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Friday, 04 October 2013

CANBERRA BONSAI SOCIETY

ANNUAL BONSAI SHOW

12-13 October 2013

Daramalan College

 

DISPLAY  CATALOGUE

 

  1.      Sticky wattle

Acacia howittii

Tree age: 14 years

Trained/styled since: 2002

Regular trimming during its first three years as a nursery stock plant created the beautiful movement in the trunk. I keep the foliage thinned and layered so the tree’s internal structure can be appreciated. The pot was made for this tree by Penny Davis of Mudlark Pottery.

2.      Trident maple

Acer buergerianum

Tree age: 30 years

 Trained/styled since: 1985

This tree was grown from a seed collected from a street tree in Giralang.  The tree has a particularly fine autumn colours, and over the last few years the branching and bare winter branches have been very beautiful. It is growing on a lava rock collected between Cooma and Nimitibell.

3.      Trident maple

      Acer buergerianum

      Tree age: 13 years

      Trained/styled since: 2000

This maple was planted on the rock as a small seedling collected from my garden. The roots were placed to follow the grooves and curves of the rock and have gripped the rock very closely. The rock split as the tree grew but has been successfully glued back together.

4.      Trident maple

      Acer buergerianum

      Tree age: 18 years

      Trained/styled since: 2009

Grown from seed by the current owner but allowed several years in the ground to accelerate development, this tree was finally potted into a bonsai pot earlier this year.

5.      Trident maple

      Acer buergerianum

      Tree age: 5 years 

      Trained/styled since: 2009

This group was created using plants that had self-sown in a club members front garden (an urban dig!) It was styled during a workshop in 2009.  I chose this pot because it reminds me of moss and the forest floor.

6.      Trident maple

      Acer buergerianum

      Tree age: 8 years 

      Trained/styled since: 2009 

No catalogue information available.

7.      Trident maple

      Acer buergerianum

      Tree age: 10 years

      Trained/styled since: 2010

This tree was partially trained while growing in the garden as a seedling. It was dug in 2010 and work since then has focussed on developing the branch structure.

8.      Japanese maple

Acer palmatum

Tree age: 28 years (est)

Trained/styled since: 1989

Acquired with a number of other Acer seedlings from a relative’s garden in 1986. Grown on for a number of years and first styled as a bonsai in 1989, and potted into a bonsai pot in 2005. The second right hand branch was created in 2009 using the ‘thread-graft’ technique. Potted into its current pot in August this year.

9.      Japanese maple

       Acer palmatum

       Tree age: 24 years

       Trained/styled since: 1989

Collected from the garden as a seedling.

10.  Japanese maple

Acer palmatum

Tree age: 24 yearsTrained/styled since: 1989

Collected from the garden as a small seedling with unusual trunk and root shape

11.  Japanese maple

Acer palmatum

Tree age: Unknown

Trained/styled since: 1994

Purchased in 1994. A group of 5 trees in a small pot.  One tree died shortly after.  I transferred the group into a larger pot adding three more trees.

The back tree died in 2011 and was replaced with a small tree.

12.  Japanese maple

Acer palmatum

Tree age: 8 years

Trained/styled since: 2005

The trunks of these trees are full of energy, yet the grove as a whole conveys a sense of peace and tranquility.  I often imagine myself having a picnic in its filtered shade.  Feel free to join me.

13.  Japanese maple

Acer palmatum

Tree age: 9 years 

Trained/styled since: 2006

This group of trees have been grown from seed collected from a mature maple in my yard.  They were moved into a bonsai pot from the seed-tray that they germinated in after two growing seasons.

The current arrangement of trees largely reflects the way in which they grew as a group for the first two years.

14.  Japanese maple

Acer palmatum

Tree age: 8 years

Trained/styled since: 2007

The trees for this forest were acquired from an acquaintance as seedlings that had self seeded in the lawn. After a period of growing on, they were placed in individual pots. In 2007, the trees had reached a reasonable height and trunk diameter. They were transplanted as a group in the current shallow oval pot.

Future work of ramification of the primary and secondary branches will continue in the development of this style.

15.  Japanese maple

Acer palmatum

Tree age: 2 years 

Trained/styled since: 2013

I acquired this tree from an air layer in 2011 as part of the ongoing training of the 'Mother tree'. After twelve months in a training pot the tree was transplanted into its current pot.

