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Kevyn Young
Jun 04, 2021
In RMBS Forum
Hey team! I have a very nice nursery stock Birds Nest Spruce for sale. I picked it up last year and did a bit of root work. It is going crazy right now and would be ready for styling this summer. It is a little "sumo" with a huge trunk for the size (about 12" tall tree, nebari about 3"). These picea abies have super small needles and give you a sense of a HUGE tree. Tons of branching to select from. Please email me if you want to buy it. Local pickup at my garden in east Denver only. No shipping. $70. andrb0304@gmail.com Best, Andy
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Kevyn Young
Jun 04, 2020
In RMBS Forum
Hey team, in an effort to create increased access to content for members and the public, Evan and I created an RMBS YouTube channel. You can access it by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKqIgLCvOdk2ClAG6PjXHIw or by typing "rocky mountain bonsai society" in the search bar on YouTube. We have uploaded Todd Schlafer's demo from our June meeting and will also post the time-lapse of the completed bonsai once Todd has finished. This will become an effective way to archive our material on video going forward. Please check it out! Andy
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Kevyn Young
May 15, 2020
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Hey RMBS, Tis' the season of evaluating and acquiring nursery stock material for bonsai! This year is clearly unique, and I imaging that local nurseries are seeing less foot traffic. This may play to our advantage. Before you head out to find your next diamond in the ruff, please check with the store to see what restrictions they have on shopping and visitation. Quite a few RMBS members develop trees from nursery stock. Mike Horine is regarded as our local master in this regard. Mike often posts wonderful trees he has developed from this material, and he clearly has skill in evaluating a choosing appropriate stock. I will post a blog on my method for evaluating and hunting for this material next week, which is based heavily on Ryan Neil's approach to the same (as always thank you to Ryan and the Mirai team for the knowledge dissemination). One thing to consider is that the fall is a great time to get stock, as a lot of places will heavily discount their remaining trees in anticipation of the next year's shipment. To start with, I thought this might be a good place to rep some local nurseries that have been tried and true sources of local material with a couple notes. PLEASE ADD TO THE LIST BASED ON YOUR EXPERIENCES! Local nurseries for stock material for bonsai: City floral (Denver): I have found one or two good trees a year here. Not a hub for bonsai stock, but its close to me so I tend to find myself there. CF tends to be on the more expensive side (1/3 more than other places). They occasionally have half off stuff at the end of the year. Worth a look if you are in East Denver Walmart (Anywhere): If you find one with a garden center, trees are cheap (especially if you get half off at the end of the year). Pretty standard stuff tho, nothing special. Easy to get junipers to learn to wire. Home Depot, Lowes and the like (Anywhere): See Walmart above. Plenty of selection, but really nothing special. Good material to cut your teeth on and learn the techniques without dropping a bunch of cash. O'tooles (Westminster): They had 40% off last year and I took a look around. Got a nice maple. They have good stock for bonsai, a cut above HD,Lowes etc... Definitely worth a trip. I will leave some of the better nurseries for other to comment on, as I have not shopped there! (Nick's Garden Center, Togawa Gardens etc...)
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Kevyn Young
May 06, 2020
In RMBS Forum
Hey all. I think the meeting last night went very well. Thanks to Will for such a great presentation. Please use this area to give us feedback about our virtual meetings and how we can improve them. Also look for an email as well. We will be tabulating recommendations to try to make the experience even better. Andy
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Kevyn Young
Apr 01, 2020
In RMBS Forum
Raft style bonsai are looked down on in Japan as "lesser" forms. They are unique and interesting compositions that are very wild in their habits. Most often, they are formed by a larger tree which has been felled, and a main branch takes root along its length. This habit lends itself for forest or clump style compositions, but refined examples remain rare. Please share examples of raft style bonsai you have seen or are developing for us to study. Here is a tree that I have been developing for two years. It is a Colorado Blue Spruce that was collected from private property (the legendary "fin") in South Park Colorado by Jerry Morris. This tree was probably collected around 2014 or 2015 and Jerry kept it as one of his "pets." As with many spruce collected by Jerry, it was gifted to me with the idea to make a spruce forest along with many other trees. Immediately when I saw the tree, I knew it was too good to put into a forest with a bunch of other lesser trees. It would make an interesting forest on its own! I found a picture of this tree in an old RMBS news letter circa 2015 or 2016? when it remained in Jerry's possession. This is what the tree looked like when I brought it home in the spring 2018 Watered and fertilized heavily for a season and it really put on crazy growth! Seen here just prior to heavy work with Bjorn 2019 Bjorn and I decided on a forest style with the apex away from the large trunk which he thought would be unorthodox but more interesting. Chastised for my poor wiring technique sufficiently to keep practicing. Here is the tree after the workshop. Repotted today: out of the ugly pot into shallow tray which to too wide but will serve to develop this bonsai over the next few year. Overall very happy with the progress of this tree and it has lived up to expectations! What a wild tree!
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Kevyn Young
Mar 31, 2020
In RMBS Forum
I have a limber pine that I acquired from the RMBS auction last year. It was a very leggy specimen with a great trunk and deadwood. 1) Every time I have bought something at an auction and then style it, I see immediately why it was sold off. These trees are challenges! (I got it at a steal, luckily). Photo 1 is what it looked like when I took it home. I like this tree, but the two or three tufts of foliage look awkward right now. I think limber pine are fairly robust budders, and I plan to fertilize and water heavy this year to push more growth. Any other suggestion? Pruning in the fall to generate? Any suggestions welcome. Photo 1: raw stock Photo 2: first style Photo 3: today after repot If you look close, check out how the needle length changed this last year. Long needles are from abundant water which I gave it. Year prior needles are from Bob Randall's excellent care and are quite a bit shorter!
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Kevyn Young
Jul 26, 2019
In RMBS Forum
Hello RMBS, you will need to login with an email and create a password to be able to post items and questions to the forum. If you have questions, please email andrb0304@gmail.com Andy
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Kevyn Young
Jun 06, 2019
In RMBS Forum
Here is the perfect place to ask horticultural questions, post photos of your tree and sell bonsai and related items. --Andy
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