The 2018 Epcot Trees

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Well, some of you all may have noticed I didn’t give a report last year on the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden/Bsf trees in the Japanese Pavilion. I do apologize (I had a few reasons, of which I don’t need to go into now) and I hope to make up for it with this post. Anyway, goody for you because, here you go, this years trees.

Since this is my blog, here’s a video of my entry for this year.

You may recognize it from this YouTube video: Green Mound Ficus Fast Forward

The night before I moved the tree from The Nook where I had mossed and photographed it, to a stack of pallets closer to my vehicle. My wife yelled at me because I’m not supposed to be lifting heavy things.

The process for choosing Epcot trees is simple: Bsf members from around the state (and sometimes at-large…

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A flowering Brazilian raintree

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It all began in 1974, with a matchbox. Sounds like the start of a cheesy film noir, right?

The Brazilian raintree’s history in the USA had its start with a matchbox (a match box is a container, about two inches by one and a half inches and about a half inch deep, made of cardboard, with a bit of sandpaper on the side to strike a match on. A match is an analog version of a lighter, usually a piece of wood with a mixture of sulphur and other magical chemicals that, when friction is applied to it, as from the sandpaper on the side of the box, will burst into flame. Kinda like magic. A matchbox is not a very large container) filled with some seeds from the sister-in-law of a gentleman named Jim Moody, that were….umm, smuggled into the USA. Smuggled might be too harsh, she was a…

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Itoigawa Refinement

Nebari Bonsai

This one has been one of my favorite trees, but it’s rather unassuming in the bench. I initially styled it with Peter Warren in 2011…a flash through the last 8 years in a few snaps…

2010, as purchased from Evergreen Gardenworks:

2011, first major styling:

2012, a slight change in direction:

2014, 2nd major styling:

2015, full year of growth:

2016, lightly trimmed, but otherwise allowed to grow:

2017, repotted, lightly trimmed in the summer, 2014 wires removed:

Which brings us to now…Here is a shot from spring 2018.

and the work begins…Scrubbed trunk and deadwood:

Lightly pruned:

Wiring started:

Continuing to the “H Shot”

And complete…

Some moss, cleaning up the undersides of the branches, and a little minor tweaking and it is ready for show.

One last parting shot…

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