Category Archives: Horticulture and growing

Pigeon plum, a vomitoria and the withered trunk

Two more trees for your perusal (and, of course, my self edification).  A pigeon plum…and a dwarf yaupon….The yaupon is currently in a style I’ll call the “Bozo the Clown style”. You’ll have to Google that one. It’s a style … Continue reading

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You know what they say about people that have big bonsai….

Lysiloma sabicu….I think. Horseflesh mahogany is the colorful common name. We (that would be David and I, not the royal “we”) are going to put it into that green pot. It looks small but……..it’s not.  We also have a big Brazilian … Continue reading

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Midnight Rider

It’s after midnight, and I’m going to let it all hang out (and mix my song references).  Because I’m not sleepy, or maybe I have a guilty conscience (or not, depends on who you listen to, I could, as evidenced … Continue reading

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Building Structure

There might be a tree here. Underneath the leaves, somewhere. Maybe. But I do believe it’s time for the scissor. Let’s see what’s underneath.  Ah, I see a trunk. We might have a bonsai here, instead of a bush. Not that a bush is bad….. … Continue reading

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Why even airlayer? That’s not doing bonsai, is it? Or, Where does the story end? 

Propagation. Taking cuttings, growing from seed, air layering. That’s not what bonsai is. Bonsai is taking trees that have been grown by farmers, or nurseries, with the first, second, back branches  there already, and styling them so they are all … Continue reading

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Chop chop chop, is it technique or butchery? 

Uh oh! It doesn’t look good for this ficus.  Like they say, the first cut is the deepest. Snikt!!Don’t worry, I might know what I’m doing…..maybe.  Let’s continue with the insults, it gets worse. Poor tree. It gets worse. You see, … Continue reading

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The Knife, The Foil, and The Moss

I’m gonna cut you sucker! Yes, you!Just because you have a fancy name,  chloroluceun tortum, doesn’t mean you’re safe. Most just think of you as the Brazilian raintree. Let me tell you a story. I recently picked up some trees for my … Continue reading

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