An Olive ... I Picked

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Re: An Olive ... I Picked

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Old mate blowing some magic dust on it..can all do with some of that :cool:
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This post is for John (Boom64) in relation to a question he raised off his thread "Finally some flowers" here:viewtopic.php?f=6&t=27641

John, the Olive still represents a challenge. Below are photos from today. These photos show why I have kept the straight bit - on that older extending piece, I get olives (see the little fruits appearing - very cool, I reckon.) I believe it is not easy to get olives on a Bonsai (I may be wrong.) Anyway, why cut off the hand that feeds you ... so to speak.

As this thread showed perviously - I tried bending it, until it broke a little but when I removed the clamp, it basically straightened back up. I may have removed the clamp too early. At last there's now a little bend for my efforts. :)

Regardless, my current thoughts are to disguise the straight bit with the vigorous new growth. It's already starting to happen.

Also, that invasive little weed in the pot - I have been told to remove it. I have been told to keep it because it's not damaging the tree and it provides an interesting ground cover. In truth, I know not what to do but I tried to rid myself of it, and it came charging back!! So it wins, now I keep it. Indeed, I reckon this weed climbing up the straight trunk and hanging/draping down... may look fantastic! Am I breaking every rule here? :tounge: Who knows. ;)

This is one of my favourite trees which I purchased from a Vietnamese bonsai show. I love that it is 'different'; I really enjoy the design challenge (and that it grows olives :shifty: )
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Re: An Olive ... I Picked

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Hi Mark ,
Thanks for the update. Funny how you see hundreds of Trees online and only a few make a permanent impression .This was one of them. The straightness I think is a real asset. Yes ,I know I would have tried to put some movement originally but maybe that would have been a mistake. The contrast with the zig zag of the smaller branches and the apex give it a certain uniqueness. Strength comes to mind. Great tree in my opinion and can only get better .Enjoy the Olives. Hope I have not waffled on to much. I will post up the tree with dead straight sections I have .
Cheers John.
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Cheers John. No need to apologise for waffle. Firstly, you didn’t waffle and secondly - I am possibly this forum’s biggest waffler!! :lol:

Glad you like the tree. It’s a real divider - I have had two experienced members at our club debate the tree. One says poo-tickets, start again (or words to that effect) another says “this tree is what Bonsai is all about”. And there lies the subjective nature of our hobby. Have a good day.
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An Olive ... I Picked

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Repotted this today ... smaller but deeper oval pot ... a little bit of the Mediterranean in the colour too. This tree brings me joy ... it’s not a classic design - indeed, I am not sure it is a ‘design’ but I think it is improving - getting more interesting, complex and perhaps somehow more cohesive? Even with the straight bit ...
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That's a beautiful new pot for your olive, I'm jealous. The pot really suits that tree, much better than the dinner plate you had it on before ;) . I also like that tree because it "different". :yes:
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Raging Bull wrote:That's a beautiful new pot for your olive, I'm jealous. The pot really suits that tree, much better than the dinner plate you had it on before ;) . I also like that tree because it "different". :yes:
C’mon Frank - it is an olive .... food and plates go together... no? Image. As usual - cheers for the feedback. Hope you’re enjoying the surf too!


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Re: An Olive ... I Picked

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Good to see again Mark. Improving every update , pot is a cool choice. Great asset the straight bit....Cheers John.
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