I am seeing the first signs that winter is finishing at Shibui Bonsai. The Chinese elms are the first to bud up and some now have fresh new leaves. A couple of small Chinese elms have also produced new shoots but no sign yet on the older elm bonsai.
These early signs mean I need to hurry and finish any repotting of deciduous bonsai and get on with potting up the newly dug field grown stock to re establish before they are ready for sale. It also means I need to get prepared for feeding the bonsai that have not been repotted as they wake from dormancy. A winter of rain and occasional watering means that almost all nutrient will have been washed out of the potting mix and needs to be supplied to keep the trees healthy during the coming season.