I got a son-in-law he's a likeable enough bloke. I have a nasty habbit of keeping bonsai. Um this is sounding more than a little like a 12 step meeting.
"My name is Tom and I am powerless to resist training tree babies"...
Any way the SIL leaf prunes when ever he thinks I'm not watching. This is a habbit I aim to reinforse.
I have always sought to forage my stumps instead of buying them. I stumbled into bonsai collecting trees nobody else wanted, and stayed with it mostly in that manner.
I got a lead on some upright yew via freecycle, which I still might collect.
Yesterday I went to my local service station to get a new bottle of propane. They had some landscapers onsite who were ripping out an autumn olive, and boxwood hedge.
For the cost of begging they set aside and I took two of the boxwoods. This was mutually agreeable and free.
I spent the next four hours chopping the heck out of these substantial bushs so that they could be wedged into 15 gallon tree-pots. I got about an 1/8th cord of brush to chop as a result.
We'll see if SIL wants to keep up with initial pruniing of these monsters. I wish I hadn't let daughter move her pottery wheel off to a workshop space. It'd come in real handy as a turn table about now...