Saturday, May 10, 2014

Totally Wired

Some of you may remember that Dad bought Mom a Bonsai Tree for her birthday some months back and it has been growing like a weed. Mom is snipping it every day to keep it in shape. Amazingly she also found a Bonsai Tree at Walmart for only $10.00. It was in need of some pruning, shaping and wiring so Mom and I decided to give it go.  We ordered some special shaping wire and some special paste you put on the little branches after you clip them so they don't get any nasty fungus growing on them. Oh and look what we found as we trimmed back a few leaves - it is flowering - teeny tiny flowers! They are not very spectacular but it shows the plant is happy and growing well.

Here is Mom winding the wire around the branch. She has to be very careful as they are so thin it is easy to snap them. I told Mom we needed to give it a weeping look so she did. The wires get left on for about 12 months by which time the branches thicken and harden and stay where they are. Now this new tree also has much bigger leaves but mom hopes that with regular snipping and root trimming they will get smaller each season like the one dad bought her which is a much older tree.


  1. What cool little trees :) Milo & Jet

  2. They are fabulous but we have never had a lucky with those as they always die on us. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. they are pawesome! your mom has a wonderful green thumb. we tried to make diy-bonsai from a maple tree. As always it ended in a disaster, the "bonsai" is more than 6ft tall now.

  4. Wow, what pretty little trees! Definitely not good for peeing on, but so pretty. BOL I can't wait to watch the progress.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Pol Comm

  5. OH MY GOSH.... they are gorgeous... and BLOOMING??? That is amazing. We did NOT know that any bonsai trees ever did bloom.
    Your mom MUST be doing everythingy RIGHT with them. Good on her.

  6. Reilly, your mom has magic hands. Everything she touches turns out beautiful!

  7. Reilly? Is there anything your mom CAN'T do??


  8. We think your mom has a green thumb and fingers!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  9. Anything so totally wired has to be good...
    Toodle pip!

  10. Will it be small enough to go into Dogville? We hope your mum gets the results she wants.

    Hey, we just thought, you're bonsai collies.....hmmmmmmmm, little town. We're picking up a pattern here.

    XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

  11. How cool! Have you tasted it? Just curious. Not that I'd do that or anything. ;)
    Yours sincerely,
    Margaret Thatcher

  12. We hear that bonsai is not an easy to do. Bravo to your mom, Reilly! Her little trees are beautiful!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  13. Very cool!!!! your Moms thumb is all kinds of green!
    Ma would kill it in a second...
    Ruby ♥


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