My year around bonsai work in the Inland Empire, CA

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The Inland Empire is one of the hottest spots in Southern California with very little rain! It is super dry and hot in the summer! The difference of temperature between day and night is about 20 degrees F !

I like to create this post so that I could show you whatever I work on my bonsai collection all year around or any tree I like to show. Hopefully I could share and learn from all of you especially who living in the area with similar weather as mine.
Instead of making the separated post for each tree, I like to include all in one post. I hate doing that, but because of my schedule, it is easy for me to do that way! :)

This is a formal upright Kishu shimpaku. Its trunk base flared rootage is 4.5 ". Its height is 31". In the picture, it looks like the tree is way to the right of the pot, but it is about 2/3 right of the pot ( the Iphone's problem).
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I pull it out today to do some cleaning and pruning. I start from the top down. It will probably need one week to finish working. I start performing cleaning up and removing some small branches this morning.

The cork elm has full of young leaves as this morning.
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Anthony

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Bonhe,

great shimpaku !!
Really like it.

As to temperature differences, ours is about 15 deg.F [ 90 to 93 deg.F for about half an hour to 70 to 75 at night from 10 p.m after winter time ] with
rain it drops to low 80's deg,F and back to 70's or so.]
The ocean modifies as do our breezes.

Today's humidity low 54 % and later back up to 70 % by night ---- last night was 69 deg.F after 10.00 p.m.
Everything is sleeping - so shhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Please keep showing.
Good Day
Anthony
 

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Hi Anthony,
Thank you for comment.
Your weather is perfect! I love it! It remind me my hometown! :(
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This is a JBP. It was in the 2010 Nanpu kai show by my teacher.
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He let me have this tree in 9/2013. It was transplanted and gone through some branch works. Its status is at this time. It has lot of flower buds!
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I love the deadwood in the lower trunk! There is a scar from the branch removed few years ago (the arrow). I plan to do some work on it later on.
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I would possibly commit a crime(s) to own a shimp like that! B&E's don't carry big sentences to they?? :rolleyes:

But seriously, even a 2-d picture on the interwebs of a tree on the opposite side of the continent, evokes a sense of majestic power and stoic grandeur. In my mind I immediately see the entrance to the redwood forests. In time this tree will be a show stopper.

Just my .02
 

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Every time I get out to the garden, the water spray bottle is always at my reach! Due to low humidity in my area, I always sprays the water on those trees which need more humidity in short term such as: new transplanted tree; or the delicate trees for my area such as: ume, Chojubai quince; or for the junipers (they like to be cooled down).
I have been using the rain water for this purpose! (I have been trying to save as much as rain water I could get!).
I like to share with you an experience in choosing the water spray bottle. I has used a lot of spray water in the past, and they usually lasted about few weeks and were out of work due to the pump problem (the spring is very important). Most of the Chinese made spray head is made with a bad spring with only 2 or 3 coils. Recently, I found one store here sells this one (pic) with excellent quality and the price is really cheap ( 2 bottles for $1)!!! I bought 12 bottles! :)
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usually lasted about few weeks
You noticed too?
I got a HDX one that is pretty good.

Menards had a .99 cent one....
A $1.49 one. Bought, no use yet.
And a ZEP one for $2.49.

I'd be rocking a pump sprayer out there.

Same thing.....break break break!

Nice stuff Bohne....

Ah one more thing....
A while back....when I brought a giant potted ficus home....I dug some weird stuff out of the soil, and began thinking about finding a head or something in it....

Well, the other day, Sorceress was watching "snapped", or (introduction to killing your husband), and the lady buried some of his parts in planters.

Where? In IE! So if I waited about 2 weeks, I would have found out what IE was myself!

