I wanted to post something that some would consider a blow to the ego and although it made me feel awful, I know that it is simply a part of this deal. Not something I am proud of but I do believe that the warm March and very cold April played some part in this. I was also absent on vacation during March this year and I believe I would have left my poly-tunnel up if I stayed around for the month of April as well.
This was the worst spring I have ever had since I started pursuing Bonsai. I think that this at least can help others that may be beginners or some that have a few Bonsai years under their belt, realize that some of your trees will die. It is important to try and learn why they died and how to possibly prevent them from dying in the future. I believe there are also other reasons why the trees decided to give up. They were meant to teach you something and push you to progress further in terms of knowledge, cultivation, horticulture and artistic skill.
So, here I am putting my ego aside and presenting the trees that did not make it this year.
I promise that in the next post, there will be some positive news. I hope this post gave some hope to those that have lost great trees, that you are not alone. To those that are well known bonsai artists or just have many years of experience, I am sure you understand and have experienced losses of trees that were very close to you.