A Party in Five Photos, The Drunken Literati — Adam’s Art and Bonsai Blog

Let’s have us a quickie! I’ll let that above phrase tickle your funny bone…a bit…. Release your creative juices….. Stimulate your mind….. We are talking about a conocarpus erectus…..after all I could last… all day with the double entendres but I promised you a quickie. Alrighty then, first pic:a Florida buttonwood, conocarpus erectus, looks like […]

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Apologies & What I’ve Been Up To

A few months ago when I was publishing my last blog post I mentioned that I would try and make the effort of being more active on WordPress but sadly I did not keep my promise. Between going for an engineering degree fulltime, working my serving job at the restaurant and my new job at the bonsai nursery my schedule has been a bit on the hectic side of things to say the least… Anyways now that were past the apology part lets get on to the fun stuff! What I’ve been up to the past few months.

Aside from tending to the multiple hundreds of trees in my own yard I was offered a position at Dragontree Bonsai Nursery which is only about a 15 minute drive from my house so of course I happily accepted the offer.

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My main duties are taking care of the trees in the area seen above; wiring, trimming repotting and on Thursday I started replacing many of the benches with newer wood… The whole nine yards.

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Here’s another little view of some of the benching and trees. Everything from beginner level trees all the way to larger specimen that need multiple people to move like this Green Island Ficus I just repotted the other day. IMG_9551

Now that all of you have a little knowledge of what I’ve been up to, the rest of this blog will consist of a photo essay with a few captions mixed in for clarity.

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There’s truly a massive amount of material to choose from and It’s a great day trip if you’re ever in the South Florida area. Black Pines, Portulacaria, Cypress, Buttonwood, a multitude of species of ficus, Pyracantha, Shimpaku Juniper and a multitude of deciduous species as well just to name a few. There’s at least 40 or 50 more species that Robert (the owner) grows in all shapes and sizes.

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A very nice sized freshly collected Florida Native Simpson Stopper 

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Along with another big boy,a field grown Pyracantha that Robert grew himself. I plan on bringing one of these home sooner than later.

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Here’s another look at some of the more off limits field grown stuff still in early stages of development. This photo doesn’t show the mass amount there is but from where the pile of debris is the field grown plots stretch back at least 30 or 40 yards.

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Truly a sea of field grown Ficus Salicaria all with nice large bases on them.

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One of Roberts trees from his personal collection, a Ficus Retusa. 

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A large very grotesque Ficus Retusa, Kinmen variety that I purchased to work on earlier in the week.

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A Portulacaria I’ve had in my possession for over 3 years, It’s always had the odd exposed roots which is something you don’t typically see in this species. It was suggested that I chop them off and just root the rest of the tree as a cutting, which I did consider but I wanted to make use of the odd formation of exposed roots and decided to go with a root over rock planting. I think it will make for a promising tree once the roots begin to hug onto the rock a bit more tightly.

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And lastly, a sneak peek at some glazes I’ve been working on with a close family friend of mine who has a pottery studio at her house. I’ve been given the opportunity to fire a few pots and learn a new aspect of bonsai from her which is always a win win to me.

Well that’s all for today folks, thanks for reading through and If you’re ever in the South Florida area (Palm City to be exact) try and make a stop at Dragontree to visit me and some odd thousands of trees in all various states of refinement.

… Til next time

 

Update on a Familiar Ficus

So if any of you remember this tree, I picked it up a little over a year ago at a local club auction for quite a steal. I thought was an excellent tree If I were only referring to the trunk but It had much room for improvement in the branching and top half.

Shortly after I purchased it last year I did a fairly hard cutback on it to begin remedying this messy ramification and April of last year I did a full wiring with the new growth. You can view the wiring from April here if you are so interested.

On to the photos! This wont be much more than a quick photo essay so lets cut to the chase.

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The pot has also began to collect (in my opinion) some very interesting coloration since it has been in my hands. Not sure the rhyme or reason this has shown up considering it had zero signs of it when I bought the pot but I’m quite a fan so no complaints from this party. IMG_8201IMG_8202IMG_8203

I’m Back! 

Greetings friendly bonsai folk and other inhabitants of the interwebs. I started this blog with the intentions of documenting my bonsai shenanigans and adventures and have sadly not kept up with my promise of doing so.

Working full time and being a full time college student has started to chunk an ever so large slice of pie out of my free time. However, I have much planned out for this spring and summer with bonsai and will be taking the summer off of school so expect plenty of blog posts coming… 

Stay tuned folks! 

Winter Bonsai Blues

Looks like I have some weeding to do. Being that it’s winter, there’s not much else to do, though. I’m bored. Well…..I might can do a little….. like remove the old leaves on some deciduous trees or summat. I could also work on junipers but, meh. Not feelin’ like junipers today.   The tree above is […]

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6 Month History on a Ficus Retusa Kinmen

This is one of the few trees that I purchased from the multi club auction & picnic back in September. You can find a link to that right here if you’re interested. When I saw it I was immediately allured to the fused aerial roots that made up the trunk and the white pot which it was in. On a side note if anyone could hook me up with some history regarding the differentiation between Ficus Retusa & Ficus Retusa V. Kinmen I would be very appreciative… I assume from experience that the Kinmen just has more compact growth but I’d love to hear the background on the two.

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It’s a beautiful tree and I picked it up for a penny so that made me even happier… But it did need some minor surgery in the branch structure region. As you can see here, the branching is very crowded and there’s places where 4 or 5 branches are coming out of one spot. Some people might be okay with that but it doesn’t sit very well with me.
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It was getting hot and buggy and dark on one Florida night so I did what any smart bonsai obsessed man would do and brought it inside to defoliate it! Now you can get a better view of the branching and see how crowded it really is.
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A little snip snip and back to the basics… It may take me a year or so to get back to a desired level of ramification but I’m content with that.
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Now fast forward about 5-6 months and we have here a reasonable amount of growth and time to do the same thing again. I’ll please you with some nice glory shots below before all of the leaves are gone. IMG_5752 IMG_5753
I’m sure you’ve probably guessed a common theme by this point… Another little snip snip and were ready for some fine and very detailed wiring. If I’m going to be completely honest this is one of the first trees I’ve completely detail wired every branch and a left quite a feeling of contentedness.

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Now back onto the bench it goes with It’s little brother… Til next time!
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The Essence of Bonsai

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Scale miniatures will always be more accurate at reproduction than bonsai.

For example, Michael Paul Smith’s cars.

I mean, really now. If they can do cars this well…

The articulation you can achieve, the deceptive qualities of paint, the resolution of plastic are all much better than you can achieve with a plant. If you were to ask me how to create the most convincing and accurate miniature tree I would tell you to work in plastic.

So what the hell is the point of bonsai?

Why do we even bother with these plants?

I’ve seen many arguments about how to define bonsai. Beginners will proudly display their ikea bought ficus or roadside juniper cutting and say “Well, yes, but it is a tree in a pot!” and more picky veterans will argue that it is about creating a scale miniature of a tree.

Yet exception, after exception abound!

When…

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