The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.: Blog https://www.ttsbe.org/blog en-us (C) The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc. webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:32:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:32:00 GMT https://www.ttsbe.org/img/s/v-12/u704572600-o139776756-50.jpg The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.: Blog https://www.ttsbe.org/blog 120 110 TTSBE Tropical Foster Care Day (11-04-2018) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2018/11/ttsbe-tropical-foster-care-day-11-04-2018 Winter is just around the corner so we gathered our volunteers to help with getting our imperial size tropicals into the greenhouse. But first, we have to trim them to fit though the door of the greenhouse.

A few pictures of the trees before trimming...

Our volunteer measuring the tree to see if it will fit through the door.

More trimming.

Taking down the shade cloth.

After trimming.

It takes a village to move these trees!

One down, three more to go...

These trees will stay in their temporary greenhouse until Spring.

Some of you might remember this little guy from last year.  He still lives here on the same Cedar Elm forest!

 

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit TTSBE TTSBE Foster Day https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2018/11/ttsbe-tropical-foster-care-day-11-04-2018 Mon, 05 Nov 2018 21:54:44 GMT
TTSBE Foster Care Day (02-12-2017) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2017/2/ttsbe-foster-day-02-12-2017 Repotting day for a few more of our collection bonsai.

Our dear volunteers gathered again bright and early.

Before pictures.

Working on trimming and cleaning the branches before repotting.

This one sure needs to be repotted. 

Our TTSBE soil mix.

Ready for its new soil.

There are a lot of different ways to tie a screen to the pot's drain holes.  Here're two different ways and they both work.

We will end this blog post with a picture of the Chinese quince in its environment.  Be patient, little tree, Spring is just around the corner.

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Bonsai Exhibit TTSBE TTSBE Foster Day Texas The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2017/2/ttsbe-foster-day-02-12-2017 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 02:15:00 GMT
TTSBE Foster Care Day (01-13-2017) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2017/1/ttsbe-foster-care-day-01-13-2017 Day 2 of Kathy Shaner Foster day.  We met bright and early to work on TTSBE trees.

Before picture of Boxwood #145:

After picture:  This old Collected Japanese Boxwood was repotted into a new (but vintage) Sara Rayner pot, giving the whole composition a lighter and more elegant look. This tree is about 50 years old, originally collected in Dallas, and donated to the Exhibit in 2012.

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This old Collected Japanese Boxwood was repotted into a new (but vintage) Sara Rayner pot, giving the whole composition a lighter and more elegant look. This tree is about 50 years old, was originally collected in Dallas, and was donated to the Exhibit in 2012.

Before picture:

Cleaned the inside and outside of this juniper.

Found some bugs inside and cleaned it with some alcohol and water.

Design change.  Prepare to view surgery performed on a tree trunk.

Viola!  All cleaned up and will be left to grow until our next Foster Care Day.

Another tree:  Drain holes were drilled for this Hackberry.

Working on cleaning the tree trunk.

Look at all the beautiful berries!

Before picture:

Working on trimming the leaves to encourage smaller new leaves.

Before picture:

Trimming and wiring to get it ready for Spring.

Wiring a Bald Cypress.

Before picture of a Cedar Elm:

Notice the two rocks in the pot? Next repotting session, we will try and incorporate that into the design and repot this tree at a different angle.

Working on an oak tree.

After view:

We will end this post with a few beautiful drawings from our talented artist.

 

 

 

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Bonsai Exhibit Kathy Shaner States TTSBE TTSBE Foster Day Texas The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2017/1/ttsbe-foster-care-day-01-13-2017 Sat, 14 Jan 2017 02:30:00 GMT
TTSBE Foster Care Day (01-12-2017) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2017/1/ttsbe-foster-care-day-01-12-2017 We welcome Kathy Shaner once again to our TTSBE Foster Care Day.  We are very thankful to have her as our curator to see to the health and styling of our TTSBE Trees.

A few months have gone by since we put up our extension for the tropical species and it has been holding up well.

A little bit of adjusting the clamps and we are good to go for another few months until the weather is warm again.

Kathy examining a juniper.

Found some tiny little brown specks that could be spider mites. 

Kathy asked one of our volunteers to spray it really well with water to remove them.

Trimming the Brazilian Rain Tree.

Per Kathy's instruction, our experienced volunteer started trimming a beautiful ficus that was recently donated to TTSBE.  

As all these go on, our dear friend is always there waiting and guarding our bonsai wires.

A few before and after pictures of Kathy showing us how to clean up the branches to facilitate the healing of the tree.

 

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After:

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Sometimes a brown marker can be of great help.  Here she colored and dotted the truck so that the white look of the wound disappeared as you look at it from far away.

After:

Another volunteer wiring the branches of a Cedar Elm.

Nicely done.

A few pieces of bark fell off this tree.  No worries, we can fix that...

There is an area with no bark and a round wound.  No worries, we can fix that too...

Artist at work.

This was the almost finished picture.  I did not take an after picture.  Believe me, it looked a lot better than before.

Here we see a hole on the top of this Cedar Elm and it will trap rainwater and eventually cause rotting of the trunk.

The solution:  Make a drain hole through the truck.

Volunteers took turns holding and stabilizing the tree.

Decided to change pots for the ash juniper, tree # 57E, in our collection.

Took it out from the old pot.

Soak the roots really well.

Reduced root ball and wired it into its new pot.

Fill up with soil and we are good to go.

In its new pot.

An example of what planting angle can do to your perception of the tree.  Below is the current planting angle of Tree #51.

By rotating and slightly tilting the pot, we see the third trunk and thus adds interest to the tree.

Finally, Tree #58E, an Ash Juniper about to get its "hair cut".

A different planting angle was also decided for the next repotting session.

After a whole day of work, all our volunteers felt the same as our dear buddy here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) (01-12-2017) Care Day Foster Kathy Shaner TTSBE TTSBE Foster Day The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2017/1/ttsbe-foster-care-day-01-12-2017 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:15:00 GMT
TTSBE Board Meeting (08-14-2016) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/8/ttsbe-board-meeting-08-14-2016 Great news! Our future TTSBE bonsai exhibit at Zilker Botanical Garden is moving along quite nicely.  With the support of the newly established Conservancy (a non-profit group which works closely with the City of Austin and PARD to oversee and coordinate the Zilker Park development), we are asked to provide a unified design of the buildings.  Numerous sub-committee meetings were needed to finalize the master plan and create a 3D rendering for presentation and fund raising.

