Ok lets kick off with the updates first as if I put them last you’ll never read that far & then miss all the fun,
Once again, we’re having a perfect summer – well, for me & the plants at least, not for anyone else who might like some of the bright warm stuff – more rain and cool days than anything you’d usually describe as summer. But I’m so happy as it saves me a ton of hard work trying to keep on top of watering & panicking constantly lest I end up in hospital again & have to rely on haphazard family help with keeping the yard plants alive.
So perhaps because of the inclement weather, the plants are all doing wonderfully with only an odd one of concern.
Most of the flowering varieties have now finished so I took the opportunity to prune what I could. The azaleas in particular all got worked on bar the one that flowered the most which just got dead headed and cleaned up, But the largest one was the biggest challenge only in figuring out how best to prune it back without leaving it not flowering at all next year perhaps. So I was (my usual) cautious self and just took a dozen stems back to 2 sets of leaves. We shall see if they’re as good at regrowing as the internet pundits all say. Granted you’d barely know it’s been touched at all but enough for me at the minute. This is the before when it was flowering & after I’d had a little clip.
Then the little dwarf Rhodo impeditum tree which had struggled through last winter and only managed to put out 1 or 2 (but perfect) little flowers this year was repotted into a bonsai pot. It had been in a 10 inch pot and as expected roots only took up about a third of that, but I still had to do a fair bit of work to get as much soil off as I could. In the end as I feared breaking off too many roots to keep it going I lost my nerve somewhat (inexperience always shows!) and left much of the remaining soil on while potting it up with grit so it’s in a real half’n’half mixture that might not do it too many favours. My thinking was more to try & let it recover from the shock of the move & then next year Ian can repair the damage (if any) & clean it up etc. Firstly have to strengthen it up to cope better over the winter & produce a better crop of flowers next year,
You can see growth has improved quite a lot with it and so I’m hopeful of a better winter for it this year.
Next came the Wisteria – it did so well the primary growth was getting somewhat ridiculous and (to me) it appeared to have somewhat run out of steam which might not be surprising given the pot size, so given everyone said they should get their first pruning at the end of June to mid-July, I just bit the bullet & did the deed. The poor thing looked miserable afterwards as the leaves just stayed hanging down but it will hopefully push the growth further down to start preparing it for winter too. Feeding is still a bit of a mystery for me with it but I think I’ll give it another couple of feeds through July/August of Green Dream & then switch over to tomato feeding for the next couple of months prior to dormancy, Worth a try,
Again, here’s the before – well., about 2 wks prior:
And then the after – there were 3 stems so I just took them all back to this size. It’ll either do or die, & hopefully the former! 🙂So that’s the most of what’s been happening with my bonsai jungle in the city. I’ve got some other larger shrubs yet to be downsized but they’re all getting there slow but sure
Now on to the newbie to the party – not another bonsai but the most adorable “accent” plant. I got this when I had taken a friend to visit Ian & buy a pressie for her hubby. He was in the process of organising a whole set of these awesome little beauties & I just had to have one. Who could resist this wee beauty??
Don’t ask me what it is – forgot that bit long time ago!!! But I will get the name of it next time I see him unless anyone wants to enlighten me sooner :D. Mar 2017 – finally coming back to provide the name of this wee beauty – it is of course Rhodoxis :()
Right – that’s enough for now. If I’ve not bored you completely by this stage – well done for hanging on to the end. Until next time….