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Beauty Doesn’t Always Conform to Our Expectations

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Before and after. This impressive and very unusual European olive (Olea europaea L. var. sylvestris) was styled by Javi Campos Juan.

Continuing with Javi Campos Juan (see two posts from earlier this week)… You don’t often see Olives styled like this one; more like a conifer than an Olive. Regarding this, there is a good argument for styling in the way the type tree naturally grows. Trees that don’t follow this standard often look unnatural. Still, there’s a lot to like about this one and beauty doesn’t always conform to our expectations.

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I’ve been following Javi Campos Juan and his impressive bonsai on facebook for a while now. This is our third post this week featuring Javi’s trees. We originally featured this one February of last year (with some value added today)

 

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After. Several big changes, including some serious bending of the trunk and plenty of refinement using wire and skilled trimming. Good pot choice too


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Time to Make Your Plans for a Celebration of American Bonsai

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This Colorado blue spruce won the All American Award (Finest American Species in an American Container, Displayed on an American Table) at the 5th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition. It belongs to Jason Eider.

Just a friendly reminder…
It’s time to make your plans. The 6th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition is the premier North American celebration of bonsai. The one event you don’t want to miss and it’s less than six months away. We’ll see you there!

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If you would like to submit any bonsai, the deadline for entries is June 1, 2018 (or until the exhibition is filled). If you’re like most people and just want to be there, it’s not too soon to make your plans

 

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Another Colorado blue spruce. This one won the ABS North American Bonsai Award at the 5th U.S. Exhibition. It belongs to Todd Schlafer

The following is from Bill Valavanis’ Exhibition website
“The world bonsai community will once again be enriched by the display of bonsai gathered from across the United States at the 6th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition, September 8-9, 2018, in Rochester, NY

“Like Japan’s Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition, people from around the world attend the U.S. National Bonsai Exhibitions to appreciate and study the diversity of the unique and distinctive species displayed by accomplished bonsai artists from across the United States.

“Towering bonsai from the Pacific Northwest, rugged bonsai from the Rocky Mountains, and tropical bonsai from the Southern swampy regions will be displayed alongside weathered bonsai from the Southwestern deserts and refined deciduous bonsai from the Northeast.”

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Immigrant species are welcome. This Japanese black pine is also from the 5th U.S. National Exhibition. It belongs to John Kirby. You can find it and over 200 other distinctive bonsai in the 5th Exhibition Album. We still have some albums from the 4th Exhibition as well (1,2 & 3 are sold out, and according to Bill, there are no plans to reprint)

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A Bonsai in Hand…

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No variety is given with any of the photos featured here and we won't bother to guess.

Another big snow storm is blowing in and there’s too much to do, so we’ll take a shortcut and resurrect a post from August 2016 while staying with our Javi Campos Juan theme (see yesterday).

I’ve always liked photos of hand held bonsai. The hand immediately provides a way to determine the size of a tree and it adds a personal touch, without the more intrusive photos of the proud artist posing with the tree. All the photos shown here were posted on Facebook by Javi Campos Juan.

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I think the somewhat distracting shoot on the left is for sacrificial purposes. In other words, to draw energy into and hasten the development of the branch. It will be removed once its purpose is accomplished

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This gnarly little tree with its gnarly little pot also shows a sacrificial shoot. 

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Just wanted to see what the tree looks like without the hand

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What Was Missing?

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Javi Campos Juan's caption reads Tenía falta? The translation is "Was it missing?" That didn't seem quite right so I checked with Free Translation, which came up with "What was missing?" Anyway, sweet tree (no variety given) and well chosen pot. 

I’ve been follow Javi Campos Juan for a long time, but have only featured his bonsai twice and the last time was over a year ago, so we’re overdue. The images and captions are from Javi’s  facebook timeline.

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Before. Time to rootprune and repot. BTW, those are exceptionally vigorous looking feeder roots.

 

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After. Reddish pot, reddish new leaves and even some reddish bark

 

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Estaba tan entretenido con estas chucherías que se me olvidó la foto de las raíces. Here's facebook's translation... "I was so entertained with these trinkets (???) that I forgot the picture of the roots." The ??? is mine.
 Mirto desde esqueje. Maceta Bigei,definitiva esta preciosa Seiko. "Myrtle from sapling. Pot, definitive this beautiful Seiko." Oh well...

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Javi's caption with this and the photo below...
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Powerful Old Oak on Hydraulic Lift Turntable

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Raffaele Perilli's Holm oak with Green T Turntable and tools


Bonsai Brilliance in Brooklyn

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Cork bark Chinese elm in fall brilliance at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. You don't see that many good Chinese elm bonsai. This photo and the others in this post are from the bonsai collection on the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens website.

The positive response to yesterday’s post, got me looking for Wisteria bonsai in our archives, and finally to this post on some bonsai at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden from October, 2015 (the Wisteria is below). Enjoy!

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Acer buergerianum roots over rock

This large root-over-rock bonsai is a Trident maple; the most popular non-tropical variety for root-over-rock bonsai.

