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Species Specific => Satsuki Azalea Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: MatsuBonsai on April 27, 2010, 07:28 PM

Title: Early blooms
Post by: MatsuBonsai on April 27, 2010, 07:28 PM
Thought I would share some pictures of some early blooms.  These are from a Komei I've been growing out for a little while, originally a whip from a Julian Adams workshop at ABS 2007 in Virginia Beach.  I thought I would let a few flowers bloom this year.

Enjoy
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: bwaynef on April 27, 2010, 08:23 PM
Certainly a variety that's worth having.  I love those blooms.
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: JRob on April 27, 2010, 08:29 PM
John,

Love the pics & thought you'd like to see some of mine. I was planning on showing the Satsuki Kahuo in our May Show but a few weeks of early warm weather have started the bloom to early now. This week has cooled considerable but it may be to late. The first pic is Satsuki Wakaebisu and the second is Satsuki Kahuo.

JRob

Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: JRob on April 28, 2010, 05:58 AM
Thought I'd try to get a larger pic.

JRob
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: bwaynef on April 28, 2010, 09:02 AM
I've never heard of Kahuo.  I'll check my books to see if it looks like Kaho when I get home.
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: MatsuBonsai on April 28, 2010, 09:11 AM
JRob,

Thanks for sharing.  I was hoping that you and/or shimsuki would post.  It seems a bit early for blooms, doesn't it?  The flower buds on my big Gyoten are still tight.  I'll be posting photos of that one, too.  Look for a new thread in another few weeks.
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: Steven on April 28, 2010, 09:50 AM
I've already had azaleas bloom and gone. Mainly my Kurume's. Currently in bloom, but almost gone, are my Alaska's and my Haru No Hibiki. My unknown satsuki(name tag was lost) has not bloomed but it has pushed new foliage past the flower buds. My other satsuki(can't remember the name) I have not seen since taking it to GreenThumbBonsai so it could recover from whatever ailed it.

Course down here I've had much warmer days that north :)
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: John Kirby on April 28, 2010, 11:29 AM
Is kahuo really kaho?
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: meushi on April 28, 2010, 12:43 PM
There is no Kahuo in the Satsuki Jiten, but there's a Kakuo with flowers that match the picture (pg 310).
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: JRob on April 28, 2010, 01:16 PM
All,

I believe Meushi is correct and I made a typo. I'll check the original tag from Dave Kreutz when I get home. I typed from memory with out checking.

John,

I agree it early for our satsukis. The two weeks of eighty degree weather early april probably got them of to an early start. I am just hoping that the cooler weather the last week and a half slows them down. My large Karen and Shohin Hakurin are still tight and all of my son's are still tight as well. When we were at Dave's nursery two weeks ago his mountain varieties were popping and several created a nice show as we walked through his benches. Some satsukis had onee or two flowers that had popped but most were still tight. Shimsuki and I will return to his green houses once the show begins. Its spectacular to see bench after bench in blooming.

JRob
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: meushi on April 29, 2010, 08:53 AM
My first satsuki bloom, from a cutting bought on a stand at Noelanders this year.

Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: MatsuBonsai on April 29, 2010, 07:55 PM
Very nice, meushi.  Let us know when you figure out the cultivar.
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: JRob on May 03, 2010, 07:52 PM
John,

My large Satsuki Karen has begun to pop. First flower opened today when temperature went over 80 degrees. This is a picture of the first bloom - a color ring variation called Sokojiro or "White Throat". Karen has several flower patterns on the same plant. Mine has them all and I'll post the others as they open. Karen is one of my largest trees. As you know I concentrate on Shohin Bonsai but since my lovely wife's name is Karen I could not resist a specimen of this Satsuki. The tree measures 25" high and a base circcumference of 11". Its in a lovely Sara Rayner pot.

JRob
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: JRob on May 03, 2010, 08:08 PM
Lets try for a larger pic.

JRob
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: donmaple on May 04, 2010, 08:37 PM
Wow! What beautiful blooms. John my favorite blooms on azaleas are the multicolored/patterned ones. Thanks for sharing yours, the colors are amazing. Meushi, that is a great little bloom that you have, I think that I have one very similar. I purchased many unlabeled satsuki's from a local nursery just last year so if you have a name for it that would be great. Jrob the weather here has been very warm for almost a month now, most of my satsuki have shown at least one flower. That Karen of yours has a beautiful bloom, the white throat makes the flower look so delicate. I will post some pics tomorrow when I get home from work. Hope you all will keep us posted as well. I just never get tired of looking at azalea blooms, the number of varieties is simply amazing. Don.
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: JRob on May 05, 2010, 07:15 PM
Here is another flower pattern on Karen that opened up today. It is called jiai-shibori because the dark pattern occurs on a pink background.

JRob
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: mcpesq817 on May 06, 2010, 09:53 AM
That's gorgeous.  You've got quite a nice collection of azaleas :)
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: donmaple on May 06, 2010, 09:28 PM
Nice variety one a single plant, what more could you ask for...beautiful! Here are a few of mine that are coming into bloom now. Like I said before I got these from a local nursery and most were not labled for variety. So if anyone knows the names I would certainly appreciate it. I think this first one is Higasa, the flowers are HUGE! The next one has similar flowers, leaf shape and size, and growth habit. But the blooms are a little smaller and more orange pink with no throat patch. The third one is maybe Kogetsu not sure.
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: donmaple on May 06, 2010, 09:31 PM
Here is the more orange one. Sorry for the half eaten flower, it was the only one open. The Katy-dids seem to love these blooms.
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: donmaple on May 06, 2010, 09:35 PM
and here is maybe Kogetsu?
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: JRob on May 06, 2010, 10:47 PM
Gotta love this time of year.

JRob
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: Don Blackmond on May 07, 2010, 11:32 AM
mine are just starting here in Michigan.  here are some from last June.
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: Don Blackmond on May 13, 2010, 01:41 PM
I am skilled in the art of thread-kill.... :P
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: mcpesq817 on May 18, 2010, 10:22 AM
I am skilled in the art of thread-kill.... :P

I think we're all just speechless - those are gorgeous trees :)

Just out of curiosity, can you tell us the name of the various cultivars?  I love the flower shapes on the first, and love the flower colors on the second.
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: Don Blackmond on May 18, 2010, 11:02 AM
Just out of curiosity, can you tell us the name of the various cultivars?  I love the flower shapes on the first, and love the flower colors on the second.

should be nikko, nyohozam and kaho
Title: Re: Early blooms
Post by: mcpesq817 on May 18, 2010, 12:12 PM
Just out of curiosity, can you tell us the name of the various cultivars?  I love the flower shapes on the first, and love the flower colors on the second.

should be nikko, nyohozam and kaho

Thanks - I'll have to keep an eye out on those varieties. :)