April 2020. I have had this tree for 2 years and some of that time it was in the ground. It has been a very slow grower for me. The female gets black berries but I have yet to see flowers so as to determine the sex of my tree. The roots are exposed by accident but I hope I can use that effect.
Mar. 2020. I purchased this unremarkable azalea for 6 bucks the fall of 2018. I haven’t had any inspiration for it until today. I don’t like the way azaleas grow from the base like a bush. Even worse, mine had two trunks. Today I decided to see if I could cut all but one branch on one trunk to get a tree like shape. The root mass was as thick as Rastafarians hair do so I left most of it and planted at a angle. I left a sacrifice branch at the bottom to hopefully thicken the base. Not too hopeful but at least I don’t hate it.
Mar. 2020 Just pulled this out of my yard and potted it. Left a lot of soil on the root mass with a little Bonsai soil underneath and around the edges. Trimmed a couple inches off all the branches.
Mar. 2020 I have had this in this pot for a year and it seems healthy and has some nice flowers. It is frustrating as a Bonsai as it grows slowly and not sure that it will back bud or ramify very well. Think I will cut all the flowers and branch ends off and see how it responds.
Crimson pygmy barberry
DEC. 2019, Just got this for 6 bucks so going to try and take advantage of the fat base, small red leaves. I envision a 5 or 6 inch tree which means dramatically less soil than what it has now. Will repot in spring with first root ball reduction and branch cut back.
Mar. 2020, here it is re-potted and just starting to get leaves.
Ming Snowflake Aralia
Just picked this up Dec 2019. On you tube I gather it likes to dry out a little more than most, does not like direct sunlight and is not winter hardy. I like the trunk taper and hope to reduce the height by 50%. Keeping it inside and won’t water for a week or 2 and very dry. Will repot into Bonsai soil in March.
A zen frog makes me happy.
I like this plant for the fruit, they stayed on mine for at least 5 months. I recently trunk chopped it because after the bend it grew a couple feet flag pole straight. Next step it to switch to a much smaller pot with bonsai soil at the appropriate time.
Loropetalum fall flowers and color
I dug this out of a very large pot in 2018. It is still in potting soil.