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Postby Luzy » Tue Mar 20, 2007 12:09 pm

Pam wrote::roll: Maybe I had better post a 'during' shot here? Knobbly bits and all! :lol:


Yes, please! :D Maybe that's one of the things that scares me off - I don't get it past the 'knobby bits and all' stage :-?
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Postby Pam » Tue Mar 20, 2007 1:19 pm

Here you go Luzy - this is actually the back, because the background in the 'front' shot wants to be difficult. (Because the cart that the pot sits on is on a bit of a slope the fence palings look skew-whiff when I level the pot. :lol: )

Basically all I have done at this stage was to decide what was to be the front of the plant, and once I had removed any branches that were going I have just cut the rest back as far as I could without cutting past the foliage.

For some reason the plant is in a section of plastic garden edging sitting on top of the pot. I imagine there will be a fantastic root system in there! :D

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Postby guzzigirl » Tue Mar 20, 2007 1:23 pm

that's going to look great as a bonsai :D
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Postby Pam » Tue Mar 20, 2007 1:28 pm

Thanks to you and Luzy for the motivation for the motivation Guzzi Girl. :D
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Postby The Estate » Tue Mar 20, 2007 2:09 pm

wait till Taffy see that, WOW looking great so far :P
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Postby taffyman » Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:36 pm

WOW! :shock: :o - and you were going to tell them to 'shove' their plant? You've got rocks in your head girl. That is a magnificent skeleton. Actually, on second thoughts: No it isn't. I think I'd better take it off your hands when I see you on Sunday just to save you any further embarassment - might make some nice firewood :twisted:
Wherever you got that one from, you should go back and see if they have any more - could always do with some more firewood down this way :-? :lol: If that isn't a very presentable tree within 12 months or less then I'll be very surprised.
THAT'S what I've been saying about hunting round ordinary garden nurseries for material instead of Bonsai nurseries. Could you imagine what that sort of material would have cost you in a Bonsai nursery? I shudder to think. If it has a 3 inch trunk then it has to be a few years old, so I don't think you would get it for less than $100.00 - or quite possibly even more.
You've got the makings of an excellent tree there Pam. Let it reward you for buying it by making it into a nice looking Bonsai.
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Postby Pam » Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:32 am

Taffy, they definitely don't have any more of them. I'd happily give it to you for firewood, except there isn't enough of it even for kindling, so I will save you the trouble of having to cart it all the way home!:lol:
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Postby Pam » Wed Mar 21, 2007 7:34 am

You still with us there Luzy? You haven't passed out from shock or anything? :lol:

Give it a couple of weeks and it will be full of new growth.
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Postby Spider Lily » Wed Mar 21, 2007 4:25 pm

THAT looks great Pam!!! Well done. I will be following this with great interest. I'm sure in a couple of months it will be looking even better!
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Postby midgin » Wed Mar 21, 2007 4:37 pm

It looks like a Bonsai to me, in it's present shape. 8) 8)
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Postby The Estate » Wed Mar 21, 2007 4:53 pm

midgin wrote:It looks like a Bonsai to me, in it's present shape. 8) 8)


me too :oops:
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Postby DrDuncs » Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:31 pm

Go for it Pam :!:
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Postby Pam » Fri Apr 20, 2007 6:39 pm

Well Taffy came with his you-beaut bonsai cutters a few weeks ago (Thanks taffy :D ), and in the meantime I have been diligently checking it every day for butterfly eggs (boy, do the butterflies love that plant), and pinching out growing tips. I figured doing this would encourage it to shoot further down the stem, which it is doing very well.

Before long, I can see I will have to find a pot for it because I'll have run out of stuff to do to it. :lol:
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Postby Luzy » Fri Apr 20, 2007 6:55 pm

Surely you're not impatient :?:
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Postby The Estate » Fri Apr 20, 2007 7:00 pm

How about a progress (P) :roll:
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Postby Pam » Fri Apr 20, 2007 7:04 pm

Luzy wrote:Surely you're not impatient :?:


Only to get the use of the pot that it's in, Luzy! :lol:

I just ventured out in the dark to get a pic (what's a snake or two when there's a pic to be gotten? :lol: ) - it's not a very good one, still struggling to work out the new camera after nearly 2 months:roll: , but you can see it's only a fraction of the size it was originally.

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Actually, I was thinking, Taffy, it looks a bit s***ty - maybe I should let you have it after all?!

Or not! :twisted:
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Postby Pam » Fri Apr 20, 2007 7:10 pm

I don't know why that plastic garden edging stuff is stuck on the top of the pot. I'm guessing it probably hides a fairly interesting root system, but haven't really had the chance to investigate it yet.

The terracotta bowl that it is planted in is over a metre wide, and I can think of sooooo many uses for it.
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Postby The Estate » Fri Apr 20, 2007 7:18 pm

OMG is that the same one that was on the trailor a few weeks back :shock:
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Postby Pam » Fri Apr 20, 2007 7:21 pm

Sure is! Din'cha think I'd do it?:lol:
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Postby The Estate » Fri Apr 20, 2007 7:23 pm

Pam wrote:Sure is! Din'cha think I'd do it?:lol:
well yes I did :roll: but :? but it will look great in a few years time :P or maybe lots of years time :shock:
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