Well the dust has finally settled, its been a crazy spring. Class #5 was back on march 9th just 6 days before we had settlement on our house, so I have been playing catch up ever since. March 8th saw a lot of snow fall on the east coast, I know because I drove 5 hours through it to get to Rhode Island. Bellingham where NEBG is located got more than a foot of snow. All that snow cancelled my plans of making a small forest planting for class. All of the seedlings were under more than a foot of snow! I worked on a few of the trees I brought with me and even repotted an elm. Here are some pics:
Well There is no way anyone could predict this crazy weather! It has been around 20 degrees Farenheight followed by a day in the 60′s back to below freezing again! With the new year there are some exciting things happening for me! First I have been invited to join a bonsai study group that features some well know names in the bonsai community! Second I am now the Vice-President of The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society, which is celebrating it’s 50th year! PBS is one of the oldest clubs in The United States. I am also starting my second year at The Kaikou School of Bonsai at New England Bonsai Gardens! This year I will be attending The Mid-Atlantic Bonsai Symposium in April and The ABS Learning Seminar in September. You can count on me taking lots of pics and posting them here. I will post soon some pics of winter work I have been doing, so until then stay warm!
With the 4th class my first year of the Kaikou School has come to an end! I can say that over the last year my bonsai skills have improved dramatically. Working with John Romano and my fellow classmates, especially my partner in crime Mike has taken me to the next level! I look forward to next year and working on more projects and improving even more. The 4th class featured a lesson on care and training of japanese black pine. Jbp’s have become my new favorite species of tree to work on. I am fortunate to have several in the intermediate stages of training that will hopefully be ready to show in just a few years. The other part of the class focused on deciduous tree care. I was so focused on working on my trees that I only took a few pictures so here they are:
John doing some fall work on a shohin maple
Some of the trees I was working on
My standard picture of Mike deep in contemplation
Another pic of my trees
As I mentioned earlier I didn’t take many pics I was “in the zone” I will post more this winter as I work on trees and of course meetings and seminars I attend. Until then Happy Holidays!
Well I am a few months behind in posting so I will attempt to catch up! The October meeting featured David Easterbrook. David is well known for his collected larch. He presented a program that featured “Literati” style bonsai, here are a few pics from the meeting:
One of David’s collected larch
After some wiring and pruning
The near finished product with lots of deadwood to work in the future
September’s meeting featured Ms. Young Choe, she is a renowned kusamono artist. She studied under kusamono master Keiko Yamane in Japan. Young’s work can be seen at The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington DC. The program consisted of an awesome powerpoint presentation followed by a demo and workshop. Young emphasized the use of native plant material in companion plants. First it is easy and inexpensive to obtain and second it will more prone to survive. She gathers and propagates many of her plants. Even though it was only a three hour meeting I felt like I came away with a much greater understanding of kusamono and accent plants. Below are a few pics from the demo enjoy!
Her demo was assembled in less than 5 minutes and it was one of the nicest I have ever seen!
Creating a moss ball style accent. Again in less than 5 minutes!
Discussing different pot styles, including a pot given to her by John Naka.
This is my kusanono planting I created in the workshop. I think it actually came out pretty nice, I look forward to creating more next year!
Thanks for reading, check back soon I have two more Kaikou classes this fall. One on October and one in November and I hope to post some pics of trees after fall clean-up work is done.
Here are some pics of Howard’s Trees. Howard was my first teacher and introduced me to bonsai!
Here are a few pics of some project trees
A couple of literati pines I am developing. Shohin size of course.
My primary assistant!
These are japanese red and black pine hybrids. Also known as akakuromatsu (red-black pine). (known under the Latin name, P. x densi-thunbergii). more info http://botanyboy.org/pinus-thunbergii-the-japanese-black-pine-tree/
These mame sized pots were given to me by Solita Rosade!
More pictures after the workshop this coming friday!
Sorry I haven’t updated in a while but my wife was busy having a baby! I have a bunch of pics from the summer and a PBS meeting/workshop coming up on Friday. I will as always take plenty of pics and post them!