One Shohin...hardly.

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One Shohin...hardly.

Postby MJL » August 26th, 2018, 12:47 pm

Impressed and somewhat inspired by people like Steven, Pup, Gerard and Watto ... I thought I’d have a crack at a Shohin.

I’ve had this little native for a few years. ( I am not sure what it is but I think it’s a native.) Another nursery reject ...

Anyway - this morning I had a look and decided I could try a windswept look. I had a Tracey Francis/Murrumbung Studio pot that I thought would suit the tree.

Best part for me ... paper’ish bark on trunk and I quite like the little jins I created about a year ago - simply twisted some small branches off with Jin pliers.

Seems ok .... I hope new growth buds back on old wood. Fingers crossed I haven’t killed it to get the root mass down to size ... fingers crossed. We’ll see.

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Re: One Shohin...hardly.

Postby MJL » August 26th, 2018, 3:03 pm

The prior photo is a bit dark. Heres' a close up of the pot and trunk too.
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Re: One Shohin...hardly.

Postby Raging Bull » August 26th, 2018, 4:56 pm

Hi MJL, It's a nice pot, and I really like the trunk of this tree, but to me the pot seems to overpower the tree. Once the trunk increases in girth it would suit it, but at the moment it doesn't look strong enough to be comfortable in that pot. That's :imo: , but I'm just a beginner.
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Re: One Shohin...hardly.

Postby MJL » August 28th, 2018, 10:01 pm

Raging Bull wrote:Hi MJL, It's a nice pot, and I really like the trunk of this tree, but to me the pot seems to overpower the tree. Once the trunk increases in girth it would suit it, but at the moment it doesn't look strong enough to be comfortable in that pot. That's :imo: , but I'm just a beginner.
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Hi Frank,
Thanks for your thoughts. It would seem that you an I are both beginners. I tend to agree with you on the pot and my wee tree. The real issue is that I don't really have any worthwhile Shohin bonsai... so my pre-bonsai looks a little misplaced a nice little pot. :palm: but... I was inspired to have a crack. I'll get there.
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Re: One Shohin...hardly.

Postby MJL » September 1st, 2018, 10:13 am

A couple more Shohin; again - not great - just starting out.

This is a Grevilea
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This is an English Elm - lifted as a sucker from a park a few years back
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Re: One Shohin...hardly.

Postby MJL » September 1st, 2018, 12:01 pm

One more .... I am smiling at the title of this thread. I meant it to mean... One Shohin that's 'hardly' worthy of such a title.
Now it's turned in many Shohin - hardly worthy.

Here's another ... just a quick trim and wire.
Here's how it was looking ...
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I say that Bonsai teaches me patience... really disappointing to have broken that small brach at the from on the turntable; I bloody knew the wire I was using was too thick! :evil:
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End for now ....
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Re: One Shohin...hardly.

Postby Kieranrulz » September 1st, 2018, 12:27 pm

I enjoy your posts MJL.
As someone else starting out it’s good to see some relatable trees and pick up on the information and advice given to you. Keep em coming :tu2:
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Re: One Shohin...hardly.

Postby MJL » September 1st, 2018, 1:38 pm

Kieranrulz wrote:I enjoy your posts MJL.
As someone else starting out it’s good to see some relatable trees and pick up on the information and advice given to you. Keep em coming :tu2:



Cheers for the feedback Keiranrulz; there's room for all of us at all levels. I found when I first started about 5-6 years ago - everything seemed daunting. I don't pretend to be an expert but I am learning and I remember when I first started I wanted to see all levels of trees... that's what I like about this forum. People put up with my posts... and I get to learn so much from the experienced growers that offer up their thoughts, opinions etc...

I also get dragged into different topics. I will always love my forests and group plantings ... but more recently, Watto's good work has dragged me into Shohin!

and just before on a seperate thread from Watto - I was heartened by his use of English Elm suckers too. Why... I dug some suckers up about 4 years ago and they are some of my favourite groups and multi-trunk style pre/bonsai. Perhaps I'll post a photo or too of them. (One is already pictured on this thread posted at 11.13am today.)
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Re: One Shohin...hardly.

Postby MJL » September 1st, 2018, 1:50 pm

To follow up - I just went out in the rain to take some shots - these are my suckers.... so to speak!

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Re: One Shohin...hardly.

Postby Watto » September 1st, 2018, 2:36 pm

Shohin looks like the story of the season?
I do like the little clump.
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Re: One Shohin...hardly.

Postby MJL » September 1st, 2018, 5:35 pm

Watto wrote:Shohin looks like the story of the season?
I do like the little clump.


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