Collected Blueberry was 2nd place for the "Best of Potomac Bonsai Association"

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Collected Blueberry was 2nd place for the "Best of Potomac Bonsai Association"

Post  Todd Ellis on Thu May 09, 2013 3:30 am

I want to share my honor with you; I was given 2nd place for my collected High Bush Blueberry tree. I collected this Exposed-root Blueberry in a swamp/tributary off of the Rappahannock River in King George County, Virginia. It spent 3-4 years in a nursery pot, then about 7-8 years in the ground. I then re-collected it out of the "overgrown" landscape and have grown it in bonsai culture since 2007 (?). It was heavily damaged during a hail storm in 2008, and then had some borer damage two years ago. The small trunk and branches on the large trunk were grown by me. It flowered heavily this year and is full of berries. I believe the pot is an old Japanese pot from the Tokoname region; it is a handmade pot... old pot for old tree The accent stone is a fullmoon image stone displayed in a Chinese stand which resembles a carved Chinese bed. The tree stands approx. 20 inches tall from the top of the soil.



I will post the first place and third place tree in another post.


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Post  Todd Ellis on Thu May 09, 2013 3:41 am

First place in the PBA show was a Forsythia in full flower, and fully wired:



The Third place tree was a very large Shimpaku forest planting:



I was very honored to have placed at all. Very Happy


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Post  Orion on Thu May 09, 2013 3:45 am

Congrats Todd!

Really nice blue berry, great character.

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Thu May 09, 2013 12:35 pm

Congratulations Todd !!!

and here is my address, plus postage. Smile

Further thanks for posting images of the other two winners, and they are also very beautiful.
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Post  my nellie on Thu May 09, 2013 4:31 pm

Congratulations Todd!
We share your happiness!

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Post  fiona on Thu May 09, 2013 5:06 pm

Well done, Todd.

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Post  rockm on Thu May 09, 2013 5:33 pm

I really like that blueberry when I went through the exhibit during the show. There is a certain unexpectedness and freshness in seeing that species in the exhibit. I also liked the moonstone very much. I'm surprised someone didn't walk off with it Very Happy

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Post  JimLewis on Thu May 09, 2013 7:04 pm

Good job! I love blueberry bonsai and think more people should try them.

Mine is going to have a bumper crop of berries this year. I take a pic when they're blue.

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Post  ogie on Thu May 09, 2013 7:19 pm

Congrats todd love your stone too WOW
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Post  xuan le on Fri May 10, 2013 12:54 am

Congratulations Todd nice tree and pot too.
Does the Shimpaku (3rd place) belong to Jack Sustic?

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Post  Guest on Fri May 10, 2013 1:49 am

Well done Todd! Congratulations!


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Post  Todd Ellis on Fri May 10, 2013 3:42 am

Thank you everyone.

Xuan, I don't know who owns the Shimpaku.

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Post  xuan le on Fri May 10, 2013 12:50 pm

Todd Ellis wrote:Thank you everyone.

Xuan, I don't know who owns the Shimpaku.

Now I am sure this Shimpaku forest belongs to Jack Sustic (the curator of National Penjing & Bonsai Museum) because I helped him loading the slab to his van on the last day of the 2nd US National Bonsai Exhibition in Rochester NY (2010). I just double checked by looking at the Commemorative album (its picture is on page 78)

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Post  Todd Ellis on Fri May 10, 2013 1:14 pm

It is an impressive bonsai. For our readers here, the size of that forest is huge; my best guess is 4 feet long by 2-3 feet wide. The stand is "coffee table" size. Height is close to 30 inches tall I think ... very impressive!

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Post  Russell Coker on Fri May 10, 2013 1:37 pm




Beautiful tree!

But..... lovely new spring growth with white flowers, beautiful summer berries, some of the most incredible fall color you could ask for.... brown pot. Something's off here!

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Post  Todd Ellis on Fri May 10, 2013 1:44 pm

Russell, an old glazed pot would be great! I don't own one to suit this tree. This brown pot shows of the exposed roots well I think. One day I will be able to have an entire "wardrobe" for my trees Very Happy

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Post  Russell Coker on Fri May 10, 2013 1:55 pm




I'd love to see the chop on the bottom of this pot.

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Fri May 10, 2013 5:50 pm

Todd,

from what Russell is saying, you might need the same shape of pot with different colours for each season.
Just lift out and change the shoes.

For my part I liked the calligraphic appearance of the tree.

Didn't notice the pot - chuckle - teasing Russell.
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