I apologize for neglecting my postings; my beloved Bonsai Assistant, feline Dauntless, passed away on the 4th, and while I could not have asked for a better send off for my twig-nibbling companion, what with all the fireworks, it did rip rather big holes in my sails, which I've been slowly working to mend.
I hope that I was not alone in having a bonsai companion that also posed as a mild danger to the overall design, given a habit of rubbing past, nibbling on, and pawing at mini tree creations. Purring and excessive cuteness apparently make the danger worth-while, our sources indicate.
But the world keeps turning, even with pandemics and personal losses; so here we are, smack in the middle of the growing season. And it's getting hot! Please keep an eye on your pots; they can get extremely hot in midday sun. We recommend placing trees somewhere where they can get midday shade and watering them heavily in the morning to keep them cool as long as possible. Be aware you may need to water again in the evening as the soil may get too dry over the course of a hot day, especially if the pots are shallow, like in the photos below. If you have any questions, please check out our Bonsai Info page or contact our officers.
As always, stay safe, be well, and tend those trees! If nothing else, they are a great excuse to get some sunshine these days.
This has been Quarantine Bonsai News with Lydia Shea.