A few months ago when I was publishing my last blog post I mentioned that I would try and make the effort of being more active on WordPress but sadly I did not keep my promise. Between going for an engineering degree fulltime, working my serving job at the restaurant and my new job at the bonsai nursery my schedule has been a bit on the hectic side of things to say the least… Anyways now that were past the apology part lets get on to the fun stuff! What I’ve been up to the past few months.
Aside from tending to the multiple hundreds of trees in my own yard I was offered a position at Dragontree Bonsai Nursery which is only about a 15 minute drive from my house so of course I happily accepted the offer.
My main duties are taking care of the trees in the area seen above; wiring, trimming repotting and on Thursday I started replacing many of the benches with newer wood… The whole nine yards.
Here’s another little view of some of the benching and trees. Everything from beginner level trees all the way to larger specimen that need multiple people to move like this Green Island Ficus I just repotted the other day.
Now that all of you have a little knowledge of what I’ve been up to, the rest of this blog will consist of a photo essay with a few captions mixed in for clarity.
There’s truly a massive amount of material to choose from and It’s a great day trip if you’re ever in the South Florida area. Black Pines, Portulacaria, Cypress, Buttonwood, a multitude of species of ficus, Pyracantha, Shimpaku Juniper and a multitude of deciduous species as well just to name a few. There’s at least 40 or 50 more species that Robert (the owner) grows in all shapes and sizes.
A very nice sized freshly collected Florida Native Simpson Stopper
Along with another big boy,a field grown Pyracantha that Robert grew himself. I plan on bringing one of these home sooner than later.
Here’s another look at some of the more off limits field grown stuff still in early stages of development. This photo doesn’t show the mass amount there is but from where the pile of debris is the field grown plots stretch back at least 30 or 40 yards.
Truly a sea of field grown Ficus Salicaria all with nice large bases on them.
One of Roberts trees from his personal collection, a Ficus Retusa.
A large very grotesque Ficus Retusa, Kinmen variety that I purchased to work on earlier in the week.
Now that I’ve bombarded you with photos from the nursery here are a couple things I’ve been working on.
A Portulacaria I’ve had in my possession for over 3 years, It’s always had the odd exposed roots which is something you don’t typically see in this species. It was suggested that I chop them off and just root the rest of the tree as a cutting, which I did consider but I wanted to make use of the odd formation of exposed roots and decided to go with a root over rock planting. I think it will make for a promising tree once the roots begin to hug onto the rock a bit more tightly.
And lastly, a sneak peek at some glazes I’ve been working on with a close family friend of mine who has a pottery studio at her house. I’ve been given the opportunity to fire a few pots and learn a new aspect of bonsai from her which is always a win win to me.
Well that’s all for today folks, thanks for reading through and If you’re ever in the South Florida area (Palm City to be exact) try and make a stop at Dragontree to visit me and some odd thousands of trees in all various states of refinement.
… Til next time