Eucalyptus rubida 'The Deer Stick '

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Re: Eucalyptus rubida 'The Deer Stick '

Post by hugh grant » December 8th, 2017, 9:56 am

Sno wrote:Hi Kevin . My updated thoughts on the dead wood ? Long term (20 years ;) ) it's got to go . At this stage the story of its origin adds interest.
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I'd love to hear your elaborated thoughts on this, why must the the deadwood go at some point ?
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Re: Eucalyptus rubida 'The Deer Stick '

Post by Sno » December 8th, 2017, 4:40 pm

Hi Hugh . I've not been sure about keeping the deadwood , to my eye it's a bit to heavy and it dominates a bit .for me the trunk is more interesting ,Watto is correct when he implies my photography is not up to standard ;) .The base is quite powerful on its own . I've brought the trunk line back over the base and the dead wood leans out a bit which to me is a bit confusing to the eye . I'm hoping to lessen this by growing the foliage around it . It may need some carving to make it more natural looking kind of more like an old trunk rather than what it does now . I'm not in a rush to cut it off because it's hard to glue it back on .


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Post by Boics » December 8th, 2017, 7:37 pm

Where are they all?

Well I actually saw a bunch of really interesting Eucalyptus tree's on the link you posted Mike!
Thanks for sharing!
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Post by Sno » February 16th, 2018, 3:50 pm

A little update on my endeavors to turn a stump into a bonsai . Well it settled into its new home for now quite well and was pushing good growth . A month ago I wired the main branches using aluminum wire threaded through plastic tubing to minimize wire scar . Two weeks ago I cut back all the new shoots . Today I removed the wire because it has started to bud up everywhere as Eucs do . I've been heavy feeding the area where the new root shot .
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Post by Sno » April 21st, 2019, 2:36 pm

It's been a busy year for me this year so I haven't done much bonsai wise . I think it's paid off .
This tree wasn't repotted and besides one quick trim around February has been left do its own thing . Water, sunshine and the odd feed .
The trunk above the 'stick' has thickened and there is a fair bit more ramification happening . It needs a haircut but that can wait till spring . Today I moved it to its winter home where it gets more sun and pruned off the odd bit that was going nowhere . I need to find a more appropriate size pot for it before the next repot but it will depend on what's happened to the roots whether it gos into a smaller pot .
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Re: Eucalyptus rubida 'The Deer Stick '

Post by MJL » April 21st, 2019, 4:32 pm

Happy Easter Sno-day! A couple of ripping posts today. [THUMBS UP SIGN]

I have never seen this thread before and after a few hrs in the garden, it’s been enjoyable to neck a beer and very interesting to read the thread from the beginning. I am still smiling at R3’s comment about the Beer can at the start.

I reckon this is a really intriguing progression and I love the historical context... the deer story.

Regarding the deadwood - right up until the end I thought “keep the deadwood” .... it reminded me of some of John’s (boom64’s) good work with a rugged big ol’ Jin on some natives ... but I reckon here - it overpowers the living tree - unless the living tree is destined to become much bigger.

So, this amateur is now in the remove camp - I may be alone in that camp! If the tree was to remain around this size - perhaps the deadwood can be broken and hollowed - so that in some way the history of the tree is maintained - there’s still a reference to the past but time and the elements have withered the deadwood so that it looks more like a bird nest or perch - perhaps like in the photo below.
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Cheers for the post Craig, a ripper.

I look forward to watching it progress.


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Re: Eucalyptus rubida 'The Deer Stick '

Post by boom64 » April 21st, 2019, 8:30 pm

Hi Craig ,
Good year of growth ,the no hands approach has certainly paid of. Watching this one for future inspiration. Cheers John.

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Re: Eucalyptus rubida 'The Deer Stick '

Post by Boics » April 21st, 2019, 9:01 pm

What does Grant call it?
Masterful inactivity or something?

Looking good, I'm in the "reduce" camp but there is no rush.
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