The 5th USNBE is this weekend in Rochester, NY, and I have been fortunate enough to participate in three. The trees are sure to be great this year, and the competition fierce. Here is my submission.
After cleaning up the bark, scrubbing the deadwood, and applying a fresh coat of lime-sulfur:
Selected a stand, courtesy of Bjorn:
And the final product, after a few hours of touching up with Bjorn:
Imported Kishu shimpaku juniper, 24″ tall, Gyouzan container.
Mixed wild grasses, euphorbia, and fern accent plant in a Tofukuji container.
A photo of it being photographed at the exhibition, kinda cool! (Credit: Bjorn)
I have been studying bonsai since 1994, in an ever-increasing obsessive fashion. In our last 5 years prior to moving from Iowa to Alabama pursuing a career in the foodservice industry, my bonsai collection was limited to a few varieties that could survive brutal winters outside, or winters under dim light in the dank basement of our humble duplex...my wife puts up with a lot. Including the trailer hitch I put on our brown 1983 Chrysler New Yorker to pull a U-Haul full of trees to Nashville for a 3-month stop along the career path that led us to Alabama. 12 years later, we no longer have the New Yorker; and not a single one of those trees remain on my bench, having given the last holdout to a new club member this summer. I prefer collecting native trees and buying the classical species used in Japan, feeding organic, and reading everything I can get my hands on.
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4 thoughts on “5th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition Entry”
Love it,excellent display.
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That looks awesome Bri! Good pick on that stand, best of luck!!!
Brian, while the pictures here are great, seeing your tree live at the National’s was awesome! Great entry and there were so,so many that were unbelievable 🙂