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Last week and Friday I decided to take the day off to work on trimming a few of my trees. This turned out to be one of the best decisions that I could have made. I ended up trimming back more than seven trees that really needed the attention. It was also just what I needed after the busy week I had prior to that. I get my energy from spending time working on my bonsai collection. Nothing else gives me more joy.

If you follow me on social media you would have seen the photos that I posted and the short videos of the trees before and after I have trimmed them. For those of you that do not follow me on social media please see my social media handles below:

Twitter: @bonsaiwithroman
Instagram: @romanolsamuels
Facebook: @bonsaiwithromano

I will be showing you the how the trees looked before and…

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Making It Up As I Go

I have always wanted a Bonsai. I tried to make one about 15 years ago, but I failed miserably. Mainly because I didn’t put in the care and effort needed to keep it alive. So why not try again..? I am using this as a zen inspired activity. Keeping it watered and trimmed from time to time will help to calm and relax.

I picked up a small juniper since they are the heartiest and easiest to form. I took it out of the plastic pot and planted it into a new clay pot. Unfortunately the pot I do have is a tad large for the roots. A healthy bonsai needs to have the roots trimmed as well as the branches. Unless I want the tree to grow fairly large. So another transplant may occur by the end of summer. We’ll see how it does.

Then came the time to…

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Why are Bonsai Trees Small?

The Amazing and Unknown Characteristics of Plants

My fiance bought me a mini bonsai kit that includes everything you need to grow your own bonsai tree, which is essentially just seeds, a pot, and an instruction manual. In a few weeks I hope to have a mini tree in my kitchen. This got me wondering, “why is it that bonsai trees are so small”? I mean, you see bonsai trees in nurseries that are just mini trees. Is that because they are genetically altered? Spoiler alert, no.

Bonsai is a Japanese word that means ‘tray planting’, and is actually considered to be an art form. Nearly any tree or shrub can be grown as a bonsai tree, as long as it is properly maintained. To cultivate a bonsai tree, all you need to do is plant it in a small pot. Of course, close attention needs to be paid to it so that it survives (adequate watering…

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The Mulberry Tree: Natures Fire Hydrant

The Amazing and Unknown Characteristics of Plants

Recently a video has been circulating the internet of a Mulberry tree gushing out gallons of water from about halfway up the trunk. If you have not seen this video, you can find a version of it below. At first glance, it seems like someone had attached a hose from a fire hydrant, hung it in the tree and let it flow.

While this phenomena is rare, it is not an unusual or unnatural occurrence. After heavy rainfall, this Mulberry tree gushes an incredible amount of water out of a hollow on the trunk. In a nutshell, the tremendous amount of water causes underground springs to overflow, forcing water out of the ground in some areas (you can see water flowing out of the ground in the video). The same thing can be observed in some wells after heavy rains, with often spewing water upwards similar to a geyser.


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October 19 Cwrt Henri Walk, Elan Valley,Concorde, Aberglasney Visits

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Not an easy morning to get my ‘get up and go’ feeling started. It was miserable outside with the rain pounding against the window panes, the odd flash of lightning and the wind bending the trees and stripping the autumn coloured leaves down to block our gutters…but hey-ho it was Friday and a Walking Well Walk planned by Philip and Lewis around the byways of Cwrt Henry with the promise of coffee and cake at Juliet’s house at the end.

Fast forward a few hours and we all met outside Juliet’s lovely house to park our cars and start the walk.

A good crowd had turned out for the walk even though the weather hadn’t looked promising. The rain had stopped for a while but the roads and lanes were full of puddles .

There were some surprised onlookers who wondered who was making all that chit chatter down the…

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