Alabama Bonsai Society Spring Show 2018 part 2

I’ll be taking a little time off from writing this summer, and will share posts of our club’s spring show over the next several weeks. Enjoy, and have a great start to the summer.

Let’s start with the Satsuki azaleas.

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Alabama Bonsai Society 2018 Spring Show

Karin and Anika did an outstanding job again this year. Kathy Shaner was our show arranger and judge, who is constantly teaching and is a treat to spend time with.

Our show is judged by experience level (0-3 years, 3-5 years, and >5 years), then by tree variety, with some additional awards for tropical, ROR, Penjing, and honorable mentions.

Here are the results of this year’s show.

Novice Class

Fruiting/flowering. Satsuki Azalea:

Intermediate Class

First place deciduous, trident maple:

Second place deciduous, Korean Hornbeam:

First place broadleaf evergreen, Kingsville boxwood:

Experienced Class

First place deciduous and Best In Show, laceleaf Japanese Maple:

Second place deciduous, weeping willow:

First place evergreen, Japanese Black Pine:

Second place evergreen, Itoigawa Shimpaku Juniper:

First place broadleaf evergreen, Kingsville boxwood:

Second place broadleaf evergreen, Korean boxwood:

First place flowering/fruiting, Satsuki Azalea, Kinsai:

Second place fruiting/flowering, Satsuki Azalea:

First place Root-over-rock, trident maple:

Second place Root-Over-rock, trident maple:

First place tropical, pomegranate:

First place penjing (used loosely here), Japanese maple:

Second place penjing, Kingsville boxwood:

First place shohin display:

Second place shohin display:

Honorable mentions:

Trident maple over a bust:

Japanese maple:

Itoigawa Refinement

This one has been one of my favorite trees, but it’s rather unassuming in the bench. I initially styled it with Peter Warren in 2011…a flash through the last 8 years in a few snaps…

2010, as purchased from Evergreen Gardenworks:

2011, first major styling:

2012, a slight change in direction:

2014, 2nd major styling:

2015, full year of growth:

2016, lightly trimmed, but otherwise allowed to grow:

2017, repotted, lightly trimmed in the summer, 2014 wires removed:

Which brings us to now…Here is a shot from spring 2018.

and the work begins…Scrubbed trunk and deadwood:

Lightly pruned:

Wiring started:

Continuing to the “H Shot”

And complete…

Some moss, cleaning up the undersides of the branches, and a little minor tweaking and it is ready for show.

One last parting shot…