Besides WordPress sending me a year in review, 2013 has been a wonderful year for my family and I. My wife Alicia and I welcomed our son Jacob into the world in February, I got my real estate salespersons license in May, and we purchased our first home in July. I hope you all had a great year and I wish everyone the best for 2014.
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I have added a page that will list items I am looking to sell for various reasons. I am looking to cut back on my tropical trees, while focusing more on deciduous stock, so I have two ficus trees for sale. Both pieces are a little rough due to being inside for the winter, but both are healthy and have potential. Feel free to check back as I may add more things in the future. Thank you and please let me know of you have any questions.
This tree was purchased last winter, I believe in late December. I have been told it was originally collected from the mountains in Korea. I repotted this spring into a cheap pot, but I actually like the style and color. I have considered possibly cutting down and training as a shohin but I am unsure for now.
Taken this spring after the repot.
With some clothes on.
A late summer update.
A shot for some scale.
A few fall color pics.
And finally, the most recent pictures after some fall work. I’m quite happy with this tree but hope that I can progress it further next year.
With leaves clinging on.
After taking the leaves off. There was a good amount of ramification and extensions this year.
And after pruning and a bit of wiring.
That just about wraps up my end of year reviews, and I hope you enjoyed as much as I did. I think that I have made some progress with most of my trees and thankfully most are healthy. While I am pleased with the progress, I can’t wait to see what next year will bring.
I picked this tree up at the end of last fall at a pretty good price, because it had lost the top part of its trunk. I kept looking at it while working at the nursery, and the bark and price combo was calling my name. I felt it was worth a gamble to try and create a nice tree from neglected material.
As purchased last fall.
After the leaves hardened off in late spring.
A midsummer update.
I did a little pruning and wiring this fall to try and find a shape for the tree. The apex needs to get quite a bit taller but I like the new angle and front. I have left a few long shoots for possible thread grafts next spring. At some point I will need to repot it and find the base of the tree, but it will stay in its grow pot for now. I am toying with idea of removing the trunk on the right of the below pictures, probably an air layer.
After stripping the leaves and finding the front I wanted to work with.
The final image this year after some wiring and pruning.
This group are the trees that I have had the longest in my collection. I have been doing my best to make something worthwhile with the planting. The trees exploded with growth this year, and it probably needs a repot next year.
As we left off on Father’s Day.
Growing out in mid summer after the partial defoliation.
Growing very well by the end of summer.
A couple of fall shots.
And this is how we will leave things for the year. I am still trying to figure out exactly what to do with this composition but I am just happy to see how far it has come since it came into my collection. I will leave the extensions for possible thread grafts next year.
After stripping the remaining leaves.
After cutback and a few wires.
Yesterday I “graduated” from the Kaikou School of Bonsai. While I can’t believe the two years of study is over, I think that I have learned quite a lot and really enjoyed the school. Have some plans in the works for next year and I will continue to try and further my knowledge and skills.