Alabama Bonsai Society Spring Show 2022 Entries

Here are the 4 displays I put together for this year’s first show in 3 years.

Chinese Quince, in good health, no rust, and bark exfoliating! I’ve had this tree over 15 years and this is it’s debut show. Old Heian Kouso pot, David Knittle stand made for last year’s US National Bonsai Exhibition.

Nice Roll Tide accent, made by a French Potter, Phillipe Torcatis; Terre O Vert ceramique. Doubt he knew the significance the crimson glaze and elephant held in Bama, but I figured it would be a hit with a little over half the crowd here!

Exposed root Satsuki Azalea, ‘Kinsai’. A cool spring has slowed this one down enough to be in full bloom for the show. In years past, it had been just past peak. Bunzan pot, Chinese stand.
Mixed grass accent, Sharaku pot, red to compliment the azalea blooms. Jiita board by Dave Lowman. This accent went to Nationals last year too.
Japanese Black Pine, antique Chinese container, on a table made by David Knittle specifically for this pine and pot for the US Nationals. Not the live edge detail below.
Erodium accent, blooming, in a pot by my friend Ron Heinen. Adds a nice punch of color to the display.

Stewartia monadelpha, Reiho pot, Jerry Braswell stand. This tree was dug in December 2018, and is being shown for the first time this year. It will be the only Stewartia in the show.

The Stewartia is a little tall for my white background, so here is a shot against the black wall.

And looking at it this way, it seemed everything leaned left. So I decided to swap the accent plant to the left side. Take a look, it’s the only change made, but the balance improved.

Dianthus in bloom, Bigei pot, on a Sam Lee carved root stand. I like the bright lavender flowers with the bright robin’s egg blue pot.

2 thoughts on “Alabama Bonsai Society Spring Show 2022 Entries

  1. Great stuff. Thanks for taking the time to post. Seems like you were posting about digging the stewartia yesterday and now look where it is! Tks again.

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