Last fall, Boon Manakitivipart brought a student from Thailand to work with him at Shinpukuji Bonsai Museum.
Removing leaves from a Chinese quince
Some of the work involved removing leaves from deciduous varieties including quince and trident maple.
After removing the leaves
Another trident maple with leaves removed
Fall is also a great time for working on black pines.
After removing last year’s needles and wiring
Trunk detail – what bark!
In addition to the museum’s outdoor display is an indoor display that often features seasonal trees like the Stauntonia below.
Stauntonia hexaphylla – “mube” in Japanese
A perennial favorite of Mr. Oomura’s is princess persimmon. Few gardens anywhere have the depth of the princess persimmon collection at Shinpukuji.
Trees not currently on display reside in Mr. Oomura’s garden. In addition to the museum pieces, Mr. Oomura’s collection includes many trees in development like the spruce below.
For those who haven’t had the chance to visit, here are a few shots of the temple grounds.
Stair in front of the main hall
Thanks again to Boon Manakitivipart for the photos.
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