Bonsai Socieities of Florida March 20 - 22, 2009

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Bonsai Socieities of Florida March 20 - 22, 2009

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:14 pm

Last weekend I attended the Bonsai Societies of Florida annual convention near Orlando. I can't begin to measure how much learning went on for Carla and I. The visiting masters were Boon M. and Suthin S. To have them working on the same stage was a memorable experience.

My only regret was that the vendors I usually patronize did not attend.

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BSF 2009 Convention Photos

Post  Rob Kempinski on Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:16 am

Well Billy mentioned the convention but didn't show any photos. Here are a couple of the exhibit trees.

A Juniper Parsonii by me. Chinese pot.


This Pink Trumpet Flower (Tabebuia) won the BSF President's award.


I brought a shohin display featuring a Dwarf Yauppon Holly (Illex vomitoria schillings nana), Willow leaf Ficus (Ficus salicaria), Cedar Elm (Ulmus crassfolia), Chinese Hackberry (Celtis Sinensis), Nea (Nea Buxifolia), and a Chinese Juniper over rock (Junipersus chinesis shimpaku grafted on Juniper parsonii trunk).



A day before the show I noticed my Snake Root Ficus Salicaria was making small new orange colored leaves. So I pulled off the remaining leaves from last year that were pretty weather beaten and decided to show this Snake root raft style in a snake pot that I made back in 1999. The reaction to this tree was similar to the reaction people have to US presidents, they either loved it or hated it.



I will try to post more photos on my blog.


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Re: Bonsai Socieities of Florida March 20 - 22, 2009

Post  Will Heath on Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:26 am

Thanks for the pictures Rob and by the way, great job on your new book.



Will

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Re: Bonsai Socieities of Florida March 20 - 22, 2009

Post  NeilD3 on Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:43 am

Very nice shohin display. Thank you for sharing Rob. I also like the accent with your juniper. What is it, and is this planted on a rock?

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Re: Bonsai Socieities of Florida March 20 - 22, 2009

Post  Rob Kempinski on Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:22 pm

NeilD3 wrote:Very nice shohin display. Thank you for sharing Rob. I also like the accent with your juniper. What is it, and is this planted on a rock?
Thanks Neil, the accent was three plants along with some moss - Dwarf Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonicus), Silver Squill (Ledebouria socialis) (can't really see these in the photo), and a red colored dwarf houseplant I picked up at Home Depot. Next time I'm at Home Depot I'll see if there is a name tag. The container is a piece of driftwood found in India. The top surface has oxidized to a dark color but underneath I can see it is some form of rosewood.

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Re: Bonsai Socieities of Florida March 20 - 22, 2009

Post  Rob Kempinski on Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:26 pm

Will Heath wrote:Thanks for the pictures Rob and by the way, great job on your new book.
Will

Thanks Will, and thanks for your review at AOB.
I've gotten lots of good feedback about the book.

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Re: Bonsai Socieities of Florida March 20 - 22, 2009

Post  Carolee on Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:35 pm

I very much like your Snake Pot and Tree, but then as someone who has only been in bonsai for five years, I don't know all the 'rules'. Very Happy I really like your shohin display, but I was unable to find an individual picture of your Dwarf Yaupon Holly (Illex vomitoria schillings nana), on your web site. I'd really like to see it larger. I very much enjoyed your web site and your sense of creativity and humor. Thanks!

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Re: Bonsai Socieities of Florida March 20 - 22, 2009

Post  Rob Kempinski on Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:55 pm

Carolee wrote:I very much like your Snake Pot and Tree, but then as someone who has only been in bonsai for five years, I don't know all the 'rules'. Very Happy I really like your shohin display, but I was unable to find an individual picture of your Dwarf Yaupon Holly (Illex vomitoria schillings nana), on your web site. I'd really like to see it larger. I very much enjoyed your web site and your sense of creativity and humor. Thanks!
Thanks for the comments Carolee, can't take life too seriously. Very Happy

I didn't get a good shot of the Dwarf Yaupon Holly at the convention and I have not yet posted photos of all my trees to the blog. Still have along way to go there. Arrow

The growth has not responded the way I wanted so I am going to change the front. Here is a photo from this morning showing the new front.



PS Is that a Cairn Terrier in your avatar?

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Re: Bonsai Socieities of Florida March 20 - 22, 2009

Post  Carolee on Sat Mar 28, 2009 9:21 pm

Actually he (Bear), is a Schnauzer. A rescue from a puppy mill at six months. Their attempt to make a 'toy' schnauzer. He's just a little under ten pounds, has bowed front legs, and incorrectly clipped ears. He was never properly socialized as a puppy, and he always has that vigilant & quizzical look on his face. Thanks for posting your youpon. I like it. Again, thanks for the time you spend on your web site!

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