As busy as life has been, pulling together a few displays for the weekend’s annual Alabama Bonsai Society Spring Show has been tricky. I have maybe 10 decent shohin trees that can make a respectable display. Several are smaller and a couple had a rough winter, so my choices were a bit limited this year. Below is the first cut at the tree arrangement itself.
No cleaning, trimming, or top-dressing yet, just checking for fit and movement.
See anything troubling? Too many rectangle pots, and 3 are unglazed.
The Japanese maple is a bit overgrown for its spot, and it’s hard to see in these photos, but the persimmon is full of shiny aluminum wire.
I think the stand under the Itoigawa is undersized, but it is the best I have and will have to do.
Finally, the accent plant is a bit weak. I like the pot (Ron H) but the Erodium is a bit beat up.
Next up is the Top-of-the-box tree: a cutting-grown corkbark JBP ‘Hachi-Gen’ from Evergreen Gardenworks, which is around 25 years old now. The pot is a Syuzan.
Trident maple, Ikkou pot. This is a fat little trunk, with a base nearly 4” wide. The chop scar in the back is very slowly healing. The leftward movement is a good anchor point for thr lower-right part of the display, directing the eye back into the display.
I unwired and trimmed the persimmon. While it isn’t in perfect showing condition, it does serve the purpose for the position in the display..
Next up, light trimming of the Japanese maple clump, along with a diluted coat of lime-sulfur on the base to lighten it and accentuate the mass. While small, some of the trees are developing nicely striped bark sections.
Finally, the Itoigawa pads were tidied up, trunk scrubbed, and deadwood got a fresh coat of lime sulfur. I was also able to reduce the mounded-up soil on the left side, caused by changing the planting angle last year. I really dig this Suishoen pot, the red clay compliments the bright foliage, and the dimensions are a little deeper than normally found on a pot this size. Really nice proportions, and for a steal at $100.
And so here is the end result…for now. I hope to rework the accent plant just a little to freshen it up.
2 thoughts on “Preparing a Shohin Display for the ABS show”
Looking really good, Brian. Should do very well, I think…