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Title: Could it be?
Post by: MatsuBonsai on February 18, 2011, 03:11 PM
Has Spring arrived?  Full repotting and fertilizer making starts tonight!
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: bwaynef on February 18, 2011, 04:09 PM
Sunny 76ºF here today.  Fertilizer making will proceed.  Waiting on soil components to really break into full-on repotting.
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Treebeard55 on February 18, 2011, 04:10 PM
I'm wondering the same thing! We started seeing robins a week ago; a friend at work told me that his wife has seen catbirds already, and the turkey buzzards are back.
No sign of much bud swell yet on in-ground trees and shrubs, on the other hand. So, like I said -- I'm wondering!
If spring has arrived, it will be the earliest spring I've seen in more than 35 years living here!
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Steven on February 18, 2011, 04:52 PM
I'm not counting my chickens yet. Wayne, remember the Easter freezes from '07 and '08. I just hope my trees aren't waking up before I get down to SC to move up here. After this week it's supposed to get cold again here in southwestern IN. Or it could get cold down there again after bud break and lose them that way since I'm up here. It's a gamble with my trees....and I'm not much into gambling.
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Don Blackmond on February 18, 2011, 05:04 PM
its too early here.  have to keep them asleep awhile longer. nothing good can come from them waking up now.
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: John Kirby on February 18, 2011, 06:04 PM
Don, "except a fire...."
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Larry Gockley on February 18, 2011, 07:28 PM
Most of my trees have been in a greenhouse all winter, but I am keeping an eye on the cedar elm outside. They show no sign of bud swell yet. I do see changes however in the parsley hawthorn and wisteria. If they bud and it freezes again, I can put them in the greenhouse for a short time. In the past, when I collected a tree, or bought something in a cold area and moved in to a much warmer climate, it always seemed to take at least three weeks to come out of dormancy. We have had only one week of nice weather, so I am not concerned yet. Larry
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Matstao on February 18, 2011, 07:43 PM
Picked up 50lbs of Turface MVP today (my first bag  8) ).  Looking forward to sifting and mixing up some soil.  Slow release pellets go on everything tomorrow.  Yay Spring!  Can't wait for the end of daylight wasting time. 
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Dave Murphy on February 18, 2011, 08:13 PM
I started working on the maples a few weeks ago...they were all re-potted or grown layered and have been kept in the garage up until this week.  The 15 day forecast (at this point) doesn't have temps lower then 37F predicted here  :D, so it's on to the conifers for me.  I've got 2 rocky mountain junipers on the docket for this weekend or next, plus my one and only Ponderosa pine.
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: bwaynef on February 18, 2011, 08:51 PM
To clarify my earlier position: I don't have any doubts its going to get cooler, and probably significantly, before spring truly arrives.  I'm trying to get ready for when it does though.

I'm luckily in a position where I can provide protection for my trees if I've repotted them and a freeze is called for.  If that wasn't the case I'd probably wait a little longer than the end of the month for repotting to begin.

In the meantime (whatever that is) I'm enjoying these temps.  It was GORGEOUS outside today.
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Don Blackmond on February 18, 2011, 09:24 PM
Don, "except a fire...."

true.  I have some of that too.  We got our first heavy snow early and it has stayed until now, with better than a foot on the ground the whole time.  The result, our deer population was hungry and ate the needles off a bunch of my pines.  They don't like eating pine needles, and I don't like it when they do it.  Tough winter here, and its not over; not even close.
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Jay on February 19, 2011, 06:26 AM
Don, I know what you mean. Yesterday we had a taste of spring, temps in the high 40's. We lost a good foot and a half of snow to melt. This morning it was in the low 20's. Spring isn't here yet in Vermont .... but it is Sugaring weather. The maple syrup is flowing and this is looking like a great year for syrup, Bonsai.... they are stirring but it is too early.

J
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: meushi on February 19, 2011, 06:40 AM
No snow or frost for about a month now, all the trees have woken up and are active. The birds are back and there is so much pollen in the air that the wife can't walk outside without a mask.
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: JRob on February 19, 2011, 07:01 AM
Good Morning All,

This week has been beautiful in STL but the extended forecast though the month still has us dropping below freezing some nights. I am holding off till March. I am not being drawn in to the sense of false security by a few nice days. Just last week we were below freezing and two weeks ago we had 5 inches of new snow.

