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Bonsai Exhibits Going Wild
November 15, 2016

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Bonsai Exhibits Going Wild

It wasn't long ago, when all the world attempted to emulate the Japanese traditional form of displaying bonsai. And although tradition is still highly respected, more "modern" and creative displays are finding their way into the bonsai world. Decked-Out was the recent exhibit at the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way, WA

"From Scroll to Skateboard" featured 16 tokonoma style displays, each with a custom skate deck painted by the Pacific Northwest’s most talented urban muralists.

"Artists are paired with a bonsai to create a work that combines traditional motifs and modern graffiti styles, as a new interpretation of bonsai display is established.

Enjoy the Colors, Fall is Here

Fall is here in the Northern Hemisphere, and with it comes beautiful color. The amazing maple bonsai shown here is in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum in Washington, D.C.

Jonas Dupuich's natural appearing Korean Hornbeam

At the same time as these masterpieces present themselves, BonsaiMary gets tons of emails about asking "what will grow indoors?" (Yes, if tropicals are cared for properly, many can be grown indoors. And it's definitely time to protect them from frost and freezing temperatures.)

While summer was presenting the strength and beauty of tropical bonsai, seems like lots of folks purchased one or more!

Ficus forest by E. Fernandez, FL

The most asked about tropicals for indoors are the Ficus varieties.

Japanese "Penjing" ?

Today, some folks feel they can always tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese bonsai. To add to the conversation, take a look at this antique.

In an 1826 manual titled 'Senkeiban Zushiki' (Illustrations of tray landscapes) we find, it wasn't always so clear. Hoe Chuah has posted several photos of these amazing, old wood block prints in his blog 'Japanese Penjing.'

Tall Tree - Shallow Pot Delimma

If you are a regular BonsaiBanter reader, you know Brit, Tony Tickle is one of my favorite bonsai bloggers.

One of his recent posts is terrific.

Prunus spinosa (blackthorn, or sloe) is a species of Prunus native to Europe.

Prunus is a genus of trees and shrubs, which includes the plums, cherries, peaches, apricots and even almonds.

One of the joys of using these species for bonsai (as you can see here) is the flowers.

For anyone who has had difficulty settling a literati into a shallow pot, be sure to see Tall Tree, Shallow pot - by Tony Tickle

Make Plans Now!

Bonsai enthusiasts in Europe are looking forward to this big event.

If you live in the US and you've been thinking about a trip across the pond, why not include Bonsai Europa on your itinerary.

Now, is the perfect time to start making plans.

Time of Year

This is always a busy time of year, the 'Dance of Tropicals', cleaning out greenhouses, planning family get-togethers etc. Here is the USA, Thanksgiving will be at the end of November.

Then, before you know it, it's gift giving time.

For a fun, yet practical gift, check out the BOGO.

The Bonsai Magic Cloth is still available in both white and green.

The prices are the same, the only difference is, if you order 1, you get 2! When you order 2, you get 4!

This BOGO offer will end January 5, 2017.

BonsaiMary Gets Mail

Joe N. - Indianapolis, IN

We talked in the past about growing indoor bonsai plants. I bought a Chinese elm. I'm also wondering what your thoughts are on growing a Brazilian rain tree indoors under a strong grow light. Your opinion is most appreciated. Thank you

BonsaiMary Response: Joe, go for it! Many years ago I gave a bonsai demo and several workshops in Montreal, Canada. Everyone was asking for the Raintree workshop, because they do so well indoors! By the way, the demo tree was Jaboticaba, another surprise for indoors (although, often difficult to find.)
Marie - Living the RV Lifestyle - Bonsai is Not for Everyone

I really loved your website. I was very interested in having a bonsai so I bought one. I had it for a year. It was a juniper bonsai that I bought from a street vendor. It was beautiful until a very hungry rabbit ate it! As well as my hens and chicks, and even a cactus.

Needless to say I was really bummed out. As much as I would love to have a bonsai, my RV lifestyle is too hard on them. Thank you again for all the lovely photos and advice. If I ever settle down in one place I will try, try again!

BonsaiMary response: Marie, thanks for your recent note. I felt badly that you were bummed by that big, bad bunny! Bonsai is a great hobby and maybe someday I will hear from you again. Meanwhile, enjoy your RV lifestyle!
Joe D. - Big Canoe GA

In addition to ordering Magic Cloths, Joe said ... "I really appreciate the information that you so freely share with us. I know that I am always looking to learn, regardless of my many years in Bonsai."

George H. - Cocoa, FL

"Received the Magic Cloths today. They're pretty cool around kitchen also! Once again. Thank You."

With Appreciation

You may have noticed this issue of Bonsai Banter did not arrive near the first of the month as usual. I didn't forget, but I've changed the delivery date to the middle of the month.

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions you may Contact Me Many thanks to all my subscribers who continue to share bonsai thoughts, questions and pictures.

And a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

Most Sincerely,

Mary Miller

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