Bonsai Class, Round 2…Wiring.

So I have to admit that I was pretty nervous walking into the second bonsai class.  It had been a month since our last class (read more about that here), my elm barely had leaf growth and my bonsai partner was off parenting in Manhattan Beach. I was early so I picked a spot near the … Continue reading Bonsai Class, Round 2…Wiring.

Initial Trimming of our Elm bonsai

So we recorded the majority of our Elm bonsai-in-training, or "potensai", and posted the videos on our YouTube channel. The trimming session was split into a series of 5 short videos. Please go check them out. Our trainer talks through a lot of what he is doing, and drops some pretty good information. Below, I … Continue reading Initial Trimming of our Elm bonsai

Lithops! Lithops!

Got my first lithops - so excited! Do you have lithops? Ever since I learned that these crazy little living rock things exist, I've wanted to start a collection. They are not so easy to find. The ones at Home Depot looked too sad for me (even me!!) to believe rescue was possible. But one of our … Continue reading Lithops! Lithops!

Our first San Diego Bonsai Club meeting

We are thrilled to say we've been to our first meeting as members of the world famous San Diego Bonsai Club (SDBC) in Balboa Park. Oh wait, it's the San Diego Zoo that's world famous. Anyway, Balboa Park is a favorite family spot; A took Chinese brush art classes in the artisan's square for awhile and … Continue reading Our first San Diego Bonsai Club meeting

T and his new orange tree

We have three kids: a 14 yr old daughter, 12 yr old son, and "T" is our youngest son at five years old. T is the one with a love for plants and trees. He enjoys going to the nurseries with us, loves choosing plants to be his. At the Plant House the other day, he … Continue reading T and his new orange tree

I call her “Tortilla”, the bonsai-in-training

My new favorite baby, "Tortilla" is an Euryops. She's a bonsai-in-training now. I got her in a 2 gallon pot at the nursery and now here she is: I heavily trimmed her, but didn't hard prune her. I liked her original height for the most part and wanted to leave her canopy of leaves growing. … Continue reading I call her “Tortilla”, the bonsai-in-training

Swap Meet Quicky = Score!

Another busy sports weekend for this family, dominated by all-day soccer on Saturday. An 8:30am start left us almost no time in the morning...almost. Amber and I were itching to find some sweet deals on plants or containers, so we headed to our local "Santee Swap Meet" at 6:30am. This sunrise made the early start worth … Continue reading Swap Meet Quicky = Score!

Learning from succulent enthusiasts

  I wasn't on Instagram too long before I picked up on the fact that a lot of succulent enthusiasts look to Debra Lee Baldwin as an expert in the field. She is the author of numerous books on succulents and succulent gardening. She clearly knows her stuff. So Baldwin's YouTube videos were the first I … Continue reading Learning from succulent enthusiasts

Rescue plants from the swap meet

There were these three sad little plants waterlogged in a non-draining bucket at swap meet. They looked like umbrellas - which I've since learned was their last stretch up, last attempt to stay alive. They were reaching for the light (and trying to jump out of that moldy soil I'm sure). When I got them … Continue reading Rescue plants from the swap meet