 

BBG3Nice Crabapple. I particularly like the tree's movement and the bark. And of course the flower buds. Maybe the apex could use a little work, but still, a sweet bonsai.

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BBG41Wisteria bonsai are about the flowers and this one is no exception.

 

BBG2Nice old Shimpaku. The crown seems a bit heavy for the trunk and could be reduced a bit, but still, who wouldn't want a tree like this in their collection?

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BBG6Here's the tree at the top, sans leaves. Not only does this photo allow you to see the fine ramification, but the gnarled old bark stands out more without the large canopy of bright leaves.

 

BBG5This Prunus mume variety is aptly name 'Bonita.' I took the liberty to do some radical cropping. Here's the original.

All the photos in this post are from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden bonsai collection. Here’s their website and here they are on facebook.

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Towering Bonsai and Other Happy Accidents

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Pretty flashy, but it has character that will come through even after the the color fades. It's a Japanese wisteria (Wisteria floribunda) that belongs to Tobie Kleynhans.

The Happy Accident in the title is from a post we did two days ago that features bonsai by Tobie Kleynhans. Just so you don’t misunderstand, it was our discovery of Tobie’s bonsai that’s the accident, not his bonsai, which are the happy part. Tobie lives and practices bonsai in South Africa.

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Bastard olive. Tobie lists this as a False olive (Buddleja saligna). To quote Wikipedai.. Buddleja saligna, the false, or bastard olive, is almost endemic to South Africa where it has a wide distribution. It occurs most often in ravines and against outcrops, and is distributed from coastal elevations to the central plateau at elevations of < 2000 m. The species was first described and named by Willdenowin 1809. It is stricktly South Aftican.

 

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Bougainvillea Peruviana. One of about 18 species of Bougainvillea, a native South American genus.

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Another False olive (Buddleja saligna), though quite different than the one above.

 

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I like this one. Even though it's a Juniper, it reminds me just a bit of the towering* White pines (Pinus strobus),  a dominant tree in much of the Northeastern U.S and Eastern Canada. It's a Sargent juniper (J. chinensis) - probably Shimpaku, but I can't tell for sure.
 * towering by East Coast standards

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Mugo’s Magnificent Bonsai

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This magnificent Japanese beech (Fagus crenatawas posted by Enzo 'Mugo' Ferrari. Though the trunk and nebari are about as good as it gets, the primary branching still needs some time to develop. Right now there are branches in the crown that are as strong as the first and second branches. Mugo's skillful hand and eye and a few more years are all that's needed for perfection

Today’s photos are from Mugo (Enzo) Ferrari’s timeline. I think all but one were shot at the recent 2018 Miyabi Ten Bonsai Exhibition in Cison di Valmarino, Italy

 

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Great tree and without a doubt one of the best bonsai shadows you'll ever see.

 

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This one looks like it's just about ready for a new pot

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Pine and shadows in display with companion at the 2018 Miyabi Ten Bonsai Exhibition in Cison di Valmarino Italy.

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Our lead tree from above also in display at Miyabi Ten Bonsai Exhibition

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“Maybe Not the Best Bonsai in the World, but I Love Them All”

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This Trident maple in its coat of many colors belongs to Tobie Kleyhans.

One of the great perks of this job is the happy accident. Today’s is the discovery of Tobie Kleyhans’ bonsai. Tobie lives in South Africa and here’s something from his  facebook timeline that I like … “Celebrating 20 happy bonsai years! I started this fascinating hobby during the first week of March 1998 and since then had heaps of fun, met the most wonderful people and encountered truly remarkable trees. Here are some of my favourite trees. Maybe not the best in the world, but I love them all.

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Boug (aka Bougainvillea glabra)

 

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Black monkey thorn (Acacia burkei). I like the rugged bark and simple lines, but I can't tell what that is around the base of the trunk. Any ideas?

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Without making too big a fuss, this Blaauw juniper (Juniperus chinensis blaauw) raft is natural, uncontrived and perfectly in scale. Nice pot too.

 

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Here's another one I like. It's a Juniperus virginiana, one of our North American junipers. We usually call it Eastern red cedar (it's still a juniper, not a cedar; common names can be a bit confusing). Tobie calls it a Pencil cedar, but no mater what you call it, it's still a juniper

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Tiny Pots, Tiny Trees…

tinyThis tiny Shimpaku juniper belongs to Yoshiyuki Kawada.

Staying with our little trees theme, but moving from Haruyosi to another Japanese artist who also makes their own small pots and plants them with small trees (even smaller than Haruyosi’s). His name is Yoshiyuki Kawada, and though I’m just becoming familiar with his trees and pots, so far I’m impressed (this post originally appeared here in November, 2016 – with some changes today).

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Another little Shimpaku. This one has a powerful feel for such a small tree

 

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Tiny Pyracantha with smoke

 

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Itty-bitty pot

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Is this a Crape myrtle?

 

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Nice glaze

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