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Bonsai Banter Issue # 044 Bonsai Extremes
October 28, 2013

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Bonsai Size Extremes

Bill Valavanis recently returned from his trip to China. His blog was full of fascinating photos. Including this one Of Kunio Kobayashi in a pine 'bonsai.'

I found this comment particularly interesting:

"The huge bonsai, which westerners think are ridiculous, are in proportion to where they are displayed. Proportion is important. China is a large country with large gardens -- so, large bonsai are grown.

While, Japan is a small country with small gardens and smaller size bonsai are grown and also displayed indoors, which is not a Chinese tradition

I couldn't resist including this photo of Bill ...

And no, it's not photo-shop!

Check out all of Bill's photos in his World Bonsai Friends Federation Convention issue.

From Huge to Very Small

Shortly after reading several issues of Bill's blog, I attended a mini-convention in Bunnell, Fl -- all shohin.

One hundred and two miniature trees were on exhibit!

I call it a mini-convention because it has everything the 'real' conventions have, except on a much smaller scale.

The Kawa club (Bunnell, FL) weekend events are always very organized, have excellent artists and a fabulous exhibit.

This one was no exception.

While I was reviewing the exhibit with member Mike Rogers, I noticed a tiny mushroom in one of the bonsai.

Mike told me he had dug a couple from the wild and planted them the day before. I asked if they had declined in any way. He said no, in fact they had continued to develop.

Nice touch!

In addition to the exhibit and demos, it was great to see lots of folks I hadn't seen in awhile.


Mike Kling photographed most of the 'bugs' on the Bonsai Care and Beneficials page.

He recently sent me this new addition. Mike wrote: " ... he showed up on my desk at the Garden Center I was managing

... it shows the details, those holes in the side of the body are how it breathes ... I think this one is Arilus cristatus, Wheel Bug

... covers the East, from RI to TX, not sure how far into FL it gets ... enjoy

A Winter Tip for Tropicals

If you struggle with tropicals indoors, AND you're sure you have enough light -- but they're still not happy -- maybe they have "cold feet."

Use a propagation (seedling) mat to keep tropical bonsai feet warm. Keep in mind water and electricity do not mix ... do not use household heating pads.

"Falling into Winter"

Capital Bonsai by Aarin Packard
is another blog I follow.

This issue is full of bonsai photos in peak color at the national collection in Washington, D.C.

Just Announced

Make plans to visit:

Great Britain's 2nd International Magical Bonsai Accents Exhibition

Failand Village Hall, Oxhouse Lane, Failand

Saturday July 19, 2014

The first exhibit encouraged my Bonsai Accents page.

Site Reminders

Don't forget, if you have a bonsai business or are a bonsai speaker, I have very reasonable prices and excellent exposure (hundreds of visitors a day)available for Your Advertising.

Until next month, thanks for your input and for visiting my site.


Mary Miller

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