My final stop in Kyushu brought me to Mr. Adachi’s garden. As soon as we arrived, I noticed a small patio out front with some nice deciduous shohin bonsai.
They were very interesting.
Chojubai grown from cutting
Mr. Adachi loves growing small trees. Really loves it. Only recently retired, Adachi spent much of his career waking up at 3 in the morning to water and tend to his trees before work – serious dedication for a hobbyist. Over the years Adachi has developed some great techniques for developing tiny sized trees, and he shows no signs of slowing down.
Deciduous shohin on the front patio
We followed a path along the northern side of the house where a number of flats held Japanese maples, among other varieties.
Miniature maple grove
So far the collection was impressive, but nothing out of the ordinary for a dedicated hobbyist. Then we turned the corner and saw the small space behind the house. Although the yard only extended 15-20′ beyond the house, it was crammed with cuttings.
Cuttings in flats
The flats sat on planks suspended by interconnecting pipes several feet above the ground. To get a closer look, we walked along similarly suspended planks as the ground was a ways below. It was a floating garden of tiny trees.
Daisaku Nomoto in Adachi’s backyard
Many varieties were represented.
Japanese flowering quince, ‘Chojubai’
Upon turning the next corner we were greeted by another 1,000 little trees.
Zelkova tied up for winter
Trident maple – note the zip tie technique
There were plenty of varieties I recognized and several others I didn’t. They seemed to sprout up by the hundreds.
Deciduous shohin bonsai
All together, Adachi has thousands of little trees. On rare occasion he sells a few, but for the most part he develops them for his own enjoyment.
He has a few conifers too – more on these Friday.
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