Today, I had the opportunity to work for one of my long time clients. I have worked for him for about 5 years on a small collection of trees that were purchased from Kusamura Bonsai Club show sales tables. When I started working on them they were not in good shape. The owner had purchased them many years ago and was just hanging on to them and they were just alive. Some trees are a joy to work on. We rehabilitated an old ficus that is now quiet a lovely thing. Some of the other trees are passable now having added branches and such. One of the big projects we had was separating a group of three oddly matched Juniper compacta. Originally all three trees were in the same pot and going different directions. Today, two remain in a pot together and one stands alone as a lovely tree.
The client is retiring and moving up to Santa Rosa. So I gave the trees some love to keep them going in the year to come and said goodbye to Steve. He intends to learn much more about the art of bonsai in his new place and I hope he can connect with the nice people of REBS sometime in the future.