You know it is a great day when you pop out of bed on a holiday and run for the woods, well, in this case the trees on the patio. Today, I needed to accomplish the re-potting of the my Sierra Juniper. I have had this tree for about 6 years and it began as not a very interesting stick. I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Master Mitsuya on its initial styling into a weeping design. It has been maintained that way every sense. Back budding has not been very successful so I tend to allow foliage to develop in the upper branches and then bend them down over the older branches . On a few occasions I have been able to replace bare branches with new dense foliage ones. This year I was also able to get rid of a heavy underground root because I have managed to develop a great deal of small feeder roots. That made me happy.
Today I toured through my trees looking for growth progress. I was surprised by what I saw. The weather the past few weeks have seen temps in the 70’s and night time temps in the 50’s so trees are showing unexpected signs of movement. I also a seeing the first ever blossoms on my Chinese quince. After so many years of only green leaves this is a great sign of a happy tree. Maples are in leaf already (so I can not re-pot them), pines are showing movement and even the western fig is moving buds. All too early but the climate had changed so much. Great news on my Brazilian Raintree as well, the new grow light has made it flourish.
The re-potting madness has set in. I am busy cleaning up trees, re-potting and generally getting rid of winter mosses and weeds. This year we have been blessed by rain in California but as I was re-potting trees I was reminded why we must water our plants anyway. Some of the root mass was too dry. These drier roots got a bath of VF-11 and water while they awaited a new pot. I managed to make it through a number of shimpaku that are still somewhat dormant but beginning to green up. Cleaning and taking wire off trees was a big focus. I was surprised to see that my maples are already starting to leaf! Way to early for those. One of my Shimpaku trees was a convention tree for GSBF Modesto and was originally style in a workshop with Jim Gremel. Nice to see it flushing.