Meeting 11/13/14

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Friends-
The November meeting of the Badger Bonsai Society is this Thursday, November 13; usual place and time, 6:30 pm at Olbrich. Brian Brandley will be doing a demonstration. BBS members who were at our May show already know the quality of Brian’s work – his schefflera won the best-of-show vote. Hope to see you at the meeting.

Winter appears to be getting an early start. The next week will have temperatures substantially below average. Your tropicals should, of course, should be inside by now. I always spray with Safer soap before bringing them inside, and wash the outside of the pots. Interestingly, I found a tropical orchid that had gotten knocked off the bench and didn’t get moved inside until it had experienced a few nights of sub-freezing temperatures. It appears to be okay. The warm ground and a little leaf cover seems to have saved it from the compost pile. For my temperate trees, the trident maples are the least hardy. I don’t want the root temperature to go below about 23 F. So I’ll be putting those away tonight along with any zone 5 trees, like the japanese maples and japanese black pine.

I came across this Chinese proverb recently:
“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time to plant a tree is now.”
(Not November necessarily, but ‘now’ in a broader sense.)

‘Loneliest tree on the planet’

 The Tree of Ténéré, was a solitary acacia that was once considered the most isolated tree on Earth— the closest neighboring tree was 250 miles away. It was in the Tenere section of the Sahara desert in northeastern Niger. It’s roots reached the water table 131 feet below the surface.  It was knocked down and destroyed by a drunk truck driver in 1973.
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