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Bonsai Banter Issue # 041 Fading Summer
September 04, 2013

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Fading Summer

"Summer is an interesting time in the bonsai calendar. Whether you have much to do or not depends on what you have in your yard.

If you only have black pine that you’ve decandled, you can almost hire someone to water and take a two month break.

If you’ve only got spruce, it’s almost the same. If you’ve deciduous and juniper, though, there is always something to do…"

... Quote from Michael Hagedorn blog

And I can add from personal experience, if you grow tropicals, it is definitely a year round sport!

Yes, summer is almost over! If you're not in the tropics, your tropical bonsai repotting should be finished.

If you live in the tropics, slow down on severe root pruning, especially on buttonwood. Even trees that tolerate pruning all year in the tropics will not respond as quickly as they do in the spring and summer.

For those of you who don't do 'year round bonsai,' it's not too early to start cleaning out greenhouses and bonsai pits. For some, it may not be too late to create a small greenhouse.

Bonsai Banter Fan Mail

Regarding my last month's Bonsai Banter complaint about 'water your bonsai every day' recommendations, I received this email from Dave Bogan.

"Thanks Mary, always nice to see your news and the articles/tips ... Liked your tip on watering in summer. Many get very confused and simply water, water, water. Everyone needs to watch each tree and only water as needed. Many do not understand, the trees roots/soil actually gets hotter when staying consistently wet. Water is a great retainer of heat."

New Pages and More

Been very busy here this month, fixing links and a typo or two, including new pictures and adding a few new pages.

Driftwood - This page has been requested, finally got it done.

Jin and Shari - Of course, this got a few "gin" comments on Facebook.

My thanks to Harry Harrington for a couple of excellent before and after jin photos.

European Olive - No relation to the dwarf black olive and no, they don't look anything alike!

I also included some new gardens on the two Bonsai Gardens Near You pages Be sure to see both pages.

On my site I have a rather obscure page about Cottonseed Hulls for Bonsai. Recently it's been getting a lot of traffic.

Maybe people are rediscovering this wonderful substitute for muck! Let me hear from you if you've tried it.

Florida Show Time

Both of these shows are like mini-conventions. Friday night grand openings and two days of real bonsai adventure - workshops, vendors and demonstrations.

The Joy of Bonsai First Annual Shohin Exhibit October 11 - 13, 2013

Flagler County Extension Service Building Bunnell, Florida

Guest artists: Peter Warren and Robert Mahler

Go to Facebook: Joy of Bonsai-Shohin for more details

Bonsai Society of Miami

October 19 - 20, 2013

A special "Tribute to Ed Trout"

Pinecrest Gardens 11000 Red Road Pinecrest, Miami, Florida

Guest Artists Mike Blom, Toby Diaz, Aaron Buchler and Glenn Hilton. Ed Trout will be not only the honoree but also a guest artist.

For the workshop times and prices in Miami Contact Hiram

Photos Wanted

If there is a public bonsai exhibit near you (that I haven't shared) please tell me about it. See details at bottom of the Find a Bonsai Garden Near You Page.

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.


Mary Miller

P.S. If you send me an email, photo or story and don't hear from me, I may not have received it. Please try again!

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