As this is my inaugural post, I thought that I would start with a brief introduction. I am using this blog to document my bonsai experience and hope that this will help me keep progression on my collection. While still small at the moment, I expect that in the years to come it will grow. I hope to provide updates as need be on the progression on my trees, and any other bonsai related posting that I may come across.
I have a limited background in tree work and I have owned one bonsai in the past. It was a Ficus Benjimina that I acquired from NE Bonsai while I was a senior in college. A year later, I had forgotten to bring it inside in time for the start of frost and literally gave up on it. Fast forward 3 years later and I have reapplied myself to the hobby.
I have quite a few young seedlings and projects at the moment and nothing that could be considered a final bonsai ready for a show. For seedlings I have some Japanese maples and a pitch pine. I have a few tropicals, a larch, two different azaleas, and I have just acquired a Japanese maple forest for a ridiculous price. Also see below images of my collection.
The forest was 90% off and while it was pretty seriously sun-scorched, I think it was a great buy. It needs some TLC but it is the most advanced material I have at the moment. I was told that the trees are probably 30 years old. I do not know what cultivar of Japanese maple it is but I believe that is one of the dwarf varieties, meaning it has smaller leaves. I am really excited for this forest but will really just be looking to get it healthy for next year. I am toying with the idea of separating the trees or leaving them together. Enjoy.