purchasing or collecting materials
I'm just curious to know where everyone else gets their materials.
I live on 14 acres, 10 of which is wooded. There are 3 kinds of native stone, 5 or 6 kinds of moss, driftwood in the creek and branches in the woods. LOADS of trees shrubs of all kinds. I also have permission from a neigbor to gather from his 50 or 60 acres, including powdery aged manure from his barn for adding to my watering bucket :D.
In such a rural area tho' I can't find local sources for bonsai pots and the more traditional bonsai plants, not to mention that there's not likely to be a bonsai show or display within 2 hours of my house. (I'm a student so finances are limited.)
It's a trade off that I'm comfortable with...by making do with what I have (houseplants, found materials, unusual pottery picked up second-hand) my creations are likely to be unique.
What's everyone else doing?