We spent the morning before the meeting to repot a few of our donated tropicals.

The recent rain together with the hard work of our caretaker brought you these beautiful blooms on this bougainvillea, 'Pink Pixie'.

Since we have limited green house space, we will be selling this beautiful ficus.  If you are interested, please notify us as soon as possible.  Specimen this size is truly impressive.

To provide some guidance in the size of this particular Ficus, we need to borrow one of our volunteers.

A volunteer busy mixing bonsai soil for the tropicals.

Purple bloom on this bougainvillea.

Bonsai artists at work.

Need to reduce the roots during repotting.

Another healthy ficus.  You can see some mycorrhizae in the roots.  Mycorrhiza is a symbiotic fungus that helps the plants absorb nutrients.

A closer look.

Contemplating the size of the pot to use.

More repotting and trimming.

Watering afterwards.

We were very fortunate to have finished repotting before the rain.

Thanks to our observant bonsai caretaker, we have another picture to share with you!

 

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Bonsai TTSBE TTSBE Board Meeting The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/8/ttsbe-board-meeting-08-14-2016 Mon, 15 Aug 2016 01:15:00 GMT
TTSBE Board Meeting (08-07-2016) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/8/ttsbe-board-meeting-08-07-2016 Prior to our board meeting, we checked on our collection trees and removed some wires on a few trees.

This Chinese Quince was donated to us by Audrey Lanier and took Kathy Shaner a few hours to wire the whole tree.  It looked absolutely magnificent from this angle!

A close up of the detailed wiring.

I love this picture of our volunteer admiring the tree.

Removing wires from a maple.

Before removing wires from this live oak.

All these wires need to come off.

Starting to clip off the thick wires.

After all the wires were removed.

We rotated the tree 180 degrees so that the other side could get enough sun too.

Since we did not see a critter this time, we will end with a picture of our furry friend.

 

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Board Bonsai TTSBE The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit meeting https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/8/ttsbe-board-meeting-08-07-2016 Mon, 08 Aug 2016 03:30:00 GMT
TTSBE Tropical Foster Care Day (7-17-2016) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/7/ttsbe-tropical-foster-care-day-7-17-2016 Let us start off with my favorite picture of the day.  This pulley system creates an illusion of a levitating tree!  We will get to the process later on.

On a Sunday morning, volunteers gathered at MBP Bonsai Studio to help repot two big ficus, assist in trimming and maintain the rest of our TTSBE collection trees.

We noticed that the leaves on our Cedar Elm forest were very yellow and a closer examination led us to believe that it could be infected by fungal spores.

We found fungal spores on some leaves.

As we figure out our next step, another shade cloth was put up to protect the Cedar Elm forest from the harsh summer sun.

Here you can see a volunteer measuring the tree to see how much we need to trim off for it to fit through our green house door when winter comes along.

Once we knew the dimensions, volunteers trim away.

Working on a Ficus salicifolia donated by the Pipitone family.

Look at these tiny figs!!

A Ficus microcarpa also donated by the Pipitone family.

Now you get to see how we repot bigger trees.

All strapped in and ready to go.

The pot was removed and roots were trimmed.

Bottom view.

It was a hot sunny day, so we made sure to spray plenty of water to keep the roots moist.

Back to the levitating tree picture.

The pot was cleaned and drain holes were prepared.

The pot, now filled with some bonsai soil, was then moved underneath the tree.

The pot was raised to meet the tree and the straps were removed.

This is how we tied the tree to its pot without damaging the roots on top.

The tree was moved back to its stand and more soil was added.

Moving our next tree to the repotting area. 

We took this ficus out of the wooden box and will need to trim the roots further for it to fit into a bonsai pot.

View of the roots.

There are still thick mud stuck between the roots so we used some water to wash it away.

Preparing the pot for the tree and further reducing the roots.

Looking more like a bonsai.

These are just a few of our dedicated volunteers that happened to be around for me to get a picture.  We have more volunteers around the corner still working hard.

Back on its stand.

More soil added.

Watering well before leaving.

If you have been following our TTSBE blog, you might notice that we always manage to come upon an insect of some sort during our foster days.  Let me leave you with a picture of two earth worms this time.

 

 

 

 

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Bonsai MBP Studio TTSBE TTSBE Foster Day The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/7/ttsbe-tropical-foster-care-day-7-17-2016 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 03:00:00 GMT
TTSBE Tropical Foster Care Day (07-03-2016) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/7/ttsbe-tropical-foster-care-day-07-03-2016 After about a month of resting beneath the oak trees, the tropicals are ready to be repotted.  Our hard-at-work volunteer mixed pine bark with our soil mix to get ready for the event.

Preparing bonsai pots for the trees.

Transporting the trees to our working area.

We had to cut around the pot to get the tree out.

Washing the old soil away.

On a previous blog post, we mentioned that some deer had been munching on our narrow leaf ficus.  After a month of rest, all of these trees have new leaves and are looking better then before.  Maybe deer know how to do bonsai after all.

Here we can see a volunteer repotting a Campeche logwood donated to us by Dario Octaviano.

Some insecticide chalk lines were drawn to prevent ant damage.

Our strong volunteer carrying a narrow leaf ficus forest donated by the estate of Dr. Donald Green.  It is ready to go into a fresh bonsai container.

Old soil was removed and roots were trimmed.

More repotting work.

Our bonsai friend was there to cheer us on.

Look at the flowers on this buttonwood! They sure look pretty.

These newly repotted trees get their water and will be put back into the grow area.

A big thank you to all our volunteers for repotted 15 bonsai that day!

We tend to come across a different insect every time we gather.  This time, we will end this blog post by showing you a picture of a cute tarantula that we found inside one of the soil containers.  

 

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Bonsai Day Foster Lakeview TTSBE TTSBE Foster Day The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit Tropical care https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/7/ttsbe-tropical-foster-care-day-07-03-2016 Mon, 04 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMT
TTSBE Board Meeting (06-12-2016) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/6/ttsbe-board-meeting-06-12-2016 We found out that the deer have been helping us with trimming the tropical bonsai from our donation last month.  They have very particular diets because they only munch on narrow leaf ficus and nothing else.  So the board decided to meet and built a barrier fence.

