I am seemingly off my bonsai game this year. With all the rain we have gotten since the last week of December 2022, much of my repotting has had to halt. I should be repotting pines right now but they soils are too wet. With this amount of rain, the soils become beaten down and
Preparation for Winter is now ongoing. Leaves have changed color and beginning to drop. Leaf cleanup and defoliation is an important step in keep our trees healthy. Some tropical trees must be kept clean to move inside for frost protect at any moment. Other trees are being rotated for the best winter light. Most of
This time of year, I start working with fruiting and flowering species to get them ready for setting new buds. Trimming off leaves, some gentle repotting, and thinning are in the works now. I have up-potted grapes that were in liners, repotted a new beauty berry, and gave a new home an charming little ume.
This past year has been challenging: bonsai Interrupted and entire growing season lost, bonsai trees dying inside the apartment during the construction project, construction on the exterior of the apartment was/is horribly managed by property owners, personal physical issues that has kept me from doing many regular activities, painting spaces lost due to material being
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