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they just do not know what they will see in the next Elandan Dan Robinson Gardens in Bremerton, WA, but you can bet that has It has been present for some time. Or at least it will look that way. Japanese larch below is younger than me, grown from seeds since 1974. Robinson planted this tree on a lava rock for years, but over time, most of the land has washed. Robinson actually picked the tree up to show me the ball shallow root and marveled that the tree can withstand the high temperature of the rock reached on sunny days.

Japanese LarchLaryx loptoleptisYear of Origin - 1974Grown from a seed, this tree was field grown by John Hinds. When The Colonel donated the tree in 1997 I decided to train it as a hollow windswept tree on a rock. Carving, wire training and planting the tree on the lava stone was achieved in 2001.

Japanese Larch – Laryx loptoleptis

Year Source: 1974

from a seed this tree was planted by John Hinds open field. When Colonel donated the tree in 1997, I decided to train as a hollow windswept tree on a rock. Size, forming wire and plant the tree in lava stone was achieved in 2001. (Legend: Elandan gardens)

The hemlock below is much older. Planted in a pot unglazed decorated hemlock is thriving in the cool summer in the Pacific Northwest.

Alpine HemlockTsuga mertensianaYear of Origin - 1550Collected in 1997 from an alpine area on Vancouver Island. Heavily carved and wire trained in 2003. This splendid tree has been selected as the logo tree for the Evergreen Bonsai Club of Kitsap County.

Alpine Hemlock – Tsuga mertensiana

Collected in 1997 from an alpine area on Vancouver Island. Heavily carved and wire formed in 2003. This magnificent tree has been selected as the evergreen tree logo for Bonsai Club of sheet Kitsap County. (Caption: Elandan gardens)

Coming from the opposite end of the US, several bald Cypress were doing equally well.

Bald CypressTaxodium distichumYear of origin: 1550This naturally hollow-trunked beauty came from deep in Florida and was collected in March of 2004. Because of a healthy root system it never seemed to know it was uprooted and flown to its new home at Elandan Gardens. The growth was vigorous in 2004 and the future for this plant is promising. It is planted in an antique Chinese pot, circa 1835.

Ciprés – Taxodium distichum

This natural beauty hollow trunk came from the bottom of Florida and collected in March 2004. Due to a healthy root system that never seemed to know from being ripped and transferred to their new home in Elandan gardens. Growth was strong in 2004 and the future of this plant is promising. It is planted in an ancient Chinese vase, circa 1835. (Legend: Elandan gardens)

Bald Cypress

Ciprés

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A small number of trees Elandan were imported from Asia, including Korea carpe below. The log shows that deciduous trees can also transmit great age.

Korean HornbeamCarpinus koreanensisYear of Origin - 1925This tree was collected from the mountains of Korea in the 1980s. It was reduced from its original 12-foot height. The new sprouts, which issued form the remaining trunk and base, were trained into its basic form. I acquired the tree from Brussell's Bonsai Nursery in 1991. Carving was done to eradicate the large pruning scars left over from its initial reduction. Careful pruning and wiring has lead to its now aged yet elegant form.

carpe Korea – Carpinus koreanensis

This tree was collected from the mountains of Korea in the 1980s. It was reduced from its original height of 12 feet. The new shoots, which was granted the shape of the trunk and the remaining base, were trained in its basic form. I acquired Brussell tree Bonsai Nursery in 1991. The carving was done to eradicate large pruning scars left from its initial reduction. careful pruning and wiring has led to its elegant shape whose ages. (Caption: Elandan gardens)

One of my favorite trees in the garden is something of a rarity – a large cone of Pseudotsuga menziesii bonsai. The movement of the trunk and dead wood are great.

Big Cone Douglas FirPseudotsuga microfaradYear of Origin - 1500Collected in the Colorado Rockies in 2009. Untrained at present, its extraordinary trunk speaks to a life of durability in the face of adversity. Life followed by death is evidenced by the successive layers seen here on the trunk.

large cone Douglas fir – Pseudotsuga macrocarpa

Gathered in the Colorado Rockies in 2009. trained in currently, its extraordinary trunk speaks to a life of durability against adversity. Followed by death life is evidenced by the successive layers are seen here in the trunk. (Caption: Elandan gardens)

A number of Chamaecyparis found its home in Elandan, including sample yellow foliage below.

Chamaecyparis family

Chamaecyparis family

trees Elandan are planted in a variety of containers, Japanese and Chinese stoneware, stones, container made by ceramists local. Then the pot and several boats similar to Elandan, was made by Charles Potter Oregon Gloucester.

Pot by Charles Gloucester, an Oregon potter

pot Charles Gloucester

The last tree I saw before leaving the garden was an impressive collection hemlock that defies stylistic categorization. I can not wait to see what form it takes after its initial style.

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Hemlock

Hemlock

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