Show prep – Chinese Elm

Scratch Bonsai

My chuhin sized Chinese Elm that was repotted earlier this year.  Taking a while to get going but foliage will hopefully fill out over the next few weeks and I can then wire it for the first time in the autumn.  Took a while to moss up today but worth the effort.  Another tree that I’m hoping to have on show at The Bonsai Experience next weekend.

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2015 Alabama Bonsai Society Spring Show part 3

Nebari Bonsai

More images, compliments of John Walker photography:
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Curvy trident, fun pot

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Full moon maple

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Dawn redwood

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Juniper

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Cascade Japanese maple

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Rock planting

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Nice 7-point shohin display

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juniper

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Hokkaido Elm Penjing

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Boxwood…shows up every year looking happy

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Juniper, not half bad

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Root over rock trident. This style was a topic of several conversations, and consistent between Kathy and Crazy, was the comment that the rock needs to be the highest point of the composition. Hmmm…

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Boxwood. Always a viewer favorite. It must be what many people think of, when they think of bonsai.

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Kiohime Japanese maple

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Dawn redwood

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Podocarpus

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Satsuki and owner, Bobby looking on as Kathy advises

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Sweet Arakawa maple. Great bones on this one. Wanna trade for something Mike?

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Japanese maple, nice base

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ROR tridents

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Large Japanese maple

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Small Japanese maple clump

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Creativity and Bonsai

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rs2 Tree by Robert Steven

There is no doubt that Bonsai is a Creative Art form. Once the horticultural needs of the plant is met, the creative and art side of Bonsai kicks in. In thinking about this concept of creativity and how it applies to Bonsai, I had a lateral thought moment that it is not dissimilar to what Maslow proposed as the hierarchical needs of human beings. The major difference is that we do not work with an organism that can think when it comes to Bonsai. The lowest level of needs around the Biological and Physiological must be met for the tree to stay alive and the next levels applies to us and not the tree. Higher levels of Maslow’s theory do refer to the need for creativity and maybe through that, a level of self-actualisation for us as humans. There is a need for us to be creative…

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