Who remembers this Hackberry root?
If you don't remember this Hackberry root, take a look at this post. This was one of the Hackberry roots my friend Adam gave me from his big Hackberry tree.
Below is the big Hackberry my root came from. Check out his post on his tree here.
The tree turned out great!! I gave Adam my opinion in the post, you will have to check the post out!
I bet it is growing wild right now just like mine are!
Alright, to my Hackberry... This Hackberry was one of the survivors of what I got from Adam. It is growing great... Want to see?
It's grown a lot since January! I have not trimmed on it at all, it has just been left to grow.
The trunk is going to be really nice one day...
Look at those roots!! Most of those are new since I have put it in it's current pot in January.
This Hackberry looks great right now!! I am not going to work on it for a while because I do want the trunk to thicken and I want more branches to pop and grow.
The other Hackberry roots are alive but the cutting unfortunately did not make it... I recently pulled the cutting out of the pot and it had no roots. It had dropped it's leaves about a month earlier. The other Hackberry trees are growing a lot but have not grown like this one. That's why I choose this Hackberry to update on.
In the future I will update on the others.
Until next time...
I haven't decided what tree to post next, so you will have to check back and see!
On Friday the 20th, I was at a bonsai club meeting. While I was there, I found out that my friend Dustin had gotten hurt a little while back and could not work on his tree that he brought along with him. So he asked me for help!
Below is an old picture of the tree I will be working on:
I unfortunately did not get a before picture... I had Dustin send me a picture of his tree and this is what he could find. When I worked on his tree, it was a lot more flushed out and had a ton of growth on it.
I trimmed and wired the tree. It was a ton of fun to work on this tree! Thank you Dustin for letting me help you work on this tree!
Below is the result:
And here is the top of the tree:
The tree has a good pin wheel look to it from the top!
If you would like to learn more about the Tiger Bark Ficus and just ficus in general, click here.
I hope you have enjoyed and learned about the Tiger Bark Ficus! (by clicking the link)
I wanted to share some beautiful Powderpuff flowers on the blog...
Let me set the scene: I am coming home from being out all day and I have been expecting some flowers on my Powderpuff tree. I go over to check and see if it is dry (Which is was) and see a ton of flowers on the tree. I captured a picture of one very beautiful flower on the tree and did some magic to it. I think it looks really good! Below is the original photo (NO EDITING), color pop, and black and white.
Here is the original (With No Editing):
Here is the Color Pop:
And Here is the Black and White (Which uses an effect called Ansel):
I really hope you enjoyed looking at the photos.
I took all of these photos and I'm very proud of them.
Keep looking back because I have a couple of posts planned that you (the readers) will enjoy!
Happy August! I was out in the garden yesterday and saw an interesting orange-reddish color on the apex of a Mexican Cypress... The apex was cut a couple of weeks ago and it is now healing.
Enjoy the pictures,
See the orange-reddish color on the apex. To find out more on Mexican Cypress, click here.
Happy June! Since it's been a rainy June, I haven't had a chance to go outside and work on my trees... But last night, I went to my usual CFBC meeting and I got to work on some trees. One of them was my blog tree... The ficus microcarpa! This tree was given to me by a bonsai friend. When I showed it to him, he remembered the tree right away! You have seen this tree in the blog posts A FICUS MICROCARPA... and A FICUS MICROCARPA UPDATE... I decided to do some work on it and start to get it into shape...
Here is the before picture:
I decided first it was time to defoliate because I am trying to get smaller leaves.
I finished defoliating the tree! Now it's time to cut these branches in so I can force back the growth.
I finished cutting back the branches!
Now I have to add some wire...
Now that I wired out the whole tree... I have to place the branches to where I want them.
Before I show you the finished tree, the before:
The top of the finished tree:
And the finished tree:
I hope you have enjoyed and learned! The next step is to let it grow out a little, and repeat the steps from this blog post. This tree is also very root bound (roots circling the pot), which means I need to repot it. But that's another blog post...
Recently, my neighbor got a new fence... But a big bougainvillea was in the way! So my Bonsai friend Adam (Facebook Account) (Blog) came to dig the big tree up! But when I say big, I mean BIG!! This tree has been growing in the ground for 19 years! When Adam was taking the bougainvillea out, I got a little piece that came off... Below is what it looks like:
And here is the piece Adam got: (If you want to know Adam's Side of the Story, Click Here)
In case you want to know more about a bougainvillea, you can click here. This particular bougainvillea has a pinkish purple flower. Although this tree has a pretty flower, it has a lot of thorns! Like I said above, this bougainvillea has been growing in the ground for 19 years! This tree also loves to grow wild!
Below is this bougainvillea flowering:
Back to my little piece, after getting it... I had to get this bougainvillea in water, it only had 1 root! It was hard finding a big enough container to fit this... Finally, I remembered I had a watering can a good size for this bougainvillea. Below is how I left it for the day...
I will keep you updated on how this tree is doing!!
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