Tree in a Pot

Combining two of my hobbies, bonsai and pottery.

My morning coffee.

New willow leaf ficus that I repotted. Got it from someone in Florida and it needed a better pot. I’m happy with it for now. I may air layer it next year and take the top off. We’ll see how it does over the winter.

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,

The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,

The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,

While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;

But O heart! heart! heart!

O the bleeding drops of red,

Where on the deck my Captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;

Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,

For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,

For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;

Here Captain! dear father!

The arm beneath your head!

It is some dream that on the deck,

You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,

My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,

The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,

From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;

Exult O shores, and ring O bells!

But I with mournful tread,

Walk the deck my Captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead.

-Walt Whitman.

RIP my Captain.

(via candyrevolver)

A great talent will be greatly missed.

(via adamaskwhy)

New website I found that has online classes for gardening, cooking, and crafting.  Seems like a good idea.  This class about wiring seems a bit simple.  I wonder what the paid courses are like.  

New tree! Small juniper that I got at Bonsai Nursery Inc up in Denver. This will be a cute little tree in a couple years. A nice informal upright.

Felted bonsai tree.

I made this tree free-hand out of wool felt and poly stuffing. Currently working on other trees. A fun project to work on when it is too hot to be in the yard.

Hand-made felt bonsai. I wonder if I could sell these. I have another that I’m in the process of making. Just a fun crafty project to do when it’s too hot outside.

We are up in Denver on vacation and we went to a place that advertises bonsai here in the area.  It’s called Bonsai Nursery Inc.  This definitely gives me hope of opening my own business some day.  He had no display trees of his own shown and just immature stock plants.  The trees he was selling as already styled bonsai made my trees look great.  I did buy some wire and a small (3 inch pot) juniper.  I’ll have fun with it and try to make a cute little tree out of it.  

I guess I’ll continue to build my collection over the years and try selling some of my work.  My trees are not terribly advanced, but I think if what I’m doing already looks better than what some pros are doing, then I could do this in retirement and enjoy it.  Retirement is quite a ways away, but I still have a lot to learn about bonsai and horticulture.  

That’s the dream - retire from higher education and have a small nursery that has a retail shop and does small classes and do pottery to go with the trees.  

I imagine it would be difficult to start up a business, but I think there could be some good interest depending on where we are living then.  Right now, there are no bonsai nurseries in the whole state of New Mexico.  The closest one is a 10.5 hour drive to Dallas.