"Fat Ollie"

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"Fat Ollie"

Post  PaulH on Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:52 pm

Two years ago our club had an olive collecting opportunity. Many of the homes in Carmichael, CA were built amid old olive orchards. One homeowner wanted the olives removed from her yard and contacted us. These trees were over 100 years old. they had already been cut to stumps a couple of feet tall and most were 3 - 6 feet in diameter! We trenched and cut lateral roots (there were almost no roots going straight down).Then we used chainsaws, wedges, and sledgehammers to sp[lit off chunks and pull them out with come-alongs. We cut the bottoms flat with a chainsaw and planted them in bonsai soil. I think almost all of them survived and quickly sprouted new growth.
One stump, however, had been dug out with a backhoe and been left sitting upside - down for about six months with its roots in the air. We split this into three chunks. Mine was to become Fat Ollie.

A month after collecting new foliage is growing.
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Spring of the following year I carved deadwood and potted it.
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Last weekend I exhibited it at our club's Spring Show. While it still needs a ton of branch development and ramification, The progress in just two years from collecting is amazing.
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Paul


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Post  cbobgo on Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:22 pm

wow.

If you ever get a phone call like that again, you need to let me know!

I'm checking out a new redwood collecting spot on Friday, I'll let you know how it looks.

- bob

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Re: "Fat Ollie"

Post  PaulH on Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:54 pm

cbobgo wrote:wow.

If you ever get a phone call like that again, you need to let me know!

I'm checking out a new redwood collecting spot on Friday, I'll let you know how it looks.

- bob


Will do!

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Post  Todd Ellis on Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:05 pm

OMG! Fat Ollie indeed! Beautiful!

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Post  blackrose on Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:10 pm

Oh,It's so big,a mountain. Shocked

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Post  GašperG on Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:26 am

blackrose wrote:Oh,It's so big,a mountain. Shocked

Guys, I almost thought I was looking at a landscape... Shocked

Best wishes
Gape

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Post  CraftyTanuki on Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:31 pm

GOOD GOD!!!

Look forward to seeing this trees progression.

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fat ollie

Post  moyogijohn on Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:45 pm

That is one nice tree !!! I sure wish i could have one that looked like that.. great job....take care john

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FAT OLLIE

Post  DOUG WHITFIELD on Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:07 pm

Your vision for that fat old stump was uncanny! At the rate FAT OLLIE is progessing towards elegance, you will need to re-name it FAT OLIVER soon.

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Post  PaulH on Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:23 pm

If anyone is attending the Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention in Sacramento this fall Sam Adina is leading a workshop with a bunch of similar trees from this collecting adventure but it may already be sold out.
Paul

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Post  Oliver Muscio on Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:33 pm

DOUG WHITFIELD wrote:Your vision for that fat old stump was uncanny! At the rate FAT OLLIE is progessing towards elegance, you will need to re-name it FAT OLIVER soon.

I take exception to that! (but it's true...)
Oliver

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