After the dreaded 5th Winter, proceeded by Fool's Spring, and likely followed by Mud Season, we might actually be able to look forward to some sunlight here in the Finger Lakes! Our Trees are definitely pushing buds of all kinds, and the Cherry Blossom Season has hit Ithaca. We're looking forward to the growing season after all the shaping we did in dormancy and the repotting necessary for some trees. Once everything is fully leafed out we would like to remind members to begin their fertilizing regimen. Any questions, please check out our Bonsai Info page or contact John, Brian, or Peter for more information.
I hope members with additionally allotted bonsai time due to the quarantine will expand on their knowledge base with online research (especially in Bonsai Mirai's video archives, which are fantastic), and I will be posting every other week, roughly, to keep you up to date with seasonal care items. Our goal is to keep our society engaged and excited about some small part of this time of crisis, based on the info we gathered in the digital survey we conducted; thank you to everyone who chose to participate!
In other news, now is the time, if you are looking for new material, to call places like Cayuga Landscape and ask if they have any damaged trees or bushes they would be willing to discount. Sometimes trees deemed damaged or unsightly for perfect landscaping make great bonsai due to added character, like natural scarring or unusual lines of growth. I got a dwarf blueberry three years ago and it has the tiniest little white flowers blooming right now. Someday it will make a great shohin to go with a larger tree in formal display.
Well, that's all for now, folks! Stay safe! Wash your hands, wear your masks, don't litter your gloves, tend your trees, and we'll get through this!
One more note of import; pets make zoom meetings better by 254.7%
This has been Quarantine Bonsai News with Lydia Shea. Have a great day!