Fall colors of a crabapple

This is Malus ‘sargentii’. I have been working to build branching more than worrying about flowers and fruit. It has flowered each year, but this is the first year fruits have remained on the tree. Here is a shot from early November, with some fall color and the drying crabapples remaining.

Close up of the apples against the yellow leaves.
Leaves removed

The branching structure is still coarse but improving.

Prunus Mume, year in the life

Hello. It’s been a few weeks, but I have turned my attention back to bonsai a little bit, and that means sharing some recent work here. I’ll try to add a post every week or two through the rest of the year, but in honesty, I have not been working on trees much lately. This is a time of year, fortunately, that you can take your foot off the gas just a little (JBP excluded) and focus on other things…like kid’s sports, visiting family, enjoying some college football, and even building a new business. All of which have taken a priority to bonsai recently. It will be an interesting study, to see the impact of a nearly “fallow” year in the bonsai garden. Although I did show a couple trees at Nationals, and did work on several trees fairly intensely this year, most of the trees were ignored and allowed to grow largely unchecked this year. We’ll see next year if that helped or hurt any.

Anyway, this post is nearly a year in the making, starting with a shot in January 2021 and following the work on this nursery stock Ume over the course of this year. Spoiler alert, I think it was a good year for the tree!

I started 2021 pruning and wiring the tree, January 2021:

January 2021, before pruning, wiring, and first bonsai pot
Early March, after repotting into its first real bonsai pot, a beautiful Shuho.
First pruning of the year
Late May, second flush
Pruned back a second time, wires removed

Pruned again in mid June (no photo)

Late July, lightly wired a few branches into place for use later.

In early November, the leaves were beginning to turn, so they were removed, along with the wires to get a look into the progress from the year:

I lightly pruned and rewired the tree.

And here is the beginning and end comparison. In all, it was a good year. I want to keep foliage close to the trunk, keep the tree growing strongly, and it would be great to see a few flowers in January of 2023.

Thanks for reading. Soon, some fall color and maybe a Kiyozuru update…

Fall Cleanup of a JBP

This pine was candle-pruned in July and the new shoots are opening up. I had a little time to pluck old needles, and remove moss growing on the soil surface. It needs to be trimmed and new shoots will be wired later.

Last year’s long needles are obvious among new, short growth.
Moss growing well….too well
Work complete for now.

Next up, light pruning and a little wire. Since the new needles are still hardening off, I’ll wait just a bit longer on this step.

The pot? Gyouzan, Yuuji.