Luckily it is summer and these trees will grow back their leaves in a few weeks.

After pounding for a while, we found that there was not enough dirt to put up fence posts.

One of our board members suggested that we could use some of our existing trash cans with soil in them to act as temporary fence posts.

Our volunteers load up the truck to transport the heavy trash cans.

Our cheerful driver.

Unloading at the site.

The make shift fence area finished.

We always enjoy seeing our furry friend.

Final checking on the trees before leaving.

Further trimming on some tall ficus.

We were lucky enough to meet this little critter in the afternoon.  Until next time...

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Bonsai TTSBE TTSBE Board meeting The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/6/ttsbe-board-meeting-06-12-2016 Mon, 13 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT
TTSBE Board Meeting (05-07-2016) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/6/ttsbe-board-meeting It is time for our ficus to come out from the green house!  

What a nice day to do some trimming and fertilizing on our bonsai trees!

Thanks to Mike and Candy Hansen, we got to sample different flavored M&M's during our board meeting.  Which one is your favorite?

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) TTSBE TTSBE Board Meeting The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/6/ttsbe-board-meeting Sun, 08 May 2016 02:45:00 GMT
Testing our watering system. https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/5/water-testing-on-our-pilot-site Four new trees were brought to our pilot site to test our new watering system.

Updates:

More than a month has gone by and our watering system seems to be holding up great.  Many thanks to our volunteers for signing up to go check on the trees daily.

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) TTSBE The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/5/water-testing-on-our-pilot-site Wed, 04 May 2016 02:45:00 GMT
Andy Graham Tree donation https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/5/andy-graham-tree-donation A group of four volunteers, including Joey, drove down to South Texas to bring back some bonsai trees donated by Andy Graham.

"It has been a long weekend, but also a fun one spent with good bonsai friends.  I'd like to thank everyone for the gift of their time and hard work.  The effort we put into the Exhibit is a collaborative one, and each person helps to make everything go so smooth.  We spent an entire day loading and driving, and the next day unloading & sorting with some repotting and trimming both at Lakeview and later at MBP.  Thank you everyone for all the energy.  A BIG thank you to Andy for donating these wonderful trees to TTSBE and helping our Exhibit! "  -  Joey

They started driving really early in the morning...

After the long drive, the whole car was covered with bugs.

They finally arrived at Andy's place.

Look at the size of that Narrow Leaf Ficus in front!

Taking a rest before getting ready to load up the truck.

Two in and a lot more to move.

Had to cut this one down quite a bit to fit into the truck.

The next day.

 

After the trees were unloaded, we then proceed to number and take pictures for our database.  A small number were repotted and trimmed.  The following pictures showed just a few of these magnificent trees.

One of our volunteers was kind enough to stay late to trim and repot.

There is still a lot of work to be done but right now, these bonsai just need to rest under the oak trees to recover from the long drive. 

 
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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Andy Graham TTSBE The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/5/andy-graham-tree-donation Mon, 02 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT
TTSBE Foster Day at Persimmon Hill 04-13-2016 https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/5/ttsbe-foster-day-at-persimmon-hill-04-13-2016 We started day two of Foster Day by evaluating and pricing some donated bonsai in our collection.

Another one of the donated trees.

Volunteers always learn a lot just by listening to Kathy's recommendations.

Lots of hands-on experience.

More trimming.

This Trident Maple had a leaf fungus that Kathy wanted to eradicate.  She gave a volunteer instructions to cut off all the infected leaves and had him spray the tree with a fungicide.

Before spraying and trimming.

After spraying and trimming.

Volunteers took turn cutting off the leaves.

This close-up look shows that we cut the leaves off very close to the branches.  By doing it this way, the very end of the stems will fall off faster and buds will come out quicker in the spring.  During autumn, we will leave longer leaf stems so they will take more time to fall off, thus delaying bud growth.

Another view.

We took some time off looking at some stones that our volunteer brought to us.

Of course our bonsai buddy is keeping us company.

This volunteer did a really nice job wiring the tree.

Kathy working on a Cedar Elm.

Kathy looking at a Live Oak.

Observing the health of this pine tree.

We will end this blog post with a picture of a tiny critter.  Its color blended right in with the stem of the maple!! 

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Exhibit Foster day 04-13-2016 Kathy Shaner State TTSBE TTSBE Foster Day Texas The https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/5/ttsbe-foster-day-at-persimmon-hill-04-13-2016 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT
TTSBE Foster Day at Lakeview Bonsai (04-12-2016) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/5/ttsbe-foster-day-at-lakeview-bonsai-04-12-2016 It is always a pleasure to visit with Kathy Shaner.  Once again, she came to give advice on TTSBE trees and to have her seminar on deadwood carving and tree refinement.

Here you see everyone pondering over Kathy's question of how we could improve this particular Cedar elm.

My dear backdrop holder at work again.

Original potting angle.

Future potting angle.  It turns out that a slight change of angle in the pot will make a huge difference.  Do you agree?

Here you can see Kathy checking the wires underneath the pot to see if the tree is secured.

A quick and easy way to fix missing bark is shown here.

Some bark is removed from other parts of the tree and glued into the empty space.  It can then be colored to blend in and the bare area will be less noticeable.

Our artist at work again.

A nicely trimmed Brazilian Rain Tree. 

Another Brazilian Rain Tree before trimming.

After a few minutes of magic, it is looking more like a bonsai tree already.

Using a chopstick to create more space between the trunks.

Adding more soil.

Wiring the branches.

Giving a slight trim to this juniper.

Bonsai weight-lifting.

Using a dead branch to demonstrate how to secure a tree to its pot. 

This piece of wood resembles a water dragon!  Can you see it too?

 

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Bonsai Exhibit State TTSBE Foster Day Texas The https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/5/ttsbe-foster-day-at-lakeview-bonsai-04-12-2016 Wed, 13 Apr 2016 03:00:00 GMT
Zilker Garden Festival 2016 https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/4/zilker-garden-festival-2016 We arrived bright and early this morning to set up the educational display in the Greene Room and also brought along three different bonsai trees to put on the TTSBE stands near the pond area.

