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Flower on a weed - beauty is everywhere Pretty Flowers, Bonsai Pots, Nature, Plants

Mission 2020

Positive thinking doesn't come naturally to me, so why am I starting a blog about positivity? Simple. My mission for 2020 is to become a more pos…

With winter well and truly on the way I've already started protecting some of my more sensitive trees. Ficus Tree, A Bug's Life, Caterpillar, Bonsai, Nature, Plants, Ficus, Naturaleza, Planters

There's a Caterpillar on my Ficus Tree

With winter well and truly on the way I've already started protecting some of my more sensitive trees. As my greenhouse is too small for my requirements that gets a bit tricky. Some trees have to be moved out of it during the day so that I'm able to get inside to water the rest. I even bring a few trees into the kitchen at night because I've nowhere else to keep them. Warning: For most people this isn't a good way to do things. I'm fortunate to live in a fairly mild climate and my house…

My Bonsai Obsession: Straight From the Nursery

Straight From the Nursery

I always photograph new trees as soon as I get them home so that I have a record of their humble beginnings. Sadly when I took photos of m...

When the seeds grew roots while they were still inside the grapefruit, I couldn't bring myself to kill them. Growing Tree, Grapefruit, Bonsai, Roots, Seeds, Vegetables, Nature, Veggies, Vegetable Recipes

I don't usually grow trees from seed but...

When the seeds grew roots while they were still inside the grapefruit, I couldn't bring myself to kill them.

My Bonsai Obsession: Mulberry Air Layer's First Fruit

Mulberry Air Layer's First Fruit

October 2018 I'll be giving my Mulberry air layer until next spring to establish a strong root system before I make my first chops in an attempt to turn it into bonsai. For now I'm just keeping the new growth short in an attempt to stimulate back budding. And right now I'm really enjoying the fruit.

My Bonsai Obsession: Autumn Colour

Autumn Colour

Spring is my favourite time of year, so I'm really jealous of all those bonsai growers in the Northern hemisphere whose deciduous trees are just starting to bud and will soon turn green while many of mine will soon be bare. The one consolation is the sight of these beautiful red leaves on two of my Trident Maple "weedlings", rescued at a workshop a couple of years ago when they were about to be consigned to a friend's compost heap. The trees themselves are nothing more than sticks in pots…

When I was a child it was popular to keep silkworms during the summer months and the food required to keep them alive was the humble mulberry leaf.We didn't have a mulberry tree in our garden because my Mom said they were too messy, so I had to source my leaves elsewhere. Fortunately a friend had one in her garden so I was able to get some of my supply there as well as enjoying the fruit of the tree.I outgrew my interest in silkworms a long time ago but I always longed for that elusive…

Memories and Mulberries

When I was a child it was popular to keep silkworms during the summer months and the food required to keep them alive was the humble mulberry leaf.We didn't have a mulberry tree in our garden because my Mom said they were too messy, so I had to source my leaves elsewhere. Fortunately a friend had one in her garden so I was able to get some of my supply there as well as enjoying the fruit of the tree.I outgrew my interest in silkworms a long time ago but I always longed for that elusive…

My Bonsai Obsession: A Pleasant Surprise

A Pleasant Surprise

It's been nearly four weeks since I removed the air layer from the mulberry tree outside our house. At the time it looked like this. After cutting back and potting - January 2016 When I shared my previous post about this tree at Reddit, I was asked why I'd defoliated it. I'm not really sure whether it's necessary, but it's something that was recommended at my bonsai club, and it's always worked for me. In any case the foliage that was left on the tree after cutting off the top was all rather…

My Bonsai Obsession: Spring Came Early

Spring Came Early

Well actually that title is wishful thinking, but some of my trees certain seem to think that it's true. A case in point is the mulberry tree I rescued from my pavement a few months ago. Under normal circumstances I would have left it outdoors unprotected through the winter. However the root system is so new that I wasn't prepared to risk killing it, so, since nighttime temperatures started dropping below 5°C (41°F) I've been putting it out during the day and moving it into my greenhouse at…