Make more of what you love

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If you’ve got a plant you love, make more! In this case, I have a Japanese maple I got in a 2015 club raffle. I just love the look of the tightly-spaced, small, green leaves it has all summer long, and the spring and fall colors are gorgeous as well.

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Air Layering a Boxwood

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The boxwood in today’s post and video was collected from a suburban yard about 14 months ago. You can read about the collection HERE, and a related article about getting it into a box this spring. I have been very happy with how well it is doing. It has a strong root system and has good growth this spring. Many of these long branches need to be removed as I reduce the plant back to the large trunk. Air layering will help move this process along while propagating new plants at the same time.

Bonsai Best with Others

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I confess, at times I am skeptical of the oft repeated notion that “bonsai is an art best undertaken with others.” (Credit Gary Reese for its repetition.) I am usually content to work on my trees in the quiet of my garden, and find the hours spent there to be very therapeutic. Then again, my office mates know full well that I love little more than “talking it out.”

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NVBS 2018 Spring Show

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Mark down the Northern Virginia Bonsai Society 2018 Spring Show as a success. There were beautiful trees on public display, and many folks came to visit and learn more which gave us a wonderful opportunity to share our passion. NVBS even got a couple of new members as a result!

Our photographer in residence, David Lieu, who also happens to be our Vice President for Membership, brought along his camera and took the amazing pictures included in the video below. All credit to you, David! Thanks for letting me share this.

Learning to Live in a Pot

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It might sound strange, but a tree needs to learn to live in a pot, and that takes some time. A year ago a large boxwood took the first step in the process (you can read about it here) and it was about as gentle a transition as there could be — you know, considering it just got cut from the ground, had many of its roots severed and most of its branches removed. After collection, this plant went back in the ground!

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