Accumulating Journey – BONSAIKO

Going by means of my WordPress draft,  I discovered this entry that I by no means posted.  This was a part of my account once I went on a gathering journey with buddy Ryan Huston, fellow blogger and a part of Puget Sound Bonsai Affiliation  RY2TREE2.  I used to be utilizing my cellphone to document the entry under on the time:

“Lastly fulfilled one in all my bucket record on my bonsai expertise, yamadori gathering. A buddy from our native membership and a fellow blogger Ryan Huston invited me to go bonsai gathering. Ryan met a fellow bonsai fanatic Rick Katzin (Roberts Mountain Bonsai Mission)who has acres of property in Grants Move Oregon. Rick invited us to come back out and dig at his property. Ryan and I took a 6 hour drive to Grants Move Oregon from Seattle. By a set of directions (not Google maps) from Rick, we traveled a slim graveled highway. Like youngsters on scavenger hunt we tried to decipher these directions like clues to a puzzle. We rotated (moderately rigorously transfer my truck round so we don’t unintentionally slide right into a ravine) not sure if we missed a flip. After a nervous climb by means of this slim graveled highway, we received to a plateau. Proper in entrance of us had been three roads going in several instructions. Rick’s instruction didn’t say something about this . We went to the left base on intestine really feel. A sigh of reduction once we noticed bonsai show in entrance of Rick’s cabin. His 5 canine greeting us with their bark was a heat welcome moderately than intimidating.”

We spent the primary day simply scouting the potential yamadori on the property.  There have been a lot.  The next day we equipped on our vehicles to exit and acquire. Sadly my truck didn’t have 4 wheel drive and once we received to the steeper gravelly highway up the mountain, Rick took us in his 4 wheel drive Ford bronco.  That truck labored like a dream.  Rick didn’t present us the highest of the mountain the day earlier than however together with his Bronco, he took us there first.  Once we received there, I used to be blown away.  Immediately, I felt that the place was residence for potential yamadoris.   There have been a number of Quercus Garryana (presumably selection Breweri).   Ryan and I each dug up some good ones.  We teamed up collected our items.  Ryan’s oak will solely want minor enhancements and possibly prepared to indicate.  I received one with a really giant trunk with smaller trunk rising on the facet like a raft type.  This spring I’ll learn how the collected oak will do.  If it does make it, it will likely be unbelievable.  Between Ryan and I, we received sufficient materials that stuffed my truck.  We packed that truck to I might barely squeeze something in.   We left pondering there have been extra left.

I’m so grateful for Rick and Shelly’s hospitality.  They had been so gracious to have shared their residence with us.  Rick driving us up the mountain was wonderful.  We’ve got been invited again and really excited to revisit a few of the ones we didn’t acquire.

Rick dreamed of sometime creating a spot the place he can invite people to have nice bonsai expertise.  He known as it the Robert Mountain Bonsai Mission.   It might be very simple to see how that dream can turn into a actuality.

A part of the surroundings going as much as Rick’s place. There have been areas that in the event you slipped off the highway, you is probably not discovered.
My truck going up the gravelly highway.
Rick and Shelly’s home with the Bronco that took us up the highest of the mountain.
Me, Rick, and Ryan
I’m attempt to present the view if you may get cross Rick’s beard and pony tail.
One in all their 6 canine attempting to entice me to pet her.
A few of Ricks bonsai assortment. Pumice is a lot in Oregon.
High of the mountain the place the outdated quick Oaks dwell.
Appears like a scraggly Ponderosa. There soil right here reminds a lot of akadama.
Unsure what this shrub is however seems like a cotoneaster. This one has a really twisty trunk and deadwood. I took this residence. Hope it makes it. It is going to be a really cool shohin.
That is one other kind of oak. We expect its Quercus Vacciniifolia or Huckleberry Oak. This one is fats and stubby. This might be cool bonsai if it makes it.
Huckleberry oak after I dug it. I attempted to get as a lot high-quality roots.
That is about as a lot roots as I can get out of this Pacific Yew. This one may be very fats tree with 80% deadwood. Hope it is going to make it.
A photograph of one of many oak alongside facet the gravel highway. Ryan and I test it out on our method out however most likely not collectable.

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