[GavinG] Berberis "Little Favourite"

Create the best possible Shohin sized bonsai from raw, untrained stock over a period of 14 months between 1st August 2011 and 31st October 2012. Entry posts must be made by 31st August 2011.

Re: [GavinG] Berberis "Little Favourite"

Postby GavinG » August 28th, 2012, 4:31 pm

As it stands,

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This was the front, but most of the growth is at the back:

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This might end up being the front:

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It'll be another few weeks before repotting - still cold here. The pot will be too large this year, smaller next year.

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Re: [GavinG] Berberis "Little Favourite"

Postby bodhidharma » August 28th, 2012, 5:00 pm

They are a great little subject and dont know why we dont see more :lost: Has it flowered for you yet :?: or do you prune too hard at the moment.
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Re: [GavinG] Berberis "Little Favourite"

Postby GavinG » August 29th, 2012, 7:35 pm

No flowers yet. Not sure why they're not grown, they can get some good strong trunks in the ground, and they're tough. Just not Fashionable Darling. (And a tad vicious with the barbs.)

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Re: [GavinG] Berberis "Little Favourite"

Postby GavinG » October 29th, 2012, 6:36 pm

FINAL SUBMISSION:

This is how it is now, still over-potted, and with little branch structure yet. I expect to spend at least five years building branches:

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This is more the proportion of pot that I will be aiming for:

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Here it is with a ruler,

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a battery for scale,

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headphones,

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and an upright grand piano, in proportion.

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Thanks to those who set this up, and to those who contributed.

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Re: [GavinG] Berberis "Little Favourite"

Postby Daluke » January 4th, 2018, 10:08 pm

Any updates on this guy??
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Re: [GavinG] Berberis "Little Favourite"

Postby Thymetraveller » January 5th, 2018, 9:06 am

I'd love an update too, but on a non-bonsai note I have nevrr seen an upright grand piano before!!!!
Can you tell me more about it? Do the strings go all the way up? Or is the top half just for decoration?
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Re: [GavinG] Berberis "Little Favourite"

Postby GavinG » January 6th, 2018, 2:48 pm

Not good news on the tree - all three "Little Favourites" that I've had have died from root rot within a couple of years. Maybe preventative fungicide doses through the year might have been the solution. Great trees, but I can't keep them alive.

Thymetraveller, the piano is a full-length Viennese grand piano from around 1820, with vertical strings to the top and a vertically-swinging action that was rapidly superseded, being a Nasty Piece of Work. For my sins, I collect early pianos.

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Re: [GavinG] Berberis "Little Favourite"

Postby dansai » January 6th, 2018, 3:48 pm

I can only imagine you have lots of old pianos then Gavin!
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Re: [GavinG] Berberis "Little Favourite"

Postby GavinG » January 7th, 2018, 2:59 pm

Nasty imagination you have dansai..... But yes.

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