right on guys!!
I guess I forgot to eleborate. So here it goes!
I have two Chinese Elms (zelkovas I think) one I just got this weekend from a standard garden center (broomish style, it needs wiring, about 6-7 inches tall from top of pot) and the other I've had for about 1 year (maybe slanting style, still to early to tell, but that might be where it goes; that one is about 8-10 inches tall). I got that elm at a bonsai nursury about 50 miles away. Also, I have (just started the processes last night) a few zelkova seeds germiniating.
I have a garden center (lowe's) juniper that trimed up really nice, it looks really good (apx 15-20 inches tall in a perfectly small pot, the root system was really nice and compact (not overgrown like most) and it took to pruning and root pruning very very well). Another juniper that I got from that bonsai nursury, mentioned before, is 16 yrs old, I put a bunch of jin on it to resemble aftermath of a sick tree (and to do something with badly (like 1 inch long badly) pruned branches that needed to go or be jinned).
I also have 5 (I think 5 I can never remember) gumpo white satzuki hybrid azaleas, all those are in small mame pots for now (they're so cute
). The parent plant isn't doing as good as the babies though. And my mom just got me a pinkish colored azalea from wal-mart (it's in bloom too?!?). The leaves are a little big, so we'll see how it turns out.
I also have (with lots of wiring on it) one alberta spruce, he's in a small pot as well, but not mame size. Just small bonsai (huh, about 8 inches tall or so). I think that ones going to turn out really nice.
I have a gardina that I air-layered from my moms garden (I let it root for about 4 weeks then cut it, way to early, but it's doing fine!).
I have some willow cuttings that rooted well (what willows don't ?
) but I think a frost hurt em. No big deal the parent tree is still there in the woods and I can get more cuttings in spring time, and they'll have all summer to get ready for winter (I cut the ones I have now I got in early fall).
I have a maple tree (I think trident, it's regluar maple leaves) (the parent has small leaves to begin with, they are about 2-3 inches wide, and the bonsai guy has got 1 inch leaves, it was kinda growing as bonsai by it self, nature sure does do weird things sometimes) that I found in my front yard growing as a seedling. He's apx 3 yrs old give or take a year, there is "mature looking" bark starting at the base of the trunk, if that helps for yearage. I also found 2 more growing (maybe first year plants) around the same spot. Those had the smallest red leaves in fall, they were so pretty, the leaves were at least half an inch!
I got 2 japanese maples, one is somthing like kikohime (should have vari. pink leaves, I havn't seen them yet; I got it in winter dormancy, that will be a spring surprise!) and the other I have no idea what type it is, but the leaves are blood red, could be a bloodgood or whatever. That J. Maple needs some serious work, but thats why I got it, nice project.
I have a beech from my local woods, I saw those leaves
, well right before they fell off for winter anyways!
Also got a lot of jade, they are so cheap here! I even got one at work; sits under flor. lights all day.
I have a very nice (will be even nicer after some grafting, I'll start that project soon) ficus. I don't think it's a benjamina, the leaves are longer and narrower. I do have 2 other ficus benjaminas though, one is a (well going to be) parent plant for air layering (I guess I should start that soon too) then be cut stock to grow from there for a tighter apex. He's a big project guy, he looks horrible! I've chopped him up so much, just to see how he'll grow back. Tested pruning techniks on him too. I've learned alot from him! The other one is just bought and planted as a group (about 7 plants), but not forrest or clump, just a bunch of little guys in a pot for now. I'm going to try a fusing project with those. I had to trim up the top since they were way to tall, the cuttings went into a starter tray with a clear cover, there's a lot of those cuttings. I guess we'll see what happens to them.
I got an aralia parsley in forrest style. Only problem with that one is the forrest has 6 trunks, I need to take one out to make it uneven, that will also give me another indvidual bonsai. Plus they got a lot of suckers growing that need to be cut too. I'll get there on that one. BTW my kids love that forrest, my oldest son (he's 6) was playing with a helicopter around it one day, so I asked him what he was doing, and he said "I'm catching the bad guys running thru the woods to get away!". That made me feel great to know my forrest really does look like a forrest to other people (not that I have any doubts). That and the whole thing with a new pot cost me just 15 bucks and about 15 mins to plant, and it looks so real!
I found a little tree thing growing in nature that was already bonsai'd too. Well starting anyways. We have alot of thick clay in our ground that helps slow trees down. I have no idea what is yet, It's kinda early to tell.
I have a Japanese holly that I "gave" to my wife. She gets to pick what gets pruned and so forth, she also has alot of say on whats happens to the plant in general (like she gets to learn how to wire it soon). But regular maintance (watering and such) is carried out by me when I work on my other plants. It's in a style thats similar to broom, but by far not broom. Kinda like the junipers on joebonsai.com. With that african plains savanah look going on.
I have a fukein tea too. It's doing nicly, I paid 9 bucks for it, and later on after I bought it I went back to the same garden center and the bonsai lady had a problem with some of the bonsai she had, those bonsai had millebugs. She applied rubbing alcahol to them to kill the bugs, but she used 90% instead of 70% and burned all the leaves off every tea she had. So I picked another tea that was burned for 3 bucks! I was repoting it (after it grew back all it's leaves, like 4 weeks or so) and cut the wrong root, so more than (way more than) I wanted got removed, then it died. Serves me right for not paying attention. I killed a good deal
. But I learned from it (and the mistake only cost 3 bucks!).
Black pine seeds are in the works. So hopefully I'll get some pines in my collection. Pines hate me, I've killed a bunch of those from the woods trying to grow them. So I hope I have better luck with these guys.
I think thats it. If I missed any then those plants will just feel bad that I forgot them
. I'll give them some water and they'll love me again. lol Maybe if they're really sad i'll give them some super thrive. HA ha.
Sorry for misspells BTW. Thanks for reading about my lovely plants!!