You're a Bonsai machine! These are wonderful...what a variety. It's so great that you have your daughter involved too. Your work is both inspiring and reassuring...it actually can be done!
I'm not sure I'm supposed to do this (after reading the forum rules today~yikes!) however, I could really use some advice on my plants and how to get started which I have posted in the "Beginner: Help Me!" section Topic: "Starting Over...Need Advice Please?" I haven't got any responses and I could really use some help. Would you mind checking it out? I have been studying and researching steady for a week and a half now yet, I'm so afraid to do the wrong thing. I'd really appreciate some guidance if you have a little time to spare. Thanks
All in all.. Don't worry too much about doing things wrong. Worst case scenario is that your tree dies. Which is sad. More likely, and also seemingly sad: You loose a branch, get no growth for a year or your tree is sitting sadly under a tree for a while. Random mortality in your tree might help built character in the tree, which you would not have gotten yourself. Nature and life are strong, and unless you really mal-handle the plant, it will resprout.
a srub??? that was unwanted...why kill it when i can bonsai
I totally agree... I pulled one from my aunt Lucy's backyard and I still don't know what it is! Really nice collection. I wish my dad were into this... we joked around after our first bonsai meeting (he had to go with me; I only have a learner's permit) and he said, "You were one of the youngest people in the room, but then, so was I!" Especially since I could probably borrow his tools! I still haven't found a set ... but I know I'll find one eventually.
Anyway, your silver maple is really neat! I like how you have it in a natural rock hollow instead of a pot.
Also, what makes a shohin? I know it has to be a certain size, but what is the criteria, and how do you meet it?
we joked around after our first bonsai meeting (he had to go with me; I only have a learner's permit) and he said, "You were one of the youngest people in the room, but then, so was I!"
I know that when I was still living at home I used to be a serious succulent collector: Over 200 species in front of windowpanes, stockes 4 stories high on shelves in my bedroom. Naturally, I was a memer there too. And after the 15 year old me, the next youngest was in his 50-ies. You really wonder at times like that: "What am I doing here!?". And also, I often wondered: "What would my friends think" ( Thay naturally had already decided I was the odd one out, with actual living plants, and then so many of them).
At the end of the day you decide what you find interesting and like to do. So: Stick with it. Do not worry too much about it only being older people doing this (Although.. I am now only 35; Maybe old for you, but not old old yet ). Just consider: These older people have had soo much time to choose a hobbie. Yet all of these ended up deciding they like to grow miniature trees. So if it is good for them, after seeing all the other things, it cannot be bad as a hobby for you!
I totally agree with you J. Working with the bounties of our Earth is incredibly healthy and therapeudic and I think it's wonderful, Hannah that you are involved in such a great and ancient art. Studies have proven that participating in any form of art improves the quality of every aspect of one's life including studies in school. I admire you for having the courage to go outside the box. You are so very fortunate to have parents who are willing to support and even help you in your interests and hobbies.
Jelle...I luv your ferns and hostas! I have the same in my little shade bed.
Thanks you guys! Yeah, it is kind of weird being the youngest member, but that just means that I have a multitude of mentors to choose from! I participated in a workshop, where you paid the money, and you got to pick out a tree and an advanced bonsai master helped you repot it from a flower pot to a true bonsai pot. I had no less than three guys helping me!
But even though I'm really the only person in my school I know of who's into this, my friends are "odd ones out" too. We spend our lunches in the library, and we actually prefer reading to watching tv! I support their quirky hobbies, (one friend's Sailor Moon obsession, another one's knitting) and they support mine. It works.
But back to manofthetrees, your collection is awesome! I like how healthy and alive all of your trees look, especially your maples!
ha ha they'er not all doing so well i just didn't take pics of the bad ones .
i especially have a larger mugo pine that i messed up on , 2/3s of it has died and i don't know if the rest is going to make it .your not the only youngin' here, yuri is only 15 if i am correct. i wish i had started this 20 years ago i can't imagine the collection i would have now