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.
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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!
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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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.
Japanese Maple-Kiyo-hime, In training since 1946, Donated by Akiko Matsudaira.
Japanese Blood Grass, container by MC2.
Rabbit foot fern, container by Lang…
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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!
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.
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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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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