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Bonsai Banter Issue # 51 Good Bonsai
May 28, 2014

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Good Bonsai -
For Relaxing

Sometimes it's just nice to look at good bonsai from all sides and listen to soft music. If you ever feel that way, take a look at Harry Harrington's YouTube pages. These are two of my favorites:

A Juniper sabina bonsai before/after newly styled.

And an amazing Privet yamadori.

Ever Seen A Sales Area Like This?

The Green Club In Tokyo, Japan
during Kokufu-ten Exhibit

Yes, 'for sale' trees are perfectly styled and on stands!

Aarin Packard, Assistant Curator of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum in D.C , recently visited this bonsai sales area, and posted these notes:

"I heard on several occasions that the trees in the Green Club would be better that those in the exhibit. In many instances this was true. Sale trees consisted of historic bonsai, previous Kokufu winners, famous trees recently restyled, and bonsai previously unknown in the community.

The point is to let everyone else know that you still have the skills to pay the bills. After all, the green in Green Club doesn’t just refer to the color of the trees

(See Aarin's complete story in his personal blog.)

Tricky Spring Showers

Did you ever stand under a tree during a spring shower. Why?

Because the fullness of the tree sheds water and you were likely to stay dry.

Don't be fooled. During those light spring showers, the roots of your bonsai (especially those with full canopies) may not be watered enough.

New Bonsai-Mary Pages

Do you recognize this species? My guess is, probably not, and you may be surprised.

In one of Jonas Dupuich's blogs he said: “Omoshiroi is a Japanese word that means 'funny' or 'interesting.'

It can be used to express respect - or mockery."

Omoshiroi is the perfect word to describe this page of Unique Bonsai page.

Another new page is the Neagari, not nebari page.

Neagari is the Japanese word for exposed root.

This style is sometimes called octopus style.

I received an email question about Water Jasmine (Wrightia religiosa.)

It was then, I realized I was missing a page about this fabulous bonsai. It is now up and running.

About the same time, Carl Rosner (New Jersey, USA) sent me an update on his Wrightia showing the prolific blooms.

Carl grows this tropical bonsai indoors for a good part of the year.

Bonsai-Mary Gets Mail

An Old Myth Raises its Head

Foliar Feeding - Something to Think About

I receive bonsai blogs and newsletters from around the world. One of them recently said: "Research has shown that a plant can absorb more nutrients through its leaves than through its roots."

Please read the article by Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott to get the whole story.

My thinking has always been, the reason people believe it works so well, is the 'runoff' goes to the roots!

NOTE: Foliar feeding is not usually harmful. However, Miracle Grow online instructions say "Foliar feeding is not recommended during times of high humidity, as prolonged moisture on the leaves can promote fungal disease."

Watch out Florida, Louisiana, Washington, D.C. and lots of other humid locations!

Time To Advertise!

Don't forget, if you have a bonsai related business or are a bonsai speaker, I have very reasonable advertising prices and excellent exposure. Bonsai-Mary averaged over 800 visitors a day this month!

A big thank you to two of my bonsai advertisers, Zack Smith at Bonsai South and Martha Goff of Tropical Green Bonsai.

You can see them both in the right hand column of the Bald Cypress page.

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


Mary Miller

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