Sorce
 

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Every time I get out to the garden, the water spray bottle is always at my reach! Due to low humidity in my area, I always sprays the water on those trees which need more humidity in short term such as: new transplanted tree; or the delicate trees for my area such as: ume, Chojubai quince; or for the junipers (they like to be cooled down).
I have been using the rain water for this purpose! (I have been trying to save as much as rain water I could get!).
I like to share with you an experience in choosing the water spray bottle. I has used a lot of spray water in the past, and they usually lasted about few weeks and were out of work due to the pump problem (the spring is very important). Most of the Chinese made spray head is made with a bad spring with only 2 or 3 coils. Recently, I found one store here sells this one (pic) with excellent quality and the price is really cheap ( 2 bottles for $1)!!! I bought 12 bottles! :)
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Bonhe
The spray bottle blues eh? That's funny, I thought it was just me, I hate it when I buy something brand new and right away it stops working, happens all the time with spray bottles! I'll watch for those ones.
If you ever want to mist from a hose these are really great, fogg-it nozzles. image.jpg Cheap and durable too, I do all my watering with the 2gmp head, gonna try the 4. For your purpose and minimal water useage the 1/4gpm head might be good. Of course it can screw onto a wand with a shut off valve. I realize rainwater and a misting bottle might be the best for you but you know, just a thought, I'm a big fan of fogg-it!
Nice trees, thanks.
 
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The spray bottle blues eh? That's funny, I thought it was just me, I hate it when I buy something brand new and right away it stops working, happens all the time with spray bottles! I'll watch for those ones.
If you ever want to mist from a hose these are really great, fogg-it nozzles. View attachment 96310 Cheap and durable too, I do all my watering with the 2gmp head, gonna try the 4. For your purpose and minimal water useage the 1/4gpm head might be good. Of course it can screw onto a wand with a shut off valve. I realize rainwater and a misting bottle might be the best for you but you know, just a thought, I'm a big fan of fogg-it!
Nice trees, thanks.
Yes they work well .. except for the fact they are not solid brass (just plated) and the thread wears out. I hate that sort of crap..
 

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The Inland Empire is one of the hottest spots in Southern California with very little rain! It is super dry and hot in the summer! The difference of temperature between day and night is about 20 degrees F !

I like to create this post so that I could show you whatever I work on my bonsai collection all year around or any tree I like to show. Hopefully I could share and learn from all of you especially who living in the area with similar weather as mine.
Instead of making the separated post for each tree, I like to include all in one post. I hate doing that, but because of my schedule, it is easy for me to do that way! :)

This is a formal upright Kishu shimpaku. Its trunk base flared rootage is 4.5 ". Its height is 31". In the picture, it looks like the tree is way to the right of the pot, but it is about 2/3 right of the pot ( the Iphone's problem).
View attachment 95242 View attachment 95394

I pull it out today to do some cleaning and pruning. I start from the top down. It will probably need one week to finish working. I start performing cleaning up and removing some small branches this morning.

The cork elm has full of young leaves as this morning.
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Bonhe
2 weeks ago when it was still winter, I believe we had a low of 27°f and a high of 72°f, lol that's a 45 degree swing in a day, it's insane the trees know what to do. This is definitely a tough environment for bonsai.

Aaron
 

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Yes they work well .. except for the fact they are not solid brass (just plated) and the thread wears out. I hate that sort of crap..
I had to go look at a description, maybe you had one of the knock off brands? I think the patent expired and there are some less well made ones out there now. image.jpg
 

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I had to go look at a description
Dramm = Quality, hands down some of the best. I found over the years I just go ahead and spend more on their stuff then buy less expensive similar and have never been disappointed. There is a 3 pack of those at amazon at a decent price that will team up nicely with some of their wands I have.

http://www.amazon.com/Fogg--Waterin...qid=1457012056&sr=8-37&keywords=dramm+nozzles

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The spray bottle blues eh? That's funny, I thought it was just me, I hate it when I buy something brand new and right away it stops working, happens all the time with spray bottles! I'll watch for those ones.
If you ever want to mist from a hose these are really great, fogg-it nozzles. View attachment 96310 Cheap and durable too, I do all my watering with the 2gmp head, gonna try the 4. For your purpose and minimal water useage the 1/4gpm head might be good. Of course it can screw onto a wand with a shut off valve. I realize rainwater and a misting bottle might be the best for you but you know, just a thought, I'm a big fan of fogg-it!
Nice trees, thanks.
Have loved me some fogg-it nozzles since the first one I ever owned in 1975.
They are always of the best quality construction and seem to remain serviceable
for decades. If you do a lot of "hand misting" you could not spend money on a
better product. Just a review from a fan of this absolutely wonderful tool.

Only problem: Why did you tell everybody? Now the price will go up and
everybody will want one making them harder to find.