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Mike Horine
Dec 24, 2021
In RMBS Forum
This recommendation for indoor lighting is because of David McPeters and he gets the credit for using similar products at his place. I recommend the following product for indoor Tropical Bonsai trees or someones house plants. I have a very large buttonwood that is growing like mad and even flowering all over it. Other Bonsai trees are doing really great as well. It does produce a lot heat when in use so keep that in mind before buying. It does use a T5 bulb and NOT a T8 bulb. DUROLUX T5 HO INDOOR GROW LIGHT – 4 FT 4 LAMPS DL844 FLUORESCENT HYDROPONIC VEG
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Mike Horine
May 12, 2021
In RMBS Forum
UPS tracking is pretty much useless anymore and does not show where your package is. Very frustrating if you ask me. I have some plants and I have no idea where in the US they are right now. I did find this link from a UPS package store that does tell you where your package is! It works pretty good. https://www.theupsstore.ca/track/ I am going to try not using UPS anymore.
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Mike Horine
Apr 23, 2021
In RMBS Forum
My Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Double Take Scarlet Storm’ Bonsai tree is just now starting to bud out and bloom. It is currently on loan to the Denver Botanic Gardens and is being shown in Marnie’s Pavilion. The tree will be there while it is still flowering for the public to see. I have updated the the page with the new photos from the DBG. I will add more photos as the DBG sends them to. Enjoy the tree. Nicks Garden Center in Aurora has a lot of different quinces for sale including Toyo Nishiki which is a choice species for Bonsai. Click on the link above to see how this tree was developed. They are good trees for beginners. Photo credit to Larry Jackel.
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Mike Horine
Apr 22, 2021
In RMBS Forum
The Conifer Society has a video titled "Jerry Morris - Conifer Society Preview". This is one of the most important videos I have ever posted. Jerry Morris is an extraordinary man chock full of wisdom from his 80+ years of life on this earth. Many of these years had Jerry wondering mountains all over the west looking for best yamadori trees to collect or brooms growing on trees, mostly conifer trees. Jerry would collect broom samples from the mountains bring them home and graft to root stock. Jerry then would select the best grafts and send them to nurseries all over the world for the development. Jerry did all of this free and a lot of commercially developed miniature/dwarf trees on the market were found by Jerry and shared with the world. Jerry is a kind man who treats all with Respect, Dignity and Kindness. If you watch the video closely you will see many trees with Broom growing on them that look out of place on the trees. These are the growths Jerry would look for when he was hiking in the mountains. He actually told me he found a Broom that was so far up in a very tall tree he could not climb the tree to get it. He proceeded to tell me he SHOT the broom off the tree with a rifle shot. You know what, I believe Jerry to, he did shoot the broom right off the tree, no doubt, no doubt it is true. If your a praying person you might say a prayer for Jerry and his family as Jerry is fighting Alzheimers and needs our help.
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Mike Horine
Mar 24, 2021
In RMBS Forum
Here is another company that offers a lot of seedlings for sale. They are both a wholesale and retail company. They have a broader selection of seedlings then my previous post. How about some Crabapples, Beech trees, Hornbeams, Alders, Conifers, Black Gum (Recommended by me), plus a lot more. Cold Stream Farm: Seedlings
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Mike Horine
Mar 24, 2021
In RMBS Forum
Here is a nice source for seedlings including conifers and deciduous trees/shrubs. They have American and European Larch trees for sale. Plus others. Chief River Nursery: Seedlings
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Mike Horine
Mar 22, 2021
In RMBS Forum
Here is a nice video of a chopped back Elm tree being developed over a number of years. This shows you how you can create your own tree. Here are two sources for buying elm trees for practicing this technique on. Bonsai South Driftwood Bonsai
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Mike Horine
Feb 27, 2021
In RMBS Forum
I was able to use the tool shown below to schedule a COVID 19 vaccine shot(s) here in the United States. It is good for 50 states. You must constantly refresh the screen to see the latest updates on sites that are now offering the shots. You of course must be eligible for the shots otherwise they will not allow you to get the vaccine. Good luck to everyone. COVID 19 Vaccine Finder
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Mike Horine
Feb 17, 2021
In RMBS Forum
I have added a new video to my website. I think this is the finest educational Bonsai video ever made. It is titled Developing Juniper Bonsai Material. You should watch it especially if your just starting your Bonsai artist career.
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Mike Horine
Feb 05, 2021
In RMBS Forum
I am having trouble with online BCI Magazine and renewing a membership. I renewed 6 days ago and they have not renewed my membership. Worse yet the website appears to be infested with viruses. The membership inquiry page gives out an error when hitting the submit button. All email buttons for board members results in your computer being attacked multiple times by a virus. I clicked on the Home page and was attacked by a virus. I recommend staying away from them until its fixed. I am not sure they even know about it. So if you have someway to contact them, please do so as I don't.
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Mike Horine
Jan 23, 2021
In RMBS Forum
Kaedebonsai-en just sent out an email with their 2021 seedlings for sale list. I have ordered from them before and there great seedlings. I ordered some American Hornbeams for a forest planting and they all did fine. I actually styled all them sometime last summer. Don't wait to long to order as they are not a really big nursery with lots of stock.
