I thought you’d all enjoy an update about this Black pine that was heavily bent last Winter. If you missed that post, you can see visit it here, Pushing the Limit. Though the update of this tree alone is not very scenic as suggested in the title, I decided to tie it together with a trip we took about a month ago to Mie Prefecture which is about 4 hours Southwest of Nagoya. We headed down south to visit a Bonsai nursery but like a dummy, I completely forgot to take pictures of the place. I did however take pictures of the surrounding landscape though which I will be sharing with you. But first off, let’s talk Bonsai!
Here is the tree as of July 2012. It’s alive! At the start of Spring, I lightly fertilized the tree and it didn’t seem to miss a beat. The top is growing as strong as the bottom and there is no doubt in my mind now that the heavy bends we did to it wasn’t as bad as I though.
Here is a shot of the new candles at the top of the tree. Nice a strong! Having bent the trunk in two spot, I thought it would have slowed the top significantly. In this very rare case, I was wrong. ;op
Here is a shot of the tearing when we did the first initial bend. (When I say we, I mean, Juan, Scott, and myself). I thought it would be cool to remove the cut paste and see how the tree has managed the damage.
Here is the wound with the cut paste removed. It seems that the live tissue grew a thin layer of bark and recovered just fine. The top portion of the bend where there was actual wood breaking has started to callus but I didn’t remove the cut paste because I didn’t want to risk damaging the callus. I’ll give the tree another year before I clean out all of the cut paste and see how well everything healed.
If you ever wondered what a sunburned pine needle looks like, look no further. After we bent the tree in the Winter, I kept the tree in the workshop for about two months to protect it from the freeze. Once the nights stopped freezing at the end of March is when I took the tree outside for some sun. Though the Spring sun was light and cool, it still managed to burn the needles.
Here’s a shot of the underside of the same needle. Nice and green. Normally Pine needles don’t get sun burnt unless they are protected from the sun for an extended period of time. Though the needles on this tree are all sun burnt, in the Fall, I will pull all of those needles and the tree will look nice and green again.
Here’s a shot of the area that was bent. All of the wires and screws are still in place. I wiggled the guy wires and found them to be slightly soft which tells me that the bends are starting to hold. I will remove the guy wires in the Fall of 2013. This year, I’m going to skip the de-candling so the tree can get really strong. In the Fall I plan on pulling the old needles and wiring the branches. In the Spring of 2013, I will repot the tree. You’ll get an update of those events as they come! Now back to the bench with some fresh fertilizer!
Nagoya is in Aichi Prefecture and we drove all the way to the Southern part of Mie Prefecture right next to Wakayama Prefecture.
There were areas where there wasn’t even a paved road but a dirt and rock road. After we visited the Bonsai nursery, Mr. Fujiwara took us deep into the forest to look around (or at least, as deep as there was a road).
As we walked down the dry river, we came to this man-made pond! The water was so clear that I could see the multicolored rocks at the bottom! We hung out searching for suiseki for about an hour with no luck. It was time to head home.
Well, that’s where the pictures end, since I fell asleep for the rest of the drive home… It was a relaxing day that I think we all needed. It’s been great that Mr. Tanaka will take me on these side trips here and there. It really does break up the mundane of work at the nursery. Though I get a great deal of satisfaction from working on Bonsai, it’s nice to take a break from it once in a while (though we did stop at a nursery).
I hope you enjoyed this relaxing post and that you too get a chance to take some time off from your busy days. It could be a two-week vacation to another continent or a simple drive to the next town. Relax and enjoy those days because we never get them back. With the days moving so fast and becoming a blur, it’s important for us all to breathe, slow down and enjoy the view. Life is already short, why speed through it?
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