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Re: Small balcony garden railway

Post by ge_rik » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:18 am

Peter Butler wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:07 pm
The figures are excellent and the night-time lighting effect gives the scene a kind of 'Dutch Masters' painting appearance. Clever stuff!
By coincidence, I was thinking Van Goch - Potato Eaters

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Re: Small balcony garden railway

Post by E.V. » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:56 am

Thank you all for your nice comments!
daan wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:57 pm
May be you can get Bonsai trees to go with them?
I was thinking about using bonsai. But they seemed too low compared to the G scale rolling stock.
ge_rik wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:16 pm
Where did you get the chairs, btw?
The chairs and the table (as well as the playing cards, the beer bottles and some money) were in the set with figures from the Preiser.
Preiser offers these tables and chairs separately (art. 45219 - the chairs, art. 45220 - the tables).

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Re: Small balcony garden railway

Post by daan » Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:15 pm

Bonsais grow in any size. You are the one deciding the scale and height of the bonsai. My neighbour is a bonsai gardner and has a lot of very nice bonsai trees in his garden. Some are tiny, some are over a metre in height.

I have a few bonsai trees in my garden railway, they need trimming a few times a year, but definitely grow to any size you want. The best part is, that when kept small, their leaves are also smaller then normal and they get a very nice, big stem and root system, giving them the look and feel of a real big tree.

Your version with pots in the layout is ideal for bonsai, since the whole trick of keeping bonsai's small is to regulate their root system. A tree stopt growing when the root system stays small. My neighbour keeps all his bonsai in pots and trims the root system and the brenches alternately. When he trims the roots, he chooses a few healthy roots and cuts the smalles ones around them away. Then he carefully places the plant back in the pot with new soil and plantfood. Then keep moist and cut the branches.

In Switserland, a lot of trees are growing in rocky areas. They keep small because their roots have no place to grow. Bonsai are the same thing. Limit the root system and the tree stays small.
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Re: Small balcony garden railway

Post by E.V. » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:40 pm

Thank you for such a detailed information! I'll try to follow your advice.

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Re: Small balcony garden railway

Post by markoteal » Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:22 pm

Great planting - really adds to things and I love the shed/hut/hideaway - a hand full of aces I bet!
Where did I put that uncoupler?

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Re: Small balcony garden railway

Post by ge_rik » Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:36 am

E.V. wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:56 am
The chairs and the table (as well as the playing cards, the beer bottles and some money) were in the set with figures from the Preiser.
Preiser offers these tables and chairs separately (art. 45219 - the chairs, art. 45220 - the tables).
Thanks

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Re: Small balcony garden railway

Post by jim@NAL » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:20 pm

I love the signal with the ball and the night shots look brilliant

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