Right now I am handicapped with a hand injury and lingering issues from sickness. That give me time to catch up on some stories and ask others to move trees around so I can putter about for a while.
This past weekend the local bonsai club asked if I would demo the creation of a Saikei; a Japanese style landscape planing using rocks and various plant material. They were popular in the US in the 1950s. I agreed and produced a fine example but made the comment that I did not generally like them in the collection because they were not classical bonsai, had a mix of species, were too heavy to move around, and required constant attention. Well, truth be told I have one remaining in my collection that is a not to Saikei but not with a mix of tree species or even a specific scene.
I started this olive Saikei over 10 years ago with two young olive plants and a large lace rock. It has gone to show a few times and is favored because it was hard to tell the difference between the rock and a stump.
The trees have developed nicely. They, like all olives require seasonal care of old foliage removal and thinning in order to keep them healthy.
Other olives needed seasonal work as well.
Then, there was the need to tame the Trident Maple story. This is a new tree in the collection. This year we are working to develop lower branches,thicken up primary ones, and develop an official apex.
Then of course I need to revisit a few of my favorite trees. Notes are below the images.