In the future the tree will be trimmed and pruned to shape and decrease the leaf size in proportion the size of the tree.

16.  Japanese maple

Acer palmatum

Tree age: 20 years(est)

Trained/styled since: 2008(est)

Ground-grown 10 years. I cut back a large root without sealing the end, it died back right up the trunk, and left a large scar.

17.  Japenese maple

Acer palmatum

Tree age: 10 years   

Trained/styled since: 2006

No catalogue information available.

18.  Black alder or common alder

Alnus glutinosa 'Auren'

Tree age: 18 years

Trained/styled since: 1997

This alder was grown from seed in 1995 and allowed to grow for two years until styling began in 1997. Pruning is mainly by the clip and grow  method with a minimum of wiring when necessary to retain the style. 'Auren' is a slow-growing, deciduous, conical tree. Height to 25m, S 10m. Has rounded  leaves, dark green and distinctly veined. Bears yellow-brown catkins in early spring. Is useful in a boggy area.

19.  Silver birch

Betula pendula

Tree age: 15 years

Trained/styled since: 2004

No catalogue information available.

20.  Box

Buxus microphylla

Tree age: 15 years 

Trained/styled since: 2008

Purchased from Bunnings as a topiary ball with pleasing internal structure, this tree has since been cut back and shaped to create a bonsai.

21.  Bottlebrush

Callistemon sp.

Tree age: 28 years (est) 

Trained/styled since: 2000

Purchased as nursery stock in the 1980’s. Grown for many years as a potted garden tree. Potential as bonsai material was noticed in the late 1990’s and first styling began in 2000. Potted into its current pot in 2003. At the time of writing this, the tree was producing flower heads and if we’re lucky, some of them will have opened by show-time.

22.  Star-flower

Calytrix sp.

Tree age: 25 years 

Trained/styled since: 1988

With much anticipation in early spring, I await site of greenish buds, wound around with their long dark hair-tips.  Then, one morning the frothy clouds of white stars, highlighted with dark to light red-pink, herald mid-spring each year. 

Although one quarter century old, the twisting trunk is elegantly thin but strong, supporting the small mounds of rich green tiny leaves.

Aged lichen, mounds of moss that echo the cascading canopy add to the weathered rock to enrich the habitat of this small tree.  The handmade pot by a local potter compliments the setting.

 

23.  Atlantic cedar

Cedrus atlantica

Tree age: 17 years           

Trained/styled since: 2003

I acquired this tree as a seedling on a collection dig in the Brindabella Mountains. After subsequent potting up, the tree was styled in the informal upright style in 2003.

24.  Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa

Tree age: 28 years (est) 

Trained/styled since: c1990

I acquired this group setting early this year from the estate of Judy Parker, a long-standing club member and a good friend. It has an interesting history in that it was originally styled by Shirley McLachlan, an early member of the Canberra Bonsai Society who has one of the Club’s annual awards named in her honour. Shirley died in 1996 and prior to her death gave the group to Judy. I was keen to display the group this year in recognition of the contributions to the club of both Shirley and Judy, and at this stage have done very little to it, other than re-potting it into a new pot purchased for it in August this year. I do intend to make some styling changes in the future, while hopefully retaining the essence of their early work.

25.  Japanese falsecypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea'

Tree age: 31 years(est)  

Trained/styled since: 1984

No catalogue information available

26.  Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster sp.

Tree age: Unknown          

Trained/styled since: 2004

This tree was collected from a roadside ditch, with the top chopped off by the Council slasher. It is a slanting style, and the display includes a ceramic bird.

27.  Japonica

Cydonia japonica

Tree age: 20 years(est)

Trained/styled since: 2008(est)

Developed from a large chunk of root.

28.  Desert ash

Fraxinus angustifolia

Tree age: 14 years           

Trained/styled since: 1999

This tree was grown from seed collected in South Australia in 1999.  Although always grown with the intention of turning it into a bonsai it only had the major styling done in 2008 when a number of large branches were removed and the minor branches shaped. The tree is defoliated multiple times per year to achieve greater ramification. Pot by Steve Cummins of Qld.

