Harry Harrington's Prunus mahaleb/Mahaleb Cherry or St Lucie Cherry, It was collected by Nik Rozman in Slovenia and purchased by Harry 3 years ago at The Trophy Bonsai Exhibition. Here's a piece of what Harry wrote about it: "This has fast become a favourite bonsai of mine, not least because of the natural deadwood and memories of The Trophy, but also the fantastic pot combination by British master potter Victor Harris. The tree was also given full exposure in last year’s BBC filming."
We've got some of Harry Harrington's bonsai for you today. Not only is Harry one of the most prolific bonsai artists we know, his unique take on bonsai is both refreshing and inspiring.
A Korean Hornbeam neagari/exposed root-style bonsai, after pruning back.
If you've been following Harry, you've no doubt noticed how forthcoming he is when it comes to each tree's story, this one is no exception: "This stunning European Hornbeam bonsai returned to the garden on Friday. A nursery stock tree originally, I have developed it since 2009 with its original owner, and now it’s new owner. I’m writing a full progression series on it for a forthcoming magazine article and chapter in my next book. On Friday I moved the tree from a temporary Japanese pot into the original from Victor Harris. At the same time, we took the opportunity to reveal some new areas of nebari that has developed since the last repot. As can be seen, the nebari has improved in appearance."
Harry's Siberian elm freshly pruned. The pot is by Victor Harris of Erin Pottery.
A Silver birch waiting to be styled.
Harry's caption: "Just 6 years of development has taken this newly collected Hornbeam to where it’s at now. Excellent work Mimo Krištof! As he says in his own text here*, learn the methods that work and bonsai is then easy and rewarding."
One of Harry's Japanese maples and an important lesson by Harry on pruning that comes along with the tree: "Two really important points to make about the pruning of Spring growth; firstly new shoots are pruned back to the existing silhouette of the tree. This means that shoots emerging from the tips of an old branch are automatically pruned hard but new growth emerging from the interior are allowed to keep their new extension out to the silhouette. This helps to strengthen inner branches and in the long term builds better branch taper. Secondly, new shoots in the lower third of the branch structure are left alone for at least another couple of weeks to ensure that they are more vigorous and dominant than branches higher up on the tree."
Another of Harry's Japanese maples. This one is a threadleaf variety (Acer palmatum var. Dissectum).
Today's photos all came to us via Bonsai Boon Manakitivipart's FB timeline. They're from an event hosted by Shibuya Spring and Autumn and held at Tokyo's Ueno Green Club from April 22 to 24. No information on the tree is listed.
A look at the venue.
Looks like the vendor's section was held outdoors. That small figure on the right looks like it might be Kimura, though I can't be sure.
Speaking of Kimura, this looks like it might be one of his famous Shimpaku on a constructed rock. Again, no information is given, so we can't be sure.
Another piece of the venue.
No name, but easy enough to tell what this one is.
Display with scroll and companions.
This one must be a Trident maple.
Another wild Wisteria.
If you can take your eyes of the Wisteria for a moment, you might notice the Herculean trunk on the Pine.
Boon at home.
Before. Here's what Will Baddeley of Wildwood Bonsai wrote about this tree: Big Olive had a little refinement carving yesterday for Mike Andrew Humphrey. Making sure sitting water had good flow away from the deadwood.
A closer look. A pretty good canvas to work with. In fact you might question why do anything with such well-aged deadwood, though I suspect the aforementioned sitting water is part of the reason.
Getting started. Looks like a Dremel. A very handy tool to have.
Making good progress.
I think this is about as far as Will goes. At least for now.
A bit of whimsy.
A closer look. A lot of expression with a few deft touches.
Will himself, dremeling.
I found this magnificent juniper by Suthin Sukosolvisit on The Mid Atlantic Bonsai Society's FB timeline. All today's trees are via the Mid Atlantic Bonsai Society. Most are from this year's Mid Atlantic Bonsai Festival. Enjoy!
Suthin demonstrating with Bjorn Bjorholm and Kathy Shaner at this year's festival.
Here's a Willow leaf ficus by Suthin that was featured on the MABS timeline.
A shohin display also by Suthin from MABS's timeline.
A root-on-rock Colorado blue spruce by Suthin.
These four are from the display area at this year's festival. No photographers, bonsai artists or varieties are listed.
A shot of the vendor's area.
Trees for sale in the vendor's section.
One last shot of the vendor's area.
Root-on-rock Shimpaku juniper by Suthin Sukosolvisit. It's hard to imagine how such a large tree can stay healthy on that rock. Especially when it's sharing soil with the other plants.
Forest planting tucked away in its cozy winter shelter at the Pacific Bonsai Museum. All of today's photos are from the PBM—they labeled some, and others they did not. Because we're swamped with spring sales, we're going to forgo most labeling. This will hopefully encourage you to dig into their archives. And do visit them in person if you get the chance, it's a trip that any bonsai lover will... love.
I think we showed this tree recently. But not in this light! All today's photos were posted by Romini Ranasinghe. They were taken in January at the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum in Saitama Japan. None are identified though many are familiar to Bonsai Bark. I was struck by the light and color in most. There's nothing quite like slanted light on a sunny winter day.
If you don't live in a cold climate, you might be surprised at how much conifer foliage changes color from summer to winter.
Recognize this trunk? It's a piece of a famous bonsai. Bill Valavanis took this photo back in 2018.
Here's a Buttonwood with some exceptionally rugged and dynamic deadwood. That tree and the deadwood are courtesy of Mother Nature and Robert Kempinski.