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bonsai auctions have enjoyed for a long time. You never know what material is displayed or how long it will go. They are a great way to measure the trees given market within a given public and can be a great source of new material.

Auction trees

auction trees!

Bay Island Bonsai holds an auction every year on the first day of its annual exhibition – usually the Saturday before Martin Luther King, Jr .. I have to help with the event this year, with purchases as closed bidding for each lot.

Auction trees

A mixture of medium-sized trees

As I was busy before the event, I have not had much chance to look closely at the trees for sale . I realized that there was a good mix of conifers and deciduous trees for both large and small budgets, but does not plan to bid on any -. I have a lot of trees to keep me busy in my little garden

Auction trees

pine, ume, junpier and maple on the block

Auction trees

at one, two, …

as often happens, I saw a lot come and go only to be caught in the bidding. That one looks interesting, I thought as I tried to envision a white pine on the other side of the room. And the price seems reasonable, I told me while my bidding card rose in sight. Before it was over, I had two new trees.

The first was a white pine that after a closer inspection revealed tiny needles, tiny, green surrounded by yellow needles of last year. The tree was healthy, but not vigorous. More interesting was the bark of the tree. It turns out that the tree was grafted, but in the stock do not know. Jimmy Inadomi years grafts performed so you can have the opportunity to investigate further.

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White pine

white pine

The main reason bid on white pine was that I like variety and are difficult to get. With good movement and some interesting deadwood, I thought the tree could make a good project.

The second tree was envido in a Utah juniper. Although lacking so characteristic of good juniper bonsai twist, it has interesting deadwood, with a little age on it. It is also a reasonable size -. Easy to carry and good potential, as well as a display medium

Utah juniper

Utah juniper

Both trees need a lot of work to get you in the It forms, but is the kind of job I like -. Getting healthy trees and decision-making style key

If you missed the auction of BIB, do not worry – the Federation of Bonsai Golden State is organizing its annual fundraiser at Bonsai Garden in the lake Merritt February 23-24. The event includes an auction on day 23. See you there?

This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com


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