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.
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 – nice fruit
I thought about the shapes and styles of the trees, the health and the vigor, the pots and the stands.
Japanese black pine
Some trees I appreciated for what they are. Others I appreciated for what they might become.
California juniper – in training 19 years
California juniper – 150+ years
Of course, I also walked around smiling a lot as I simply enjoy visiting bonsai exhibits and catching up with members and other attendees.
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?
What about coast redwoods?
I don’t expect to see much of it on azaleas, but what about escallonia – or 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.
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.
Up next – smaller trees and accents from the REBS’ show.
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