Basin
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Every week the water basins must be emptied and thoroughly cleaned to remove algae and goobers. We keep these basins filled up for spot watering during the heat of the day. Also, letting the water sit for a couple of days lets a lot of the chlorine and other non essential elements have a chance [...]

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Paupers Tea
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There are a few areas on this Pauper’s tea (Sageretia Thea) that are in need of a little light pruning. The places with arrows indicate areas where new growth breaks the silhouette. Although, it is a rather interesting time in the growing season currently. It has been extremely hot, but autumn is also right around the corner, and trees will [...]

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Bougainvillea Beauty
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This Bougainvillea Glabra, while the same exact species as the tree in my previous post, has flowered consistently from April until now, and it does so every year.  Many flowering shrubs or trees tend to drop their flowers in intense heat. Considering the humidity, much of last week and earlier this week were said to feel around [...]

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Bougainvillea Pruning after
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This Bougainvillea Glabra needs its lush summer growth pruned back to the silhouette. In this way we balance the the growth of the tree, helping to ensure consistent, even growth from top to bottom. It is also a chance to get deep in there and correct any flawed branches. Additionally, we will remove the largest of the [...]

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pyracantha
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Several times this growing season I have pruned the new growth on this Nepalese Firethorn (Pyracantha crenulata) tightly back to its silhouette. Although, it was decided this week that the movement throughout this forest planting could be enhanced. The apex of each tree will be pruned back tight, because we don’t need them getting any [...]

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Ficus after
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Here is a before and after of a Willow-Leaf Ficus (Ficus salicaria*) we repotted on a new stone slab recently. The old slab was most likely made using some sort of paper-crete process. Shredded newspaper, or similar materials, are mixed into the concrete batter, ultimately resulting in a much lighter product, with a comparable strength. [...]

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water (1)
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When I first started this apprenticeship, Jack Sustic (Head Curator) told me something like this:  ”There will be days this summer when you do nothing but water all day long. But even then, it has been a good day.” I am now starting to experience these “days” that he was referring to. On Tuesday I [...]

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Cedar 1
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This Shohin Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria Japonica) is in need of a little attention. It has a lot of little dead branches on it that only serve to detract from its beauty as well as reduce air flow and prohibit the full reaches of the sun. On such a small scale, these differences will be slight, but [...]

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