#bonsaiupdate : Just another day at #bonsaiwithromano

There are eight days left till our clubs annual bonsai auction. The emails started going back and forth from early this morning. I am just enjoying the constant pleading of the organizing comity to members to be part of the team serving the club and helping with tasks. I found that no matter how much the comity pleads and invites member to stand up and take the leap of faith. The same people who help the previous year will be the people helping this year. I am one of those committed members once I have decided to be part of a club or any organization I will sacrifice my own well being just to make sure that the I bring my part. It is for that reason that no one has to ask me to be part of the helpers on the day. I WILL BE THERE NO MATTER WHAT…

The bonsai auction will be held in Stellenbosch, Landbou Saal (Agricultural Hall), Die Laan (The Avenue) oppisite the kweekskool (School of cultivation). For more information please contact:

082 7150 856

Now that’s out of the way. I am starting to prep trees and accent plants for our bonsai show in November. The accent plant I used as the feature photo for a blog earlier today is one of the plants I like to take to the show. It already started to form it’s flower pods. It has this long stem that comes out from the center of the plant and extends to about seven centimeters and has a bunch of small flowers clustered to the top part of this stem. Here is a few close up photos of the plant.

I also trimmed a three trees that I had on the show last year as potensai. There is still a few months before the show but I like to prepare a number of trees for the show. On the day we need to send in our trees that we will be entering into the show I line them all up and choice the best looking ones.

Here are the trees I trimmed this morning:

Here are the before and after photos:

These trees have been trimmed three weeks ago. They are growing to fast for the current season but I think the growth in the trees will slow down from this week towards winter. My trees have been growing very vigorously after I lifted the shading net. Hope they aren’t confused by the amount of sunlight they are receiving now. Some of my deciduous trees have not showed any signs of going into dormancy. There leaves are bright green… This is a bit alarming as new growth on the trees at this time of the year is not a good thing. The new young shoots will die off and then the tree will die back as the sap in the branch will stop flowing. The tree will not have enough energy to seal off the wounds so die back will be a direct result of this. I really hope the new growth hardens off before the cold winter sets in.

I have a big project that I will be doing over the weekend. It is going to be a blog that can not be missed! I will be using Power Tools and other interesting tools to shape the deadwood on a tree that I have been working on for the past six years.

Thank you for reading my blog. Hope you enjoyed it. Please feel free to leave your comments below.




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