Unloading is easier with more volunteers.

Beginning the set up by laying out table cloths.

Meanwhile, our sign designer gets ready to put up this beautiful sign by the display area.

Attaching the sign to the fence.

Securing the bonsai to the stand.

Inside the Greene Room.

There will be daily demonstrations by the Austin Bonsai Society and members available to answer any questions you have about this art.  Please join us at the Zilker Garden Festival this weekend (April 2nd - 3rd, 2016, 10am - 5 pm) to view our bonsai trees and see this 130+ years old Japanese Boxwood in person.  We look forward to meeting you!

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) 2016 Bonsai Exhibit Festival Garden State TTSBE Texas The Zilker https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/4/zilker-garden-festival-2016 Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:10:00 GMT
Pilot Display 3-26-2016 https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/3/pilot-display-3-26-2016 There is a Japanese Garden Tour Program at Zilker Botanical Garden and that gives us a perfect opportunity to put some trees on our new stands.  Three trees are carefully loaded onto the club car to be transported to the site.

A few days ago, our talented volunteer put bamboo trimmings on the fence. 

Trident maple and Japanese maple on the stands.

Another view with the Japanese maple in front.

Chinese Quince is last to go onto the stand.

Our Pilot Display Area looks so much more alive with bonsai trees on the stands.

Evan Taniguchi giving a tour of the garden.

It was such a nice day that we decided to have our board meeting outside.

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Bonsai Pilot installation Pilot installation 3-26-2016 TTSBE TTSBE Pilot Project Texas The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit Zilker Botanical Garden Zilker Park https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/3/pilot-display-3-26-2016 Sun, 27 Mar 2016 04:00:00 GMT
Pilot Display installation at Zilker Botanical Garden, part 2 (2-28-2016) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/3/pilot-display-installation-at-zilker-park-part-2-2-28-2016 Volunteers gather at Zilker Botanical Garden once again to get ready for the installation.

A lot of measuring and pounding to make sure that the stakes are in the correct places.

A little raking done to get the fencing to go flush against the ground.

A perfect time to show off some bonsai wiring skills.

Starting to lay down the fencing wires.

Reed fencing waiting its turn.

More people means more fun and the possibility of getting done faster?!

Securing the reed fence to the wire fence.

Good friends = good times.

Cutting bamboo to fit and cover up the green poles.

As we work, some visitors were very interested in our project and lingered to talk to us.

Installation of the gate.

The gate and poles were spray painted to better match the surroundings.

Final clean up for the day.

Back view.  We still need to come back and put more bamboo trimmings.

Front view. April will soon be upon us, as will the trees upon their stands. Stay tuned!

 

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Bonsai Pilot installation Pilot installion 2-28-2016 TTSBE TTSBE Pilot Project Texas The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit Zilker Botanical Garden Zilker Park https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/3/pilot-display-installation-at-zilker-park-part-2-2-28-2016 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT
TTSBE Foster Day at Persimmon Hill (2-21-2016) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/3/ttsbe-foster-day-at-persimmon-hill-2-21-2016 Spring is early this year and some TTSBE trees are due for repotting!  We have our regular volunteers and some new friends joining us at Persimmon Hill to do some root-pruning and repotting.

There are different goals to root-pruning.  Some trees have been living in their pots for a while and their roots have outgrown the pots so eventually the overall health of the trees will deteriorate.  Other trees could have been collected and have never been in a bonsai pot so their roots need to be pruned to fit into the pot.  Some good examples are the juniper and the oak tree as seen in the following pictures.

Everyone busy at work.

New volunteers are always welcome.  They get to work on several maple trees this time.

Volunteering for TTSBE events provide great learning opportunities.

Another maple tree repotted.

Taking the tree out of its pot and combing out its root system. 

Putting new soil into the pot so the tree can grow again.

Trimming some branches off on the left.

Branches are checked and extra ones trimmed.

Removing a thick branch.

Making sure all the wires are in the correct place before putting the tree in its pot.

Trimming the roots so the tree has more room to grow.

The juniper out of its nursery pot...

and into a bonsai pot!!

The live oak in its pot.

Of course, we have to include a picture of our furry friend.

Some TTSBE trees anxiously waiting to be seen at Zilker Botanical Garden.

 

 

 

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Bonsai Exhibit Persimmon Hill TTSBE TTSBE Foster Day The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/3/ttsbe-foster-day-at-persimmon-hill-2-21-2016 Mon, 22 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Pilot Display installation at Zilker Botanical Garden (1-24-2016) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/1/pilot-installation-at-zilker-park What an exciting day for all of us volunteers!  After our board meeting at Zilker Botanical Garden, we went and installed three beautiful stands built by our volunteer and also marked out our Pilot Display Area.

Transporting the bonsai stands down to the display area.

Unloading the stands.

Impressive attention to details can be seen in these stands.

Our proud and talented craftsman.

Adjusting the level of the stands.

Leveling the ground for the stands.

Anchoring the stands in the ground. A lot of pounding...

Some positions of the rocks need to be changed.

Final raking and sweeping under the stands.

Group picture time!

Stands in place and area marked out with yellow tape.

Everyone took a moment to admire the stands.

View from the corner of Taniguchi Garden.

More survey work.

The bonsai stands are now ready to display TTSBE trees to the general public.

We are happy to announce that we are one step closer to having TTSBE in Zilker Botanical Garden and our Pilot Display should be up and running within a few months.  Stay tuned...

 

 

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Bonsai Pilot installation Pilot installion 1-24-2016 TTSBE TTSBE Pilot Project Texas The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit Zilker Botanical Garden Zilker Park https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2016/1/pilot-installation-at-zilker-park Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Soil sieving day 12-13-2105 https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/12/soil-sieving-day Repotting season will be here sooner than we think so we want to get all our soil mix ready.  Although it started as a drizzly morning, the light rain stopped late morning and we were able to get out there to prepare the soil.  As we walked down the trail, we were greeted by this beautiful maple in its fall color.

Another magnificent Ginkgo tree.

Our friend started by doing a yoga pose - downward facing dog.

Preparing and sieving the lava rocks.

