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Bonsai Banter Issue # 038 Spring
May 03, 2013

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Spring “Housecleaning”

Yes, spring is here (at least according to the calendar.) Some of us seem to have jumped right into summer and other parts of the country are still having sneaky snow!

Spring potting, changing water schedules, watching for newly arrived pests and trimming tropicals like crazy are just the beginning. When all the busy-ness starts, we sometimes neglect equally import projects.

Keep those benches clean. Get plants (bonsai and starters) off the ground. Plant pests of all kinds enter through the holes in the bottom of plant containers.

Earth worms can be an especially nasty problem. (As good as they are in the ground, they are not good in containers.) Ants' nests can be in your pots, before you notice.

This photo from Oscar Escamilla, is a wonderful example of organizing trees in a small space.

Notice there's nothing on the ground, and the benches are clean.

Observe how the benches are "steps".

Don't even think about “double decking.”

Plants growing beneath other plants are prone to any fungus and otherwise harmful pathogens from the plants above.

Randy and Nancy Clark (The Learning Center) recently moved from North Carolina to a new home in Florida. This is their newly created bonsai display. The bonsai are beautiful, and I love the gate!

Clean work and display areas not only look good, they encourage healthy bonsai collections.

Guest Authors

David Whitaker from Texas recently sent me an interesting article about letting "Mother Nature" help with your windswept trees.

David's “Growing Toward the Sun” article
is now included on the BonsaiMary site.

Do you have an article with photos, you'd like to share?

Relatively Speaking

Ikebana is considered by many to be a "relative" of bonsai. Perhaps it's because some of the design “guidelines” are very similar.

As I've mentioned before, one of my favorite blogs is Bonsai Tonight. They recently shared some wonderful photos from the recent Ikebana International exhibit in California. Be sure to see the very interesting display of these unique creations.

Have You Seen This Ad?

I’ve been telling bonsai businesses about the “cheap” advertising on my site. Zack Smith of Bonsai South (specializing in large collected and field-grown trees) took full advantage of my offer!

Zack has impressive yamadori trees for sale. He placed his ad on several pages … check out one in the right hand column of the Beginner Bonsai page.

See You At The ...

Bonsai Societies of Florida Convention

May 24-27, 2013 Memorial Day Weekend Lake Mary, FL

Very near Orlando, and all the theme parks. The perfect family vacation!

Site Reminders

Don't forget, if you have a bonsai business or are a bonsai speaker, I have very reasonable spaces available for Your Ads.

Until next month, thanks for your input and for visiting my site.

Sincerely, Mary Miller

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