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• Monday, June 13th, 2011


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• Friday, April 10th, 2009

I decided last minute to take a workshop at this years Bonsai Societies of Florida’s Convention in Orlando.  The Fukien Tea material that they had was very nice and I had been wanting one for a long time since my previous one died (that’s another story).  Anyway the instructor was one of my favorites, Boon Manakitivipart,  and I had participated in one of his intensive training programs a while ago. 

great material

great material

The first issue I notice was the trunk line, and how it went horizontal at one point.  I knew that had to be addressed.  Then I realized that by changing the angle of the tree a lot of the branching problems would be taken care of as well. 

Fukien Tea and my new Tokoname Pot

Fukien Tea and my new Tokoname Pot

I think the change in angle changed everything.  I was so excited about the tree that I brought out a pot that I bought in Japan and have been waiting for the perfect time to use it.  It has an unusual finish which looks like the pot is decomposing.  That combined with the lumpy textured trunk of the Fukien Tea and we have a nice pair.  Many of the branches will be changed in teh future.  I am just trying to develop roots this year, and get the tree to a healthier state.


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• Sunday, March 15th, 2009
So the Flower and Garden Festival starts this Wednesday and I am rushing to get my tree at its best for display.  Mother Nature hasn’t been too cooperative and we had a very cold winter.  However my tree has produced tons of flowers, but it is taking a while to put out the leaves as well. I placed the tree outside my screen patio to get additional sunlight to get the leaves to fill in.
Bouganvillea REady for Epcot

Bouganvillea Ready for Epcot

However with that issue taken care of, The Bonsai Societies of Florida Convention starts Thursday and I am to display two trees there.  The problem again are the leaves.  In this case, there aren’t really any to speak of.

Waiting for leaves to appear

Waiting for leaves to appear

I hope this peek of Spring helps many of you to get inspired to start working on your trees.  This is certainly one of my favorite times of the year.