Archive | February, 2014

Swindon bonsai show 2014

25 Feb

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

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

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Hornbeam size wise this is just outside shohin.

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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.

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This chojubai is a favourite for me for shohin bonsai.

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

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Nothing quite says spring like snow drops.

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This is a rare little fellow a bittersweet not something we see very often but what a superb verity it has to go on my wish list. The whole combination of pot and stand compliment it superbly. I feel its time for a tidy and trim to build the framework.

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If it’s a pot and tree combination your looking for then this chojubai has it all.

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O look another chojubai that’s a shame.

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Juniper bonsai like this are so useful in shohin compositions.

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The apple green foliage of this white pine has a soft lush feel that shows the health of this little fellow over a rock.

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This perfect broom style zelcova is a real classic style but a hard one to get to this standard, I think the pot is a koyo one and a super match for the tree. I would love to see this in leaf one day.

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Pyracantha clump, this will look superb with a few berries on.

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What can you say super tree, super pot, but I have a real problem with this display every time I went near it I couldn’t as it always had a crowd round it. I just hope all those people appreciate the time that goes into this level of shohin bonsai.

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I love the landscape pots, you don’t see many, but they are a great part of the shohin display.

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Well the show is not all about shohin, that’s in a couple of weeks up at Willowbog. So here are a couple of trees I would have taken home.

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This scots pine is a real inspiration as it was collected in the new forest about 10years ago good trees can be found in the southern lowlands.

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I love the movement on this pine as well, just the way I like them.

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A couple of chuhin trees to finish off, the trident over rock has been a regular on the show circuit for a good 10 years always was good but the ramification just gets better.
If you made it down this far, thank you and I hope to see you at the next show.

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