Why the cape honeysuckle as bonsai?

Bonsai & Teacups

bonsaiteacups.ef.04242017.888881.003 “Genesis” Cape Honeysuckle bonsai specimen

The name cape honeysuckle came about because the native region for this shrub is in South Africa by the Cape of Good Hope. This is so misleading to me, as this is not a true honeysuckle. Real honeysuckles belong to the Caprifoliaceae family and are found in the Lonicera genus. The one thing I truly love about this specimen is, the trumpet-shaped flowers come in a blazing bright orange, that is sure to brighten up your tropical or bonsai garden. i’m found of this specie as a bonsai as it allows me to work on the as they are fast growing allowing me to work on my pruning and trimming skill and the tree is somewhat forgiving, and after the roots establish she is very tolerant to watering mistakes. this is why to me it’s a good starter tree. it’s also found easily at your…

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Caring for a Rosemary Bonsai

Bonsai & Teacups

Rosemary Bonsai needs just a little more special care.

Your garden is part of your own personality and this is why; it is important to have a good herb garden design. Most bonsai lovers prefer Rosemary Bonsai tree in their garden. It is evergreen, semi-woody, grows rapidly and can tolerate short period of drought. Rosemary also has medicinal properties and helps in preventing and treat cancer, liver diseases, and asthma. Its lavender blue flowers have sweet fragrance. Rosemary is pest resistant. All these and many more qualities make it an integral part of every herb garden design. The various cultivable varieties of Rosemary bonsai are Blue Lady, Blue Spires, Golden Rain, Miss Jessup and Severn Sea.  While planting it there are many things that one should remember.

Planting Location-Sun Or Shade

Place the Rosemary bonsai at a location which receives six to eight hours of sunlight. It grows well in…

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Carving Away Trunks

Bonsai Iterate

This Vicary Privet is happy and healthy, and while you may not be able to tell just how many, it has way too many trunks.


Not sure about the front yet, so here’s another angle.


It’s time to make some decisions, but HOW?! I took a good long look and tried not to move too fast — a common mistake for me. There were a couple that I knew I wanted to keep, and a couple that really obviously needed to come out because they didn’t have much growth or were interfering with the keepers.


This got things moving in the right direction, and after removing a couple I could get a better look. Now I could see that one was far too straight. Another was angled counter to the flow that was beginning to develop, and eventually it was clear that I needed to take it down to three.

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Spring Bird Count participants deal with unseasonal cold snap

Our Fine Feathered Friends

The 74th annual Elizabethton Spring Bird Count was held on Saturday, May 6. A total of 43 observers in nine parties took part in the annual survey, which consists Carter County and parts of adjacent Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties. In addition to Elizabethton, the count includes territory in such cities as Elizabethton, Erwin, Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City.

Count-Gobbler Photo by Bryan Stevens • A male gobbler seeks the attention of hens, as all these Wild Turkeys add to the number of this species found during the count.

The most unusual aspect of this year’s count involved rather cold conditions, according to long-time count compiler Rick Knight. Although held nearly a week into May, this was one of the coldest days ever experienced on a spring count. The temperature range was 36 to 54 degrees. Light rain fell before sunrise; the morning was partly cloudy to cloudy, then the afternoon…

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The Great Outdoors: Mt. Wilson

“This trail has been created for you – the city dweller – so that you might exchange, for a short time, the hectic scene of your urban life for the rugged beauty and freedom of adventure into the solitary wonderland of nature.”

– United States Forest Service

Its been long due for a post. If you’ll entertain me, I’ve decided to do something a bit different.

7 AM. Start. Class, research, study, socializing, networking, career, career planning, relationships, improve mandarin, learn Japanese, learn Spanish, work out (gym? cycle? climb?), aspirations, mindless streaming, mindless gaming, more study, eat. Stop. Despite achieving some, I am successful in none. Even if only temporary I sought an escape–an interlude from the chaos imposed by day to day life.

Memorial day weekend arrived and with more time on my hands I decided to set out on a hike. Although I’ve been afforded many hiking opportunities in the…

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