Yesterday we had a wonderful time exhibiting bonsai and doing demo’s at the Japanese Gardens in Broby, Denmark. There was a huge interest in the bonsai exhibition, and visitors shown a great interest in the work done. As far away as Germany visitors arrived, and we are really happy that such an interest is shown towards our small group and the work done.
Fuchi Bonsai is a small bonsai relationship between Johnny Eslykke, Torben Pedersen and my self. we have for some years now been working together with bonsai, meeting every month to wok dedicated with our bonsai in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Arranging exhibitions like this is one of our goals with Fuchi Bonsai, and the Japanese Gardens has invited us back next year spot on after the event proved a success.
We were a bit afraid about being able to fill the space with enough items of a decent quality, with only the three of us delivering bonsai for the exhibition. It is a difficult task to keep many trees at a decent standard at the same time at a specific time, and not possible to have all a the peak at the same time. Some of the trees were made ready for a spring exhibition, and now needed to be ready for a autumn exhibition too. But we have a relaxed set up and presents what is on the tables at the moment, and not being part of a competition allows a little flaws although we are keen to present the best possible.
Next year when we return we will enhance the exhibition set-up and look forward to another show.
A few selected photos here, and the full album available at the Fuchi Bonsai website
The Japanese Gardens in Broby, Denmark
Shohin - Flowering Potentilla fruticosa - Morten Albek
Juniper - Morten Albek
Suiseki - Torben Pedersen
Prize Winning Juniperus chinensis by Johnny Eslykke
Shohin display by Morten Albek
Johnny eslykke at work
Tonight I will meet with friends and prepare for an autumn exhibition and demo in The Japanese Gardens in Denmark.
We will make a small exhibition with bonsai and Shohin-bonsai, doing some demonstrations/workshops for the visitors. The Japanese Gardens is a beautiful place not so far from where we live, and it will be a pleasure to go there Saturday from 10 – 16.
This evening we will finish the preparations and make everything ready for a relaxed day tomorrow. Pictures to follow soon after the show (will be published Sunday).
In the November/December 2011 issue of the international Bonsai Focus magazine, articles with Japanese Shohin-bonsai expert Tomohiro Masumi will be published.I have produced the articles at my latest trip to Japan, and hope you will like the result.
Tomohiro Masumi at the Koju-en nursery in Kyoto, Japan.
The accents starts to show the first colours of autumn. Especially the Sedum and Saxifraga species have their highlight of the season in autumn I find.
Sedum floriferum ´Weihenstefaner Gold´
In the spring I acquired a raw stock Juniperus chinensis from a local bonsai shop. It was an award for a prize at the national exhibition. I selected this one from a selection of a few trees available. The reason why I chose this item was because of a twisted fat part of the trunk at the lowest part. The nebari also looks fine. Often this type of trees made in hundreds have a reverse tapered trunk, and likewise the lowest part very often is straight before the curves starts, making the specimens more or less useless. The ideal form is a trunk that begins its movement right from the base and continues the same way upwards.
What I first observed was a possibility to for a very compact small tree. This demands the top to be removed completely. I decided to keep the branch as a jinned dead wood area of the tree to add age and a more interesting dramatic look to the image.
The progress of this tree will be slow. I have now removed the foliage at the top part, and made the first work on the deadwood. Next task will be to observe how the live vein is running from the trunk to the branches, before the future deadwood running around the trunk is exposed. This will slowly be visible when the now dead top branches dry out below.
The foliage will be trimmed and developed from now on, but no further styling or wiring will be done before the deadwood is ready to be carved. Good feeding and lot of light is the receipt for the next year or so, before it maybe in spring is time to look closer to the trunk and spiral deadwood that may be the result of the work, depending on how the tree closes the sap flow from the now dead branches above.