Kurume Azalea: Through the Past, Quickly
I see a red bush and I want to prune it back…
I found this among some stones out of my front yard in 2000, potted it, and took it to a Ben Oki workshop a few years later in ’05. Now I call it my Ben Oki azalea.
In January ’02:
It flew with me to Iowa to attend Ben Oki’s workshop in ’05:
Mr. Oki is on the right; balancing the strength of the branches by comparing leaf size, and keeping branches that were similar in strength.
His vision (and drawing….so cool!):
Somehow, the right apex must have gotten bent back toward the left in packing or transit…and it stuck; never really noticed that until I compared these photos. Here it is back in Birmingham, repotted:
Spring ’08, freshly repotted into straight Kanuma:
And on the 7th year…it rested. I repotted it for the first time in 5 years, and removed all the flower buds to give it a little break.