Sieving pine bark.

Our furry friend kept us company.

Equal parts of lava and pine bark mixed together with a sprinkle of fertilizer.  

The soil mixture is then stored in bins for our trees to use.

Ending this blog post with a fun picture of a dog that looks like a duck in his favorite spot.

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Bonsai Exhibit Hill Persimmon Soil State TTSBE Texas The day sieving https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/12/soil-sieving-day Mon, 14 Dec 2015 04:45:00 GMT
TTSBE Board Meeting https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/12/ttsbe-board-meeting What a treat to see this flowering Camellia when we gathered for our TTSBE Board meeting in December.

Front view: -

Of course I want to capture this and update our photo gallery on the website.  Once again you see our human background holders hard at work...

 

Some close ups of the flowers.

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Board Bonsai Camellia Exhibit Meeting State TTSBE Texas The https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/12/ttsbe-board-meeting Mon, 07 Dec 2015 04:00:00 GMT
Austin-Oita Sister City 25th Anniversary Celebration https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/12/austin-oita-sister-city-25th-anniversary-celebration Volunteers put in many hours to make hosting the delegation from Austin's sister city Oita, Japan at Zilker Botanical Garden a reality.

The room was beautifully decorated with a Mexican theme.

A final wiping of the pot to make a perfect display.

The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit had two display tables set up in the banquet room.

The Texas Live Oak in the middle is provided by Pat Ware from their Central Texas Bonsai Exhibit.

Pat Ware, our original delegate to Oita was there with a certificate and a scrapbook of memories from her previous visits.

 

Last minute spot light adjustment to showcase the Texas Live Oak.

Even the library was nicely decorated.

Banquet room all ready for the delegation and honorable guests.

Meanwhile, the guests were charmed by a Mariachi Band followed by a tour of the garden.

Volunteers ready to greet the guests.

 Both Austin's Mayor, Steve Adler and Oita's Mayor, Kiichiro Sato and many Austin City council members were present.

Following along the path past the Taniguchi Garden leading to the future site of The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit.

A mini display consisted of a boxwood, a bald cypress and a cedar elm were set up in the future proposed entrance area.

Volunteers getting ready to greet the guests and hand out souvenir bonsai pins.

Guests were very impressed by the explanation of TTSBE future exhibit site.

Talking with Austin City Council Member, Ann Kitchen.

Tree planting ceremony and speech by our former mayor, Frank Cooksey.

After the tea ceremony, guests were treated to a nice lunch with entertainment by Taiko drummers from Austin Taiko and a flamenco guitarist.

Thank you speech by Oita Mayor, Kiichiro Sato.

Drummers from Tesshin Daiko.

TTSBE Board Members with Austin Mayor, Steve Adler and Oita Mayor, Kiichiro Sato.

The event came together successfully with all the help of our wonderful volunteers from TTSBE, the Austin Area Garden Council, Garden greeters and docents.  It marks another giant step forward to strengthening the process of building our exhibit at Zilker Park.  A job well done, everyone!

 

 

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) 25th Anniversary Austin-Oita Bonsai Celebration City Exhibit Oita Sister State TTSBE Texas The https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/12/austin-oita-sister-city-25th-anniversary-celebration Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT
TTSBE Foster Day at Lakeview Bonsai (10-20-2015) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/10/ttsbe-foster-day-at-Elaine-Whites-10-20-2015 Another beautiful morning with Kathy Shaner at Lakeview Bonsai.  She started this morning with examining the health of the Brazilian Raintree in the green house.  As a photographer who is addicted to taking pictures, I had to capture this serene moment.

Brazilian Rain TreeBrazilian Rain TreeKathy Shaner

Our volunteers gathered around to listen to Kathy.

Getting the newly donated elm from Dr. Donald Green's estate for Kathy to look at.

Examining the progress of some work that we did a few months ago on this cedar elm.

Trimming the cedar elm.

Ideas as to the future styling direction of this logwood were discussed.

A sketch made by our talented artist.

We then focused on the trees that were recently donated by Dr. Donald Green's estate.  The following are the before pictures of each tree.

An Elm.

A weeping cypress.

A bald cypress.

A narrow leaf ficus.

My human background stand.

What one would do to get a good picture.

One photographer taking a picture of another photographer taking a picture...

Kathy said to this weeping cypress, " Weep no more!"

The tree and it's newly adopted parent.

The bald cypress got some work done on it also.  Some dead wood was reduced and the bark was removed and saved for future use if necessary.

An oval pot was chosen for next year's repotting season.

My team of background holders.

This picture shows the new potting angle.

 ​ Bald Cypress donated by Graham estateBald Cypress donated by Graham estateApproximate planting angle for repotting next spring

The proposed pot for next repotting season.

It took a team of four people to thin out this narrow leaf ficus.

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All ready to grow again.

We will end this blog post by viewing a few more sketches made by our artist.

 

 

 

 

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Bonsai Exhibit Foster Kathy Shaner TTSBE TTSBE Foster Day https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/10/ttsbe-foster-day-at-Elaine-Whites-10-20-2015 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 04:41:00 GMT
TTSBE Foster Day at Persimmon Hill (10-19-2015) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/10/ttsbe-foster-day-at-persimmon-hill-october-19-2015 TTSBE welcomes Kathy Shaner to our annual Foster Days in which volunteers get together to work on exhibit trees under Kathy's guidance. We were fortunate to have two beautiful days with very nice weather.

 

Here you can see Kathy Shaner contemplating on where to put the steel rebar. The rebar will be attached to bend the top of this live oak back in line with the trunk. The branches will also be wired for better movement. #3 Live Oak#3 Live OakKathy Shaner contemplating on where to put the steel rebar. The rebar will be attached to bend the top of the live oak back in line with the trunk. Branches will be wired for better movement also.

The possible pot that this tree will go into next year.

The possible pot that this tree will go in next year.

After the rebar was placed and branches wired.

Tree #4, a collected ash juniper ready for some dead wood cleaning.

Colllected Ash Juniper ready for some dead wood cleaning.

Artist at work.

Jimbo doing a sketch of the Ash Juniper.

Getting into the crevice to clean the dead wood.

Need to get into the crevice to clean the dead wood.

The cleaning continues...

