BSB at BTA

Graham Walker gives us his report on the first official engagement of the BSB

The BTA autumn event was held at the Heritage Centre at Elsecar, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire this year for the first time. This move was forced upon them as the original venue, used for many years, had been demolished.

The Heritage Centre is on the site of the old National Coal Board Engineering Works, and includes many small and varied units, together with an operating historical railway.

The day started early for me with the alarm going off at 5.00am (never realised there were two 5.00 o’clocks in one day). After a quiet drive I arrived to be joined shortly afterwards by the two Johns – Armitage and Brocklehurst. The display units were all set out awaiting dressing with cloths before we set up our Shohin displays. As the space was limited we each put one display on the British Shohin Bonsai stand. We also took the opportunity to advertise the next Shohin event in the UK, ShohinUK 2 in March 2015, together with our new Facebook page and website.

(Pause for a bacon sandwich and a chat with various friends met over the course of many years in the hobby.) Then there was just time to have a quick look round the sales stands to see if anything caught our eye, before the event was open to the public. The club displays were then judged, but the results not announced until after lunch. All displays were of a very high standard and it was encouraging to see several clubs exhibiting for the first time.

The new venue provided a large hall around which all the traders were spread, with the Club displays back to back along the centre of the hall. This made a very impressive show of trees.
During the course of the day there were many conversations and banter with friends both new and long standing.

There were people from many parts of the country, including a large number down from Scotland.

In the afternoon the results of the club displays were announced which were as follows
Gold award Lanarkshire Bonsai
Silver award Aka Matsu School of Bonsai
Bronze award Bonsai Collective (all students of John Hanby)
Highly commended York Bonsai Club

All displays were of a high standard and proved difficult to separate by the Judges. Unfortunately British Shohin Bonsai did not get a mention, disappointing. but it is being there and taking part that counts.

Corin Tomlinson of Greenwood Gardens gave a quick styling demonstration with a Chinese Juniper which was then raffled off to a lucky ticket holder.

All that was left at the end of the event was to dismantle the stand, pack the cars and drive home!

I would like to thank the BTA Committee for all the organisation and hard work that goes into putting on an event of this size. Most people I talked too seemed very pleased with the new venue and had an enjoyable day.

Some pics of the BSB display
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Note to self: work out how to put images side by side. 😉
second note to self: remember for future reference that there were bacon butties at this event 😉 😉

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Sizing again. With pictures

Yesterday we put up a couple of posts regarding the vexing matter of bonsai sizes which you can read in the Articles section.

Just to add to that, here is a pictorial back up featuring trees that have won their classifications at BSA shows:

Bob B’s splendid mame juniper – approx height 3.5 inches

Bob B's mame juniper - approx height 4inches

John A’s stunning shohin juniper – approx height 8 inchesJohn A's stunning shohin juniper

 

John A’s Kifu juniper – approx height 14 inch

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John B’s kifu juniper

John B's kifu juniper

Interestingly, although John B’s tree is quite a bit taller than the other one, it is the foliage mass that gives it its classification.  Both are considered kifu.

 

And, last but not least, Ian S’s chuhin juniper which is around 18 inches tall.

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Ian S’s chuhin juniper

As seen in its three point display.

As seen in its three point display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing the autumn theme

I posted yesterday about how the weather even up here in Scotland was, shall we say, “confused” at the moment.  I popped outside this afternoon (in tee shirt, shorts and sunglasses it must be noted) to see how my shohin and Kifu Potentillas were getting on against the march of Autumn. (Yes, I know mentioning march and autumn in one sentence is confusing but try to keep up. 😉 )  In their case, “confused” is most certainly right.

First below is my kifu Potentilla in its Peter Krebs pot. As you can see, it is more certainly autumnal. The same goes for my favourite one which has been in the BSA Exhibition a couple of times as part of a five tree display.  It is the next one down – pot by Ian Baillie.
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So, both doing exactly as I’d have expected at this time of year. But when it comes to the ones I have in development, well the story is rather different:

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This one is even still putting out flower – two open flowers and three more buds ready to open.

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I wondered if it was to do with the fact that these two are in oversized development pots, but still fairly green of leaf is this one:

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They all sit in the same area on the bench so there is no micro-climate difference. And they have all received pretty much the same amount of fertiliser over the summer so I cant put the leaf drop difference down to that either.

It just goes to show how hard it is to do any sort of comparison between  trees as they don’t always behave uniformly.