A collected neea buxifolia (the common name is nia. Don’t ask me why the difference in spelling. It’s a tree native to Puerto Rico and they say nia. Maybe some macho man botanist had to assert his dominance by putting neea, idk).
It’s a sweet specimen, shohin sized with a trunk full of character. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Ready?
Juan Andrade. The young dude on the right, not the old fart on the left (that’s the Bsf president Michael Knowlton. Don’t worry, he’s a good friend, or at least until he reads this). Juan’s sporting the cheesy grin I usually use when posing for photos.
Here’s the three of us together. Notice my cheesy grin.
They kinda look like hotel workers in those matching polo shirts. There’s a caption I promised I wouldn’t use. I’ll let you guess though: This is Juan’s demo tree, he is moving some dead wood using a jack. Bjorn is curious as to what is happening, maybe even wanting to help. Sorry guys. There will be some who will guess.
The two headliners had three assistants during their workshops and demos. All three are accomplished artists in their own right.
And David Cutchin, which I didn’t get a pic of at the convention. So here he is at Ryan Neil’s place. I’m not sure who took the pic but I’ll give them credit when I find out.
I couldn’t take pictures of the exhibit as that was forbidden, but I do have my tree to show you.
Just to be naughty, here’s my sworn enemy, Seth’s tree. It won best medium bonsai.
Goes to show you what can be done with a ficus with the correct horticultural techniques applied at the correct time, like pruning, defoliation, repotting, fertilizing. From stock plant to award winning tree in a year. Better than I can do.
There was so much happening at the convention this year, I hardly had time to take pics. You shoulda been there. You’ll just have to attend next year to catch all the cool stuff and shenanigans that goes on. It’s gonna be a special one too, ABS and Bsf are putting on a joint convention. It’ll be epic. Look for details soon on bonsai-Bsf.com and absonsai.org.
That’s all I’m going to do. I almost never work a newly acquired tree where I’m not sure of the previous growing conditions. I do know that the color is a bit yellow on the leaves so I’ll let it get a little more dark green (not that neea get all that dark green, but the color should be a little more dark. You know, like my soul).
I can do one other thing. This root…..….it’s a little high and its crossing. I can snip it…….and it will sprout from the cut tip and when I do repot this, I’ll have a nice little root cutting to grow.
An air layering post is next.
I could get distracted by something else. And I realize I owe you the part two to the Heathcote exhibit too. Soon.