Link to article about our nursery.

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2010/02/10/1023050/bonsai-adventures-in-the-land.html

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.


Defining taper on field grown trees!

Today I was working around the base of the crab apples and trident maple.  The crab apples put out a lot of sucker growth from the root zone.  These have to be removed or they will take all the energy away from the tree.  I also cut the top of the tree to refine the taper and make a new apex on the trees.  The tridents are starting to look nice and have too many branches.  I thinned the branches just a bit so I could work on weeding around the trunks.  Other than that, I just picked a new leader to become the new apex.  Constantly refining the tree as they are growing in the field, speeds up the development and style of the tree.  If the trees are to become nice bonsai, I have to continually improve the movement and the taper of the field grown trees.


Defining taper on field grown trees!

Today I was working around the base of the crab apples and trident maple.  The crab apples put out a lot of sucker growth from the root zone.  These have to be removed or they will take all the energy away from the tree.  I also cut the top of the tree to refine the taper and make a new apex on the trees.  The tridents are starting to look nice and have too many branches.  I thinned the branches just a bit so I could work on weeding around the trunks.  Other than that, I just picked a new leader to become the new apex.  Constantly refining the tree as they are growing in the field, speeds up the development and style of the tree.  If the trees are to become nice bonsai, I have to continually improve the movement and the taper of the field grown trees.


Bonsai is alive and well!

Yesterday was our bonsai club meeting for the Santa Maria Bonsai Club.  We had a very good turnout.  I am going to be putting on a display and demo for Trilogy in Nipomo.  We get to use there Art room for our bonsai club meetings.  In return I do something for their residents every quarter.  Today is watering and weeding as usual.  I also have to prep my trees for the upcoming REBS show in Santa Rosa.  This should be an indication of how the GSBF show in Riverside is going to be.  In tail end of 2008, I did quite well despite the doom and gloom of the economy.  I did not fill my van to the fullest when I went to Riverside in 2009.  That was a mistake because despite me not filling my van to the fullest, I did the best that I ever did at a GSBF convention.  I am not going to make that same mistake twice.  If I have good sales, I can not drive home to refill my van.  I might as well have extra trees on board just in case I have an excellent sales day.


Visit from an old customer.

The interesting thing about owning a bonsai nursery for a long time is that you develop relationships.  Some of my customers come by once a month.  Some come twice a year, and some come once a year.  I have a few customers that come by only once in awhile.  Today was one of those days.  This customer last came about five years ago.  He and his good friend came by to purchase a pot for a large boxwood.  He came by to look for a pot for a maple.  I didn't have what he was looking for, but I told him that I will keep an eye out for a 20 inch glazed pot.  He decided to walk around the nursery and he bought a nice black pine.  It was good to visit with him.  Today my wife and I were going out to dinner.  We didn't want to cook and it is also our 28th wedding anniversary.  Today we ate out at a local Mexican restaurant.  On Saturday we will be going out to our favorite Italian restaurant for our real anniversary meal.


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