My Bonsai Tree Hobby
Early this year, 2018, I became fascinated with Bonsai trees. I've been working on the backyard garden and then while pruning some of my favorite trees, Forest Whitebud and Oklahoma Redbud, I thought of trying to shape them for fun. I ended up watching a couple of youtube videos about Bonsai trees and it seemed easy enough. I then watched another 20+ videos and got the Bonsai bug.
Off to Home Depot I went to see what kind of possible nursery stock plants they had I could convert into a neat Bonsai tree. After browsing all of the plants I decided on a Blue Point Juniper, which turns out to not be a popular variety for Bonsai trees. I did my best, pruned the roots, cut but a lot of branches and then styled the tree for fun. It turned out relatively nice but apparently it takes a lot of years to nurture and style trees. The decisions you make today help shape it just a little and it's more about the longer term.
I got excited and started collecting trees from bonsai club digs, digs around my house and finally purchasing a few.
As of Spring 2020 I've collected and nurtured several trees and after accumulating so many I'm now focusing on just a few of my favorites. Too many too quick issue. This is a long term journey.