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Bonsai Banter, Issue #010 -- It's Fall
October 15, 2010

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It's Fall

For bonsai growers everywhere, fall brings responsibilities. Many hobbyists will start thinking about where to place there tropicals from the chills to come; others will be cleaning out pits for another winter of cold storage. Those living in the tropics should have their plant blankets ready. All of us will slow down or stop the fertilizer.

Only indoor growers will continue almost as usual (and perhaps add a few more trees under lights).

If you’re not sure what to do with you trees, contact a local bonsai club member. The rules are very different from one climate zone to another.

Remember those early frosts and freezes can be sneaky!

The Bonsai Society of Miami’s annual exhibit and sale is held at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in October. In South Florida we don't get many falling leaves, so we improvise.

Ed Trout's Ficus (shown above) won First Place for medium size bonsai. And in keeping with the fall season, Ed displayed his tree sans leaves.

Mieko Kubota graciously brought scrolls and numerous pieces of her lovely Japanese kanji to the exhibit this year.

The club and the public both enjoyed this very special addition.

Just "Peachy"

I’ve always been in favor of using scientific plant names – especially when writing articles. They're meant to keep things straight.

While going through some old Bonsai Today magazines, I found an article I had written about 10 years ago titled Logwood, Haematoxylon campeachy.

Whoops, did I really call it cam-peachy. Did I spell it wrong? Today, in the United States, most logwood is from Puerto Rico and is spelled "campeche".

Then I realized the name I used was from Fairchild Garden. I had purchased my tree at a FTBG plant distribution day about ten years prior to the article. (Now over 20 years ago). With a little research, I discovered H. campeachy is a synonym for the currently preferred scientific name Haematoxyoum camperchianum, many people use campeche as the common name.

Even with scientific names, things can get confusing!

This logwood aka campeche is a collected specimen from Puerto Rico; styled by Miami bonsai artist Hiram Macias.

It was another of the fine bonsai subjects in this year's show.

Photo by Johnson Teh

Final Auction and Sale Update

My Auction and Sale is scheduled for this Sunday, October 17, 2010. The event begins at 9 am


What's New on BonsaiMary

There is an existing page on how to artfully create cypress knees on my site. However, the latest addition about cypress knees comes from John Lee of Mobile, Alabama. He has naturally occurring cypress knees on his bonsai. on his bonsai and sent the pictures to show us.

Comments? Ideas? Feedback?

Is there something you would like to see on the BonsaiMary site? Let me hear from you!

Thanks to everyone who sends me notes, I do appreciate hearing from you. I especially like to see your bonsai photos and stories added to the BonsaiMary site.

See you here next month.


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