JRob
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: PaulH on February 19, 2011, 10:31 AM
Spring was last week in Northern California.
Woke up with the yard covered in snow this morning....
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: John Kirby on February 19, 2011, 11:04 AM
Ah, the joys of "winter", last week -17 and a foot and half of snow in NW Arkansas, this weekend 65 and 100% humidity- in the 20's mid week. Spring, well who knows I think the Rodent was wrong.
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: rockm on February 20, 2011, 11:27 AM
Spring is defintely NOT here --at least in Va. Even though we've had temps into the middle 70's and a week with nights above freezing, March is a B(#$@ when it comes to freezes and snow. Too early to repot--unless you want dead trees come April. It IS time, however, to be preparing for repotting season.

Early spring is the most dangerous time for bonsai. Letting warm spells drive your thinking can be disasterous.
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: JRob on February 21, 2011, 05:56 AM
Good Morning All,

After those spring like couple of days and nights (was 72 yesterday), the extended forecast has our nights dropping to below freezing starting tonight for the next two weeks and days in the mid to upper 40's. As I said previous I'll wait to repot till March. I did take the time to sift soil and start to get things ready.

JRob



Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Don Blackmond on February 21, 2011, 09:47 AM
we were given an ice storm, followed by snow, last night.  This week we have day temps hovering around freezing and night temps in the low 20's.  That is warmer than normal for this time of year.  People I know think I'm nuts because I hope for cloudy, dark days, rather than sunny, bright, cheery days, this time of year.  ::)
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: bonsaikc on February 26, 2011, 07:25 PM
Darn you southerners to heck, it's been up and down, snow/ice and then 50s, this is the dance we do in the midwest.
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Treebeard55 on March 04, 2011, 06:30 PM
The tulip poplar tree at my daughter's school is opening its blossoms. I guess that makes it official, even if there's still some snow on the ground!  ;) :D
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: MatsuBonsai on March 04, 2011, 07:06 PM
My (wife's) trident forest is already in full leaf.  What a difference a hoop house makes.  I can't believe I've been doing without one for so long.
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Jay on March 05, 2011, 06:17 AM
Trees up in northern Vermont are busting for spring, yet it was -5 F yesterday AM. I have brought a few trees into the house in preparation for a Japanese Matsuri. The festival, held every other year, is held at a local college and my club has a display.

I've noticed that one of my blueberries that I brought in has already started to flower, while its cousin in the cold room is just starting to leaf out. It is about two weeks behind. Mother nature is ready, I'm ready.... so I just after to wait till May to get all the snow out!

Jay
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Treebeard55 on March 05, 2011, 10:03 PM
Checked a few of my pines today: my ponderosa's buds are still tight, but the buds have started to swell on several Austrians and my Scots pine.

Whee!
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Dave Murphy on March 06, 2011, 08:06 AM
D trees, both potted and landscape, have been actively growing for several weeks.  I noticed yesterday that the buds on my JBPs and JRP bonsai are moving.  Frost advisory for tommorrow morning ;D.  My maples, crabs, and hawthorns will get stuffed under the deck...the pines will have to suck it up out on their stands.
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Jay on March 06, 2011, 11:14 AM
Soooo, it rained with mid 40's temps yesterday and this AM. I lost 12 to 15 inches of snow, leaving a good foot and a half in the yard.

With that said, guess what... it's snowing now, temps are currently at 32 and we are expecting 12 inches of new snow.

I guess its out with the old in with the new.

Spring, whats that. I'm glad I brought in a few trees to push for the Matsuri at the end of the month.

Jay
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Jay on March 07, 2011, 08:32 AM
Snow update.... it is now 8 AM and the town plow has just come down my road for the first time. My driveway has been plowed once (late last night) and really needs another one. The snow is still coming and should stop sometime this afternoon. At this time my best guess is this storm has given us 18 inches (or more) so far...... Even with my love of Skiing and winter sport I can say I've had enough......I can't get out and that's OK

Jay
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Don Blackmond on March 07, 2011, 09:44 AM
Jay we had about 3"-4" of snow Saturday and I can honestly say that I am tired of it.  I can only imagine what 18" of snow would have done for me.  This has been a long winter.  We had our first snow early and the snow has stayed all winter.  I'm ready for winter to be over and spring to be here (except for the hundreds of trees to repot.....).

Good luck with your snow.
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Treebeard55 on March 07, 2011, 10:10 AM
Jay, we haven't had quite as much snow as Don's gotten, but still more snow, and more persistent, than we've seen in 15-20 years. I too am very much ready for spring.

And, this morning before school, my 10-year-old called me outside: "Dad, I want you to see something!" The daffodils have appeared above-ground!
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: JRob on March 18, 2011, 02:14 PM
Good Afternoon All,

Crazy week in St. Louis. Monday 3 inches of snow and yesterday 82 and sunny. Today mid-50's and light rain. We are not projected to be below freezing over the next two weeks. Maybe it "could be". Moved all my trees from the pool cabana and winter storage out  to soak up the warmth of the sun and enjoy their first rain on the growing season. Everything looks great. My third successful overwintering. I am ready for spring. The satsuki's buds are swelling, the quince is about to burst into flower, the maple leaves are popping and everyone is waking up. Gotta love this time of year.

