Swindon bonsai show 2014

Andys shohin bonsai

The swindon show has become over the years a real must view bonsai show on the UK bonsai calendar, and while the lighting this year had been replaced in the main hall for crisp white light giving superb conditions. The trees where of a superb quality, while all sizes where on show I was drawn to the shohin trees.

Very nice cork bark elm without as many have the inverse taper.

Another but this one has that classic inverse, but has good ramification.


Hornbeam size wise this is just outside shohin.

This one was interesting, while a nice idea I feel for me it was too large for the pagoda as the framework broke lines of the tree.

This chojubai is a favourite for me for shohin bonsai.


Here are a few of the accents that caught my eye.





Nothing quite says spring like snow drops.


This is a rare…

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Here There Be Dragons

Japanese Bonsai Pots Blog

A 19th century Japanese map, the Jishin-no-ben, depicting an ouroboros dragon which causes earthquakes.

While the title of this post comes from a phrase on a few older maps depicting uncharted or dangerous territory, there’s no danger here, although maybe there is a little uncharted territory.

Rather than a potter specific post or pots from my collection, today’s article will be the first in a series of articles which will focus on containers from a variety of potters, each with a specific theme, style, or glaze. Today: Dragon Pots!

Dragon by Katsushika Hokusai

The history and mythology of Dragons is long and fascinating, a thing that binds all cultures together in our collective mythology. Both the East and the West have mythological histories with dragons, though in the West dragons are almost solely regarded as evil(most likely a medieval link to the book of Revelations which refers to Satan as…

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2014 Winter Silhouette Bonsai Exhibition

Capital Bonsai

The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, located on the East Coast of the United States, has been having its annual Winter Silhouettes exhibition for nearly 20 years. We’ve recently gone to a biannual show to generate more interest as winter is our slow season at the Arboretum.
IMG_0058Japanese Maple-Kiyo-hime, In training since 1946, Donated by Akiko Matsudaira.

IMG_00603 point disaply with Trident Maple, In training since 1895, Donated Prince Takamatsu, Mt. Fuji scroll, and Japanese Blood Grass.

IMG_0064Branch silhouette.

IMG_0063Japanese Blood Grass, container by MC2.

IMG_0061Triptych of Root-over-rock Chinese Elms, Donated by Yee Sun-Wu.

IMG_0070 Chinese Hackberry, In training since 1946, Donated by Shu-ying Lu.

IMG_0071Winter Suiseki.

IMG_0072 Chinese Elm, In training since 1946, Donated by Yee-sun Wu.IMG_0073 Bald Cypress, In training since 1972, Donated by Vaughn Banting.

IMG_0074 Chinese Elm, In training since 1970, Donated by Marybel Balendonck.

IMG_0075 Branch detail.

IMG_0077 Year of the Horse shohin display.

IMG_0078 Rabbit foot fern, container by Lang

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A visit to Shunka-en


The second stop on our garden tour was to Kunio Kobayashi’s bonsai garden, Shunka-en. Located just outside Tokyo (and a fair drive from Kimura’s garden) it was begun by his father some seventy years ago. The garden was the largest I’d seen that day and very impressive. We were greeted by trees before we ever set foot in the garden–they were even on the roof!

Roof garden

Once inside the gate, we were ushered past familiar, famous old junipers and pines to the indoor Tokonoma display area by our guide, whose name I forgot, but has been an apprentice there for two years now and speaks excellent English.

Our guide

The first display featured an Ume, or Japanese flowering plum, one of the first trees to flower in early spring:


The next display featured a Japanese black pine with a cascading branch and the elements of display suggesting water as the black pine grows…

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Boschetto di aceri palmati… “di recupero”

Ottimo lavoro

Le mie esperienze

E’ un po’ che cerco di capire come fare un boschetto che possa essere ‘più giusto possibile’… e così quando capita recupero piante e piantine a destra e a manca oltre che mettere talee un po’ ovunque (vasi ad hoc, vasi di altre piante… e difatti non è così infrequente trovare mie piante con qualche ‘intruso’); i grossi limiti di questa ‘opera di acquisizione’ sono:

  • lo spazio necessario per tenere tutti i vasi
  • non sempre le piante sono nel medesimo substrato piuttosto che quello con cui sono più abituato… ne consegue che il tutto richiede qualche attenzione in più
  • la proporzione delle piante (difficilmente ci sono ‘leader perfetti’… oppure manca i movimento corretto per armonizzare il più possibile la futura composizione…)
  • talvolta in specie così belle, ma anche così varie è difficile avere tante piante della stessa varietà.

Il 23 febbraio 2014 ho deciso di ridurre il numero di vasi…

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