It was with great relief that Jerry was able to make the show this year and we were glad to see him there. He brought along a lovely yamadoi English Yew (Taxus baccata) that he has had for 4 years which was in a Dan Barton pot. He placed alongside the Yew a Juniperus Sabina.
Kit who is a club member of Swindon and well known for his passion for small trees, set up yet another fantastic miniature display of fascinating mame and accompanying items. It made up a super display and it was a delight to spend time admiring each element.
Sally’s shohin display contained 6 trees and an accent and five of the trees are presented on a shohin display stand. There was a Premna (Premna serratifolia), Japanese quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) Korean hornbeam (Carpinus turczaninowii), Trident maple (Acer buergerianum).
A second Trident maple (Acer buergerianum) over rock with a snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) accent. The trees were a delight and provided a good flow and range of style.
The open weekend at Lodder Bonsai this year was again a great success with so much to see and do all weekend with the focus being everything bonsai and so much more. We had a really enjoyable time with friends in a very friendly relaxed atmosphere surrounded by bonsai trees. Throughout the weekend were bonsai demonstrations, a stunning bonsai exhibition and lots of shopping opportunities.
Grahams shohin display was a six-tree display with a Juniper (Juniper itoigawa) in a Klika pot on the top of the shohin display case and a collection of 4 broadleaf winter image shohin bonsai below.
These were a Privet (Ligustrum) in a Klika pot, a Cork Bark Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) in a Bigei pot, a Larch in an Ian Baillie pot and a Siberia Pea tree (Caragana arborescens) in a Tony Remington pot.
Set to the right hand side was a Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) also in a Tony Remington pot with a snowdrop accent (Galanthus nivalis).
Simons display was exceptional, it has some many little interesting facets it captured the attention of many and also the imagination. The tiny bronzes were a delight with the snail and the frog.
His frog pot was also great and looked fabulous set above the root stand. Simon also was a trader at our show selling his hand made beautifully crafted accent and bonsai pots as Suteki.
Solent Bonsai Club put on three tree display with a Larch group in the centre and hopefully you all spotted the snail at the back of the stand behind the Pine. Also check out the boxing hare bronze on the moss mound in a stunning pot.
Surry Heath Bonsai Society put forward a slightly different bonsai display this year combining three elements into the display. They had a shohin display along side a Blackthorn tree in flower set within a white circle frame and a chuhin display on the right hand side.
Glynderi Bonsai Club is a very well established bonsai club and they put forward an amazing collection of Larch this year for their display at Swindon Winter Image Show. It takes a lot of confidence to do a single species display but they have a great collection of different larch styles and sizes to make a very unique and interesting display.
This years Newbury Bonsai Society display was put together by Dave Cleveland, Sally May and Mark Kerry. There were four main trees on the display with accompanying accents.