Monthly Archives: August 2014

Here’s an unusual tree , you might remember it

Check this out! Uhhhh….what in da hell?! Those are itty bitty figs. I’ve written about this tree before in this post. It’s a ficus triangularis. I know what you’re thinking. I have a defoliation fetish but no, this time, I … Continue reading

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Sea grape bonsai and some first-aid training

Here we go again, I just know I’m going to get all kinds of guff for this post. Oh well. Here’s the tree. Yup, a sea grape…..I can hear it now, “The leaves are too big! Why, oh why would … Continue reading

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Ed Trout Demo and the upcoming Multi-club Auction

Last Sunday I traveled to Melbourne to attend the Bonsai Society of Brevard’s monthly meeting. My friend, Ed Trout, was the guest artist and I was looking forward to the demo. The tree he was working on is a buttonwood. … Continue reading

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Initial potting and wiring of a dwarf jade

Last Sunday, my friend Barb came over to have me help her work on some of her trees. There was a tamarind, an ilex, a sweet little green island ficus and others. We did quite a bit but what I … Continue reading

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Three elms, three ways, three beers

I’m three beers in and it occurs to me that I should be documenting this. Whoops, I need my black backdrop. It’s amazing what a difference a backdrop makes in photographing a tree. That will be the first lesson of … Continue reading

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Dwarf Jade Bonsai Techniques

Here’s a tree: It needs trimming, wiring and repotting. Portulacaria afra, Latin meaning “leaves like a portulaca” (which is known as purslane and moss rose) and “african” (it’s native to Africa). The portulacaria afra is called “dwarf jade” by many … Continue reading

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Total Willowleaf Ficus Drama!

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see..” Henry David Thoreau What are we looking at here? What do you see? I can already guess what the responses will be, I’m a psycho…..uh, I mean a … Continue reading

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