2013 Flush of Prunus mume ‘Kobai’ Blossoms

I took photos of my Prunus mume var. kobai I’m growing out in my bonsai garden this morning:

And, if anyone ever wondered if the blooms close at night here you go:

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Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) Nursery Find and Trunk Chop

I found this at a local store for $80.  When I removed it from it’s pot I found the roots had shown evidence that some very large roots had made there way out of the bottom of the pot into the ground.  I did some intense root pruning and also chopped the trunk.  Here’s to experimentation!

Yet Another Prunus mume: Prunus mume ‘Kobai’

I’m really loving Prunus mume here in Texas.  These blooms are from last winter.  I should be seeing this years flush and I’m sure I will update with photos.

Satsuki Azalea (Rhododendron indicum): Secchu no Matsu

This one is currently the only Satsuki I own but that is about to change.  I just ordered 10 different Satsukis from Nuccio’s Nurseries because I just can’t give up on azaleas.

Upstate New York Weeping Mulberry (Morus alba ‘Pendula’)

I grew up in upstate New York and this weeping mulberry was planted by my great grandfather.  My grandparents were very garden savvy and probably part of the reason why I love plants so much.

Underside:

Azalea no longer with me

I found this azalea about 5 years ago and never committed to memory what kind it was.  I suspect it was an Encore.  I attempted to grow some azaleas including this one in a raised bed but all of them came down with root rot even though I felt the soil wasn’t staying too wet nor too alkaline.  So far azaleas have been the only type of plant that has made me overly frustrated with how difficult they seem to be.

Potted Crape Myrtle, Lagerstroemia

I decided to move this crape myrtle, Lagerstroemia, from the grow box that I had it in to a pot.  I had it in 100% Turface and when I removed the tree from the grow box the roots were extremely dense and in a nice radial pattern.  I did not notice and root circling either.

Before:

Now: