Is it spring yet?


Been a month since the last post, so this one will probably ramble on a bit.

Not that there’s all that much to say, but I do ramble…a bit.

Anyway, the most immediate major project is done. My pond is basically just a big rectangular tub, and for various reasons I have it as a raised pond rather than in the ground. Last year I noticed the weight of the water was causing the sides of the tub to bulge, so I decided to make a case (essentially a huge bottomless crate) for it. This would support the sides, provide some insulation from temperature fluctuations in summer and cold in winter, and hopefully extend the lifespan of it in general. I guess the wooden box looks a little nicer than black plastic, but that sort of thing doesn’t bother me much. However, I was really pleased with how it went…

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5 Ways Growing Plants can help you Bloom!

The Tiniest Warrior

Happy Memorial Day! My dad was in the navy –  Sending thanks to all who served.

It was also world Bonsai day this past week & I wanted to write a post about that, and also a bit about what we have been up to in the garden. Antonio and I have been building our garden up for the last year and a half not only with vegetables but also with Bonsai plants. We really enjoy the peace that growing things bring. He’s into the little plants (Bonsai), and I’m into food. How fitting for our personalities 😉

We had a busy week, attending a wedding (Congrats Kaci and Ryan!)  But still managed to sneak to Disney/Epcot to see the bonsai display up last weekend and THIS weekend we got to enjoy the Bonsai Society of Florida’s Convention at the Florida Mall! There is a raffle (we won last year

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Three trees from one bush

D.J. Garcia, Gentleman & Scholar

On Monday I had breakfast with my grandma and told her about by progress with bonsai. She lives a short walk away from me and has been an avid gardener for years. Her yard has a number of current bushes with nice flowers and I realized they could make promising bonsai specimens, so I got three cutting from the best bush and she helped me pot them. If I’m lucky they will take root within a month, but they make take until the end of summer or so. Either way it should be quite a while before they are ready to become true bonsai.


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NVBS 2018 Spring Show

Bonsai Iterate

Mark down the Northern Virginia Bonsai Society 2018 Spring Show as a success. There were beautiful trees on public display, and many folks came to visit and learn more which gave us a wonderful opportunity to share our passion. NVBS even got a couple of new members as a result!

Our photographer in residence, David Lieu, who also happens to be our Vice President for Membership, brought along his camera and took the amazing pictures included in the video below. All credit to you, David! Thanks for letting me share this.

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#Bonsaiupdate: All this Ficus needed was a little sunlight.


This morning after I water my bonsai on my way to the garage I noticed a weird and wonderful sight. At the begin of the turn of seasons I lifted my side shading nets. These were put in place to help with the water restrictions that was enforced by our local municipality. The nets helped my trees to stay damp for longer and allowed me to water only in the morning instead of three time a day as I did in previous summers. The net only allowed 20% of the sun light to reach the trees. This was not good but I had no choice in this matter, it was that or sell trees. So its safe to say that my trees did not do to well this year.

At the start of this week I lifted the nets. The temperatures started to drop into the mid twenties so it…

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#Bonsainews: Growing bonsai for Autumn Colors.


Yesterday was our monthly bonsai club meeting. The topic was how to grow bonsai for Autumn colors. This was an very interesting topic. I was surprised at how this process works and what to do to get better colors in Autumn.

Before we get into how to get brighter Autumn colors. Let dig into what causes the leaves change colors. I always thought that the leaves change colors cause something else gets introduced to the leaves at Autumn. Man was I wrong… We have all heard of Chlorophyll and Photosynthesis. Chlorophyll is the pigmentation in leaves that is responsible for the green color in the leaves. This green color allows the leaf to absorb sunlight and transports this energy to the tree. During this process Oxygen is also released into the atmosphere.

What causes the leaves to change color? In short the color change is caused by the degrading supply…

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#Bonsaiphotos: Bonsai trees in Autumn Colors


On Saturday I posted a blog on Autumn colors. Here are a few extra photos I took for the blog. Its always good to walk through Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens to look at the bonsai collection. The collection does not change much but every time I look at the collection I see something new.

As seasons change the colors of the trees foliage change with it. Here is a link to my blog on Autumn colors.


Hope you enjoyed the extra photos. Please feel free to leave your comments below.



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#Bonsaipotting: Juniper first potting.


I feel a bit over come with emotion today. I potted a Juniper into a new pot after almost a year of just letting it grow. I toke this tree to a friend to discuss the health of the tree and he showed me a few things that can be improved on. The first thing that he mentioned was that the tree was growing but it is not doing well. The soil mixture that the tree was is was not the best. It is to dense so water does not penetrate into the root system and if it dries out there it take a few sessions of watering to get the soil damp throughout the entire container.

Here is a photo of the tree before I started with the potting. I do apologize for the bad photo. I had to take a snapshot of the video to get a photo…

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