Category Archives: maintenance

A bonsai, an ostomy, a life

The tree: The me: The set up: The life:I’m being a bit pretentious but, you see, I can be. Why? Welcome, my friends, it is… (I don’t use this brand but it’s the only graphic I could find for free, … Continue reading

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Return of the cracked pot friendship tree

Again, here I sit, waiting for the kids to be released from prison… uh, school. People ask me why I work on my bonsai so much here. I guess I could just take a nap or read a book but, … Continue reading

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You’ll never guess who I got this ficus from!

Seriously, unless you’re an avid reader of the blog there’s no way you could guess who I got the tree from. Here it was in its first appearance. Which was several years ago. And now, today (after a quick defoliation). … Continue reading

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The wind in the willow…leaf ficus

I have two ficus trees for you to ponder today. This sweet sumo: ….and this one that’s in serious training. Let’s look at it first. My daughter removed most of the wire on it already for me…..….but she left me … Continue reading

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Taming the prickly bush

You’ve seen this tree before. I’m a bit lazy at the moment, but there have been several blog posts on it in the past. I had even done a post on creating the pot from concrete. It’s there in the … Continue reading

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It’s been almost five years and I miss you my friend

Juan was my friend. (That’s his photo above, from Mt. Dora) It’s been about five years since he passed away and I wish I had him here to give me guidance. He was smarter than I and more experienced. But … Continue reading

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Let the tree talk to you, just don’t be surprised if they say they want to leaf……

This is a clients tree, chloroluceun tortum, the Brazilian raintree. It’s a humble little tree really. But she likes it. And that’s all that matters. It had a Jin on it, but this is all that’s left of the deadwood. … Continue reading

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