The trees of the Bonsai Society of Southwest Florida’s annual show

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This year, I had the privilege of being one of the artists for the Bonsai Society of SW Florida’s annual show. I gave a demo and a workshop but I was also honored to give out two awards in the exhibit; the BSF Presidents Award (no, I’m not the prez yet but the current one was on his way to Japan and couldn’t be there) and the Best Display. I’m not sure I’m worthy enough to be a judge yet but I tried my best.

Let’s start with the trees, I’ll comment where appropriate.

A nice portulacaria afra, pretty well developed.

An ixora with a good trunk. That’s hard to find, even here in Florida where they are common landscape plants. There was discussion about a concept called nitrogen locking, as this one is a little yellow. Nitrogen locking happens when the ph is of the soil (or water) isn’t…

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Buxus Sempervirens Winter Pruning

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As the night time temperatures begin to fall below freezing in my garden, it is a reminder that I will have to bring the remainder of my trees into the greenhouse very soon. Most of the tender species are already inside but a few of the hardier ones are still braving the elements. Before I bring them inside, I like to clean them up and remove all unnecessary growth.

Today, I found the time to work on this boxwood. Buxus grow quite slowly when cultivated in a pot and only need pruning once a year.

This is how it looked from the front before todays’ work.


And this is how it looks at the moment.


When viewed from the right you can see that most of this seasons growth has occurred at the back of the tree. I think this has happened because I forgot to turn it as often as…

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2016 Autumn Japan Bonsai Exploration– Part 5

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1Nippon Bonsai Taikan Exhibition– Part 2

The exhibition opened this morning after the ribbon cutting ceremony. Initially the show was packed, and then slowed down as the day went on, like me. Yesterday I walked (hobbled with cane actually) 2.9 miles photographing and watching (learning) during the judging.


There were a large number of foreign visitors today from Germany, France, England, Italy and Canada too! Jerry Rainville studied bonsai with Hiroyoshi Yamaji about 40 years ago. I remember meeting this giant of man when Chase Rosade and Lynn Porter visited Shikoku Island to see pine bonsai. He was originally from Montreal and had a bonsai store with Arthur Skolnik. Jerry completed his studies in Japan, married his Japanese sweetheart and settled in the Vancouver area of Canada where he has a large scale bonsai nursery. Jerry returns to Japan each year to help another one of his teachers, Koji Hiramatsu…

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