Thought I’d share this here for all those UK based enthusiasts. In fact, that’s rather restrictive, feel free to attend from wherever you are!
I have cut and pasted the below info from the Facebook page recently set up. I have clicked the ‘Maybe’ button for attendance but I’ll have to wait until closer to the time before I know if I can attend. Seeing who is doing the organising, I can assure you that this will be a quality event.
On behalf of the organising team, I am pleased to announce that an exciting national UK Shohin Bonsai show dedicated to smaller bonsai, will be held on Sunday, March 24th 2013. This exciting national event is being organised by Mark & Ritta Cooper and Bob Bailey, with the support of the Bristol Bonsai Society, the British Shohin Association, and the Federation of British Bonsai Societies.
This will be the only UK national exhibition dedicated to Shohin bonsai in 2013 and will be a “must visit event” for all Shohin Bonsai enthusiasts.
•Mame size guide is approximately 10cm from soil surface
•Shohin size guide is approximately 20cm from soil surface
•Chuhin size guide is approximately 45cm maximum from soil surface
To request further details, or to express an interest in this event as a potential exhibitor, please contact Mark Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org
You’ve seen all the photos here on the blog before as I have recounted the trees story so far. As was pointed out by Fiona at the end of the article, the tree was the victim of some sort of pest attack this Spring and it lost branches. It is recovering better than anticipated with budding close to most of of the removed branches, therefore I hope that it will not be a Shohin next show!!
I’m bring this little Ivy over to the BSA show as well. Not much good on it’s own but it might just help fill out a display for someone else. Being an unusual variety it’ll hopefully add a little interest too.
I had to replace the old moss and tidy up a few leaves that were pointing the wrong way. The very nature of Ivy’s growth means that they a a little unkempt, but I rather like this little fellow.
As lifted out of the Winter quarters, weeds and all!
I removed all the old moss.
As rots had grown into the old moss I trimmed them and gave it a general tidy up before I applied the new moss.
Ready to go. The photo doesn’t do the little fellow justice, but they rarely do.
I’m taking this Maple with me to the BSA Exhibition next Friday in the off chance that it’s up to the mark for the display. I had to do a little work to get it in order. This is it to start with.
Some little dead stubs had to be cut out to keep it tidy.
Next up I gave it a good soaking in a container of water.
I then scraped off the lose mix from the soil surface to make way for the moss.
Moss at the ready I made a start with getting it applied.
I used 3 different types of moss collected from three different sites. By mixing them up as you plant it, you make a more interesting surface.
I like to add a little moss with seed heads to the back of the pot. I think it helps add depth to the overall composition.
Next step was to water in the moss and get rid of any debris from the surface, then give it another press down.
Job Done, hopefully it’ll make the cut.
I’ll be getting on the boat to head over to the BSA Exhibition.
It’s been great to hear from folk on the forums who are making the trip up to Willowbog, quite a few by the looks of it. Looking forward to meeting some old friends [Boxy :-)] and some new ones. Quite a few that I know from the world wide web as well but have as yet never met face to face. God help them when they see my face
.. until the British Shohin Association 6th Exhibition at Willowbog Bonsai. Unless things change dramatically, I fully intend to be there.
Here is the latest report/update direct from the BSA.
It is now easy to join as well. I have been threatening to do it for years and took the plunge today and paid via paypal. I tried to get over to the Shohin Off Show this year, but a death in the family changed all my plans. However I do plan to make it over to the 2012 Show.
Link to site by clicking on the image below.