Check Out My Wood!  

TicklePlease 51F  
3291 posts
11/19/2018 5:09 am
Check Out My Wood!

aaaaand that's as as sexy as the post is going to get.

Unless you're into bonsai. Or bad wood jokes.

I recently stopped at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington DC, on the last day of their fall exhibit.

It was a great mix of all-season, fall and winter trees, definitely worth checking out!

To begin, this is NOT a bonsai. This is a full-size Gingko tree, espaliered to the visitor center!


This IS a bonsai!


The oldest tree in the garden is almost 400 years old, many of the pines and cedars are well into their second century!






The fall colors were still on display in the sheltered areas of the garden, including an actual Gingko bonsai, much older than the full size one.






There was a small tropical bonsai garden with a Banyan tree!


Winter is coming....


Got wood?

TicklePlease 51F  
11968 posts
11/19/2018 5:11 am

Thanks for making it all the way through the forest!
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AliOrbit 62F  
499 posts
11/19/2018 5:27 am

The trees are beautiful.


TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:21 am:
They absolutely were!

mse197478 63M  
770 posts
11/19/2018 5:33 am

Pretty amazing how pretty those little trees are.


TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:21 am:
The amount of care that going into them is amazing!

hermitagemale50 56M  
64 posts
11/19/2018 5:46 am

those are some great pics, thanks for sharing


TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:21 am:
I'm glad you liked them!

cyclingfool 57M  
6429 posts
11/19/2018 5:54 am

That is some nice wood.... All very firm..
Treated us to a picture of you...


TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:22 am:
well, I'm anything BUT firm!

Platosgames 97M  
3181 posts
11/19/2018 5:56 am

One of my uncles has been into bonzai for years. He had a couple that he grew from spouts, that were at least 30 years old the last time I saw them. It's a really cool art form. Gotta wonder who had the first idea to do this. LOL.

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TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:23 am:
I'm amazed at how much care goes into them... they truly are a full-time hobby! Some passed down through generations.

Probably a cousin of the first guy who said, let's crack this weird looking shell open and eat the snot that's inside.

GimmeAThrill 50M
24048 posts
11/19/2018 6:03 am

If there were a rose bush, you could say the museum made you so thorny.

Smart as a horse and hung like Einstein.


TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:23 am:
That'll be in the spring.

justskin1 67M  
11178 posts
11/19/2018 6:17 am

Thank You for showing us the beauty and wonder of those trees.

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TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:24 am:
I'm glad you liked them, it's definitely worth seeing if you ever get to DC!

BiggLala 47F  
25507 posts
11/19/2018 6:20 am

Oooooh, what big...wood you have!

Beautiful photos!
I bet it was relaxing walking around all that nature....kinda...zen-like. Ohmmmmm.

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TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:25 am:
The wood jokes were colliding so hard in my brain it almost hurt!

What was nice was that there were very few people there... THAT made it the most enjoyable!

maybejustrex4 52M  
2595 posts
11/19/2018 6:23 am

    Quoting BiggLala:
    Oooooh, what big...wood you have!

    Beautiful photos!
    I bet it was relaxing walking around all that nature....kinda...zen-like. Ohmmmmm.
Beaten to the size joke by ONE post. Well done.


TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:25 am:
Does this constitute woodjoke envy?

maybejustrex4 52M  
2595 posts
11/19/2018 6:24 am

Those are truly amazing. As a man who can kill almost any plant in less than a month, I awed by centuries old pieces of living art.


TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:27 am:
*note to self... Don't gift Rex a plant.

They truly were art. Now I want to see the cherry and crabapple bonsai bloom in the spring!

CleavageFan4U 62M  
56811 posts
11/19/2018 7:03 am

That certainly was a click-bait title. Though the thought of you sporting wood might appeal to SOME, not me really.

Lovely pictures never the less, especially that one in the bonus/starter comment.

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TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:30 am:
I'm good at that click-bait stuff.... hell, without any nudity, how else can I get readers

marriedcretin 49M
1324 posts
11/19/2018 8:05 am

Well...I don't know what I think about bonsai. They are cute but artificial. Surely a full sized tree is better, more magnificent?


TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:31 am:
This is true.... large wood IS more magnificent. The difference between looking up at a redwood and looking down at one!

SeaGirlFL 55F
7952 posts
11/19/2018 9:09 am

What a cool exhibit!

I do not know much about bonsai, other than it requires way more patience than I think I could ever have, lol.

