After the Rain

Spring has just begun and we already have more than our normal share of rainfall. In fact it had been raining for the last five days; I had to stay indoor and could only worked on shohin and mame in the kitchen. This afternoon the rain tapered off into light drizzle, I went out to examine my bonsai and took some photos of deciduous trees which had budded and sprouted young tender leaves in various shades of yellow green and purplish red colors.

Here are some of the photos:

Chinese Elm, Ulmus parvifolia.

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Buds on the leader of a mame Chinese elm

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This mame Chinese elm was potted two three weeks ago and was heavily pruned. New buds and leaves had just appeared.

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A shohin Chinese elm with newly sprouted soft yellow green leaves.

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This large Chinese elm is almost full with leaves.

Our native Winged Elm, Ulmus alata:

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Young branches have lateral growths which look like “wings”.

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Top half of this collected Winged Elm, a native tree, trained by using the Lingnan penjing clip and grow method. Tree height: 38″

Trident Maple, Acer buergerianum.

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Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum “Murasaki Kiyohime”.

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The purple red margins become less intense as the leaves get bigger. They will turn green in a few weeks.

Dwarf Crepe Myrtle Lagerstroemia indica “Baton Rouge”;

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Crabapple “Indian Summer” begins to flower, a harbinger of spring.

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But the flowers of this Mexican Plum (Prunus mexicana), a native tree, began to fade and were badly beaten by the rain.

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Mexican plum flowers about three weeks ago when they first budded and bloomed.

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I collect rain to water bonsai.

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