Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Poplar Whips and Wire

I have poplar whips which I wired in spring, before full bud break. I just removed these wires this week.
One of the whips is very wire scarred. I think it is going to go into the garden to grow to a point where its currently mangled trunk won't matter.
The other tree is fine. I took off the wire at the perfect time to keep the marking to a minimum, but the tree is holding its place.
The tree has grown one set of branch about 5-6 leaves before they were trimmed to two; then they have budded and leafed but are only at 2-3 leaves.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Wire off Chestnut

Took the wire of my horse chestnut today. The wire was just starting to dig in. What I liked was that the branches stayed where they were wired, they did not spring back.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Bonsai Haircuts

I have spent time trimming my bonsai lately. You know - cut back to two leaves, or leaf sets. With the juniper I just pinch some growing tips whenever I walk by. It is what keep the tree small.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Watering Constantly

Since last Tuesday, when the temp. hit 24 degrees Celsius, I have been watering daily. My bonsai soil dries out enough to water daily. These trees I will have to move into more shade as the seasons pass. The plants in nursery soil have to be watered daily even though they are not dry. If they are not watered daily when warm, it is difficult to re-wet them. Watering them so much causes worts and mushrooms to grow - because of warm, wet soil. Guess what else grows well? Bacteria and molds which kill trees. But it is that or a sure death with dehydration.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Trees on sale

At cannor nursery next weekend - the 9th and 10th. 20% off everything in the store, both locations.