29.  Chinese viewing stones

Gongshi or Scholar's Stones

Age: eons old

This group of Chinese viewing stones, also known as scholar's stones or gongshi, are naturally occurring or shaped rocks which are traditionally appreciated by the Chinese. Four important qualities for these stones are thinness (shou), openness (tou), perforations (lou), and wrinkling (zhou). Chinese scholar's rocks influenced the development of Japanese suiseki and Korean suseok.

The six stones are displayed in a traditional Chinese timber stand and clockwise from the top are:1.Black Stone from Hubei Province, 2. JieGou or lattice stone from Guangxi Province, 3. Yangtze River stone from Hubei Province, 4.Lingbi stone from Quinshi Mountain Anhui Province, 5. and 6. volcano stones from Guangxi Province.

30.  Juniper

Juniper chinensis 'Shimpaku'

Tree age: 7 years (est)

 Trained/styled since: 2009

This tree was purchased as nursery stock in 2009. Styling bagan immediatley at a workshop in Brisbane.  It was potted into a mica pot the same day and repotted into its present 'Pat pot' on 15 October 2012.

31.  Chinese juniper

Juniperus chinensis

Tree age: Unknown          

Trained/styled since: 2006

This tree was bought from nursery in 2005. I was attracted to the base and the taper of the trunk, although the first branch was a bit high. I cut it down from its 2.5 meters so I could transport it. The first usable branch was turned into the new leader and the longest branch off that was used to cascade down the trunk so as to bring the centre of the tree down. I also carved out the trunk to induce some taper and also to hide the large cut that was needed to reduce it height.

32.  Shimpaku juniper

Juniperus chinensis

Tree age: 9 years 

Trained/styled since: 2009

 No catalogue information available

33.  Sargent’s juniper

Juniperus chinensis ‘Sargentii’

Tree age: Unknown          

Trained/styled since: 2011

No catalogue information available

34.  Juniper

Juniperus procumbens

Tree age: 7 years

Trained/styled since: 2008

Started from small nursery stock. Recently pruned and wired this plant is starting to take shape.

35.  Shimpaku juniper

Juniperus sargentii 'Shimpaku'

Tree age: 10 years           

Trained/styled since: 2005

No catalogue information available

36.  Prostrate Nepal juniper

Juniperus squamata prostrata

Tree age: 14 years           

Trained/styled since: 2001

This tree was purchased as nursery stock in 1999 in Brisbane.  After two years growing on it was transferred to a polystyrene box when styling as a raft began.  It was grown in the box for a further 7 years, gradually reaching its present style with re-potting approximately every two years.  It was first placed in a mica tray in 2008 and repotted to its present tray pot in 2013.

37.  Burgan

Kunzea ericoides

Tree age: 10 years           

Trained/styled since: 2004

This group or forest was planted as a demonstration at the Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition in 2004. Of the five original trees planted only two survived. In 2005 more cuttings were planted to replace those that did not survive. In 2009 seedlings from the parent tree were added to the group to allow the planting to look more natural.

38.  Crepe myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica

Tree age: Unknown          

Trained/styled since: 2010

This tree has never flowered, but I persevere with it in the hope one day it might.  I find Lagerstroemias difficult to style as the wood is brittle and branches tend to die off for no appraent reason.  I am not happy with the pot it is in and will repot it next year.

39.  Japanese larch

Larix kaempferi

Tree age: 5 years 

Trained/styled since: 2010

Formal upright, third year of training using the clip and grow method. Deciduous conifer with attractive spring and autumn foliage.

40.  Mountain tea tree

Leptospermum grandifolium

Tree age: 9-10 years 

Trained/styled since: 2004

Originated from a cutting from nursery stock; grown in-ground for about 6 years to develop trunk and main branches. Discovered innate character of strongly angled branching pattern, which was enhanced with judicious pruning.

Canopies of this species become intensely interwoven, providing a strong feature. Beautifully contrasting dark green upper and grey under surfaces of leaves are set off by the richly varied browns of the peeling bark.  A tree of delightful complexity, inviting both birds and you to enter into its presence.

41.  Coastal tea tree

Leptospermum laevigatum

Tree age: 22 years           

Trained/styled since: 1993

This tree is actually 2 trees that have been grown together from seedlings. The small leaf, rough bark and muscling or coiling growth effect are but a few features of this tree and species as bonsai. The pot is by Steve Cummins of Qld.

