Bonsai In The Darkish- Celebrating The Whole Photo voltaic Eclipse – Valavanis Bonsai Weblog

My Monday Senior Crew and I organized a particular celebration to commemorate the full photo voltaic eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. Rochester, New York, was within the direct path of totality for the photo voltaic eclipse because it stretched throughout 15 states. Colleges closed in addition to many companies, together with Wegmans for about an hour.

As normal the Monday Senior Crew started arriving at 8:30 am to help me. We ready the vegetation, containers, soil, wire, and show for the Introductory Bonsai Course which started at 7:00 pm. The group organized an eclipse picnic luncheon, as we regularly do on particular events. After all, all of us needed to cease working to partake in our conventional “doughnut thirty” (10:30 am break.) Following this, the luncheon was ready. Included was: eclipse soup, chili, shrimp cocktail, a cheese and cracker tray, tuna stuffed crimson peppers, cornbread, salad, sumo oranges, key lime and chocolate pie. Everybody contributed goodies for this particular luncheon. There have been about 12 of us eating collectively within the bonsai studio at 12:30 pm, together with two canines and two cats. The home cat didn’t need to be a part of us. After all, we served three forms of moon pies and 4 flavors of solar chips.

A number of days earlier two buddies took 15 Daybreak Redwoods established in one-gallon pots which had been root sure. Every tree, which ranged from about 12-18 inches, with a pair reaching two ft in top. After the bottom of the trunks had been discovered the foundation balls had been in the reduction of to about two inches thick. They had been a lot simpler to deal with than earlier than trimming. Every tree had their diminished root balls teased out after which a fundamental root trimming. The tops of the bushes weren’t touched. Every tree was then soaked in water with Superthrive and HB 101. Lastly, the foundation balls had been shrink wrap to keep up moisture to the superb fibrous feeder roots. All of the Daybreak Redwoods had been the identical age and there was not an excessive amount of variation in trunk diameters and heights. They had been then graded to measurement by the trunk diameters, because the tops might be simply pruned. Every tree was numbered and saved in a cool storage till the group demo. I’ve a few methods to create the looks of thicker trunks.

Every little thing was ready outdoor the place there ought to have been an optimum viewing space to stare on the great vent, with particular glasses for eye safety. Sadly, we had cloudy skies and the glasses weren’t needed. The day earlier than the eclipse and the day after had been clear and with no clouds however heat blue skies. However the clouds didn’t deter us from having enjoyable and having fun with the historic occasion. For the reason that subsequent whole photo voltaic eclipse just isn’t on account of occur in Rochester, New York, till 2144, and I doubt we might be attending.

Every member planted a tree, and my closing tree represented 5 individuals who couldn’t attend on account of medical issues. Simply take a look at all of the smiling faces as they contributed their tree to the big forest within the plastic coaching tray. The bushes weren’t trimmed again as a result of the crowding branches assist to stabilize the bushes whereas planting. Additionally, a number of the soil was moistened to make it heavier. A number of of the foundation balls had been trimmed to position them nearer collectively. Annealed copper wire was used to tie the bushes into the tray and to carry a number of trunks shut collectively. Sheet moss was shortly planted to assist stabilize the bushes, however it is going to be changed when your entire composition is accomplished. It should in all probability take me two hours to finish.

We had been quick working to attempt to end earlier than the darkness came across us. We had been a couple of minutes late and the final trimming, not the ultimate, was carried out within the full and whole darkness. The precise time is recorded in every photograph so the pace might be watched. Fortuitously, most buddies had flashlights on their cellphones so we might proceed to complete. I’ve by no means seen it so darkish earlier than, and it out of the blue grew to become quiet with the birds stopping singing. Our two canines needed to go inside the home for defense or go to mattress.


It was a surreal occasion, and we’re all glad it labored out so nicely. Marc Arpag was the official photographer.

To finish this particular celebration, we designed a particular show within the indoor alcove. A golden full MOON maple was the precept merchandise for show. A singular photo voltaic MOON eclipse hanging scroll was created and displayed, whereas the accent was a black crescent MOON vase with contorted willow and a few solar flowers for shade and mass. The vase was positioned on two spherical skinny discs, one brown and the opposite black. Even the show desk for the bonsai was fastidiously chosen for its MOON form designs on the 2 sides. Though not a standard show this was designed to have fun the photo voltaic eclipse. 

It was a full pleasant day and night, and I lastly ate dinner at 1:00 am. Then watched a recorded TV protection of the photo voltaic eclipse occasion. I hope you all loved reviewing our celebration as a lot as we had organizing and finishing the occasion.

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