Author Topic: SUMMER DISPLAY  (Read 2314 times)

William N. Valavanis

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« on: July 18, 2014, 08:55 PM »
A few months ago while picking up some ProMix at a feed store I looked around in their nursery yard. I noticed a couple of interesting new hydrangeas which I've never seen before. I was not looking for anything in particular, just looking and my eye was caught by the shape of the hydrangeas. Note I was looking at shapes, not species. Two specimens had beautiful natural untouched shapes and I purchased the most interesting plant.

The new plant, Great Star Panicle Hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata 'Le Vasterival', was growing in a two gallon can and I took it home and potted it in an expensive Japanese Tokoname ware Japanese container from the Reiho Kiln. Over 25 years ago I had three special containers custom made in special colors for some trees. Those bonsai are now too large and the container is broken, but repaired.

Only a couple of branches were pruned and a couple pulled down with guy wires. This plant continues to dry out quite quickly and it now sits in a shallow basin of water, thus the name "Hydrangea."

I've been watching and studying this plant waiting for the delicate white flowers. Some did not understand this bonsai or the subtle beauty, but I liked it and wanted to share it with visitors today.

Enjoy the summer display in my studio tokonoma alcove.

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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2014, 09:09 PM »
Elegant Bill.


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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2014, 09:21 PM »
Love hydrangeas. Beautiful Bill. JRob

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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2014, 10:11 PM »
I've been veering more and more towards identifying with more classical forms of bonsai over the last few years; Kyuzo Murata's work especially. 

Nicely done Bill.


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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2014, 07:03 AM »
Bonsai and display, when done well, are essence Arts and they speak to the skill to connect to the heart. Bills simple display
is executed with a soft hand, affection and appreciation. The elegant atmosphere appears easy to capture but is not.
As I look at this display I am flooded with emotion, it is beyond poetic and is deeply nostalgic and personal. Of course the beauty of a display like this is each person viewing can find their own understanding and peace.

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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2014, 06:33 PM »
Evokes the feeling of looking into the shade of a forest. The bamboo scroll, and bamboo on the right side of the photo, completes the summer theme. The pot of bamboo sets the margin, so to speak (as does the post). The basin suggests water, or the edge of a shaded pond in the forest. It sets a scene I can relate to. I see it.

The loose foliage, does very much remind me of a photo from Murata's book The Four Seasons of Bonsai. Very nice.

Sometimes (actually more often than not) I see photos of displays, and never "see" the reference. Often a display just showcases a technically well executed tree. Nothing wrong with that. But this immediately hit me as more than just the tree. That I can't see detail of the tree's structure, and that doesn't bother me here, because I immediately saw something that related to my personal experiences. It doesn't matter if my image does not match Bill's intent, it does create an image for me and that is the sign of a good display. (at least in my opinion) Nicely done.