I just got back from a week long vacation. I really needed it. Now that I am back, I am refreshed and ready to help with your bonsai needs. It is nice to take a vacation, but now catching up is going to require extra work. I am going to have my Godson help me with weeding the nursery. It helps him earn a little money over the summer and helps me out to do other things. I hope everyone is having a good summer. I will try to update you on the current work going on here at the nursery. I am currently finishing up on decandling the pines in the field. I have one customer that I have to take care of regarding their landscape pine. My father's friend has not called us yet, he had a gigantic landscape pine.
We will be participating at two Obon festivals. We will be displaying trees at the Santa Maria Obon Festival on Sunday July 4th from 12:00pm - 5:00pm. The festival will be at the Veterans Memorial building on West Tunnel in Santa Maria. The San Luis Obispo Obon festival will be held on Saturday August 6th from 1:00 pm - 9:00pm. It will be held at the Veterans building on Grand Avenue in San Luis Obispo. Please join us for a fine display of bonsai and also Japanese food and entertainment. Hope to see you there!
We started pruning the field grow pines. We have also been working on pruning landscape pines for customers. We are almost done with the landscape pines. I have also learned from Boon's intensive not to prune the candles on trees that are being grown for size. These pines are just pruned lightly to keep the interior buds pushing. The rest of the tree is let go to gain girth. If the candles are continuously pruned, they slow there growth. I saw some pines with amazing trunk size at Boon's place that were not that old. This is the method that was used to get these pines so large so fast. We finally got a few warm days in a row and the plants seem to be growing quicker.