nudum
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Here is a picture of a group of skeleton fork ferns (Psilotum nudum) that have been showing up left and right in almost every tree pot in the museum. Volunteer plants, or weeds, are an endless battle, although sometimes you get lucky and less invasive plants start to pop up that are sometimes beneficial. In many [...]

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Cryptomeria
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This Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria Japonica) has been recently hit with a fungal infection. Within the span of a week, these four branches went from a light vibrant green to a crispy pale brown. While we strive to predict and prevent decease and infection at all times, sometimes things happen that cannot be reversed. What this scenario [...]

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unnamed-2
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A few weeks ago I noticed there was a little cheeto-sized praying mantis inside the Japanese Pavilion’s Bougainvillea tree. A week later I noticed the little critter again hiding safely within the same tree’s shady canopy during an exceptionally hot day. Then, yesterday, I saw what looked like an adult mantis nestled inconspicuously inside this same bougainvillea. I had [...]

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This large Zelkova Serrata was having a difficult time in its pot. It had lost a lot of its vigor and was not growing all that well. To remedy this, it has been temporarily put into the ground to give the roots more room to grow and recover from being stressed. After a couple of [...]

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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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