A couple of weeks ago, Himself and I went out collecting 'yamadori'... trees from nature.
In this case, Eastern Red Cedar who had several years of "pruning" by the highway department mowers as they groomed the ditches along country back roads. We found four cedar and one mystery tree that are promising as future bonsai.
The next day I set up a table and potted them in their first training pots. Did some very mild clean-up of some bad places too.
Here's how they turned out:
And here is the mystery tree up close. Still not sure what it is, but I have time.
However... in our excitement over very cute trees just waiting to come home with us, we forgot one extremely important thing we should have remembered here in Tennessee.
Himself was loaded up on his hands... and arms... and collarbone...
While I had it mostly on my face and neck. Must have scratched while I was potting.
(These photos are before it got really bad...)
It's been almost 2 weeks since we were 'contaminated' and it's still doing a job on us. We were both put on prednisone. Enough so that I nixed going back for 2 more trees I wanted. They'll be there next year and we'll be prepared to collect them without poisoning ourselves!