Rainy day schedule.

Finally we get some real rain.  It has been mostly light drizzle, but we finally had some rain today.  Oddly most of the rain we have had over the past few days have been at night.  Today I got to catch up on all of my indoor chores.  I did two loads of laundry, darks and lights.  Then I did some paperwork that I have been neglecting for a long while.  After the paperwork, I could not sit any longer.  I went outside and put up my Christmas lights.  I always seem to be the last to put up lights in my neighborhood.  My neighbor across the street always gets a head start.  This year he had them up a few days before Thanksgiving.  I was going to work on some trees today, but I never go the chance.  After putting the dishes away in the dishwasher, I get a call from my wife that she wants to do some shopping.  Oh what joy!  I like shopping as much as doing my taxes while getting a root canal.  I may work on some trees tonight.  Just to show you how crazy I am, I just bought a pair of miner's headlights.  It fits conveniently over my cap.  Now I can work on my trees late at night and see what I am doing.  We have lights in the patio, but they are not close enough for me to do detail work.  Now I have the right tool.  I hope everyone has a good Christmas.  If you need to do some shopping for bonsai trees or tools, you know where to get them.

Air-layering procumbens juniper.

before pruning

after pruning/front side

after pruning/back side




air-layer using 4 inch pot
The last few days have been hectic.  My daughter is visiting from Austin Texas and will be staying with us till Thanksgiving.  I have been working on air-layering procumbens juniper trees.  These were very old procumbens junipers that have been staked for a long time.  These trees are about six feet tall.  They are relatively useless, but I let a customer of mine trade them for other trees.  I think he got the better deal.  So I decided to do a few air-layers on each tree.  There are three of them.  The base of the procumbens will be interesting when I cut off these air-layers.  The base is around 2 1/2 inches in diameter.  If you look closely at the attached pictures, you will notice that the green pots are quite full.  They are 4 inch pots.  The orange pots that I used to air-layer are 6 inch pots.  I also have been digging San Jose junipers from the field.  They are nice and bushy when I dig them out.  I clean them and prune them back.  I also jin the branches that I think will not be used.  I sell many of them before I ever get to finish shaping them.  I have included photo's of the work I have been doing.  I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!  It is always nice to have a nice dinner with friends and family.  There will also be a few interesting football games on to watch.

Digging on a dreary day.

Today was quite the opposite of the last few days.  The morning started with a steady drizzle.  The water started to pond in some areas.  After a few hours of this mess, the drizzle stopped.  I scratched the surface of the soil to see how deep the water penetrated.  It appears that it only when down about an eight of an inch.  I spent today digging out some San Jose junipers.  I chose to dig the junipers because I know that they are quite resilient to digging almost any time of year.  I also wanted to dig them out so I could work on cleaning them up under the patio covering.  After cleaning the junipers, I watered them well and put them on a bench.  After I stepped back and looked at them, I was quite pleased because these tree will start to fill in and look fantastic in the future.  Tonight and tomorrow is suppose to bring a few showers.  I have my fingers crossed because we really could use the rain.

Weather roulette.

We have been in the 90's for the past few days.  Before that it was in the 60's with heavy drizzle.  Before that it was in the 90's.  Every day brings a new challenge.  This year the weather has been quite strange.  The weather from spring to fall was really quite unspectacular.  It was the same throughout that period.  Now with our hot and cold days, the trees are beginning to flower again.  My flowering cherry is flowering for the third time this year.  I have been continuing to stake the junipers in the field.  Every few years I have to adjust branches to form a new apex.  I do this to create movement and to improve the taper of the tree.  Late in the evening I have been working on some of the junipers that I dug out earlier in the year.  I remove all of the larger branches that I will not use and keep all of the small interior branches to wire at a later date.  I also remove all of the dead foliage.  There are always surprises hiding on the interior of the branches.  I have found black widow spiders, acorns, pine needles and leaves from other trees.  It is quite nice outside when the sun goes down.  I turn the light on in the back patio and drink my beer and clean my trees. Tomorrow I have a customer that will be visiting to look at the trident maples in the field.  I guess it was good that I pruned them back.

Weather roulette.

We have been in the 90's for the past few days.  Before that it was in the 60's with heavy drizzle.  Before that it was in the 90's.  Every day brings a new challenge.  This year the weather has been quite strange.  The weather from spring to fall was really quite unspectacular.  It was the same throughout that period.  Now with our hot and cold days, the trees are beginning to flower again.  My flowering cherry is flowering for the third time this year.  I have been continuing to stake the junipers in the field.  Every few years I have to adjust branches to form a new apex.  I do this to create movement and to improve the taper of the tree.  Late in the evening I have been working on some of the junipers that I dug out earlier in the year.  I remove all of the larger branches that I will not use and keep all of the small interior branches to wire at a later date.  I also remove all of the dead foliage.  There are always surprises hiding on the interior of the branches.  I have found black widow spiders, acorns, pine needles and leaves from other trees.  It is quite nice outside when the sun goes down.  I turn the light on in the back patio and drink my beer and clean my trees. Tomorrow I have a customer that will be visiting to look at the trident maples in the field.  I guess it was good that I pruned them back.


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