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FOBBS Chelsea stand 2015 the big build.

16 May

Friday is the first day that Reg and his team from around the FOBBS clubs set up the stand at the famous Chelsea flower show, to promote bonsai to thousands of visitors during the week.

  
Once we had worked out where we were located inside the floral marquee, having not realised our stand number was on the pass we were wearing! We were happy to see the stand was quite level which would help greatly.

   
 

This is our view up on the stand looking out over the marquee. 

  
So on with the build and good progress up to lunch time.

   
 

After a quick pitstop it was on with getting the edging timbers in that crisp up the finish.

   

By the end of the day we had the gravel in place and all in the right bits in the right places. 

   

The stand is just the back drop to the main event, the bonsai. Even great trees on a shoddy stand won’t look as good as is your not really seeing the stand as its pleasing on the eye and not jarring it. So over the weekend the stars will be added and final touches will hopefully catch the judges eye for a decent medal. 

On the way out to catch the train home we got a sneak look at a few of the gardens down the main avenue.

   
       

Some of you may recognise the chap in the flat cap from the Great Chelsea garden programme Sean seemed quite relaxed in his garden and it looked good you will have to watch TV to see it as it would not be fair to show it now.

  
I will update the blog with pictures I hope someone will send me during the week.

This link on Swindons blog shows some more  of the stand.

http://swindon-bonsai.co.uk/2015/05/17/build-up-to-chelsea/

Shohin UK 2 bonsai show 2015

21 Mar

Sorry for a late post on last weeks shohin show. This was the second Shohin UK in Bristol, it was a long wait with the first show back in 2013. It was a huge success and credit to the Coopers and the team for staging another high quality show. Well done to all that put together some super exhibits all very well presented. We need to keep up the momentum for shohin shows so where are we going next year? 

                                                                              

The 85th Meifu-ten 2015 part 1

25 Jan

The Meifu-ten is not one many enthusiasts in the west know about, but it is a large show and as its the 85th show been around a long time. Located in Nagoya in a huge what feels like an aircraft hanger it was light but a little chilly (trees were happy). The pictures are not superb all taken with phone but you get the idea.

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This tokanoma is what greets you as you walk in, the pine was collected many years ago.

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Part 2 soon.

Heathrow bonsai show 2014

26 Oct

This was a great, great show not organised by a club or a huge national committee, but a dedicated pair of enthusiastic hobbyist in the form of Mark & Ming. Self financed and aided by a loyal team of helpers. Great new venue, but same superb catering with breakfast and lunch given to exhibitors which all appreciated so much.
18 club and group displays showed the diverse way in which trees are displayed.
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O and I purchased a new pot!

Link to some more pictures of the Shohin trees.

http://swindon-bonsai.co.uk/2014/11/03/shohin-heathrow-bonsai-show/

Whoops !

8 Oct

A Good friend got me this antique stand from Japan a month ago, it needed a good tidy up and clean. It started well with allot of gunk coming off, but when I thought a joint was a bit out of line it just seemed to end up in bits.

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So out with the glue, and having got the joints cleaned up it was back together again.

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Well if it’s strong enough (from my repair) then I hope to use it Sunday at the Capel manor bonsai show. You will have to wait to see the finished result.

Sutton club show

4 Aug

This month was our evening club show and social.

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I seem to miss a few trees down the middle sorry to owners for this.

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My trees.

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Third place.

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Second place.

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Winner 2015.

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Great social evening well done all.

2nd International Magical Bonsai Accents Exhibition, Saturday July 19th

20 Jul

It was a huge honour this weekend to be part of a superbly organised and high class show dedicated to all the versions of items used to compliment our bonsai. A friendly atmosphere and a good bacon butty made it a special day to be part of.

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I urge you to see for yourself next time this wonderful show is held.

Capel manor show June 2014

30 Jun

Last Sunday in June has been a regular show date for many years now, but unfortunately the show seems to be getting smaller. Venue the Capel manor gardens has got very broken up and it felt like the show was all over the place. Just 2 clubs on show and one of those is not a club but a small but very talented and dedicated group of individuals. All said good day and a good to catch up with old friends and meet some new collectors.

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Same venue in October for Autumn show, stay tuned .

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.

Gafu-ten part 4,5 & 6

1 Feb