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Well I’ve been complaining lately about the cooler than normal nights we’ve been having here in my part of the country (N. Texas) and just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did. The temps dropped to around 27F in some areas a few nights ago, and I know for some of you that’s nothing compared to all the snow and freezing temps with what seems like an eternity this winter, but for us Texans, those kind of temps are kind of hard to swallow this time of year. I know, in a few months it will all be about how gosh awful hot it is here. Anyway, with the trees just recently re-potted for some of them, I decided to bring them in for a few nights just to play safe. I got as many as I could on my work bench and the rest were on the floor in the same area.

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Even with the cooler than normal temps, the big yard trees are even putting out nice buds. Back in the earlier days when I was still doing maple bonsai, I had a few nice trident maples in my collection. I thought it would be nice to have a trident maple planted in my front yard but I wasn’t about to use one of my specimens, and planting from seed or seedling would take quite some time. It just so happened that a nearby nursery had one good size trident maple for sale, something that just barely fit in the back of my pickup. The cost; $95. Seemed like a steal. Here it is now ten years later.

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And how about those new buds coming in? The tree looks really nice when in full leaf and doesn’t even get leaf burn (the reason I stopped working with trident bonsai) as long as I water deep.

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Another yard tree which is also like one of my bonsai, is the bald cypress. I’ve had it also for ten years. Got it when it’s trunk was a mere broom stick. And check out the nice trunk taper beginning to form.

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But here’s what makes it all worth it with these trees, the beautiful fall foliage will rival just about any other deciduous tree at that time of the year.

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If you’ve been reading my blogs lately then you can probably tell I’m a big fan of feeding my trees. Except for the few deciduous trees I have and the times when the JBP are not to be fertilized, I feed my trees all year long. For me that means feeding all my junipers even in winter.
One thing I found out for with the procumbens juniper which is what I work with, is that they love and need trace minerals all year long. I always feed them with an acidic fertilizer. They will stay really green and have no problems whatsoever. If you are having dieback on the inside of your procumbens and think that it’s because they need more sunlight, you will find that keeping them in full sunlight without giving them trace minerals will do no good.

By giving them trace minerals I can in fact leave them in full shade for most of the day during the hot summer months with out a hint of any yellowing or for that fact any other problems.
And At this time of the year when things are starting to green up, just look at how green they get and the profuse amount of new green buds. All the lighter green you see on thes two junipers are new buds, and not juvenile type buds but the mature scale foliage found on shimpakus.

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Boy that little one is in need of a haircut wouldn’t you say. It’s beginning to lose it’s shape and get a bit top heavy.
If your having yellowing foliage on your procumbens, or if you just want to keep them looking really healthy and great looking, look into giving them a good regiment of an acid type fertilizer and you should see a difference that you’ll be happy with.

With the weather finally starting to warm up good and even at night time soon, I’ll be leaving my semi cascade ficus outdoors longer now. It too has done well from being indoors all winter. A few hits of fertilizer during the indoor stay keeps it nice and healthy too.

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Finally, I mentioned last time about Bailey getting in a bit of trouble, getting caught with the goods, but how could a face like this do anything wrong?

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Well here’s the proof that looks are deceiving, getting into things he’s not supposed to, like the wifes flower arrangement.

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Now why can’t he be good like Rosita? All she wants is her tastey almonds, and chicken bones, (yep they love to shred those chicken bones for the marrow inside) and a real good head scratch every now and then.

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