Plantings get new lease on life

Wow, plantings hasn’t been updated in ages!! To bring the blog for these guys up to speed, out of the three plantings, two survived and went into little pots to continue to grow into new bonsais. After a year of healthy growth, they both needed a bit of TLC, as they had lost some of their leaves in the recent hot weather and they were also planted in not very good soil….

They have started to re-gain their leaves, but I decided they needed a re-pot to further stimulate new growth…..So I emptied out the old soil and put in new bonsai soil. I have added moss to one and small pebbles that I had on hand for the other.
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These guys are going to be back bigger and better with lots of leaves, and hopefully some more branches so I can begin to shape them!

Goodbye Balls

I have been in serious denial about Ball’s health. Ever since I took him to class last year to be re-potted, its been downhill from there.

Though I faithfully watered him and hoped (almost prayed even) for new roots to take hold, it wasn’t to be and I finally plucked up the courage to pull Balls out of the pot to check for new roots.

It wasn’t too be and he had in fact probably not had some for some time. This was pretty devastating for me, since he was Lindsay’s bonsai that Poppy had given him when he died. Now that Linz has died too, I wanted Balls to survive to remember him by. But I needed to let Balls go and so this will be the last post for Balls.

My first bonsai casualty since Pop died. Goodbye Balls…..

Pear gets ready for summer

After many months of feeling the winter bulge, Pear felt the need for a bit of a spring work out before summer hits…..

Time for a re-pot, some reinvigorating new soil, re-wiring and a hair cut.

Enter new bonsai re-potting area with all the right tools and equipment, making it much easier and efficient to re-pot from home. Big call, given that I usually don’t like to do it without the watchful eye of Tina, but I need to harden up and develop confidence to do these things myself. Plus bonsai-ing is in my blood right?!

So I put a new wire in through the butterfly drain holes at the bottom to secure Pear into the pot and put some new bonsai soil in. Pear sits higher in the pot now so show off a big root that gives the illusion of age :-) I have put a little rock at the back to further secure Pear in the pot and to help Pear sit at the correct angle. Pear has a tough shape to work with, so I have tried to add wire and cut off a few branches to try and encourage Pear to grow in informal upright style.
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Give Pear a few years and it will be interesting to see if this shape takes hold…

Stretch is back!

dsc_7350.jpgAfter many months with no leaves, and many a discussion between myself and Nan about whether or not Stretch is indeed alive, I am pleased to report- THAT STRETCH IS BACK!

dsc_7351.jpgHe has lots of leaves and looks very healthy now. I took him to class on the 19th October to get a check-up with Tina (bonsai expert at Bonsai and Beyond). Apparently, Spring is not the time to re-pot Japanese Maples, so Stretch just got the once-over and had a guide wire inserted on the left hand side (if looking from the front aspect). This draws that branch down and keeps it there. We also added wire to give shape to the apex and the main branch on the right side. You can now see a clear triangle shape and I think his classification is now informal upright.

                               Stretch is well and truly back in business, and had a mini hair cut to prove it :-)

Australia Telescope Compact Array

Recent trip to lovely Narrabri awesome place with a awesome funny set of antennae on tracks….don’t look to compact to me :)

“The Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA), at the Narrabri Observatory, is an array of six 22-m antennas used for radio astronomy. It is located about 25 km west of the town of Narrabri in rural NSW (about 500 km north-west of Sydney). It is operated by the Australia Telescope National Facility, a division of CSIRO”