Bonsai: Jesse's Wee Trees

I have been growing trees in pots since the summer of 1999, when I bought my first tree, an amur maple, and joined the Columbus Bonsai Society. Since then, I've collected quite a few little trees, perhaps a dozen or so worthy of consideration. Here are a few 2003 pictures of selected trees. Sadly, many of them have gone to another place since then. Such is life.

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This is a barberry (Berberis sp.), about 4 years old. It has been trained for about a year. Deceased
A "golden lights" azalea (Rhododendron "golden lights"), trained since this spring. This is a deciduous azalea with, unfortunately, rather large leaves for bonsai. But just look at those roots! Deceased
A satsuki azalea (Rhododendron indicum "hakutsuru"), also trained since this spring, when the club had an azalea workshop. Deceased
A Japanese maple (Acer palmatum), actually two seedlings bound together to form a twin-trunk arrangement. Stolen
A bald cypress (Taxodium distichum), bought late this last June. The clamp is there to straighten a slight curve in the trunk, and is home-made. Deceased
A variegated Japanese maple (Acer palmatum "butterfly"), trained since spring, 2002. The bag on one branch is where I'm air-layering it.
This elm (Ulmus sp.) is a volunteer from my garden, 2 or 3 years old. It received some preliminary styling while in the ground over the summer of 2002. I dug it up and put it in a deep nursery pot this spring, where it has received further training to develop it branch structure.

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