Category Archives: rare finds

None dare call it yamadori

I think it’s time to work this tree. If for nothing else but to put it into a proper pot. You know, there’s a real history and tradition of containers like this being used for native collected material. Mary Madison … Continue reading

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A “signature” tree, so to speak….

Well now, who is in my passenger seat today? Or should it be “what…..in the helll?!”This…odd….tree, is an elm, believe it or not. An American elm to be precise (some people make a distinction for American elms that are in … Continue reading

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I hear you’re jealous of ficus in Florida….?

I’ve heard that many times. Well, damn then, I’m jealous of ficus up North. You all have an opportunity I don’t. More on that towards the end. Let’s take a look at some trees then. This was, in a time … Continue reading

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Did you just call me escambron again….that’s it, I’m gonna….wait, what, that’s the name of a tree?

Escambron, a tree native to Puerto Rico. If you say escambron with just a little bit of the emphasis on the right syllable and slur it a bit, you might just be saying a bad word (shut your mouth…) Let’s … Continue reading

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Bonsai on Elm Street

It’s actually the corner of Randolph and Wallace, but that’s not very euphonious. It is an elm tree. A Chinese elm, for clarification, Ulmus parviflora, which means “small flowered elm”. It is a species from East Asia including China and … Continue reading

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Face-hugger or Swoosh? You decide

Hmmmmmmnnnn…… Inner-est-ing. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I like to work with non-traditional shapes very often in my art. This is not the first time you have seen this tree…..……nor shall it be the last (….back back, … Continue reading

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You’ll never guess who I got this ficus from!

Seriously, unless you’re an avid reader of the blog there’s no way you could guess who I got the tree from. Here it was in its first appearance. Which was several years ago. And now, today (after a quick defoliation). … Continue reading

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