Cleaning up the dead wood in the Ash Juniper

Cleaning up the dead wood in the Ash Juniper

Working on Tree #10, a twisted pomegranate.

Dario at work.

Kathy Shaner can bend the branches even with her eye closed. explaining to the volunteers about her vision for the future of the tree.

Next, we worked on Tree #9, a trident maple.  While examining the wire and finding that it has been cutting into the roots, Kathy decided to redo the tie wire.

Examining the wire finding that the wire has been cutting into the roots so Kathy decided to redo the tie wire. Tightening the wire to secure this trident maple to the pot.

A chopstick was used to protect the root from wire scar. Use a chop stick to prevent the wire being tied too close to a root. Push the chop stick outwards will tighten the wire and also move the wire away from the root. Trimming off a few leaves on this Trident Maple. This is called Lion's head. The leaves are wider, broader and shinier then the regular Trident Maple. The bark has a yellowish tan.

Tree #6, another trident maple.  Thinking about how to wire and trim to make it even better.

 

Tree #15 - a newly donated twisted pomegranate styled by Ted Guyger.  Branches were wired and thinned out so as to prepare for Spring time.

Kathy showed us a method to instantly make a wound looked less noticeable on a ginkgo tree.

Before.

After

Beautiful flowers on one of our member's trees.

John next to Audrey's tree Audrey's Trees at Terry's Place.

Finally, this pair had a really fun time cutting off the top branch from Tree #8 - a yaupon holly.

We always enjoy the company of our furry friend.  It was another very productive day.

Foster Day joined by our fury friend.

 

 

 

 

 

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Bonsai Kathy Shaner TTSBE TTSBE Foster Day https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/10/ttsbe-foster-day-at-persimmon-hill-october-19-2015 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 04:40:00 GMT
TTSBE Foster Day at Persimmon Hill (6-21-2015) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/6/ttsbe-foster-day-at-persimmon-hill-june-21st-2015 Recently, it's been raining a lot here in Austin.   Since it is not too easy to gather all our volunteers, we decided to go ahead with the plan to meet at Persimmon Hill to work on and take pictures of all TTSBE trees.   It started raining when we were half way there and I am glad I brought along a few studio lights.   With the help of all our wonderful volunteers, we have successfully turned a rainy day into a happy bonsai day.

 

 

Chinese Elm donated by Charlotte Cranberg. Chinese Elm (2015-06-21)Chinese Elm (2015-06-21)Donated by Charlotte Cranberg.


Learn more about this tree at:
http://www.ttsbe.org/chineseelm

 

 

Catlin Elm donated by Charlotte Cranberg. Catlin Elm (2015-06-21)Catlin Elm (2015-06-21)Donated by Charlotte Cranberg.
Learn more about this tree at:
http://www.ttsbe.org/catlinelm

 

 

Yaupon Holly donated by Charlotte Cranberg

Yaupon Holly (2015-06-21)Yaupon Holly (2015-06-21)Donated by Charlotte Cranberg.

Learn more about this tree at:
http://www.ttsbe.org/yauponhollycranberg

 

 

 

Pyrachaenomeles donated by Helen Browne

Pyrachaenomeles (2015-06-21)Pyrachaenomeles (2015-06-21)Donated by Helen Browne.
Learn more about this tree at:
http://www.ttsbe.org/pyrachaenomeles

 

 

Trident Maple donated by Greg Setter Acer Buergerianum 3 (2015-06-21)Acer Buergerianum 3 (2015-06-21)Donated by Greg Setter.

Learn more about this tree at:
http://www.ttsbe.org/acerbuergerianum3

 

 

Acer Palmatum 5 donated by Rev. Neal Hern  Acer Palmatum 5 (2015-06-21)Acer Palmatum 5 (2015-06-21)Donated by Rev. Neal Hern.

Learn more about this tree at:
http://www.ttsbe.org/acerpalmatum5

 

 

Acer Palmatum 1 donated by Rev. Neal Hern

Acer Palmatum 1 (2015-06-21)Acer Palmatum 1 (2015-06-21)Donated by Rev. Neal Hern.

Learn more about this tree at:
http://www.ttsbe.org/japanesemaple1

 

 

Acer Palmatum 9 donated by Diane Librach

Acer Palmatum 9 (2015-06-21)Acer Palmatum 9 (2015-06-21)Donated by Diane Librach.

Learn More about this tree at:
http://www.ttsbe.org/acerpalmatum9

 

 

 

Campeche Logwood donated by Dario Octaviano

Campeche Logwood Dario Octaviano (6-21-2015)Campeche Logwood Dario Octaviano (6-21-2015)Donated by Dario Octaviano.

Learn more about this tree at:
http://www.ttsbe.org/logwood

 

 

Ashe Juniper donated by Terry and Sheila Ward  Ash Juniper (2015-06-21)Ash Juniper (2015-06-21)Donated by Terry and Sheila Ward.

Learn more about this tree at:
http://www.ttsbe.org/ashejuniper

 

 

 

Quercus donated by J.R. Cody M.D.  Quercus (2015-06-21)Quercus (2015-06-21)Donated by J.R. Cody M.D.
Learn more about this tree at:
http://www.ttsbe.org/quercus

 

 

Trident Maple donated by Rev. Neal Hern   Acer Buergerianum 2 (2015-06-21)Acer Buergerianum 2 (2015-06-21)Donated by Rev. Neal Hern.

Learn more about this tree at:
http://www.ttsbe.org/acerbuergerianum2

 

 

Twisted Pomegranate donated by Charlotte Cranberg  Twisted Pomegranate (2015-06-21)Twisted Pomegranate (2015-06-21)Donated by Charlotte Cranberg.

Learn more about this tree at:
http://www.ttsbe.org/twistedpomegranate

 

 

Crabapple donated by Charlotte Cranberg  Crabapple (2015-06-21)Crabapple (2015-06-21)Donated by Charlotte Cranberg.

Learn more about this tree at:
http://www.ttsbe.org/crabapple

 

 

Yaupon Holly donated by Kathy Shaner Yaupon Holly (2015-06-21)Yaupon Holly (2015-06-21)Styled by Kathy Shaner.

