First wanted to say thanks to this forum, I've done alot of reading, and found lots of great information.
I've been interested in the art of bonsai for years and finally found myself both mature enough and with enough free time to actually try. I live in Southern Arizona and out extreme heat makes it difficult to have outdoor plants of any kind so I've limited myself to indoor tropical and succulents.
Here's a pic of my current setup:
I started with a Ficus benjamina (top center), decided to play around with the billions of mesquite pods lying around outside my house so I planted a few and watched them take off, currently about a month old and starting to branch (bottom right), and most recently (last week) added 3 new additions rescued a Ficus ginseng from Lowes ($12), some very young baby jade ($2) and what was identified (research I've done it appears to have been correctly labeled) as rainbow elephant bush ($1.50). All were in desperate need of new pots despite the additional stress it may have caused.
All appear to be thriving, we'll see how they do.
Anyway, hi, and thanks to the forum for all the good info. I apologize if the pic isn't great, it came off my phone.