Accent Man Cometh

I had a visit from Robert Porch, aka the Accent man a few days ago. Sadly I missed him at the house, but he did leave this crate of goodies.

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This is the contents, only 3 of the 30 are named, so this is a bit of a quiz, if you recognises any of the varieties please let me know. There are a few Alliums, Saxafrage, hosta, rose etc in there.

 

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Hawkeye

My son spotted this newly fledged Sparrow hawk on my greenhouse this afternoon. I crept forward to see how close I could get, with my camera in hand of course.

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2014 US National Bonsai Exhibition Awards

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Join us at the exciting US National Bonsai Exhibition on September 13-14, 2014 in Rochester, New York. The Award Banquet & Benefit Auction are one of the highlights of the weekend where $6,500 will be presented to the finest bonsai selected by our three international judges: Hiro Yamaji from Japan, Peter Warren from England and David Easterbrook from Canada.

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Bonsai fellowship abounds with visitors, exhibitors and vendors all enjoying a delicious meal awaiting the award presentations.

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The following awards will be presented:

The National Award

Finest Bonsai Masterpiece

$1,000

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Evergreen Bonsai Award

Finest Evergreen Bonsai

$500

 

Deciduous Bonsai Award

Finest Deciduous Bonsai

$500 Lang Bonsai Container Certificate

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Yoshimura Award

Finest Classical Bonsai

$500

 

Bonsai Travel Award

Finest Bonsai & Companion Plant Combination

$500

 

Nippon Bonsai Association Award

Finest Japanese Style Display

 

Ho Yoku Award

Finest Innovative Bonsai Design

$500

 

Custom Oriental Woodcraft Award

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Day of Yikes: Grafted Rocky Mountain Juniper Styling

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I suppose that title needs a bit of explaining. About 4 1/2 years ago I grafted this Rocky Mountain Juniper (collected by Randy Knight) with some curious shimpaku foliage that I took a shine to. The shimpaku foliage was a bit coarser than we see normally, and I thought it would look good on a tree with a rugged, expressive character.

So that’s the backdrop for the Day of Yikes…

When a tree is grafted with an entirely different foliage type, some day, eventually, the original foliage needs to be cut off. Although with a bit of practice there’s little worry, really, it is still a bit exciting to finally (after years of waiting) yell out ‘Yikes!’ as you make that final pruning cut.

The tree did fine.

And this summer Bobby rewired it for the second time. The following is a series of photos from the last two years…

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2014 MIDWEST BONSAI EXHIBIT

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The 37th Midwest Bonsai Exhibit is being held at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 15-17, 2014. Many beautiful bonsai are on display from local members and other bonsai hobbyists from several states. About 15 vendors are selling their trees, containers and other items as well. Enjoy the photos!

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COLLECTION TREES

ROUGH BARK

Rough Bark Japanese Maple by Matt Berenberg received the Best of Show Award

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RAF DWARF SCOTS PINE

RAF Dwarf Scots Pine by Wm. N. Valavanis received the 1st Place Award in the Professional Division

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SHOHIN BONSAI

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SHIMPAKU

SHIMPAKU SHOHIN

SCOTS PINE

SATSUKI

PONDEROSA

METASEQUOIA

MARY KAY

LARCH FOREST

TRUNK POSITIONING

LANTANA

KUSA MONO

JUNIPERS

JADE

HINOKI

HEMLOCK

GOYO PINE

FICUS 

CHINESE ELM

BLUE MOSS

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STONES

TREE:STONE

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2014 AUTUMN JAPAN BONSAI TOUR

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Have you ever wanted to explore the bonsai and Japanese garden world of Japan in a small limited group? Well, here is your opportunity. In November Kora Dalager, travel agent and bonsai instructor from California and I will be leading another one of our popular bonsai tours to Japan. Bonsai gardens and studios of some of the finest bonsai artists in Japan will be privately visited.

Our tour will first begin in the Tokyo area where we will visit Mr. Kimura’s studio, the new Omiya Bonsai Art Museum and Omiya Bonsai Village. Many of the world’s best bonsai originated or were refined in this small bonsai village of six gardens. Bonsai of all species, sizes and styles can be seen and studied in beautiful garden settings in their autumn glory.Image

Masahiko Kimura’s studio.

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Omiya Bonsai Art Museum.

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Mansei-en Bonsai Garden- Hatsuji Kato.

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Fuyo-en Bonsai Garden- Hiroshi Takeyama.

Next we will…

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Rubus

Cultivating this Rubus for accent use this year. It’s got a Taiwanese origins I believe, at least that’s what I think I was told by Pat when I got it from him! This is it’s flower. It’s staying tight in the pot which is a good sign, no big runners like a bramble!! Be interesting to see if it sets fruit. Anybody know the name of it?

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Haw Haw!

The Haws or berries on my Hawthorn are starting to colour up nicely. If the birds can leave well enough alone, I should be in for a good display this Autumn.

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