We are experiencing a really warm winter this time around in the Heart of Dixie, not a night yet below freezing.  I a little free time several days ago and used a little of it to play around with a few trees.  If you have played the bonsai game for a while, you already know that winter is a slow time for the hobby.  There are things you can do like choose pots, get soil ready, prune deciduous trees, etc.  This is the time that you need to be prepping everything for repotting.



Living in the Heart of Dixie does not afford one a chance to see a lot of fall color on trees.  Most of the time it does not really start getting cold until November and most of the bonsai like maples and elms are tired and the leaves just turn brown and crispy, then just fall off.  Sometimes we have a few cold snaps in October and we get some color, but never like you see in the Northern climates.


I took a little time to work with this poor satsuki azalea (gumpo white) today and I thought that I would post a follow up to the rhizoctonia web blight article.  As you can see it can be very devastating to the plant that it attacks.  It lost approximately 50% of the leaves that it had and also since most of the new foliage was compromised, next Spring's flowers were taken also.


At a recent club meeting, Joe Day showed up with a trunk full of pots for sale.  They had belonged to a member who is no longer in the hobby and was looking to sell them.  It is always nice to have a selection of pots sitting around to select from when it comes to training or showing, so, I picked a few up.


As some of you may know, I have been on the mend for the last couple of weeks.  I was in a car accident in which I broke the patella on my right knee into six pieces.  I had surgery to fix it and have been confined to the couch.  Yesterday, I was able to hobble out to check on my trees, Favorite Minion has been keeping them watered for me, and found 


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