I have been working on the Retreat’s trees the last few days. Most of what I have done is remove wire and clean them up a bit. We may have lost the two Chinese Plums due to watering/potting problems. We will see if they come back. I have put them into a place where they can get plenty of light and moisture in new soil and pots. I am not sure if I got to them in time.
I am trying a new aspect of cleaning out the deadwood on them by using a dremel. While not traditional nor particularly Zen in any way, it does produce a well-balanced cut away. I think in the future that I will use it more.
On a final note, I believe that the cutaway on the Purple Queen bougainvillea may have died. The up side is that the rooted lower section has put out 3-4 leaders in very good points. As soon as they harden up a bit, I will trim back and wire them throughout the summer. I think it is a good beginning for the specimen.
End of Winter should come in the next few weeks. Temperatures, while they dropped for a bit, are warming back up during the day and night. Daylight savings time in the United States is the 10th of this month. I hope over the next few weeks to have the time to clean up around the physical retreat and get ready for the Spring growth.