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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Happy Birthday from my Daughter!

     What does the daughter of a bonsai enthusiast get her father for his birthday? If she's my wonderful 12-year-old, a new starter tree!

The garden center even gave her the foil, ribbon, and gift card!

She picked it out herself, and she put some thought into it. The tree is a Picea abies ("Norway spruce" in the USA,) which is fully hardy here. She picked one that is healthy, and has the start of good taper and of a visually interesting nebari. (When I commented on the tree's suitability for bonsai, she answered, "I've listened.")

Norway spruce does well in this part of North America, and is a species I don't yet have in my collection. This tree will need a few years to grow to styling size, but that's OK: in the meanwhile I'll be learning the do's and dont's of the species' care.

Thank you, Little Lady!

:-)  :-)  :-)


  1. Happy Birthday! Good to see others listening and getting you gifts of bonsai!

    1. Thank you, Amanda. It was a good day, and my daughter is a good kid. (Like any dad, I hope she's also been listening when I talked about other things.)