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Post  bonsaisr on Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:41 pm

I asked two Big Experts and looked in The Book, but still no answer. Is it permissible to mix hardy and tropical shohin species together in one display, for instance a gardenia with temperate trees (in September)?
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Post  fiona on Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:50 pm

I put a five tree display into the British Shohin Association show a couple of years ago that had a gardenia, a jasmine, a black pine, a potentilla and a ginkgo and it got a certificate of merit. If it's okay for over here and in a specialist shohin show which was judged by a shohin expert, then I can't see it being a problem.


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Post  bonsaisr on Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:30 pm

Thanks, I think our rules are basically the same as yours. If it looks OK then it's OK.
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Post  Stan Kengai on Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:44 am

I have seen Japanese displays with Gardenias and Japanese Black Pines. . .

I believe the more important issues are movement, pot color and style/texture.

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Post  William N. Valavanis on Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:31 am

What is wrong with a Japanese black pine and Gardenia displayed in the same box stand? BOTH are winter hardy in most of Japan.

I see nothing wrong with displaying tropical and temperate species in the same box stand and have done it many times. As long as the trunk movement is pleasing and the container colors and shapes are different its a go. As long as you like it, go for it.

There are NO bonsai police.

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Post  bonsaisr on Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:54 am

I've got until May to try out some different arrangements. LOL
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Re: Shohin Display

Post  dick benbow on Wed Mar 04, 2015 4:13 pm

Bonsai police, now there's a thought! I wish there was some for landscapers, who pollard everything. ( you want it this tall? bam, a straight line cut makes it happen.....)
After all my efforts to study japanese hobbies, I've finally been getting things together.

If I had to boil all the rules down so that all the different schools and their training could be easily understood, it's the word 'HARMONY'. Not so much scrutiny on individual elements as the importance of the whole.

for example in toko display, if the toko is informal, the pine and stand formal, the scroll semi-formal, and the kusamono and jitta informal. How doe this mixture provide a cohesive display with a miss match of everything? It's the harmoney of the elements to tell the story. Thus my theory that it's the whole that needs to be the focus rather than the independent elements as primary.

as always Bill, thanks for contributing...

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