Mid America Bonsai Tour: Days Two and Four- Columbus and Ft. Wayne

Day two found me in London and having some serious zone envy.
Sorry, London , Ohio.
One word: Larch.
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My host Mike had these for sale (he’s having a big bonsai yard sale on Saturday June 21st) and I was drooling.
They weren’t lasciviously large larch but they were adequate.
I Can’t grow them in Orlando though.
I did get some trident maples.
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I wish I could have brought this ponderosa pine home too.
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Anyway, time to go to the Columbus club.
And, at the local fillin’ station, some sticker shock.
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When I left Florida, gas was $3.35 a gallon.
Damn.
No wonder I don’t see any Starbucks around. No one has any money left over from buying gas.
My schedule for today: a BYOT workshop in the morning and a ficus microcarpa workshop in the afternoon.
The Columbus group meets at the Franklin Park Conservatory, which has a bonsai collection of its own.
Mostly tropicals, to my surprise.
The morning BYOT workshop had quite a variety of trees; from ficus, to crab apples, juniper to zelkova to spruce.
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And a very familiar species, ilex vomitoria “schillings”. Someone’s been reading my blog.
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This tree came from a landscape nursery in Tampa originally.
It was an interesting mix of trees, to be sure.
Then it was lunch and a tour of the collection.
Probably one of the best ficus benjamina I’ve seen.
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A ficus salicaria.
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And many more, including a buttonwood among others.
In the outside collection there were junipers, hornbeam, this great bald cypress.
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And a pretty cool European beech.
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Whoops, do I hear a whip cracking?
Back to work, time for the workshop on the ficus.
I took several pictures but I like this one best.
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She was a good sport, she didn’t want here pic taken, in fact, she tried to move out of the way.
And now she’s on the blog.
I’m a meanie.
I did give away some t-shirts from the American Bonsai Tool Company.
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And we had a very good overall bonsai time.
Then it was time to go back to Mike’s house and relax.
I watched as Mike watered.
I love these trees, I think they’re silver maples.
Nice bark.
We also found some, ah…..beverage.
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And I found a guitar!
Woo hoo!
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And Mike gave me the tour.
This is where he, um, overwinters his bonsai.
I was hoping I wasn’t still here when the DEA raided the place.
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Yeah….
After a good sleep and an early morning (and filling up with the way overpriced gas) I was on the road to Ft. Wayne.
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Lots of windmills.
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This is downtown Van Wurt. A sleepy (read that as- hit every light red) little town on the way.
After arriving at the Kittle Homestead I was whisked away to a soon to be disclosed place for a soon to be described task.
But you’ll have to wait a bit for that post. The secret day three post that I teased you all with in the last post.
Sorry.
Day four!
In the Kittle kitchen they have these pots and pans hanging from the ceiling.
I just love that.
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And I got to eat some organic, fresh eggs for breakfast from the Kittle chickens.
After breakfast I decided to wander a bit around the property.
This is an oak.
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And, surprise!
A bald cypress in the ground.
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Then, a short, quiet respite before the workshop begins.
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Sitting under a tree in the warm, Mid-June breeze, swinging lazily on a wooden rocker, not thinking of anything.
But then, it was time. High Noon.
Four words:
The workshop was intense.
First, I had brought a variety of trees for people to choose from.
The trees:
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Then, they were encouraged to bring there own.
It began at noon.
It ended at ten pm.
One guy had a total of five trees, another, three, some people had two and on and on.
I can’t give you an accurate tally or species count but, there were ficus..
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….and buttonwood, and juniper….
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…..and Eugenia, crepe myrtle, cypress, zelkova….
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…….did I mention ficus?
At lunch I tried to clean off the ficus gunk using a special soap.
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I guess pumice isn’t the miracle product we’ve been led to believe it is after all.
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15 minutes for some pulled pork, pulled chicken, cheesy scalloped potatoes etcetera.
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Poor Steve was still wiring.
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That, dear readers, is Steve Moore from Bonsai in Hoosierland (hoosierbonsai.blogspot.com) a very informative blog you should check out.
So I worked through the evening and I suddenly realized that it was nine pm. And the sun was still up.
Weird.
In Florida the sun goes down about 8:30.
I finished off my last three trees in the company of this dude,
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Barefoot Bruce, stayed to the dirty, gritty, mosquito swarming end.
Thank you sir, you are a scholar and a gentleman!
The last tree, at around ten thirty, was this ficus microcarpa.
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Which turned out really nice. IMHO.
The next update will be on days five and six, of which I just finished number six with the Cincy club with a demo of this bald cypress.
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Can yer dig it, mi amigos?
Sleepy time!

About adamaskwhy

Visual artist specializing in bonsai, mostly.
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7 Responses to Mid America Bonsai Tour: Days Two and Four- Columbus and Ft. Wayne

  1. Heidrun Wellnitz says:

    Larches and Beeches, my favorite trees from my childhood in Germany. I understand your envy!

  2. Steve Moore says:

    Thanks for the mention and the kind words. I hope we see you up here again. 🙂

  3. Evan Luse says:

    We (Cincinnati, oh) had Adam for an Ilex demo and workshop a couple years ago, and HAD to have him back this year. This time it was bald cypress demo and workshop. EVERYONE was thoroughly pleased and highly entertained!. It is a rare workshop where everyone walks away with a great looking tree. I believe this has to do with his great talent and supplying very nice material! Adam is a very knowledgeable artist, with a fresh, entertaining way of presenting. I highly recommend him!

  4. rob gage says:

    Hey man great blog! I saw ur friend in London ohio has some great trees. I live about 20 min west near springfield and would love to see and maybe buy some of his stuff. Thank you for any help.
    Rob

  5. Gia says:

    So I googled bald cypress bonsai last night, because I’d just de-wired and slightly trimmed one that a friend gave me for helping her repot some trees (including said cypress) back in March. Adam led a really cool ficus workshop here inCincinnati last weekend, so I kicked in this blog.

    Man that cypress looks familiar…. Keep reading Gia… WAIT, that’s my bald cypress!!! Lol. So now I realize I have two trees by Adam! Glad I haven’t killed thatbaldcypress….

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