Monday, March 5, 2012

This weather...

Cold, windy and wet snow coming down outside. Nothing is sticking thankfully. Yesterday was pleasant and mild. Cest la vie in VA.

This weekend was kind of a wash for bonsai. I did get some air layers applied to the juniper. 7 in total. Probably could have done more but the branches started getting thin and straight on me. If it makes sense, I'll continue using that tree as a parent as long as I can. I left one strong arm on it and may plan to design a literati of it.
Here's hoping it'll do well in the growing field:

During this process I took a few heel cuttings, dipped them in rooting hormone and planted them in a mix of peat 2/3 and perlite 1/3. I moistened the soil and sprayed the foliage then placed them in a bag. We'll see if they decide to root for me. I won't be heart broken to lose them but it'd be nice to be able to put them in the ground later on. I've yet to successfully propagate anything. I've also yet to spend the requisite time studying the subject.

Brought in my deciduous trees and everything in a delicate state to avoid the snow/wind today.

And here's a bonus shot of the bench since I've not yet posted it with trees and without snow. I'm always thinking about the weakest trees on this bench. There are currently 3 trees that might not be long for this world. Can you spot them?

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