April 2011 meeting update
Posted on April 25th, 2011 at 11:21 am by admin

We had a pretty good turnout with several visitors this month.  As mentioned in the email, I demonstrated Air Layering on a Trident Maple.  I ended up doing 2 of these.  Hopefully we’ll be able to separate them by late Summer.

The first tree (pics 1 & 2) was airlayered JUST above the first branches.

The 2nd tree (3, 4, & 5) shows a trident that was chopped as it was being approach grafted.  I pulled a branch around, cut a channel for that branch to lay in, and sliced off the bark that would fit inside the channel.  Then it was wrapped tightly so that there was NO movement of the branch.  I’m not certain I’ve got good contact on that branch so we’ll have to see whether this one takes.

The 3rd tree (last 2 pics) was the result of pretty severe cutting back of a much more involved tree.  You can see where the 2 major cuts were made.  I airlayered JUST below the bottom cut (right as the inverse taper and bad roots begins).

March 2011 meeting update
Posted on April 25th, 2011 at 10:59 am by admin

A member, Will, recently came to have several collected trident maples, some of them QUITE large.  This one in particular required 3 of us to move it to our makeshift work area.  We had some discussion as to front, taper, branch selection …and ultimately what would make for the best tree.  The pictures speak for themselves …although they don’t tell how many Sawzall blades were used, or how tiring/numbing it can be to saw all the way through some of those large branches.

Advanced Study Group
Posted on March 11th, 2011 at 10:30 am by admin

We’ve been lucky enough to find an instructor for those of us wanting to improve our bonsai quickly.  Tim Gardner out of the Charlotte area is working with us 4 times a year.  February 26, 2011 we met and repotted several trees.  Some challenges were met with some pretty innovative thinking when a Ponderosa came out of the pot with a rootball that couldn’t (physically) support the tree.  After locating some large screws/bolts, some lumber, and a mica pot, the tree was firmly in place with its best chance of thriving.  I look forward to the progress.
There was a Japanese Beech forest repotted that ended up looking pretty impressive, and a trident chunk (lowest 2-3″ of a thick trunk) was repotted and Tim led a demonstration on root grafting.  A more thorough account of the root grafting can be seen @ http://bonsaistudygroup.com/advanced-grafting-discussion/root-grafting-on-trident/

Looking up @ the first root graft

Looking up @ the first root graft

Looking up @ the first root graft

For more info, get in touch.  We currently have space for a few more people, and you’re sure to learn something.

An update (a long time coming)
Posted on March 25th, 2010 at 10:17 am by admin

I haven’t given any updates in a while.  We’ve still be pretty active and have several new members.

We displayed bonsai at the 13th Annual Carolina Bonsai Expo.  You can see pictures of every tree displayed (inside and out) here:  13th Annual Carolina Bonsai Expo

The past several months we’ve been getting ready for repotting season.  If any of you haven’t seen the Bonsai Boon Repotting DVD I highly recommend it.  So far we’ve watched it twice.  A few posts detailing (and expanding on) the methods shown on the DVD:

To that end, we’ll be doing a little more repotting this weekend.  We have some pretty nice Juniperus procumbens that we’ll repot and do a rough-styling of. Check out Procumbens Juniper to repot & style for a teaser of what’s to come.

Bonsai visits, activities, and other etceteralia
Posted on July 24th, 2008 at 9:54 am by admin

Yeah, I made that word up.

July has been buzzing with bonsai.  Its the time of year that Japanese Black Pines are candled and new buds form (10 days later, like clockwork).  Deciduous trees that can be defoliated usually are in July.  Watering takes up a lot of time.

Well, I posted a few pictures of some of my recent work with JBPs (and a Loblolly) and a couple of maples in the gallery.  It always seems so drastic until they start responding about 10 days to 2 weeks later.  The new leaves and bright green buds make it all worth it.   Also, anyone wanting some inspiration ought to take a good look at some pictures from the NC Arboretum’s bonsai collection taken on a recent trip to Asheville.  Its open to the public every day I believe, with special tours on the weekends.

Upcoming Bonsai News:

  • October 11 & 12, 2008 is the Carolina Bonsai Expo (reserve that date)
  • More details later about the workshops and demonstrations
  • Nick Lenz will be the special guest artist
Meeting photos from June 28, 2008
Posted on July 8th, 2008 at 9:00 am by admin

As I’d requested, we got some good pictures of what all was going on at last month’s meeting.  It looks like we had some new faces and some old faces to go along with a few of the regulars.  Its good to have a crowd.   I detect a notable penjing theme as the subject of this month’s meeting.

Here are the images taken by Carolina …presented forthwith:

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Anyone with more info about the pictures, feel free to post a response in the comments section.

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