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TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:32 am:
And it moves so sloooooowwwwwwww! Some of the trees have been through a few different owners they're so old!

mrmarvel69 52M  
267 posts
11/19/2018 9:14 am

nice... gorgeous wood.... and a gorgeous lady at the end to make the trip through the forest worth it....


TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:33 am:
Thank you Mr M and wow, what are the odds that two Tallahassee bloggers comment consecutively! (I'm an FSU gal btw, I notice these things)

iwant2learnit 48M  
451 posts
11/19/2018 11:07 am

Great pictures, as always. I did have a certain bias in favor of the last one.

Sooooo many "wood" jokes.

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TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:34 am:
I'm telling ya doll, I almost got a headache the way the wood jokes were bouncing around in my noggin!

You'd have thought one of our DuPonts would have gotten into bonsai and then we wouldn't have to drive to DC to see a collection!

misskissin 55F  
77222 posts
11/19/2018 11:35 am

DC has the best museums... just gorgeous!


TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:35 am:
I love going down to DC... and after all these years living 90 minutes away, there's STILL quite a few I haven't been to yet!

sexysixties2 71F  
38175 posts
11/19/2018 1:10 pm

Those pics are terrific. Bonsai gardening fascinates me.

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TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:35 am:
Thanks sexy, it's quite the hobby... one for people with patience.

(that's not me)

FMAOPLS 65F  
26273 posts
11/19/2018 4:59 pm

I love trees - the more interesting the better, and particularly bonsai trees.

Thanks for sharing these beautiful images.

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TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:36 am:
I'd honestly never seen so many up close... only a few here and there, and most of those were the mall-kiosk kind. These were incredible, they had one that survived Hiroshima!

ArglBargl14 56M
258 posts
11/19/2018 8:15 pm

Beautiful photos! Love hanging out at the Arboretum, but haven't been in years. Was that first bonsai a dawn redwood?


TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 3:38 am:
And you're so CLOSE too!!!!!! C'mon AB, get your arboretum act together!

That is a dawn redwood, what's funny is that my ex has a few of those in his yard, all east-coast sized (under 100' but still... seeing a "full size but only 4 feet tall" one was trippy!

kukoocock 49M
5811 posts
11/20/2018 4:24 am

Small but perfectly formed! Not many bonsai trees around over here I can't help but think of Mister Miyagi in the karate kid now!!

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TicklePlease replies on 11/20/2018 4:39 am:
Dammit, now you've got ME humming it!!!!

Let's go be old together and yell at the younguns to keep off our lawn!

scottj55555 51M
1962 posts
11/20/2018 8:25 am

Wow, thanks for the photos! So many great places to visit. You didn't put any info, but is that last shot a smiling tree?


TicklePlease replies on 11/21/2018 4:00 am:
It's a common sight in the Mid-Atlantic area.... you know, your backyard!

cyclingfool 57M  
6429 posts
11/20/2018 5:55 pm

    Quoting cyclingfool:
    That is some nice wood.... All very firm..
    Treated us to a picture of you...
No my friend, you are soft in all the right places...


TicklePlease replies on 11/21/2018 4:00 am:


...and a few of the wrong ones too but who's counting right?

LakeRidgeBBWSeek 58M
3206 posts
11/21/2018 12:23 am

One of the several places that wee on my list to visit while I lived in the DC metro, but never made it to, sigh !


TicklePlease replies on 11/21/2018 4:01 am:
Well, there's always that vacation thing... See DC as a tourist!

CynicusMaximus 47M
1724 posts
11/24/2018 8:05 pm

Okay, you know me VERY well..

At first glance.. i thought i saw one of the biggest buds that i had ever seen.


TicklePlease replies on 11/29/2018 4:21 am:
Now THAT would be interesting.... bonsai weed!

You'd be yelling "BANZAIIIIII" after you smoked it!

Koffla 63M
55506 posts
11/26/2018 3:43 am


As a gardener, trees and plants would die, I hate gardening.



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TicklePlease replies on 11/29/2018 4:22 am:
Could you imagine the guilt you'd have at killing a plant that's a few hundred years old! Well, I would anyway!

Golly06 66M  
1822 posts
12/2/2018 10:40 am

Just caught up on all your travels. I enjoyed this non-creepy one the best! Thanks for the journey. I feel like I should go meditate now.


TicklePlease replies on 12/2/2018 3:50 pm:
Thanks for leaving a comment Golly!

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