This sturdy Japanese advantageous tooth holly (Ilex serrata) initially appeared on our 2010 Bonsai calendar.
Right here’s one other knockout picture from one in every of previous 12 months’s Japanese bonsai calendars (2017 on this case). The tree is a Satsuki azalea.
The Japanese title for this candy little tree is “Mayumi,” which is a standard Japanese lady’s title that interprets as reality or magnificence. The artist and proprietor is Katsumi Komiya.
The Japanese have two names for this kind planting. It is a shitakusa for those who use it as a companion in a bonsai show, and it is a kusamono for those who show it by itself or as the point of interest in a show. Katsui Komina’s caption says “Chrysanthemum, yabukouji.” Translation: Spear flower (Ardisia japonica).
There’s one thing about Quince flowers… Here is Invoice Valavanis‘ caption from his Welcome to My Bonsai World weblog… “A small measurement Toyo Nishiki Japanese flowering quince, Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Toyo Nishiki’ with a number of coloured flowers. Though crimson, pink and white blossoms are frequent for this nice cultivar, I’ve usually seen crimson branches grafted onto specimens to enhance coloration distribution.” Invoice took this picture on the 2015 Kokufu Exhibition.
This highly effective outdated Satsuki azalea belongs to Boon Manakitivipart. The shot was taken simply earlier than spring pruning.
One other of Boon’s Satsuki azaleas. I borrowed it from our archives. Here is our unique caption… “This Satsuki azalea’s trunk jogs my memory of a few of Antoni Gaudi’s sculptural structure that graces the nice metropolis of Barcelona. Although in fact, the tree resides in Boon Manakitivipart’s spectacular bonsai assortment within the nice metropolis of Alameda, California” (Boon has since moved to the Sierra foothills).
4 of Michael Hagedorn’s Chojubai in flower (December, 2018). With Micheal it’s all the time greatest to let him converse for himself… “A pair weeks again we photographed all of the Dwarf Flowering Quince ‘Chojubai’ that had been trying fancy, as all of them determined to bloom on the identical time this 12 months. Which isn’t textbook Chojubai, however it occurred.”