Last of the Summer: Re-potting Those Warm Weather Lovers


The heat wave here in California broke today leaving humid heat in the upper 80s. That is perfect time to sneak outside and re-pot those trees that still have time to settle in the warm Fall heat and prepare for winter. Trees that love work this time of year are boxwood, olives, ficus, and subtropical trees. My boxwood needed considerable work when I tested the  soil recently.

Boxwood at the beginning of the re-potting process. Out of the pot and teasing roots free of soil.

Boxwood became root-bound in just a few years. This is solid mass of roots.

Boxwood summer re-potting shows is was really in need of work. The root mass had exhausted the soil mixture leave just a mass of roots. This tree was re-potted just a few years ago.

Boxwood after root pruning and set in the pot for tie-down.

Boxwood in new pot made by…

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A Relic From Its Past Dawn Redwood 5 Tree Grove Bonsai (outdoor)

Wishes And Horses And Other Things Too

A Relic From Its Past Dawn Redwood 5 Tree Grove Bonsai (outdoor)
A Relic From Its Past Dawn Redwood 5 Tree Grove Bonsai (Outdoor) Description:The Dawn Redwood Is An Astonishing Relic From The Distant Past. The Only Evidence That The Tree Ever Existed In The First Place Had Been Fossils All The Way Until The 1940’s When It Was Re-discovered In Manchuria, China.In The 40’s The Dawn Redwood Became A Popular Decorative Tree In Parks, Gardens And Was Eventually Used For Bonsai. In Their Natural Environment These Hardy Conifers Can Reach Peaks Of 110 Feet With A 25 Foot Spread, And Although They Won’t Get That Big In A Pot, These Majestic, Powerful Bonsai Will Command Just As Much Attention As Their Full Sized Brethren From Spectators In Your Backyard Or Garden.The Dawn Redwood’s Needles Are Deciduous And Especially Beautiful In The Fall, As The Lacy, Light Green Foliage Fades…

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The Luckiest Birders in the World

Birding for Life

Huge liquid black eyes encircled by thick red rings. Light-tipped black bill with perfect white spots at the base. Dark chocolate brown hood. Red legs and lovely black-tipped wings. And, the tail – the gorgeous white u-shaped tail. The Swallow-tailed Gull is widely considered to be the most beautiful gull on earth. Never in a million years would I have expected to see this bird on my trip to Washington, but let me start at the beginning.

Those big beautiful eyes facilitate hunting at night. Swallow-tailed Gulls are the only nocturnal gulls in the world. Those big beautiful eyes facilitate hunting at night. Swallow-tailed Gulls are the only nocturnal gulls in the world.

My friends Phil and Mary Dickinson moved across the country from North Carolina to Washington in December 2015.  I expected very few life birds in Washington, but I wanted to visit my friends and I thought that it would be fun to see the Pacific Northwest and a new state.  Phil suggested that late August/early…

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Birds, everywhere – Sep. 9, 2019


Here is the precipitation radar from this morning, Saturday, at 5:30 AM. As you can see, the northeast is bone-dry:

And here is the reflectivity radar (i.e. birds) from 5:15 this morning:

This represents an explosion of migrants in the east. Of course, results will vary depending on the location.

The consensus from around the state seems to offer ground truth for the radar image. In other words, migrant birds were everywhere this morning.

Prairie Warbler, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, Morris Co., NJ, Sep. 9, 2017 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

A trip to the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits in search of shorebirds turned up Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and a pair of Killdeer. No other shorebirds. The continuing Glossy Ibis, Little Blue Herons, 9 Great Egrets, 13 Great Blue Herons and 5 Blue-winged Teal seemed to be the highlights of the morning until a return to the woods showed the…

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Early prompt for the next meeting

I Just thought I should set an early reminder to our members that the next meeting’s topic is the selection of trees for the Club display at the Heathrow Bonsai Show.

heatrow show

If you have a tree you would like to be included, bring it along as we will put up a mock display to select the trees.

Please make sure that the trees are ready for show, which means that the pot should be clean, the soil free from weeds and old fertiliser pellets and the tree trimmed to its best. Also bring along a stand for your tree if you have one.

Below is a picture of last years display to give you an idea.img_1750

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