve rock - root over rock, on rock, etc.

If you have some let's see a few photos.

It is hard to find decent rock in Florida as it is mostly sand here, but when I do my travels about I keep my eyes open.
Here is a Elephant Jade (Portulaccaria afra) growing in a pocket on this limestone rock.
Inspired by Robert Steven's Ficus I just whacked the top and streamlined the foliage. The apex need to fill in but it has only been on this rock for about 3 years.

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Post  marcus watts on Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:59 pm

hi Rob

this was a planting i put together called 'East meets West'

I collected the slates from a local area, (i live in the far west of England) and planted a juniper rigida and a juniper chinensis 'ityogawa' on/in them. The trees have settled in and need wiring and styling now this winter.






cheers Marcus

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Post  Tom Simonyi on Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:09 pm

Hinoki cypress on a rock....the stones were "collected" after being discarded in a trash bin by the Department of Geology at a University I used to work at.
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Post  Hans van Meer. on Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:17 pm

Hi every body,
here is a picture of my Acer buergerianum. This tree is one of the few imported Bonsai left in my collection. And now after almost 20 years, I still love to see the changes of colors, the beautiful shaped foliage of this Bonsai goes trough over time. In this picture I realy like how the pot color compliment the colors of the foliage.



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Hans van Meer. santa rendeer

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Post  bucknbonsai on Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:35 pm

Tom, do you know what kind of rock that is? its spectacular

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Post  Tom Simonyi on Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:42 pm

Thank you, Buck....a geologist friend of mine has said that he believes it to be predominately composed of iron minerals - oxides, carbonates, and maybe silicates, and added that he had seen such stones in northern Michigan where he is from. Hope this helps

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Post  Ed Trout on Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:45 pm


Root over rock Ficus nerifolia.



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Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:50 pm

bucknbonsai wrote:Tom, do you know what kind of rock that is? its spectacular

I agree that rock is very cool. Works well with the tree.

Marcus - your planting looks good, interested to see how it develops.

Hans -fully understand why your kept that one, it's a stunner. Reminds me of an imported azalea over rock shohin I had several years ago.
It lasted 5 years (like most other azaleas in my collection -then they expire). The azalea over rock is now a permanent indoor bonsai.

Better photo of the rock portion.


This is it as a permanent indoor bonsai.

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Post  Guest on Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:51 pm

This little Lionicera Nitida shohin
Have I made from a seedling planted on a stone. The small tree is 14 cm. and is 4-5 years old. The tree need a better top, and my work will ofcourse continue next year.
If anybody has a design idea, will I be very happy, as it could very well, be better than my idea.



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Post  alonsou on Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:37 pm

Juniper on early stages of development.


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Post  Robert Steven on Wed Dec 21, 2011 2:04 am

Wow..all are very nice guys... thumbs up

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Post  kauaibonsai on Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:51 am

some rock/tree plantings in progress. merry christmas everyone.

best wishes, sam








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Post  DuLong on Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:44 am

Hello all!
I want share my Ficus in Rock (13 year)...


I like it.
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Post  Robert Steven on Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:07 am

Can't resist to post a new one I am just working on... Streblus asper, they are collected growing on rocks. The slab is also made of real rock.


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Post  xuan le on Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:02 pm

Here is my Ficus Burtt Davyi clinging to the rock

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Rock involved trees

Post  moyogijohn on Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:00 pm

I just can not pick a favorite !!!!! ALL these trees are very good.. take care john

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Post  xuan le on Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:24 am

Rob Kempinski wrote:
bucknbonsai wrote:Tom, do you know what kind of rock that is? its spectacular

I agree that rock is very cool. Works well with the tree.

Marcus - your planting looks good, interested to see how it develops.

Hans -fully understand why your kept that one, it's a stunner. Reminds me of an imported azalea over rock shohin I had several years ago.
It lasted 5 years (like most other azaleas in my collection -then they expire). The azalea over rock is now a permanent indoor bonsai.

Better photo of the rock portion.


This is it as a permanent indoor bonsai.
Do they work well indoor Rob?

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Post  Guest on Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:46 am

This a very nice thread Rob.

Good looking trees and rocks too with so many variations. Involving rock tops my favorite styles of planting. thumbs up


regards,
jun Smile

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Post  Guest on Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:54 am

marcus watts wrote:hi Rob

this was a planting i put together called 'East meets West'

I collected the slates from a local area, (i live in the far west of England) and planted a juniper rigida and a juniper chinensis 'ityogawa' on/in them. The trees have settled in and need wiring and styling now this winter.






cheers Marcus



This is a very nice Marcus. Are these different flat rocks combined as one? IMHO and if it were mine, I'll placed it in a wide flat slab, if no marble flat pot is available. and create a Mountain, Tree and water (imaginary) composition...very lucky in Chinese Feng shui. hehehe.

regards,
jun Smile

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:49 am

xuan le wrote:
Rob Kempinski wrote:

This is it as a permanent indoor bonsai.
Do they work well indoor Rob?

Yes considering the flowers are now made of silk and the soil is cement - I converted the dead trunk to an artificial bonsai. Just couldn't throw the thing away it was so cute. There used to be a thread on this on the old forum. Here are a few historical images.





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Post  marcus watts on Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:29 am

jun wrote:
This is a very nice Marcus. Are these different flat rocks combined as one? IMHO and if it were mine, I'll placed it in a wide flat slab, if no marble flat pot is available. and create a Mountain, Tree and water (imaginary) composition...very lucky in Chinese Feng shui. hehehe.

regards,
jun Smile

Hi Jun, yes there are 4 rocks -2 large flat front and back rocks, 2 narrow side rocks..they are drilled, bolted and glued together with a space for soil all the way down the middle. At the moment it sits on the ground in my bonsai garden surrounded by moss and gravel but i like the idea of water surrounding the rock - it will be an island rising from the sea.
I will find a slab that can hold water in a hollow, or a subian tray maybe.

thanks Marcus

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Post  Robert Steven on Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:37 am

jun wrote: IMHO and if it were mine, I'll placed it in a wide flat slab, if no marble flat pot is available. and create a Mountain, Tree and water (imaginary) composition...very lucky in Chinese Feng shui. hehehe.
regards,
jun Smile

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Post  Guest on Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:35 pm

Rob Kempinski wrote:
xuan le wrote:
Rob Kempinski wrote:

This is it as a permanent indoor bonsai.
Do they work well indoor Rob?

Yes considering the flowers are now made of silk and the soil is cement - I converted the dead trunk to an artificial bonsai. Just couldn't throw the thing away it was so cute. There used to be a thread on this on the old forum. Here are a few historical images.





Hi Rob

In this case will I not bother you with the good old " remember to water" story" Very Happy

Kind regards Yvonne

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Post  Mangku on Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:08 am

I want to share my picture of Long Island Ficus just planted a few monts on a rock






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Post  Walter Pall on Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:15 am

First one Ezo spurce, Picea jezeonsis,
the others European spruce, Picea abies.







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