Category Archives: branch placement

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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A matter of taste or, the past is prologue

Time for a haircut. In more ways than one…….Yeah, lookin’ like a crazy man here recently. In fact, it’s getting easier and easier to lose oneself in the electric lime green foliage of this tree…..   Dumm dum duhmmmmmmm! I’m a … Continue reading

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Where do the rules get you? 

I’ve been thinking a lot recently. I know, it gets me into trouble a lot when I do that but I think I’ve finally figured out some things and it’s time to share. Let’s begin at the end, which seems … Continue reading

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 The Bougainvillea Studies

Pablo does not approve. He’s sittin’ over there passing judgement on my weeding skills. Like he can do better, he’s just a disembodied, floating wooden face with a disagreeable temperament.  I guess I need to do some weeding, forthwith. Or maybe he … Continue reading

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An unknown ficus, to me

Well, I’ve exhausted my research and I can’t find the name. It’s the subject of today’s post. Some of Florida’s best and brightest can’t find out the species so I think I’ll call it ficus “jim smithii”  Since I can’t … Continue reading

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A flat-top, bald cypress bonsai story, and a question. 

I posted a pic in the social media jungle a few weeks ago. It caused some debate (aside from the flack I got from the recycle bin in the background, that is).   It wasn’t really my intention to stir the … Continue reading

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Haunted hackberry bonsai

Well, being the unlettered man of toil I pretend to be,  I don’t have much to right to an opinion in some things but, I must say, what a gnarly old hag of an arboreal specimen I have before me. Scarred, … Continue reading

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