At the moment the sun is shining unstoppably from a clear sky and the heat is on. No rain in sight making it one of the driest periods in many seasons.
The national weather office measures this in the top layer of the soil here many crops and herbs have their roots. This means the top 10 cm equals a Mame bonsai.
Last week there the drought index going to 10 was at 9,2 and now we almost reach 10. This means no water whatsoever in the first 10cm of soil.
Water is essential for our bonsai as well, and the rainwater collected in big tanks is slowly used. Hopefully, it will rain before we have to shift to tap water.
Watering is done at least two times daily. Trees are transpiring much water and it also evaporates from the open soil surface. The above picture is shot in the morning, and trees will get some shade for the trees needing that in the middle of the day, like Japanese maples and Hawthorn. The Korean hornbeam on the other hand likes some sun.
The Satsuki Azalea `Hakurin´ offers its delicate flowers at the moment. Take care of not watering the flowers because that will add brown spots and ruin the beauty.
Despite the heat, I am currently rearranging the bonsai garden, moving everything from the west to the east part. For better light and bringing it close to the new workshop.
Semi Cascade bonsai
The Semi Cascade style is very attractive for bonsai styling and in the Live stream Thursday we look at creating, maintaining, and balancing this unique style.
Both flowering, deciduous, and of course evergreen trees are subjects for semi-cascade bonsai.
We also look at balancing the Shohin display using cascade and semi-cascade for the display.
During the live stream, you can join the chat and ask questions as always.
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