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Saturday, August 9, 2014

New Growth in the Morning Sun

     A week or so after our mother passed away, my sister Carol remarked that "Life will now find a new 'normal.'" And so it is proving. For me that includes getting back to the level of involvement in bonsai that I had before, and that was necessarily scaled back as my parents' needs increased. Not that I begrudged that: after all, how many times did they wipe my nose and kiss my skinned knees when I was a child? I Timothy 3:4 became very real to me over the last 2½ years: "...[an adult child] should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for ... [and] repaying their parents ... for this is pleasing to God." (NIV.)

This morning I went up to the deck and snapped a couple of pictures of my yaupon holly bonsai-in-training. This tree has been doing very well since the workshop with Adam Lavigne back in June. I gave it a couple of rape-seed cakes and the same amount of Fort Wayne Bonsai Club Super-Duper Handy-Dandy
Home-Made Fertilizer Cakes, put it in the sun, and it has taken off as if it thinks it's a kudzu! A couple of wired twigs look as if they won't make it, but this tree has broken so many new shoots that replacing them shouldn't be a problem.

My Ilex vomitoria 'Schilling's Dwarf' in the morning sun.
Holding the camera at a little different angle.
I've got a sneakin' suspicion this tree is going to become one of my favorites! 

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