Since our local club show is in the Spring, the accent plants should suggest the season. Here are a few that I prepared for the upcoming show.
Once the pots were sorta matched to plants, it was time to dig in…
I don’t mind mounding up the soil, so they look well-established, and a nice layer of moss helps the look as well.
Erodium is one of my favorites, here in a Byron Myrick pot:
Next is some “Doone Valley” thyme, lemon-scented, with a yellow variegation, and just the hint of lavender flowers, in a very small Joshu Shouzan pot:
and a little more in a first-generation Yamaaki wonky vessel:
Thrift in a Bunzan trident-maple shaped dish:
What I like about this one, is the glazing inside the dish allows for mounding up the planting:
Thyme and variegated ajuga in a Byron Myrick pot, the one I showed at Nationals in 2012. Funny story, a bonsai acquaintance from NOLA was good enough to pick up my tree in Bham on his way to Rochester, and somehow, during setup, this accent was paired with the wrong tree, and my tree was displayed with someone else’s hosta. Jim told me he switched it back a few times, but it someone kept changing it. I have no idea what tree it was displayed with, but I am impressed it made its way back to Bama.
A native dwarf crested iris in a rare Sara Rayner porcelain pot. The blooms are done for this year, it appears, so this will be for next year. I really dig the color and scale of the dwarf iris, so it will be fun to keep this one going for a while.
Finally, a relative of thyme (tag didn’t make it home🤨) in a cheap 6-sided Japanese pot: