Well, the heat and humidity has arrived in Kentucky and the trees are thriving. The maples are fully leafed out. The redwoods are looking great. The tropicals have been moved outside onto the benches. Now constant monitoring of wired branches, trimming, pinching, and pruning can begin.
June is an incredibly busy time for the bonsai collectors that have Japanese Black Pine or Satsuki Azaleas. I have both. On my large azalea alone I've already removed well over 200 flower buds. I don't allow my azaleas to bloom every year, and the large Gyoten is in a no-flower year. This tree was one from a workshop that I attended in 2006, and have been working on ever since.
A new brood of cicadas has emerged this year, their singing and whirring fills the air. I'm not terribly worried about the bonsai this year. The last major cicada brood to emerge was 4 years ago. At that time I was overly protective. Each and every tree was covered with a protective mesh to protect the delicate branches from the dangerous flying insects. It wasn't until later that someone pointed out that cicadas prefer to do their damage at a much higher elevation. Well, that proved to be true, as not one cicada was found on or near any of my trees that year. Let's hope the same holds true 4 years later.
Here's a photo of the Satsuki Azalea 'Gyoten' from the 2006 workshop.