I mentioned in an earlier post that my local club, the Lanarkshire Bonsai Club, were taking a group shohin display to the Bonsai Traders Association show in Barnsley this Sunday. Today, I have been preparing the 4 trees I will be contributing to that display in readiness for the event.
The first one is this zelkova.
I was asked if I would consider defoliating this tree for the show. I wouldn’t normally do this at this time of year, preferring to wait until the leaves drop off naturally but I did agree so here goes. The next picture shows the tree immediately after defoliation
and then after a trim and tidy up
Thankfully, the others did not require such drastic preparation
Itoigawa Juniper on rock. The next picture show the tree from the selected front. This side shows the best face of the rock. For the purpose of this show it will be displayed from the other side