Spring is an early bird. Newer before in my + 20 years with bonsai, have I moved trees from their shelter late February and early March. The weather is mild as a Caffé latte, and therefore it is better to … Continue reading
The past three winters have been heavily influenced by frosts and snow covering the ground. This year has been opposite. The second warmest December ever! Still bonsai are in their winter protection area in the unheated greenhouse. This protects the … Continue reading
Today we had a little meeting in the Fuchi Bonsai workshop. We successfully avoided any Christmas lights and decorations on the trees, but had some good work hours in good company. The weather is very mild for this time of … Continue reading
At the Shohin workshop at the Bonsaiwerkstatt in Düsseldorf, Germany, we used the late Sunday part of the workshop to do some shohin presentations. There was a display rack available, and we used the trees already available through the workshop. So this was not a display by selected trees, but trying some displays with trees available.
It is valuable to set up some different displays, discussing sizes, directions and pot colours for practise and enlightenment. Trees were swapped to see the effect of it, and the discussions were open-minded but also influenced by personal preferences. As it should be. A display is a personal expression of the nature presented, and therefore we have different opinions about taste of colours and shapes i.e. The expression of the season is of great importance, but how we individually express this is different from each of us.
We discussed “rules” and guidelines, and I sensed that we agreed that there are few rules and much freedom to express the beauty of nature with a personal feeling. I will recommend to do this more often. Bring everything along, try different presentations with small or big changes, and discuss what works and what doesn’t.
Flowering Shohin-bonsai are a challenge for many Shohin-bonsai growers. The shaping of flowering and/or fruit bearing trees or shrubs are most often deeply connected with the nature of the flowering tree. Fruits or berries are the outcome of flowers; therefore … Continue reading