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Bonsai and Glass on the Portland Japanese Backyard


Final week we arrange the bonsai show on the Portland Japanese Backyard. Whereas we placing up that show, one other show caught our consideration.

Benefit from the picture essay!

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Our set up group after loading the truck. Thanks Masaki, Erich, and Carmen!

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Bringing large bonsai up steps utilizing the simplest technique: numerous palms…with help from the Portland Japanese Backyard group.

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Our show options a number of bushes from the Seattle space. That is one in every of my favourite David DeGroot bushes, a Coast Redwood nurse log / bridge creativeness.

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Dan Robinson equipped us with this outdated Korean Hornbeam. Although I had solely a short while at Dan’s place, Elandan Gardens, I used to be amazed on the uncommon bushes he’d collected through the years. He gave me a fast tour of them earlier than I needed to scoot.

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This outdated Japanese White Pine got here from the Pacific Bonsai Museum. Mr. Mitsuya donated it to the Museum and we’re delighted to have it on show this 12 months on the Japanese Backyard.

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That is one in every of mine, a twin-trunk Engelmann Spruce.

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One other one in every of mine, a Japanese Maple ‘Beni-Kawa’ with notably crimson bark this 12 months. When it will get extra solar it seems to be redder.

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And a Chinese language Wisteria that has grown its entire life in a pot. Pot-grown bonsai are inclined to have simple, pure tapers.

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Huge outdated Mountain Hemlock. That is truly a rooted department of a very historic tree. Quirky factor, with a penjing really feel to it.

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In opposition to this wall we’ve got kusamono. This spring set embody, proper to left: large-leaved lupine, woman fern and violet, vetch and aster (nonetheless little nubs), and Douglas iris, a Northwest native.

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Giant-leaved Lupine. Undecided it should flower this 12 months however the leaves are spectacular.

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After which one of many gardeners insisted we see the glass exhibition within the pavilion. I’d seen on-line photos of it and admit that originally I assumed them kitschy, however I had a really completely different expertise in individual. The crops have been in glass, full with bubbles as in the event that they have been caught in sheets of ice. Skeletal, luminous and haunting.

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And we hit this Cherry proper at peak within the winter backyard.

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