Bonsai Tonight

Looking inside

Posted in Exhibits by Jonas Dupuich on September 9, 2014

For those of you who weren’t able to visit REBS’ recent show, here’s a peak at some familiar trees from different angles.

Branch structure

Under the canopy of a white pine

Graft line

White pine grafted on black pine

Graft line
Grafted white pine

Trunk

Shimpaku

Branch structure

Procumbens juniper

Branch structure

Trident maple

In addition to presenting great bonsai, the REBS show features a large vendor area, within which one can find a great variety of trees and supplies.

Wire

Copper wire

Wire

Aluminum wire

Cedar

Atlas cedar

Shimpaku

Shimpaku

Seiju elm
Seiju elm

For the astute – or local – among you, you’ll recognize the vendor whose work and wares are featured here. And if not, a final clue:

Pots

Pots

Next up, a visit to his garden: Deer Meadow Bonsai.

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Small bonsai and accents

Posted in Exhibits by Jonas Dupuich on September 5, 2014

After reviewing my photos of smaller trees and accents at Redwood Empire Bonsai Society’s 31st annual show, I’m reminded how easy it is to overlook smaller trees in a room full of large bonsai. These shohin and small-sized trees deserve as much attention as the large and medium sized bonsai they share tables with. Here they are with some of the more intriguing accent plants on display.

Shimpaku

Shimpaku

Trident maple

Trident maple

Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster

The prostrata juniper below came with a story:

I purchased this tree in Feb of 2012 at our annual Collection North fund raising auction. It was in a 21” pot and had long branches that extended out much further. I took it to a Ryan Neil workshop the following month and probably half of more of the branches were removed, and the remaining branches were wired and brought in for a more compact tree.
I later learned that the original owner, Burt Meyer of San Francisco had worked on it in a 1989 workshop with John Naka. He was kind enough to mail me the signed sketch by John.

Prostrata juniper - 72 years

Prostrata juniper – in training 25 years

Drawing by John Naka

Sketch by John Naka

The tree has come a long way since the 1989 workshop with John Naka. And considering the current silhouette, it’s clear that Ryan Neil has contributed greatly to the development of this bonsai.

While we’re on the subject of Ryan Neil, take a moment to look at his newly redesigned website, Bonsai Mirai. Ryan and Chelsea have done a fantastic job showing off the great work coming out of Mirai and the gallery in particular deserves special attention – be sure to take a look!

On with the exhibit:

Grape

Grape with tiny fruit

Procumbens juniper

 

Procumbens juniper

 

Accent

Accent close-up

Accent

Accent

Accent

Accent
Black pine

Japanese black pine

Shimpaku

Shimpaku

Trident maple

Trident maple

Cryptomeria

Cryptomeria

Olive

Olive

mystery

Any guesses?

Ginkgo

Ginkgo

Accent

Accent

Accent

Accent

Accent

Accent

 

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More highlights from REBS’ 31st annual show

Posted in Exhibits by Jonas Dupuich on September 2, 2014

The Redwood Empire Bonsai Society’s annual show is big. The sheer size of the event provides ample opportunities to criss-cross the hall, appreciating the work that went into each of the trees on display.

Coast redwood

Coast redwood

Japanese white pine - 80+ years

Japanese five-needle pine

As always, I thought about the trees I most appreciated and which I’d like to work on – which that showed the season well and which conveyed great age.

Crabapple

Crabapple – nice fruit

Juniper

Sierra juniper

Deadwood detail

Interesting deadwood

I thought about the shapes and styles of the trees, the health and the vigor, the pots and the stands.

Coast redwood

Coast redwood

Boxwood

Boxwood

Japanese black pine

Japanese black pine

Olive - 70 years

Olive

Some trees I appreciated for what they are. Others I appreciated for what they might become.

California juniper - in training 19 years

California juniper – in training 19 years

California juniper - 150+ years

California juniper – 150+ years

Japanese maple

Japanese maple

Of course, I also walked around smiling a lot as I simply enjoy visiting bonsai exhibits and catching up with members and other attendees.

Procumbens juniper

Procumbens juniper

Japanese maple

Japanese maple

Coast redwood

Coast redwood

San Jose juniper - in training 25 years

San Jose juniper – in training 25 years

Ever see much deadwood on Black pines in nature or in landscapes? Would you like to see more?

Japanese black pine - in training 55 years

Black pine

What about coast redwoods?

Coast redwood

Coast redwood

I don’t expect to see much of it on azaleas, but what about escallonia – or crape myrtle?

Azalea

Azalea

Escallonia

Escallonia

Crape myrtle

Crape myrtle

I enjoy seeing alternatives to pots as the compositions suggest nature in a very different way than trees do when planted in fired clay containers.

Juniper

Juniper

Cedar

Cedar

Juniper

Juniper

Pyracantha

Pyracantha

I often appreciate olives as they have great qualities for bonsai – good bark and small leaf size among them – and can be developed relatively quickly.

Olive

Olive

Shimpaku

Shimpaku

Ume

Ume

Coast redwood - 50 years

Coast redwood

Up next – smaller trees and accents from the REBS’ show.

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Displays at REBS’ 31st annual show

Posted in Exhibits by Jonas Dupuich on August 29, 2014

For the past couple years, Redwood Empire Bonsai Society has done a great job showing off their large trees. Often difficult to display on standard sized tables, the large trees at REBS’ recent show were set on extra-deep tables.

European beech

European beech

The extra space these tables offered provided breathing room between displays and helped visitors appreciate each on their own merit.

Shimpaku

Cascade shimpaku – winner, National Bonsai Award at the 1st US National Bonsai Exhibit
(The 4th National Bonsai Exhibition is happening in two weeks – hope to see you there!)

White pine

White pine

I appreciated seeing large trees like the semi-cascade Sierra juniper below displayed high up as it provided good views from above, from below and from at least two sides.

Sierra juniper

Sierra juniper

Deadwood detail

Deadwood detail

Japanese maple

Japanese maple

The occasional suiseki provided a break between the trees – a nice touch.

Suiseki

Suiseki

A large ginkgo survives with just the outermost part of but half its trunk.

Ginkgo

Ginkgo

Trident maple and Sierra juniper (in training 4 years)

Trident maple and Sierra juniper (in training 4 years)

Suiseki

Suiseki

Crabapple

Crabapple

Screens added variety to selected displays.

Winterberry

Winterberry

Black pine - 30 years

Japanese black pine

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