Huntington Gardens – The Bonsai Exhibit

Bonsai Eejit

I felt some excitement as I approached the exhibit. The set up was excellent and showed the trees well. I took in the first area thinking that was it only to find another courtyard full of trees. Quality was varied as you’d expect when trees are donated but I was thrilled to see my first California Junipers and a few trees created by the pioneers of American bonsai. Condition and heath was generally good with only a few showing signs of stress. I fell in love with the Cali Junipers and a few of the olives. Also nice to see shohin getting a display in there even if a few of them were below par with the rest. Perhaps accents would have added to the whole display but again, this might be hard to maintain in an exhibit like this. Well done to all those who donated to make an…

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Cleaning up a mossy situation 

Nebari Bonsai

This YouTube video is the critique Kathy Shaner offered on my Japanese Black Pine. Interesting pearls of wisdom.

In my defense, I had no intention of showing this tree this year, until about 14 hours before I had to bring it in…and I was out of moss, out of stands, out of time, and out of season to candle-cut…but we needed trees, and our show only had 2 other JBPs.

Excuses aside, I took her advice and spent part of Memorial Day cleaning moss off the trunks of several JBPs. As she suggested, slowly and meticulously, with tweezers and dental picks, nearly all the moss was removed.

In case you’re a pot freak, this is a Nakawatari; antique Chinese, from the ShouYouKouSei kiln, probably 130 years old.

By the time this is published, it will be 3 weeks to candle-cutting time! Remember, find your area’s first frost date, and count…

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