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Mike Horine
Nov 13, 2020
In RMBS Forum
I just finished up styling this Blue Rug Juniper just last night in an upstairs bedroom! This nursery tree was obtained from Nicks Garden Center in Aurora. The tree is 36 inches tall. My camera is absolutely the worst camera in the world and the memory card on it died last night and the flash died a couple of years ago. My apologies for the poor photo. The angle of the photo is not good either, but I think you can get that some great trees can come from nursery stock, not that I am saying my tree is great. Basically its first serious styling. This was an expensive juniper and I waited until the fall sales arrived before I bought it. I did go visit it numerous times hoping it was still there while waiting for sales to start.
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Mike Horine
Oct 20, 2020
In RMBS Forum
I took some new photos of my Picea Pungens – Colorado Blue Spruce Bonsai #2 tree. I changed the planting angle just a bit and it made a big difference. I love this tree. I will be forever grateful to Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society member Jerry Morris for this magnificent tree. I see Jerry’s face in this tree every time I look at it, which is often. Sometimes I just go visit it and marvel at its ruggedness much like how Jerry lived his life full of one adventure after another.
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Mike Horine
Jul 18, 2020
In RMBS Forum
I just collected this Quercus gambelii - Scrub Oak about a week ago. Its has a massive trunk growing mostly along the ground/boulder. Severed two large roots and spent hours getting it out of the boulder. Seems to be holding up pretty good, I did cut off the largest branch growing straight up which had most of the foliage on the tree. No need to have the tree try to feed it and keep it alive only to be cut off latter. Not sure that is a good idea or not. Put it into a 15" Anderson pot with normal Bonsai soil. I mist it every 30-60 minutes when outside and even do so after going in the house. I mist underneath the leaves to as well as the trunk. Right smack in the middle of the trunk appears to be a V shaped pocket of dirt, I am assuming it has roots in it. Does this make me a "Yamadori" collector now? Its my first Yamadori tree. The finished tree design is going to be short and not very tall. Short and powerful.
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Mike Horine
Apr 26, 2020
In RMBS Forum
I have been having problems with Rodents infesting my shed and do other property damage. They chewed a hole on top of one of my 2 doors to the shed. The Rodents had to be eliminated since they were not following my verbal instructions to get out of my shed! I am going to have to replace the door and also fix the roof above the door. I ordered the following product and it did a good job of evicting the Rodents from the shed. I highly recommend the product if your having similar problems with Rodents. Be sure to watch the video to. Tube Trap Rodent Tube Trap Video
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Mike Horine
Apr 18, 2020
In RMBS Forum
Prairiebreak Blog has a really great article “Dancing with pines…(not for hoi polloi)” on the origins of the magnificent character Ponderosa pines in the Denver Botanic Gardens Japanese Garden. Follow along with the author and International Bonsai Master and Denver Botanic Gardens Bonsai Curator Larry Jackel and Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society member Jerry Morris to step back in time and see where these historical trees came from high in the Rocky Mountains. This is a rare treat to see where these trees came from and to be led by one of original collectors of the trees is a dream come true. A big thank you goes to Prairiebreak Blog for documenting and publishing this historical event! Photos courtesy of Prairiebreak.
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Mike Horine
Apr 14, 2020
In RMBS Forum
Here is a nice photo of a dead Pinus Ponderosa tree limb showing a natural Jin created by mother nature. Natural looking jin is what every Bonsai Artist should strive for. Notice the Bonsai Jin still has bark on the backside of the Jin. International Bonsai Master Bjorn Bjorholm instructs his students to leave a little bark on their Bonsai Jins. RMBS International Bonsai Master Larry Jackel is one of the top Bonsai - Deadwood artists in the world and he is always a good person to ask about Bonsai Deadwood.
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Mike Horine
Apr 05, 2020
In RMBS Forum
All of the people posting things on the clubs forum can help bring in more visitors to the clubs website by adding key words to your questions and posts. By adding keywords on each post you will help the search engines find the club website. Here is a good example of a post that contains actual keywords: Raft Style Bonsai Development. In this example the keywords are Raft, Style, Bonsai and Development. This post was done by Andy. Search engines crawl all over websites and store the information they find on one. The stored information is then used in results to a request for information on a particular subject. The more keywords you users enter on your posts the more it is going to help re-establish the clubs website as a leading Bonsai resource/club website. More posts by the members will also help re-establish the clubs website to prominence. In the above example if someone was googling Bonsai Development then google might show Andys post at the top of the search engine results. All of this takes time to establish a website, almost a year. If your posting a question about a Pine tree, then enter the entire Scientific name of the tree: Pinus Ponderosa Bonsai. If your answering a question then answers can also help the search engines find the clubs website with your helpful Key Words. The more posts the better it will be for the website. Another thing you posters can do to help the clubs website is to list the clubs website on sites that you visit if they allow you to do so. This is called a backlink and search engines love to find backlinks to the clubs website. The more backlinks to the clubs website the higher position in the search engine results it will be. The ultimate goal should be to return the clubs website to the upper search engine results with the hope of adding new club members who now find the clubs website and might want to join. 😉
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