2 live oaks, as oaky as they wanna be

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A shiny nickel to the first person (in the blog’s comment section) who identifies the reference in the title.

Today’s subjects are a coupla’ live oaks, one collected, one a nursery grown tree.

Let’s see if I can get myself in trouble today.

We call them live oaks (quercus virginiana) or, actually southern live oaks (but we here in the USA are suffering from The Offends of late so I’ll drop the “southern” part, you know, just to be more sensitive to the twang contingent in my readership). You see, even though they are deciduous trees, they don’t drop their leaves until very late winter/early spring and then it’s a one week span of time where the leaves drop, the flowers release massive amounts of pollen, and the new leaves emerge. It’s a very frantic time of the year for them. They complain and over-share their pain by changing the…

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The trees of Kawa Bonsai’s Joy of Bonsai show, 2016….hopefully it’s not the last…

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This post is late in coming but I think it’s important to share the pics.

This could possibly be the last Joy of Bonsai the the Kawa Bonsai Society of Florida puts on. It’s definitely the last one in its historical venue; the Vp, Louise Leister, had been employed by the Volusia County Agricultural Extension office and was able to secure the building for the show, she is now an independent consultant and doesn’t have that prove large anymore. And considering that the Club is technically in the middle of no where, there is a distinct lack of places for next year’s show (the city the building is located in is called Bunnel, look it up on a map. There are roads but not much else. I don’t think there’s even a McDonald’s in the town…..think about that!). Maybe they’ll find an indoor sports arena like Bill Valavanis did for…

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90 Year-Old Black Pine Wired by Bobby Curttright-

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This Japanese Black Pine, Pinus thunbergii, was wired by Bobby Curttright. Bobby has been my apprentice for over 2 1/2 years now, and his wiring is becoming quite accomplished. The necessary fine attention to detail reaches a level of nerd-dom with the best wire wranglers. He’s been a quick study with it, and his organization and placement continue to build layers of complexity.

DSC_0358 Black Pine wired by Bobby Curttright, 16″ / 41 cm.

Bobby managed this Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii) for the past year, which means decandling in spring, selecting shoots and needles in the fall, and then wiring in the dormant season. About a year ago I did a major pruning on the tree. But since that time I’ve not touched it and it’s been Bobby’s project.

1439945739569 Bobby (in stripes, naturally) for a Village photo shoot.

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