So we are heating up to the nineties today and tomorrow. I hope junipers respond well... Time to water heavy!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Turface MVP: http://www.wsconnelly.com/turf-and-ornamental/locations.php
About $11 for a 50lb bag
76 & 288
Gran - i - Grit (Grower) - Southern States on Alverser Dr off of Midlothian Tnpk
Permatill - Strange's on Broad St
$3 for 50 lbs or something ridiculous. It comes out of NC
Pumice (Dry Stall) can be found at Southern States off of West Broad also.
Organics can pretty much be found any old place. Looking for soil conditioner and then sifting the bark is best.
I would like to add this article for information also:
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I don't like it when people use 'yew' as a pun in topics on forums. I did so as a satire. And I feel awful about it. Finally got around to taking the truck to the Great Big Green House (GBGH) and picked up my taxus baccata.
It's a beast. Can't believe they had it in the "TLC" section. It was pretty healthy over all and had a lot of feeder roots close to the trunk. I probably could have squeezed it into a smaller pot but I wanted to improve the overall health of the tree before cutting them back any more. I didn't remove any roots but I did rinse off the mud from the roots and reduced the foliage by about 40%. I'm pretty excited about this one:
Monday, March 26, 2012
Also picked up a couple small pots from the $5 raffle. Not that I need them, but I like to donate to the club:
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Thomas had a bit more to pick up. He went home with a truck FULL of materials. At least a few of which I was jealous. If not for my budget and desire for larger material, plus all the junipers I have in my back yard, I would have picked a few more up. Here's the nursery crawl winner:
I left this nursery to pick up my yew when it started POURING! Another time.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
All that aside, I did pick up a mugo recently. It is an exciting experiment. They prefer more water than most pine, have shorter needles, are amazingly flexible, and can handle lots of work at one time. Mugos are also the only pine that like to get root work and transplanting in the dead heat of the summer.
As this is my first attempt at styling a pine, I'm planning to take it to the next meeting for some ideas.
Here's some shots:
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I picked up a few issues of Bonsai Today. When I was at Dan's house, he had an extensive library of articles from magazines. One that I'd like to duplicate.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Every single cutting I put out burned. Next time I will try putting them in the garage and therefore avoiding such serious heat. I will also be looking into picking up some pumice. I am not sure if the 2/3 peat and 1/3 perlite did the trick... Most likely it was the random 70 degree day and the bag secured too tightly essentially baking the guys. My bad guys. My bad.
Repotted another sargentii juniper:
I have further reduced the tree last night. It will lend itself to an informal upright very nicely. In time. Right now that trunk needs to thicken so I'll be fertilizing heavy this year.
Fertilizing starts in 2 weeks from yesterday.
I ordered 8 magazine (Bonsai Today) from Stone Lantern. They should get in today. I think the detailed procedures presented in magazines is excellent and not duplicated anywhere else. I just wish there was an online database of these articles..
Last night I redid 2 of my air layers because they appeared too small.
Found a great app for tracking the sun's path for any day of the year: Sun Surveyor is free and useful in learning about sun patterns.
That's all for right now.
edit: photo of the reduction
Friday, March 9, 2012
Well said. Very well said.
Now I put on my Dr. Phil hat, and conclude that your affair with bonsai was like a steamy love affair. They always have a short shelf-life, because they lack moderation. It grew too fast, too big, in too short of a time.
This should be a warning for the new bonsai enthusiasts. Start slow, think long-term, and don't let the hobby throw your life out of balance. It's not about trying to beat your neighbor or club member in who has the best collection. It's about playing and having fun with trees. I started 19 years ago, and took me many years before I've found that balance. But slowly it became part of who I am, and now it takes no effort anymore. It's like eating, or working out.
If your trees take too much effort to maintan (such as having to move them around in your backyard, or needing too much special treatment to keep them alive), sooner or later bonsai becomes a burden. So, one has to find a system (number and size of trees, species, watering, etc.) that makes the hobby effortless.
Sorry for the rant..
Last edited by Attila Soos; March 9th, 2012 at 01:45 PM.
And one more from Brian Van Fleet:
Advice? Read everything you can get your hands on, contemplate your trees, take your time. Think in terms of seasons and years, not weeks and months. Everyone has an opinion; listen to people whose trees you appreciate.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
I found the blogger app and am posting this just to see how it turns out. Here is the ficus that I've been working on. It started as much uglier ready made commercial tree for hooking newbies. It worked. With pruning and wire, this is actually close to resembling a tree. Office types are always asking me about the big pot. Then they glaze over when I explain why it is not yet in a proper Bonsai pot.