42.  Woolly tea tree

Leptospermum lanigerum

Tree age: 15 years           

Trained/styled since: 2005

My aim here is to develop a tree that: has a robust appearance; would not look out of place if scaled up and planted in the wild; is visually pleasing and recognisably a ‘bonsai’.  I like the current balance between foliage and space. This tree is very hardy and responds well to bonsai techniques.

43.  Tea tree

Leptospermum 'Mesmer Eyes'

Tree age: 8 years (est) 

Trained/styled since: 2010

Quoting Bywong Nurseries online: Leptospermum 'Mesmer Eyes' is a member of the Myrtaceae family. It was developed in a breeding programme by Bywong Nursery from crosses between a form of Leptospermum scoparium, Leptospermum macrocarpa and Leptospermum deuense, a rare New South Wales teatree.

It is easy to grow, contrary to many other popular tea-trees. The flowers are indeed mesmerising


44.  Box-leaf honeysuckle

Lonicera nitida

Tree age: 46 years           

Trained/styled since: 1999

A garden plant from 1967, this tree was dug in 1999 and given some early shaping. It was given to me in 2009. I removed one of the original three trunks and in 2010 I carved the stump at the base and the heartwood of the trunk.

45.  Honeymyrtle

Melaleuca sp.

Tree age: Unknown          

Trained/styled since: Unknown

I have become interested in Australian native plants as bonsai and try to present them in their natural form.  This tree has survived in a plastic pot for many years and was planted in its bonsai pot in June this year.

46.  Prickly paperbark

Melaleuca styphelioides

Tree age: 10 years           

Trained/styled since: 2007

No catalogue information available

47.  Sour gum

Nyssa sylvatica

Tree age: Unknown

Trained/styled since: 1997

This 3 tree setting is one of my first, put together in 1997. The initial problem I had to overcome was the straightness of the trunks and how to induce some character in the setting. By leaning them at different angles and the complexity of the branching it has become a setting I enjoy in autumn and winter. The autumn colours are brilliant and the winter skeleton is complex.

48.  Olive

Olea europaea

Tree age: 20 years(est)

Trained/styled since: 2009(est)

Had a hard life in a nursery, and with me. Dried out, and has regrown from one shoot that survived.

49.  African olive

Olea europaea subsp. africana

Tree age: 23 years           

Trained/styled since: 1998

Collected from relative's farm at Boree Creek as a small seedling.

50.  African Olive

Olea europaea subsp. africana 'Cuspidata'

Tree age: 20 years           

Trained/styled since: 2004

I obtained this tree as a gift from a long standing member of the Canberra Bonsai Society in 1993. It sat on the bench waiting for an inspiration as to the style. In 2004 at a AABC Convention workshop in Canberra, the late Louis Nel from South Africa, a talented world renown bonsai demonstrator, styled it in the form it is today.

51.  Dwarf Alberta spruce

Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Conica'

Tree age: 37 years           

Trained/styled since: 1980

I created this tree as an exercise in ‘formal upright’ style shortly after I took lessons with Max Leversha in 1980. I chose this species as its natural growth form is quite formal due to its straight trunk and tight growth habit. The branches do not ‘set’ easily so it regularly needs to be wired to retain the desired shape.

52.  Blue spruce (dwarf)

Picea pungens 'Nana'

Tree age: 25 years           

Trained/styled since: 1999

Slow growing cultivar spruce. The two lowest branches were bent downward by means of nicking and wiring. The shoots have to be pruned yearly. Fertiliser 3 x a year. Repotting once every 3 - 4 years.

53.  Japanese white pine

Pinus parviflora

Tree age: 20 years (est) 

Trained/styled since: 1996

Present owner bought this tree in 1995. At the time it had an ugly trunk base, due to having been grafted onto a Japanese black pine. Part of the thickened trunk base was removed, with the shari extending upwards from the cut. After this, one of the side branches was used to grow a new trunk with branching and an apex. The cones date from 2012; most have dropped off.

54.  Japanese black pine

Pinus thunbergii

Tree age: 43 years           

Trained/styled since: 1973

I obtained this tree from a member of CBS in 2002 after she downsized her collection and decided to repot it into a unique rustic Pat Kennedy cascade pot which I feel complements the heavily flaking bark on the twisting trunk.  This tree I believe was grown from seed by Dick Stacey, an earlier bonsai nurseryman from Strathfield, NSW.

