A Word About Feeding


After what can only be described as a marvelous Easter Week of hot sunny days we have endured a long cold wet spell. From late April right through May the wind chill factor has been grim and there is not much to entice a guy into the garden at times.

Having had some work done on some of my trees in February by Robert Porch I continued my plan for this year which was to feed, feed, feed all of my trees heavily. Most of my trees have been fed a staple diet of chicken pellets with fish emulsion and seaweed extract on alternate weeks more or less. Mixed with that has been an occasional feed with tomato food and the results have been significant. I know the pellets are a bit messy during a prolonged wet spell but when it dries and has done its work it’s quite easily…

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Buy the trunk, not the branches

Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog

Uhhhhhh…..what da’ hell?As I may have mentioned, I had plans to attend the 2015 Bsf convention over this past Memorial Day weekend. I took some pictures and did some interesting things while there and I promise I’ll be writing that blog soon. But I wanted to cover this tree in a quick post before I write that one, which might prove to be a marathon session.

This tree was one of my acquisitions from the vendor area, from Mike Cartrett actually, it’s a ficus microcarpa. He got it from a man selling off his excess trees, which is something he does a lot of. The tree is the microcarpa species and not one of the many varieties, which you can tell by the white dots on the leaf. Ficus Benjamina has the same dots too, but it’s easy to tell them apart; the f. microcarpa leaf is about twice…

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Maple Leaves – Spring

Scratch Bonsai

Thought it would be interesting to compare/contrast leaves from all maples in the garden.

DSC_1105 All from bonsai material

Top L-R: Acer Palmatum Sango Kaku (Coral Bark), Acer Palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’, Acer Palmatum Sango Kaku , Acer Palmatum unknown

Middle L-R: Acer Bergerianum (Trident), Acer Campestre (Field Maple), Acer Palmatum unknown#2, Acer Palmatum ‘ Deshojo’, Acer Ginnala (Amur Maple), Acer Palmatum unknown#4

Bottom:  Acer Palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’

If anyone can identify the unknown cultivars please let me know.  Or also if I have misidentified any.  These all came from individual trees that are in pots or being field grown for bonsai purposes.  Deshojo is definitely the winner at this time of year.

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for free


IMG_1997IMG_1995IMG_2058IMG_2118Before you can live a part of you has to die. You have to let go of what could have been, how you should have acted and what you wish you would have said differently. You have to accept that you can’t change the past experiences, opinions of others at that moment in time or outcomes from their choices or yours. When you finally recognize that truth then you will understand the true meaning of forgiveness of yourself and others. From this point you will finally be free. – Shannon L. Alder

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The cycle continues: shimpaku with Bjorn Bjorholm

Nebari Bonsai

Yesterday, Bjorn spent the day in Birmingham and we wired out a shimpaku I bought in 2013. During Bjorn’s last visit in March, 2014, we discussed a plan of attack for this tree; repot into good soil first, grow it hard , and when runners are appearing, prune it back to remove thin, weak growth, long runners, and remove growth appearing straight up and straight down.
As Don received in in 2009:

The tree in early 2010 in a private collection in OK:


The tree after being wired out by Maro Invernizzi in 2010:


Back in Don Blackmond’s nursery in 2013:


In Birmingham; as purchased December 2013:


March 2014. After removing wires applied in 2010, cleaning the wood preservative off the dead wood, cleaning the live vein, removing the awkward lower left branch, and potting into a mix of akadama and lava rock, into a current generation Yamaaki pot:



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