Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
We left the last garden vegetables one day too long. The gutters should have been cleaned out a few weeks ago. My overly optimistic list of outdoor projects is going to have to wait another year. My overly optimistic list of indoor projects will erase its memory. The shorter days will drive me into the studio to build inventory for the holidays and next spring. Frankly the only real tinge of excitement for me regarding the change of seasons is the holidays. This years Christmas pottery gifts are well underway. Got a little overzealous this year, but I do love Christmas and everyone always seems pleased with the pottery gift.
Time to take advantage of every decent day and get the critical things done. Preparing bonsai for winter is a must do. You may have winter hardy outdoor trees but they are not out there growing wild; they are contained in a pot. They will need protection from the wind, excess water, lack of water, and critters. Be sure to check each pot for proper drainage. Poke around on the bottom holes and be sure they are not clogged so water can make its way out.
I've been doing things a little differently over the past couple of winters and that is to pop some of my trees out of their pot and heal them into the dirt in a protected part of the garden. You want to be sure they are done growing so they don't reroot and be sure you get them back in their pots early in the spring before any hint of growth take place. Ive been pretty pleased with the results.
Over there --> in the right column I have an article on Winter Protection for your Bonsai that talks a little more about winter protection.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
One particular thing I hated about the host move is that I was unable to move my client and sales records into the new site dashboard. All of that data was encrypted, and should be, so moving it was not possible. So, I would very much appreciate you logging on and setting up a new account. The new site will allow checkout as a guest but I 'd really prefer that you have an account set up. I guard my client's emails and information closely. You'll not receive any spam or unwanted emails.
I have purchased a SSL certificate with the highest level of data protection encryption available. The certificate is posted on the home page. The site and your information is safe and secure.
Still at: www.ikerbonsaipots.com
Friday, September 13, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Mike has been a great client for years. I have reached a point where I can just about pick the pots Mike will purchase because they are usually personal favorites of mine. As you can see in these pictures Mike is not only a talented Bonsai artist but he has a unique flair for bold but elegant pot/tree pairings. This first green pot would not work for a lot of trees but as you can see Mike nailed it. The tree is a Beauty Bush. I believe Mike also made the stand.
This bonsai is a grape from Oregon. The accent pot is an Iker pot. He won his club's 2013 emerging artists award for this landscape.
Im really looking forward to seeing more of Mike's work.
I've been working with Mitch for a few years now. He's a local guy from Southern Ohio. He is one fine Bonsai hunter with an excellent eye for style and potential. I'm proud to say that he is a good client. He sent me these pictures the other day and I thought I'd share. His trees, my pots. Mitch has a really good Blog with a lot of information. Look him up at http://cedarbogbonsai.wordpress.com Mitch is also an expert on stones. You can see some of his collection on his blog.