It was a very weird June. I was able to participate in the SBBK bonsai show this year for the first time in 2 years. The thing is, our weather had been so odd with temperatures bouncing up and down, that some trees were were awake and showable while others would not be ready for
A friend of mine wanted to be sure to have a presence at an upcoming show at the end of the month. She is not able to do much care so this is a labor of love. The trees were in some disrepair and require multiple stages of cleanup. Day one clean up is done
It is already March 2022 and the temperatures have once again been all over the place. Some trees are now in full Spring push mode, leaves and blossoms abound. Some repotting tasks still remain but night time temps in the upper 30s has slowed that some. First up is the new Buckeye to the collection.
The year started off with a bang. Temperatures and rainfall was the biggest surprise, and a welcome one indeed. Also, I was honored by Bonsai Empire by getting a spotlight on my work: https://www.facebook.com/bonsaiempire/ or their external site: https://www.bonsaiempire.com/ The posts were shared on their Instagram site Excerpted from their site: Bonsai Empire We celebrate
As Christmas approaches, the rains have come to California in force. It has not rained so much in years here and we are starting to make up ground in the drought. The bonsai love it. I see buds setting on so many different species; that is a little disconcerting, as the coldest time of year
Winter is here even though you cannot tell by the temperatures. Only the lack of sunlight and evenings in the mid 40s are the visible signs. Work will soon change to repotting trees and do I have some big changes coming in late winter. Some of my show trees will get new bigger pots to
It is already late Fall and I am behind at my blog. I have so many beautiful images and updates to share. For now I will just show a few of my favorite Fall photos from my garden.
August is always a weird month for bonsai. Trees are tired, Most have completed their growth process and just sit there. Well, not quiet but you know what I mean. Too late for some actions and too early for others. So I sit back and watch, refine tropical trees, build the last of the cuttings
This morning I awoke and had my mind set on re-potting some of my tropical trees in new pots that I acquired from auctions this year. A few of the pots were made by Iana Glushach. I love her style of pot and I have been working to collect a select few from the Facebook.
Sometimes when you have a dense collection of trees you miss a repotting year on year. Today I had one of those embarrassing moments when I looked down on a recently rotated collection of trees to find my neglected cork oak. It was cramped in amongst olives I was preparing for a demonstration later this