Happy Bonsai!

JRob
 
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Steven on March 20, 2011, 12:11 PM
Been nice days here. Got lots of trees leafing out. Some have beat me to the punch of getting to repot them. Need to repot today but can't get up to them.
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: rockm on March 21, 2011, 09:52 AM
Hard freeze predicted for Saturday night --20's for No. Va. Just when repotting is almost finished and trees are in leaf :o Great....I just loooove moving four or five 70 lb trees inside...
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: John Kirby on March 21, 2011, 10:28 AM
Ah, sitting in central Pennsylvania- three flat tires on the trailer with soil and collected trees in it, 26' truck with three decks of pines and junipers inside, hopefully will beat the snow into CT.

John
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Don Blackmond on March 21, 2011, 11:47 AM
You should have stopped by on your way.  We could have added a fourth deck and .......

Sorry to hear of your predicament.  Hopefully the remainder of your move is smooth now that you got the bad luck out of the way.

Be safe.
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Steven on March 21, 2011, 09:36 PM
Happy that my trees are waking up. Went up to my future in-laws after day 1 orientation for work to water my trees. JMs, japanese beech, azaleas, dawn redwoods, bald cypress, various hornbeams and elms are leafing out  ;D Not going to get too cold here later in the week. Started some repotting and will be pinching beech tomorrow. Just tickled to have most my trees up here now and will be starting a fantastic job too! In 2 yrs I will be affording those better tree stock LOL.
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Treebeard55 on March 22, 2011, 09:19 AM
Maybe after next year's MABA symposium in Cincinnati I can persuade the wife that we really should go home by way of Evansville. <conspiratorial grin>. It would be great to meet you in person and see some of your trees, should it work out.
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: MatsuBonsai on March 22, 2011, 09:30 AM
Don't forget Bonsai in the Bluegrass, this June.  ;)
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: John Kirby on March 24, 2011, 09:19 AM
filled the garages, yes plural, and still have another's worth sitting outside- in the snow. We love spring.........
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: JRob on March 24, 2011, 12:50 PM
All,

Moved repotted trees back inside last night. Extended weather forecast lied. Temp dropped last to near freezing and snow flurries this morning. Tonight should be below freezing - cold through Monday with temps below freezing a few nights. I'll play the juggle game just to be safe. Out during the day and in at night just in case. Gotta love this weather!

JRob
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: mcpesq817 on March 25, 2011, 09:49 AM
Hey JRob, I had to do the same thing here in VA last night.  My trees have been out on my benches for the last couple of weeks enjoying the fresh air, sun and rain, but we are expected to hit lows under the freezing point for the next four or five nights so everything is in my detached garage.  I might move a few in and out this weekend that are budding out, but certainly not going to move my entire collection in and out every day.

Wasn't so bad when I was starting out and my trees were small, but it's not fun these days as my trees have gotten bigger and the pots heavier :(
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Jay on March 25, 2011, 02:13 PM
I love reading about you guys that are weeks ahead of me. I wish I was ready for the Bonsai two step... out in the morning in at night, but I have not seen temps above the high 20's low 30's during the day time. Sure we get the tease of a few days but that it.

My only problem is my trees know its almost time. Many are beginning to bud out and I fear the long internodes that will develop. Hey, we can only do what we can.

Jay
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Treebeard55 on March 25, 2011, 06:51 PM
Maybe I shouldn't have been getting so frustrated that unexpected family duties kept me from much repotting yet. A dome of Arctic air has settled over the eastern US and Canada, extending from eastern Iowa to southern Indiana to the Canadian Maritimes. Our lows are forecast to be below freezing for the next week!   >:( >:(

Ah, well, as Jay said: we do what we can.
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: JRob on March 26, 2011, 02:27 PM
OMG - it still can't be. It is snowing again in St. Louis! 4" expected today. OK, I'll cry uncle. Enough already. The cherry and pear trees are all in bloom and the daffies are open. Everything blanketed in white.

JRob
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: John Kirby on March 26, 2011, 02:50 PM
You have now seen the Arkansas state flower: daffodil under snow.

Cheers, loos likec18 f here tonight.

John
Title: Re: Could it be?
Post by: Marc on March 26, 2011, 06:46 PM
I am sick of winter. Trees are frozen solid. I am starting a petition to STOP WINTER NOW!
Marc