Watto's 2020 Dig Trees

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WOW Fantastic tree Watto ,hope it powers on for you. Keep us all posted. Cheers John.
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That cottoneaster.... There's movement and then there's MOOOOVEMENT.... And that trunk has MOOOOVEMENT!
:clap: very interesting! 👍
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Thank you for the kind cotoneaster comments, I hope to start a thread on this in the next few years.
Its been a week since I posted a dig tree and so the rectify that situation, here is today's effort. Its a Chinese Elm dug from my garden and it has been trimmed with the hedger a few times over the years but it was time for it to make way for other things. I have said before that it is a mistake in my view to ground grow Chinese elm because they will grow from the smallest piece of root and you end up with more than you want/need - forever!
After the dig and pot I decided to give it a good haircut and I hope in a few years it will make a reasonable bonsai around 35 to 45 cm. This has a good root system and I am confident of a successful dig.
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The senior horticultural superintendent has decreed that a few more Chinese elms must be removed as they are impacting on other plants, and thus I was out with the shovel (in the freezing cold I might add) to remove the offending feral's.
First out was a couple of smallish ones with a bit of movement.
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This one was with the other two smaller ones and I couldn't separate the three trunks so they will now be a bunch, clump, group, mini forest or something like that. The trunks are fused together in a couple of places.
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Today a mate and I went out in search of a new hawthorn dig site, a bit of reconnaissance for the good of bonsai. We searched the hills and creeks (and my golly gosh was it cool, no cold, hang on wait - it was freezing) and found a few likely customers but nothing like the old Goulburn Bonsai Society spot that has been terminated (fancy a farmer wanting to use his land to plant a crop and make money from it - where it could have been left for hawthorn digging!), anyway we took a few samples from the block (a few hundred acres), a couple of hawthorn and a plum or two.
The first example is a small plum, a wild one that I think has some potential.
One thing that is clear to me now - I am too old to be jumping creeks and climbing up and down hills.
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This plum was root connected/attached to the last one I posted so it had to come out as well so I thought I would pot it up and see what comes of it.
For a bloke who went to look at hawthorns I still managed to find a couple of plums, I think its a skill!
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Another great score Watto, you can never have enough Plums always room for more :tu:
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Watto wrote: August 24th, 2020, 6:52 am For a bloke who went to look at hawthorns I still managed to find a couple of plums, I think its a skill!
Not a bad effort! I've been inspired by your plums ( :? ) and have grabbed myself a cherry plum (prunus cerasifera) and also an almond. Not much interest to either but I'll see what I can make of these.
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Thanks Kirky and welcome to the plum gang Greg.
I did manage to get a sample of the hawthorns available. Normally when I did hawthorn I cut off most of the branching but in this instance I left two rather long branches on, trying to maximise my chances later on. That is my chances for design, not for a successful dig, this one should be fine.
I think that is it for a while, I'm not sure what I am going to do with them all. Anyway all the deciduous stuff is starting to shoot so it will be onto to some evergreens and hopefully a couple of Australian natives as long as the approval process comes back positive.
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There has been a few drinks under the bridge since the last post on this topic but today a few Goulburn Bonsai Society folks attended a dig of Casuarina and this is my two.
A fun dig with all sizes to be had.
For those who have ethical questions about digging Australian native trees, these would all be mulch in a few months and the land used for new housing, so of course I am saying these were saved from certain death by a kind bonsai deed.
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For those who were concerned, all the Cassie's are doing just fine and shooting new growth.
Last weekend the Goulburn gang when on a dig of Australian natives in true Yamadori territory, boy the hills and rough terrain knocked me about.
The species on offer were tea tree, banksia and a few gums. Even out in wild bush there were a few hawthorns which is disappointing but none of those were taken, but probably we should have taken to them with a chainsaw to get rid of them out of the beautiful wild bush.
Anyway, it might have been rough country but the pickings were terrific. I didn't dig any banksia or gums but I did manage to get a small tea tree which I think may look fantastic in a few years as a shohin (it looks like it may bud back on old wood?).
The year is nearly over so there is not much time left ..............
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Good score Watto ,great bit of movement. Just a tad jealous , all i collected from my last dig was two ticks ,one leach and a spindly little tree. Cheers John.
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Ha ha ha ha ha, I think going on a dig with Boom is off the agenda.
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Watto wrote: December 15th, 2020, 5:42 pm it might have been rough country but the pickings were terrific. I didn't dig any banksia or gums but I did manage to get a small tea tree which I think may look fantastic in a few years as a shohin (it looks like it may bud back on old wood?).

Lovely little tea tree Watto. look forward to seeing it in the future :tu:
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