Great weekend!

Bonsai sales were fantastic at the REBS show.  I think it may have been the busiest that I have been at that show.  The displays were fantastic as usual.  I hope the momentum keeps going.  Next I will be going to the Yamato Show in Union City in mid October.  Then it is on to the GSBF convention in Riverside.  Now that I am back, it is back to weeding.  I also dug up some interesting trees in the field.  I have been working on some twisted cork elms and pines.  I dug out a few to work on.  I will let you know how they are coming along in a later blog.  I will also try and take a picture to post on an upcoming blog.

Sun and the Wind revisited

I wrote this blog on September of last year.  As I was rereading the post I realized that it is just as pertinent today as the day I wrote it.  I hope you enjoy it.

The nursery was kind of slow this week.  I had a few customers, but only a handful of sales.  It reminded me of a story that I heard when I was a young kid.  One day the sun and the wind were arguing about who was the more powerful.  The sun boasted that it gives warmth and light and helps all things grow.  The wind boasted that he was the more powerful because he put wind in sails and could move heavy objects as well as lift birds in the sky.  Then the sun and the wind saw a man walking the earth with a coat on.  So the sun challenged the wind and said  `Let us see who is stronger by seeing who can take the coat off of the man walking the earth'  The wind agreed to the challenge and said he would go first.  So the wind began blowing a chilling wind.  The man stopped and buttoned his coat to the top.  That angered the wind and he began blowing a fierce wind.  The man stopped and pulled up his collar and tied his coat strap as tightly as he could.  The harder the wind blew, the tighter the man held on to his coat.  So the sun exclaimed, It is my turn.  So he gently began to warm the earth.  The man began to loosen his coat.  The sun began to gently increase the earth until it became quite hot.  The man stopped and took off his jacket.  The moral to the story is, It is not how hard you work, but how thoughtful you work.  Now this story reminds me of our current economy.  We are the man in the story and our money is our coat.  The wind is a bad economy and the sun is a good economy.  The worse the economy gets, the tighter we hold onto our money.  The tighter that we hold our money, the worse the economy gets.  As the economy gets better, we start to spend money.  As we spend money, the better the economy gets.  We need to let sun shine in.  We need to spend money on things we enjoy.  It does not mean to be frivolous with our money, but to use our money on things that makes us happy like our hobbies.  As we spend money, and feel better about the economy, the economy will get better.  It is time to take off our jackets in a thoughtful manner and spend money on bonsai.....

Finishing touches on pruning.

I am still working on prepping trees for the upcoming conventions and club shows.  I will be at the REBS show in Santa Rosa.  Today I was working on some dwarf fuchsia and on pruning and weeding the bulb pans that I have my pre bonsa material in.  The REBS show is a good indicator for the upcoming shows.  Two years ago, I had a good sales weekend at the REBS show.  A few months later I had fantastic sales at the Riverside GSBF convention.  I hope this weekend exceeds my expectations.

Prepping trees for upcoming shows.

I will be attending the REBS show in Santa Rosa.  It has one of the largest displays of bonsai that you will see anywhere.  There will be vendors, a consignment room, demo's and refreshments.  I will also be going to the Yamato show in mid October and the GSBF Convention in Riverside at the end of October.  If you are at any of these shows, please stop by and say hello.

Link to article about our nursery.

The link above is to an article that was written about our nursery.  The interesting thing about this article was that the writer had a phone interview with me for about 40 minutes and came out to the nursery a few days later to take pictures.  She really has a way of crafting a story. Just click onto the link above to read the story.

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