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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Stone 2
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Recently I assisted Head Curator Jack Sustic and Assistant Curator Michael James in naturalizing a stone slab that is set to replace one in the collection that has not stood the test of time very well. Originally, this new slab had a lot of rigid, harsh angles, and displayed a rather aggressive demeanor. We used [...]

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Hemlock 2
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Recently I did a post on this Japanese Hemlock Tree (Tsuga diversifolia). Although, what I failed to learn was that the wire on this tree has been on for over 2 years! It has more than done its job on the foliage pads, and it must be removed because it will soon start to damage [...]

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tiger lilly
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It can be very easy to focus solely on the many different Bonsai and Penjing trees while visiting the museum, and for valid reasons too. That being said, a keen and observant eye of your entire surroundings will surely reward you! There are many interesting, fragrant, and beautiful plants within the many different gardens inside [...]

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Hemlock
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This Japanese Hemlock Tree (Tsuga diversifolia) needs a little routine pruning to maintain its many different foliage pads. While other trees in the collection have been pruned several times by now, this is the first of the season for this Hemlock. Long and leggy growth must be cut back, as well as an inspection of the [...]

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Juniper before
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One of the very unique elements of the Museum is that Bonsai education classes are offered throughout the year. This being said, we house a number of “teaching trees” in the Auxiliary tree storage area. These are used for educational purposes, or chosen by students to perform basic fundamental techniques on. Right now these are [...]

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