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    Home Depot Arizona Cypress

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    Here is an Arizona Cypress that has occupied my time recently...
    along with alot of other things.
    I have this thing sitting around for a very long time, one of my trees that
    somehow managed to survive the earlier days of my Bonsai inexperience
    when most did not.

    This winter, it caught my eye and I decided that since our winter was very,
    mild, I would do something with it... The pot some might have seen posted
    before, I had Chuck Iker make it for me. Seeing that the tree kinda reminded
    me of something one might find in the high deserts of New Mexico, Arizona,
    Colorado, etc... A place that I spent alot of time at in earlier days, I
    decided I wanted a pot that resembled those made by the Hopi or Navajo
    Indians... So I gave him the dimensions, he made it, fired it with an Oxide glaze,
    and I painted the motifs.

    Quite a few pics coming... give me a minute before posting so I can get them
    all up.

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    That's it...

    Oh, one more thing I wanted to say...
    It is planted in Bonsai soil, but has a top dressing of Turface, to give
    a more realistic desert floor look, but unfortunately it has been raining,
    and when Turface gets wet, it just kinda looks like regular Bonsai soil...
    So, you will just have to use your imagination...

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    Not sure if it is good or bad but the pot keeps pulling my eye and end up looking at it. It is much nicer w/ a tree.

    The style is not me...but it reminds of the last Noelanders Trophy 2012 winning willow tree (impressive but did not float my boat ) but what do I know...Noelanders judges thinks otherwise.
    - Dario - a newbie who started bonsai on 10/09/2011

    Comments and critique always welcome. No need to sugar coat, brutal truth welcome & encouraged.

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    You have any before shots of this tree? I always like seeing home depot stock being turned into bonsai since it was not grown to be a bonsai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poink88 View Post
    Not sure if it is good or bad but the pot keeps pulling my eye and end up looking at it. It is much nicer w/ a tree.

    The style is not me...but it reminds of the last Noelanders Trophy 2012 winning willow tree (impressive but did not float my boat ) but what do I know...Noelanders judges thinks otherwise.
    No problem...
    Not everything is going to appeal to everyone.
    I am always trying to force myself out of the mold
    of always styling trees in a particular way...

    I don't know if this makes sense, but I have noticed that
    alot of times Bonsai artist have a tendency to style every
    tree a certain way, in so much as they often become known
    for it... Nothing wrong with it... I just personally find it
    keeps me on my feet if I am always trying to make an
    effort with each tree to go somewhere I haven't been before.

    Some times it works... some times not so much... But, each
    time I grow, and that to me is the most important thing !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xray360 View Post
    You have any before shots of this tree? I always like seeing home depot stock being turned into bonsai since it was not grown to be a bonsai.
    Sorry... no I don't. When I first started doing Bonsai.
    I like alot of folks out there I am sure, didn't dare take
    any photos of my trees...

    But, I am going by Home Depot in the morning and
    I am sure I can grab a photo of one that will pretty
    much play the part...


    PS. I by no means think this is some amazing tree...
    far from it... But, I do think it shows what can be
    done with even crappy material... To me, It holds
    more sentimental value and was fun to do !!!
    Last edited by sawgrass; June 4th, 2013 at 08:35 PM.

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    Hi Sawgrass, it is interesting to see Arizona cypress in the willow type! I think you will spend quite a bit of time to keep it in shape since Arizona cypress tends to grow upward!
    Bonhe

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawgrass View Post
    No problem...
    Not everything is going to appeal to everyone.
    I am always trying to force myself out of the mold
    of always styling trees in a particular way...

    I don't know if this makes sense, but I have noticed that
    alot of times Bonsai artist have a tendency to style every
    tree a certain way, in so much as they often become known
    for it... Nothing wrong with it... I just personally find it
    keeps me on my feet if I am always trying to make an
    effort with each tree to go somewhere I haven't been before.

    Some times it works... some times not so much... But, each
    time I grow, and that to me is the most important thing !!!
    You know I agree with you (esp the last paragraph).

    I personally prefer more traditional/natural design and not as adventurous as you. I actually envy you in that sense. I experiment more on different methodology or try the old forgotten gardening techniques others think is not suitable for bonsai culture. I believe there is room for it...then again, maybe I am mistaken. Either way, I intend to find out.
    - Dario - a newbie who started bonsai on 10/09/2011

    Comments and critique always welcome. No need to sugar coat, brutal truth welcome & encouraged.

    "Innovate or Stagnate."
    "We may be inadvertently causing the problem by trying to avoid it." ― me

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonhe View Post
    Hi Sawgrass, it is interesting to see Arizona cypress in the willow type! I think you will spend quite a bit of time to keep it in shape since Arizona cypress tends to grow upward!
    Bonhe
    And, this thing grows like a weed...
    No worries though, since the look I am going for is suppose
    to have a minimal foliage type look... I let it grow as it pleases
    to help build up it's strength, then just wack off everything
    growing up!!!
    Last edited by sawgrass; June 5th, 2013 at 05:38 PM.

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