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Spring Pictures

Tom's Bonsai

I thought I’d share a few spring pictures of my trees. I’m actually down to only 8 trees if you can believe it. I’m taking the quality over quantity approach. I still have some tropicals but they are still in winter storage.

First up, the Japanese maple arakawa that wakes up with a vengeance every year. It needs a haircut and a direction.

This Japanese maple forest always looks good in spring. It needs some work to be less top heavy still, hoping to get to it soon.


My RMJ also looks happy and healthy and I might work on it this year.

The itoigawa needs another haircut and styling this spring as well.

My silver berry flowered again. Even on its sacrifice first branch. Might look into air layering the top this spring.

My Japanese maple Bloodgood looks ok but not as vigorous as my other maples again.

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PHILIPPINES: GETTING MARRIED, BAPTIZED OR BURYING SOMEONE? MUST FIRST PLANT A TREE

imageILOILO, Philippines – Catholics who want to marry, have someone buried or baptized will soon be required to plant trees, according to a Memorandum of Agreement among the Catholic Church, the local government and the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources in the province of Iloilo  in Central Philippines.

Not just any kind of trees, but Bonsai trees.

‘Bonsai’ is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penjing from which the art originated.

The agreement, signed on April 22 (Earth Day),  was originally aimed to reforest the lands denuded by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013.  Thousands of trees, including century-old ones, were uprooted when Typhoon Yolanda hit the province.

However, many Catholics in the province — mostly from low-income families — complained that they do not own any land and would not be able to comply with the tree…

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