Talking to my neighbor, I told him how I love Bonsai and want to make more. He offered me some tree saplings and I got really excited. Not sure what happened to those (they may not be ready), but I came home from work one day to find two Japanese Maples on my porch.
I have always wanted to do one of these as a Bonsai, but it is not exactly an easy one. From what I have read the care is easy, but if you don't know what you're doing it is easy to kill them.
Here they are now:
It is a Red Maple, a personal favorite of mine. I love the way the leaves hang.
Not sure if you can tell but at the moment they are tall and thin. This kind of makes things harder on my. I am planning to shorten one, and get creative with the other one.
I am not going to really shape them until Summer. Once healthy, I am going to cut one to shorten it. I am hoping to make something like:
Photo from http://www.denverplants.com/
We will see what really happens though... This will be years in the making!