Category Archives: B.I.B. News

Display Competition in Hanford, California

Thanks to Mary M. I got to see some of the regional competition in Hanford that just took place. It looked like a lot of fun. I was in Florida during the event, but if I am in California with free time, I want to see the next one.

Hanford Bonsai Display Comp.

In the picture below you have Peter T. with his display. Great job Peter – and thank you. I was really glad that we had B.I.B. representation at the event. I hope that it just keeps building. Quality displays are always what we strive for.

Peter Tea Boogie


Bonsai Display Practice

Bay Island Bonsai puts on a pretty good show by American standards. I think the reason we do is because we practice our displays as part of our club meeting programs.

This May we used Ned’s tree for the display-practice. The first picture was the overall winner in our discussion, but not by much.


There was a feeling that the stand above was too ornate and fancy. But members liked it for its size. The accent, though beautiful, most members “voted” against.


The stand above members liked the best for its simplicity, but most felt that it was too big for the pot and the tree.  But they liked this accent the best. The camera-flash washed out the blue/grey color of the accent – which nicely complemented the color of the main tree’s pot.

This exercise just proves the bonsai rule: You can have a hundred pots and a hundred stands but not the perfect one. But in the end, you still have to choose one.

Kenny’s trees at Dai Ichii Bonsai show in LA area

Here are the pictures of the trees that Kenny showed last weekend.  As you all know Kenny is one of those far away members.


Bonsai work on a California Juniper

James goes to work on a California juniper. He and Boon are spending some time discussing the tree before the start of cut-back, jin and shari-work:

James and his California Juniper

6-8 hours later, and much wood removed, James has further refined his bonsai stock. The tree has now a flow, the jin work has really gotten started (but there is much more to go). Now there are the beginnings of sharis down the trunk. Boon is a great believer of doing things in stages to insure a future bonsai’s maximum health.

After some shari work on juniper

Sure it is rough. But the future is there. With futher refinement, wired branches in a few years, and with filled in foliage, it is going to be a powerful looking bonsai.

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New Departure New Arrival

When Joe had to let a few bonsai go, Jeff found himself with a new arrival. …and to say hello, this Potentilla did it with a sudden flower.