My lone tropical specimen, this ficus nerifolia was slow to wake up this year, and part of the reason could be that it was pot-bound. I think it had been in this pot for 3 years. These trees are nearly epiphytes, but still it seemed it was time to repot.
A couple options
It took some effort to free the tree from the pot…
Now that it’s repotted and settled in, it’s time for a little wire to orient the tree to its more inclined potting position.
Sometimes I forget things. Not long ago, I got busy and left my Masakuni pliers and my Kiku wire cutters (my first pair…had them nearly 25 years) on the bench outside. I noticed them a few days later, after two-a-days watering schedule.
Here are the 4 displays I put together for this year’s first show in 3 years.
Nice Roll Tide accent, made by a French Potter, Phillipe Torcatis; Terre O Vert ceramique. Doubt he knew the significance the crimson glaze and elephant held in Bama, but I figured it would be a hit with a little over half the crowd here!
Stewartia monadelpha, Reiho pot, Jerry Braswell stand. This tree was dug in December 2018, and is being shown for the first time this year. It will be the only Stewartia in the show.
The Stewartia is a little tall for my white background, so here is a shot against the black wall.
And looking at it this way, it seemed everything leaned left. So I decided to swap the accent plant to the left side. Take a look, it’s the only change made, but the balance improved.