Learn more about this tree at:
http://www.ttsbe.org/yauponhollyshaner

 

 

Two people were in the back holding the backdrop. You can see the size of this tree!

 

 

Photo credit:  Shiela Ward

 

We don't see these mushrooms very often here since the weather is pretty dry most of the time. 

 

 

 

 

 

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Bonsai Day Exhibit Foster Hill Persimmon State TTSBE TTSBE Foster Day Terry Texas The Ward https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/6/ttsbe-foster-day-at-persimmon-hill-june-21st-2015 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 01:00:00 GMT
TTSBE Foster Day at Lakeview Bonsai (5-31-2015) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/5/ttsbe-foster-day-at-Elaine-Whites Once again volunteers gathered at Lakeview Bonsai to work on the exhibit trees on a gorgeous morning.  After all the rain we had, the trees are growing happily and very much appreciate a nice trim.  

Removing leaves on the Cedar Elm donated by Greg Setter. Trimming the Ashe Juniper donated by Dr. Bill Cody.
Another Ashe Juniper donated by Dr. Bill Cody.

The Brazilian Rain Tree donated by Steven Hendricks. The Cedar Elm donated by Rev. Neal Hern.

Our volunteer doing his magic.  A contraption was built to direct the apex of the tree upwards. Bonsai Artists are very creative.  Bamboo, chopsticks, a wine cork, and some wires were used to move the left branch. Evaluating the health of a tree. To end this blog post, here is a picture of a tiny praying mantis that happened to stroll by on an exhibit tree.

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Bonsai Day Elaine Exhibit Foster State TTSBE Texas The Trees White https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/5/ttsbe-foster-day-at-Elaine-Whites Sun, 31 May 2015 23:45:00 GMT
TTSBE Foster Day at MBP Bonsai Studio (5-3-2015) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/5/ttsbe-foster-tree-day-at-mbp-bonsai-nursery-on-may-3rd-2015 The weather was perfect for our volunteers to work on the TTSBE trees at MBP Bonsai Studio.   They gathered bright and early to start trimming the cedar elm to the left of the entrance.

This group of cedar elms are so tall that our volunteer needs to stand on top of the table to trim the top branches!

To cut or not to cut?? Hmm...

The two ficus trees were also moved from the green house to the outside nursery garden.

This narrow leaf ficus barely fits through the door of the green house!  

Mike sawing off a dead branch.

On the left is the Ficus Macrocarpa (Chinese Banyan) and to the right is the Ficus Salicaria (Narrow Leaf) with a slight trim and all ready to grow again.

The Ulmus Crassifolia (Cedar Elm) #11 has its bi-annual trim and it is looking good!  A big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers for coming out to help today!

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Bonsai Day Foster MBP Studio TTSBE https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/5/ttsbe-foster-tree-day-at-mbp-bonsai-nursery-on-may-3rd-2015 Mon, 04 May 2015 03:58:56 GMT
TTSBE Site Inspection Day (1-25-2015) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/1/ttsbe-site-inspection-day It was a beautiful day for our volunteers to visit and walk down to the future bonsai exhibit area at Zilker Park today. 

Future TTSBE SiteFuture TTSBE SiteVolunteers walking down to the future bonsai exhibit site

Proposed entrance of TTSBE site

Future TTSBE SiteFuture TTSBE SiteProposed entrance of TTSBE site

Left side of the proposed entrance

Future TTSBE SiteFuture TTSBE SiteLeft side of the proposed entrance

Right side of the proposed entrance

Future TTSBE SiteFuture TTSBE SiteRight side of the proposed entrance

Path leading to the back entrance

Future TTSBE SiteFuture TTSBE SitePath leading to the back entrance

Looking back into the Taniguchi Garden

Future TTSBE SiteFuture TTSBE SiteLooking back into the Taniguchi Garden

Back entrance for loading and unloading

Future TTSBE SiteFuture TTSBE SiteBack entrance for loading and unloading

Trees that need to be taken out were marked with tape.

Future TTSBE SiteFuture TTSBE SiteTrees that need to be taken out were marked last time.

Kathy Shaner and our volunteers hiking through the future TTSBE site

Future TTSBE SiteFuture TTSBE SiteKathy Shaner and our volunteers hiking through the future TTSBE site

Kathy Shaner holding a discussion meeting at the site

Future TTSBE SiteFuture TTSBE SiteSite meeting

Future TTSBE SiteFuture TTSBE SiteSite meeting

Large Oak Tree on the left near the proposed entrance

Future TTSBE SiteFuture TTSBE SiteLarge Oak Tree on the left near the proposed entrance

Possible workshop area

Future TTSBE SiteFuture TTSBE SitePossible workshop area

Thank you to Kathy Shaner and all our wonderful volunteers!  We are one step closer to bringing the Texas State Bonsai Exhibit to the general public!

Future TTSBE SiteFuture TTSBE SiteVolunteers at the future bonsai exhibit site at Zilker Park

 

 

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Kathy Shaner TTSBE https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/1/ttsbe-site-inspection-day Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT
TTSBE Foster Day At Persimmon Hill (Day 2 of 2)(1-24-2015) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/1/ttsbe-foster-day-at-persimmon-hill-day-2-or-2 Day 2 at Persimmon Hill Bonsai: Volunteers continued to work on Audrey's Chinese quince by putting a reinforcing bar in the back of the tree to aid in bending the new apex upwards.  More repotting and root works were done to two other exhibit trees and some more of Audrey's trees.

 

Putting a rebar on the back of the tree.

Chinese quinceChinese quincePutting Rebar on the back of the tree

Inserting the rebar in position.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceInserting the rebar in position

Protecting the tree trunk using plastic tubing.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceProtecting the tree trunk using plastic tubing

Top of the tree with rebar next to the trunk.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceTop of the tree with rebar next to the trunk

Bending the new apex in place.

chinese quincechinese quinceBending the new apex in place

Securing the wire to bend the apex.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceSecuring the wire to bend the apex

Twisting the wire to tighten the distance between branches.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceTwisting the wire to tighten the distance between branches

Wire was twisted to the desired distance and then cut.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceWire was twisted to the desired distance and then cut

New Apex with rebar in place.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceNew Apex with rebar in place

Worked on getting more soil in to cover the top of the pot. A good 2 inches were put into the pot.

