One of my favorite unproductive discussion topics focuses on the maintenance of large or small bonsai. Unfortunately I can not reproduce even the tenor of the greatest expounding on the topic I have witnessed, but if you’re curious, find Guy Guidry after dinner at your local bonsai convention and fire away.
Here are some photos of shohin on display at Bay Island Bonsai’s 11th annual exhibit.
The display of shohin allows for a bit more creativity than a large or medium trees. By grouping elements together on a stand, units of various size can contribte as elementes of larger and more complex displays.
Tiniest accent with crab
Box display with black pine, Japanese maple, ficus, olive, and flowering quince ‘chojubai’
Potentilla in outstanding antique pot
Setting up shohin displays is one of the trickier tasks of seting up an exhibit. While most of us spend our time picking out the right stand and accent for our trees, the shohin crew attemtp to coordinate more trees, stands, stones and accents than I would know what to do with.
Shohin display with potentilla, shimpaku ‘itoigawa’ and white pine