Ice Storm



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10 Responses

  1. Brenda Dennis

    So this looks like you leave your trees on the bench during the winter with no winter protection? I pack mine on a single bench then wrap the bench on all sides with burlap to protect from the harsh winter winds…

    December 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    • LSBonsai

      Hi Brenda,

      No I actually bury most of my trees in their pots as I showed two posts ago. I am just testing the hardiness of this larch forest by leaving it on the bench all winter. I am pretty sure it will be fine.

      You approach is certainly interesting. Do you also cover the top with burlap, or just the sides?

      December 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm

  2. Brenda Dennis

    Hi…just wrap all four sides. This is the 3rd year of doing it this way. I had no pot breakages for the past two years. I used to bury in the ground but I’ve used up the garden space so had to come up with something else.

    December 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm

  3. Nigel Saunders

    Awesome pic! Looks just like my backyard right now!

    December 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm

  4. Ken Willsher

    I’ve always wrapped them in pantyhose to protect the pots and keep the bonsai soil clean, then buried them in the garden. I also place burlap around them. I think next winter,I may leave the Larches
    and Pine on the benches.

    December 22, 2013 at 10:00 pm

  5. Emmanuel

    I am just a french guy who had the pleasure to study two years in Québec at Laval university, in 1999-2000.
    Thanks, It reminds me What i saw then.
    Don’t you fear ice weight breaks the branches ?
    On the opposite, does it protect trees ?
    Thanks again for your blog that i follow with great pleasure,

    December 23, 2013 at 3:37 am

    • LSBonsai

      Hi there, generally I don’t worry about it as it is actually protection as you mentioned and the weight isn’t enough to break the small flexible branches. And most of my smaller trees are covered in snow already therefore protected from the ice storm. But of course I would prefer this not to happen 🙂

      January 4, 2014 at 11:59 pm

  6. Norn Smith

    I am new at this and find your site full of fasinating stuff.

    January 7, 2014 at 2:23 pm

  7. Lacey

    Oh my gosh, that top photo is spectacular!

    I just found your site by googling American hornbeam – I have a shady, wet yard and those trees love it here – I have to fight off a multitude of root suckers. Now, after seeing the photos of your hornbeam bonsai in training, perhaps I should stop fighting and think about artful trimming… or maybe hire a local bonsai specialist who is willing to work magic on big trees.

    I really need to learn this art/craft. What a beautiful way to train the eye.

    February 27, 2014 at 8:35 am

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