55.  Japanese black pine

Pinus thunbergii

Tree age: 32 years           

Trained/styled since: 1988

This tree was bought from a nursery in Sydney in 1985.  As one of my earlier trees, it showed my lack of skill with black pines.  Long leggy branches and poor design were obvious.  In 2003, after my skills improved I decided to change the design to a literati/ slanting/ windswept design.  I have aimed to capture the image of a tree growing on a windswept headland.

I intend to refine it further using more advanced techniques to reduce the needle size and introduce some more movement into the branches and trunk

56.  Flowering plum

Prunus cerasifera

Tree age: 30+ years        

Trained/styled since: 2003(est)

Grown from a cutting. Sets fruit well. Does not ramify easily.

57.  Azalea

Rhodendron indica

Tree age: 10 years           

Trained/styled since: 2010

I planted this tree in the garden in 2003 and dug it up in 2010 to create this bonsai. The tree received some pruning and shaping while in the ground. I enjoy its colourful flowers each spring.

58.  Azalea

Rhododendron indica ‘Red Wings’

Tree age: 30 years (est) 

Trained/styled since: 1985

No catalogue information available


59.   Azalea

Rhododendron sp.

Tree age: 5 years 

Trained/styled since: 2010

 

A nursery plant purchased in 2010.  Styled from purchase. Potted into a bonsai pot in 2010. Current pot handmade by the artist.

 

60.  Azalea

Rhododendron sp. 'Kurume'

Tree age: 5 years (est)  

Trained/styled since: 2011

 

When purchased this tree was about 3 years old.  The first styling was done after flowering that year and potted into the bonsai pot. Tip pruning was done last year to encourage new growth for a larger tree.

 

61.  Azalea

Rhododendron sp. 'Kurume'

Tree age: 3 years (est) 

Trained/styled since: 2012

When purchased this tree was about 2 years old.  The first styling was done after flowering and it was potted into a bonsai pot.  This year I will transfer it to a larger pot for growing on purposes.

62.  Azalea

Rhododendron 'Wards Ruby'

Tree age: Unknown          

Trained/styled since: 2005

Received from Michael Tan and started training in 2005.

63.  Chinese elm

Ulmus parvifolia

Tree age: 12 years           

Trained/styled since: 2003

Acquired at last year's show, pruned and repotted into a Pat Kennedy pot.

64.  Chinese elm

Ulmus parvifolia

Tree age: 8 years 

Trained/styled since: 2013

Beginner's elm

65.  Chinese elm

Ulmus parvifiolia

Tree age: 12 years           

Trained/styled since: 2001

 

Grown from a seed from a tree in Ngunnawa,l ACT

 

66.  Chinese elm

Ulmus parvifolia 'Seiju'

Tree age: 20 years           

Trained/styled since: 1994

This tree started as a root cutting and allowed to grow for a year when the first minscule styling was done, mainly the direction of the trunk. Keeping the style of the tree is by continual tip pruning during the growing season with the occasional wiring of a new branch. This tree usually suffers from dryout, ie lack of water, during the summer months hence a new branch replaces one lost as can be seen at the centre height of the trunk.

67.  Corky bark elm

Ulmus parvifolia 'Suber'

Tree age: 29 years           

Trained/styled since: 1989

This tree was grown from a cutting and has always been grown in bonsai pots. The tree was dramatically thinned and restyled 3 years ago. The pot was made by an English/German potter Petra Engelke and was purchased in 1995

68.  English elm

Ulmus procera

Tree age: Unknown          

Trained/styled since: 2008

This tree was bought from a member from the south coast. It had been a larger tree which had lost its main trunk due to die back and then set aside for disposal. I set about redesigning it in 2008 with the help of a bonsai internet forum. I have kept as close to the original concept as possible at my skill level.

 

69.  Carpet star

Ziera prostrata

Tree age: 10 years           

Trained/styled since: 2007

Ziera prostrata is an endangered species that occurs naturally in low coastal heathland near Coffs Harbour. Its small dark leaves and long-lasting flowers make it an attractive species for bonsai.

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