Miniature Gardening forum: enchanting elm grove along a creek

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Name: Joe Nersveen
San Francisco (Zone 9b)
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nersveen
Mar 29, 2016 9:07 PM CST
My goal was to make a Shohin (bonsai under 8") rock and water feature elm grove set on a marble tray.

First I chose attractive placement of the rocks then cemented them to each other and to the marble penjang water tray. I placed them to look like a creek bed with some rock outcroppAfter the quick cement had dried I washed everything to remove and cement and glue residue, after which I placed and wired down the root balls of each of the three trees before filling in with bonsai soil to make an attractive grove of trees in the hills along a creek with rock outcrop pings scattered throughout. The trees were great bonsai stock and required no further wiring, as they all had great shapes. I then mossed up the hills and potions of the rock before placing some mondo grass as an accent planting.

I did all of that in 1.5 hr long workshop at the California Shohin (<8" bonsai trees) biannual gathering. I was amazed at how good it turned out in just an hour and a half.

Over the last two years I practiced "clip and grow" bonsai methodology and the canopy of all three trees gained great branch structure and ramification.

I entered this penjang in the spring bonsai exhibition in San Francisco where many people found it to be an "enchanting elm grove along a creek".
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Joe Nersveen
San Francisco Bay Area Gardner & Bonsai Artist
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Mar 29, 2016 9:12 PM CST
Very nice, Joe! Love what you have created!!!
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Name: Joe Nersveen
San Francisco (Zone 9b)
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nersveen
Mar 31, 2016 4:31 PM CST
Here's what it looks like now that it's been trimmed and cleaned up and leafed out.

Many wishes of zen gardening moments to all.

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Joe Nersveen
San Francisco Bay Area Gardner & Bonsai Artist
Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia (Zone 6a)
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Sundownr
Apr 2, 2016 6:57 AM CST
It is truly Zen! It's one of those plantings that you can continuously look at and escape into another world. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Apr 2, 2016 7:01 AM CST
Oh yes, I agree!!!
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Apr 3, 2016 6:25 AM CST
That's amazing! Well done!! TY for sharing it!
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