Collection MapleCollection MapleWorked on getting more soil in to cover the top of the pot. A good 2 inches were pot into the pot.

There is a hole in the tree trunk.

Collection MapleCollection MapleA hole on the tree trunk

Scrapped off some bark to try to heal the hole in the trunk.

Collection MapleCollection MapleScrapped off some bark to try to heal the hole on the trunk

This maple was styled in an older way where branches were brought down. Used green marker to mark the area where we will tread graft next year. Two years later, we could cut the top off.

Collection MapleCollection MapleThis maple was styled in older way where branches were brought down. Used green marker to mark the area where we will tread graft next year. Two years later, we could cut the top off.

Scrapped off some bark around the area where the marker is to initiate root growth so as to get a better nebari.

Collection MapleCollection MapleScrapped off some bark around the area where the marker is to initiate root growth so as to get a better nebari.

This Chinese hackberry tree belongs to Audrey. Need new soil and possibly deeper pot. A greenish pot would be a nice choice.

Chinese hackberryChinese hackberryThis tree belongs to Audrey. Need new soil and possibly deeper pot. A greenish pot would be a nice choice.

This liquidambar, aka Sweet Gumtree, doesn't heal easily.

Liquidambar AKA Sweet GumLiquidambar AKA Sweet GumThis tree doesn't heal easily

Need to repot to a different angle.

need to repot to a different angle

This is a flowering tree with bluish purple flowers. For flowering trees, we want to keep as many branches as we can to have more flowers.

VitexVitexIt is a flowering tree with bluish purple flowers. For flowering trees, we want to keep as many branches as we can to have more flowers.

This crabapple is a TTSBE Collection tree that is being kept at Elaine's place. CrabappleCrabappleCollection tree kept at Elaine's place

Maple.

Found knob roots under the crabapple.

CrabappleCrabapplefound knob roots under the crabapple

More root work done on the crabapple.

CrabappleCrabapplemore root work done

Sawing underneath the trunk.

CrabappleCrabappleSawing underneath the trunk

inserting chopstick to widen the gap so roots will lay flatter in pot. The tree was repotted in the same pot and soil was piled up high to help with root work.

CrabappleCrabappleinserting chopstick to widen the gap so roots will lay flatter in pot. The tree was repotted in the same pot and soil was piled up high to help with root work.

 

 

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Kathy Shaner Persimmon Hill TTSBE TTSBE Foster Day https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/1/ttsbe-foster-day-at-persimmon-hill-day-2-or-2 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT
TTSBE Foster Day At Persimmon Hill (Day 1 of 2)(1-23-2015) https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/1/ttsbe-foster-day-at-persimmon-hill-january-23-2015 A great big thank you to our visiting artist, Kathy Shaner, for coming to Texas every year to work with our volunteers to improve on the exhibit trees.  Audrey is a long time member of the Austin Bonsai Society and some of her trees are in the temporary care of Terry Ward at Persimmon Hill Bonsai.  

 

 Kathy evaluating a Chinese quince that belongs to Audrey before repotting.​ Chinese quinceChinese quinceTree before repotting

Use copper wire to mark new front.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceUsing copper wire to mark new front

Looking at roots.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceLooking at roots

Removing wire to get the tree out of pot.  Chinese quinceChinese quinceRemove wires to get tree out of the pot Soil mix for TTSBE trees. 

Soil mix for TTSBE TreesSoil mix for TTSBE TreesSoil mix for TTSBE Trees

This shows the tree out of the bonsai pot and Kathy is talking about the roots.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceTree out of the pot and talking about roots

Removing soil around roots.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceTalking about roots

Observing the excess roots.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceObserving excess roots

Reduced roots using chisel and hammer.  Chinese quinceChinese quinceReduce roots with chisel and hammer

Chinese quinceChinese quinceReduce roots with chissel and hammer

The removed quince root.  Chinese quinceChinese quinceremoved quince root

Use chopsticks to move roots into place.  Chinese quinceChinese quinceUsing chopstick to move roots in place.

There is a hole in the middle.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceThere is a hole in the middle

Use knife to score the tree so the cambium will grow together.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceWill use knife to score the tree so the cambium will grow together

Remove excess roots. Chinese quinceChinese quinceRemove excess roots

Gained about two inches by removing the excess roots that are sticking right down. Chinese quinceChinese quinceGained about two inches by removing the excess roots that are sticking right down

Almost ready to put back into a bonsai pot.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceAlmost ready to put back in pot

Took part of the root off so the tree could develop more fine roots.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceTook part of the root off so we can have more in the pot

Make sharp cut with knife to help the tree send out roots.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceMake sharp cut with knife to help the tree send out roots

Make slits on the side of the roots so we can get more roots.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceMake slits on the side of the roots so we can get more roots

Proper way to cover the hole in the bottom of the pot. Proper way to cover the hole in the bottom of the potProper way to cover the hole in the bottom of the pot

Wire to the side and not the middle because we are going to pull down on it.

wire to the side of the holewire to the side of the holeWire to the side and not the middle because we are going to pull down on it

The famous 5th wheel.

The 5th wheelThe 5th wheel

How to use the 5th wheel.

Make a mound in the middle.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceMake a mound in the middle

Layer newspaper in the middle so as to retain water better.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceLayer newspaper in the middle so as to retain water better

Putting the tree back in a pot.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceputting tree back in the pot

Chinese quinceChinese quinceputting tree back in the pot

Side view of the tree.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceSide view of the tree

Pile more soil on top to encourage surface root growth.

Chinese quinceChinese quincePile more soil on top to encourage surface root growth

Put moss on top to seal in moisture. Chinese quinceChinese quincePut moss on top to seal in moisture

Put some old soil on top to keep in moisture.

Chinese quinceChinese quinceput old soil on top to keep in moisture Water the tree well after repotting.  Chinese quinceChinese quinceWater well after repotting

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webmaster.ttsbe@gmail.com (The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit, Inc.) Kathy Shaner Persimmon Hill TTSBE TTSBE Foster Day https://www.ttsbe.org/blog/2015/1/ttsbe-foster-day-at-persimmon-hill-january-23-2015 Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:29:00 GMT