Time to invest a little more time on this little Blue Star Juniper. It was pulled out of my front garden nearly dead and somehow a very thin live vein managed to keep the sap flowing. Over the last few years it has started to fatten and I can start to consider it’s future.
After posting about stolen trees yesterday, I read this today on Facebook today. John Romano in the States had a stunning little Juniper stolen and now returned. It has a great story to it and the words are very touching indeed. I’m not sure I could have been so forgiving but, in the end of the day, tree and caring owner are reunited. Here’s the photos and text from Facebook, well worth sharing as a positive story.
To all my bnsai friends -my most beloved and valuable shohin bonsai was stolen today from the nursery where I was teaching my Kaikou Bonsai School students. Mr. Urushibata helped me buy it back in 2007 when I was at Taisho en and Mario Komsta kindly wired it out for me (and then again tweaked it at my home when he visited a few years later). It was grown by a older bonsai grower from a cutting 30+ years ago and owned by him all that time until he graciously sold it to me. I am heartbroken – it has been my friend and I have nurtured it for the short time I have had it. If anyone sees it and can directly help me retrieve it, I will compensate them $500. You can contact me or New England Bonsai Gardens.
It’s been a stressful 24 hours but I want all my friends in bonsai to know that my tree was recovered this afternoon!! It is a long story (one friend said I should have made a Youtube Law and Order video!) that I won’t share all the details of here. The suspect actually brazenly returned to the scene of the crime today!?! and I confronted him and spoke from my heart about how hurt and upset I was, etc. He denied it profusely but eventually was influenced by my honest heartfelt love of this tree and sadness at its loss. I think he acted on an impulsive desire to own something beautiful that he didn’t already have. He gave it back to me and I did not press charges – I just wanted it returned. It made me reflect on the Buddhist idea of impermanence of all things and non attachment. It can be hard especially when you feel violated and something is taken from you in that way. Anyway, the story has many other details that I can share when I see some of you. I sincerely thank you all for your support, prayers, thoughts and offers of additional reward! I sincerely mean this when I say ‘Peace in Bonsai’ as it reflects what John Naka and Mr. Kato so often championed. We love bonsai as an expression of our love of nature, the earth and each other. Thanks again.
I had just started pinching this Juniper, [Full History Here] when I decided I should be taking a few photos for blogging. One handed pinching is rather difficult but my shoulder has improved. It took a while with quite a few breaks but I got there in the end.
This was it at the start, well almost.
I even remembered to use the towel technique for keeping the needles off the soil surface.
This was it after pinching
I decided that it was time to thin down the live vein a little more. This section looks a little thick I wanted to add more continuity between the areas of white wood.
I start things and after a while I forget. One of these has been my posting of good bonsai blogs that catch my eye.
After reading a post this morning from Salva in Malaga I felt the need to start this again. Click on the banner image below to visit a post from him regarding work on a Juniper. Blog now added to my ever growing favourites list on the sidebar. Obviously in Spanish, Google Translate to the rescue.
The bonsai aspect was small, our club supports the Rose Society by always getting a few entries in to fill the space and add interest for the public. As far as bonsai go, it’s not what we aspire too in our own displays with the usual low tables and cramped space. For that reason and the poor photos that resulted from inside a marquee, I’ll not bombard you with poor quality photos. I will however share some photos taken from within the park itself showing both the roses and some nice trees.
First, photos from inside the flower show marquee during judging. The rest from within the park Rose Gardens and Japanese Garden. When I show the Rose name it’s because is a highly perfumes variety that my wife is determined to add to our garden.
Beds full of Roses, not at their best after the wet weather but just starting to bounce back.
Nothing like kids rolling down a hill for fun, not an xbox in sight!
An Old Sycamore just about hanging in there.
Koressia was by far the best scented rose in the place.
Koressia flower, I can almost smell it from the photo!
Signs of some trees in the park struggling this year with the rain. This Japanese Maple is one of them.
Japanese Garden, I little worn by foot traffic but still a peaceful spot in the park.
Bamboo clump being harvested by 3 Chinese Woman for the leaves. For what? Who knows!!
This Juniper has featured on my blog a lot. Not one of my better trees but probably my favourite as it’s sentimental to me. Dug from my sister Janet’s garden back in 1995, the year she emigrated to Australia, it has been with me a long time and makes me think of her.
Well, my big sister was home from Australia this month and just before she went home last week, I just had to get a photo of her with the Juniper. So here you are, Janet AND the Juniper .