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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

One of my wife's favorites

My 'Snow Rose' serissa appears to be winding up for some serious blooming, and the pure-white pea-sized flowers are a bit of antidote to the winter blahs. <smile>

In the Bonsai Crate. Plenty of new buds coming on!
This tree is a bit "confused" about the season of the year, but it's my doing. I left it out in late fall until it had taken several solid frosts. Then, because named cultivars often are not as tough as the species, I decided to take no further chances, and moved it into the Bonsai Crate. Temperatures in the Crate are in the mid-70's F, humidity is kept high, and the lights are on 18 hours a day. Effectively, this tree had a brief cold "winter," and now is in spring-like conditions. As far as its genetic programming is concerned, it's time to bloom! (What I've done is much the same as the "forcing" that is used to get bulbs to bloom out of their natural season. For more on serissas and cold tolerance, see my two earlier posts on that topic.)
A top view. Click the picture to enlarge it.

Here are a couple more views, from slightly different angles and in different light.

Showing more of the tree's structure.
I've had trouble getting clear pictures of the flowers indoors, and I believe I now know why. The flowers are pure white, and throw back so much light to the camera that they partly wash out their own images!

My wife is fond of the flowering trees I have (I don't have that many,) and that definitely includes this one. The "scoop pot," for those who are interested, is by Dave Lowman of DaSu Bonsai Studios.

My largest Fukien tea (Carmona microphylla) is also blooming, but not as enthusiastically at present. Its flowers are also tiny and white, but single. I may be able to get an interesting picture of it in  a week or two.

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