Bonsai

I have always been intrigued by bonsai trees but the last couple of years I was blown away by how beautiful a wisteria tree can be as a bonsai.  I’ve always loved wisteria trees but have heard they are vigorous climbers and need a lot of space to grow out.  Since I have a lot of other things growing in my backyard, I didn’t want to worry about an unmanageable wisteria, turning it into a bonsai tree seemed the perfect solution. 

I bought the wisteria about a year and a half ago.  I let it get used to the environment for about a year.  This winter I trimmed its roots and planted it in the bonsai pot below. 

I wasn’t sure if it would make it because it was dormant when I trimmed it down.  The last few months it started sprouting healthy green leaves.  The wisteria below is called the Blue Moon wisteria and this is what it looks like now.  One annoying thing about wisteria is that it takes at least 5-7 years before it flowers! 

Below is another wisteria I am growing, it is the Japanese wisteria.  I transferred it to this bonsai pot while it was dormant a few months ago.  It has not broken out of dormancy yet.  I hope I will have much success with this one too. 

Another pretty tree I want to put in a bonsai pot is this bougainvillea.  The colors in this tree are wonderful, all my favorites!

I left the bougainvillea out in the sun after I stressed it out by trimming and transplanting.  I shouldn’t have done that even with a tough, drought tolerant wonder like this bougainvillea.  I should have left it in the shade for a few days to de-stress, give it plenty of water, and then bring it out in the sun after it acclimated itself.  Below is what it looked like after being left out in the sun.

That was pretty sad to see.  I’ve never seen a droopy bougainvillea before!  I gave it water and put it in partial shade and it recovered. 

I am also trying my hands at weeping willow trees and azaleas too.  I may have some pictures to show for next post. 

As always, below are a collection of new flowers in my garden.

Bearded Iris
Lemonade Cosmos
Rose Bonbon Cosmos

These Champagne ranunculus are so lovely.  Everyday there are different shades of salmon and light/dark pinks. My all time favorite!  I love these.  They look like perfect roses.

Succulents with Flowers

Around this time of the year many succulents are blooming or growing babies. I found a few of these adorable Echeverias at my local Walmart Garden Center. They have tags on these pots but I’m not sure I can trust Walmart’s labeling. Anyone interested in the actual names written on the pots let me know and I will find out for you.

I’m not an expert on these plants but it appears winter is their time to flower and shine as you can see here. This one below is so adorable and its flowers are in my favorite yellows and pinks. Echeverias tend to shoot out 8-12 inches tall flowering shoots like this. The flowers last about a week or more. They don’t require much water in winter but definitely more in the hot summers, maybe once a week in extreme Southern California heat. They like morning sun and afternoon shade. Too much sun especially in the summer will scorch their leaves.

This one below is also very beautiful. I love these shades of pinks and yellows. I especially like that the plant has these colorful petals. My camera skill is not so great in capturing flowers up close, as you can see the flowers looked a little blurry.

Another Echeveria below with light blue green leaves.

The pink succulent below is an aurora borealis kalanchoe. It is so pretty with green, pink, and cream leaves. In late fall and winter it shoots out 7 inches long stem of pink flowers. Super adorable! These flowers are bell-shaped.

I cannot remember the name of this orange succulent below. I’ve had this for a while but this is the first time I’ve seen it bloom white flowers.

The awesome pink plant below is a “cobweb” Hens and Chicks succulent. It sprouted these adorable pink flower stems and I believe these last almost a month. It has white cobwebs on top of the plant as you can see. Very unique!

As usual, I’d like to end it with other highlight blooms from this week. Here are some amazing blooms from my Red Baron and Babcock peach trees. The Red Baron will eventually have reddish leaves in the fall and that is one of the main reasons I purchased this tree last year. This tree is the closest thing to a red maple which is what I wanted originally. After seeing these beautiful reddish pink blooms, I think I made the right choice in choosing this tree because those flowers will turn into peaches!

The Babcock peach tree’s blossoms look like cherry blossoms from far away. They are so pretty and delicate. The inside of that flower looks like a butterfly landed right in the center.

My bearded irises are blooming like crazy too and it is about three times more abundant than last year. I also inherited a purple iris from my father-in-law who passed away a couple of weeks ago. It bloomed the day after I brought it home from his house.