Little Lonely Doug

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Source: Bjorn Bjorholm Bonsai Blog.

Intensive Bonsai CourseIt’s Spring and that of course means repotting season here at Eisei-en. Currently, we are in full swing with our Intensive Courses at the garden, so some of the students have been helping out with transplanting a few of our monster trees. The latest big guy to get a new pair of shoes is this giant Doug Fir, dubbed Little Lonely Doug by our new apprentice Cameron Carlson. The name was inspired by the famous ‘Big Lonely Doug’ located somewhere in the old-growth forests of British Columbia, Canada. In 2012, a local logger decided to spare this giant Doug Fir as the remaining trees around it were cut down. ‘Big Lonely Doug’ now stands by himself in a valley that was once full of similar old-growth Doug Firs. He’s 230 feet high and is estimated to be between 750 and 1200 years old. Little Lonely Doug was originally collected near Denver, Colorado at an elevation of about 6000 feet by collector Richard Le, and subsequently potted in a long, lotus-shaped pot. The original soil had broken down over the following 3 years, so for this repotting the Intensive Group removed a good portion of that soil, leaving the core of the rootball intact. The tree was then put in a larger rectangular container to complement the harsh upward line of the trunk. The soil mix used in this repotting is Aoki Blend with 50% akadama, 25% kiryu and 25% fujizuna. Going forward, we’ll feature the styling of Little…

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