Walter Pall Bonsai Adventures: Repotting of the big maple

Murraya Carey…, murraya paniculata

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Lake view jasmine, Orange jasmine (or jessamine, if you’d like. I think it’s still pronounced the same. It’s not in the genus jasminum, so no matter how you pronounce it, it’s still a common name). Murraya paniculata. A cool, flowering tree, with very hard and carvable wood.

It is a client’s tree. I’ve had it for almost a year, and all I did so far was repot it, fertilize, and let it grow. Now it’s time for some styling.

I’m outside my family’s taekwondo dojang, waiting for the class to be done. For the record, I have two children and my wife in taekwondo, and they are all black belts, so you’d better not mess with me, I will be defended.

And yes, I am mixing Asian cultures with Japanese bonsai and Korean taekwondo.

But that’s what the USA is about, accepting different cultures and making them our own. That’s…

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Most productive weekend ever… I worked on seventeen trees.


This weekend was one of my most productive weekends ever. I have been putting work off and maintenance work aside for a while now and I have addressed this in my previous blog. It was a cycle that I hope I broke this weekend.

I worked on a few different trees and I must admit after I worked on these trees my hope of getting on top of the work ahead of me for the rest of the season was finally restored. So it’s safe to say that working on bonsai trees has given me a much needed dose of dopamine. It’s funny how something that starts out as a task suddenly changes into a way of restoring and energizing you. I was so into the work that I had to complete that I needed to remind myself to take a break every hour or so to eat and drink.

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‘Herban Escapes’ at the US National Arboretum

DC, Travel and Me

The Artist (as I’ll lovingly refer to my boyfriend in this blog), being a full-time artist, and me, being a middle-income DC resident (read: we’re poor), are always in the search of affordable ‘date’ activities in DC, so we decided to have a picnic and visit the United States National Arboretum. It’s free to visit, and while it’s in a somewhat remote, and less-to-be desired part of the city, it’s a respite from the chaos of downtown.

It’s also been on my DC bucket list. I’ve lived here over four years, and am always trying to make an effort to seek out new sights. I’d been itching to get outside of my neighborhood this summer too. Downtown is great, but it can be overwhelming, and sometimes you just want a little peace and quiet.

While we didn’t see the arboretum in its entirety (the land it sits on spans some…

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