2011 Taunton & Somerset Bonsai Show

During the weekend of 21st and 22nd May 2011, it was time once again to dust of a few Bonsai to show at the club weekend.

Our club hosts the show at the Willowbrook Garden Centre betwixt Taunton & Wellington. Sadly the weather was not kind; winds were extremely strong and it not only kept people away from the Garden-Centre, it kept them away from our show.

It took a lot of work to keep the club marquee firmly down on the ground. I hope next year, the weather will be kinder.

I have just included here on my site a few images of my own trees and accent plantings.

Anticipating a question regarding the log planting; it is a log pot made by the great John Pitt.

The Scots also is a John Pitt Pot (say that after a few), and the Procumbens (which is work in progress, is in a Japanese pot.

The snail (just for fun) is made from FIMO, a modelling clay heated in the home oven.

I’ve specifically only shown my own trees here; the rest of the show can be viewed on:

Taunton & Somerset Bonsai club site

Taunton and Somerset Bonsai Show

Well, almost a year gone since I exhibited at the club weekend show in 2010. I’d only been a member for a few weeks so it was a case of thrown in at the deep-end.

I wanted to be certain to show different trees this time and use material that is commonly available. This I believe helps anyone with an interest in Bonsai to see it can be done for far less money that one may be inclined to think.

I’ve decided to run with:

The dwarf Scots Pine


And a selection of Accent Plantings.

Small Kaho satsuki. I am re-showing this one because last year when I obtained the tree, it was in an untrained condition. Having done quite a lot of work to it I am keeping fingers crossed it is in sufficient flower mode by next weekend or sadly I will need to pull it.

For a replacement, I will run with the very large triple-trunk Korean Hornbeam. This was one of my trees selected for the Best of British Bonsai in Birmingham last month. Sadly at that time the tree was not ready. Since then, new growth is superb and with much work it should be in a showable condition.

Our show, unlike the superb effort that is put on by Swindon is very low key, but an immense amount of pleasure never-the-less. All I hope is the wind drops for the Saturday and Sunday or it will be a case of a flying marquee. I’ll take plenty of pictures to post after the weekend of 21st and 22nd May. No prizes, other than the satisfaction you have been a small cog contributing.

If anyone is in the area of Willowbrook Garden Centre betwixt Taunton and Wellington on the A38, please do call in and say hello. none of us bite … much 🙂