But there is also something else that makes this a desired tree. It has curves. It is hard to find a small Sierra Juniper with curves and good shari. If you can collect or buy one, hold onto it!
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This bonsai belonged to Mas Imazumi. It spent some time under the care of Boon. But it is now out in the world for all to see. The new owner is Jeff, who has worked with Boon for the last few years to get it show-ready. Enjoy.
Akio Kondo has arrived from Japan – and Boon took him on the road with him. Their first stop was at Tom K. The fun part of this stop is that the tree below was originally grafted by Akio 13 years ago. Today it has shimpaku foliage. But 13 years ago it was completely California Juniper. It was one of those weepy califiornias that never would “tighten” up it’s foliage – so it was a fitting candidate.
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Bonsai before lunch: Below, same bonsai after lunch. What do you like better, all the flowers or a bonsai on its way to refinement?
The intensive students just flew in from points across North America. Henry flew in from Florida. Here he has finished the first wiring on a Western Juniper. ..and it looks like he is eyeing the needed jin-work on the apex. Like the first styling of many trees, it looks a bit bare. But one great quality of a Western Juniper is that it will fill out and become full in a relatively short time.
(Henry was also the owner of the button wood in an earlier post.)
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.
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.
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.