Somewhere North of Magnificent 2/27/17

 ficushsieh-shun-chin1-500x3913I'm running out of superlatives. How about 'somewhere north of magnificent?'  My only question is; could the pot be a little bigger? It's a Ficus by Hsieh, Shun-Chin.

This is at least the third time we’ve featured the ‘north of magnificent’ tree above. My guess is we’ll show it again before we chuck it all in.

Though the Taiwanese aren’t alone, a large dose of creative bonsai energy seems to be emanating from that unique island. And it’s not just Min Hsuan Lo and Cheng, Cheng-Kung, they have plenty of talented company. If you want some evidence, check out the 2008 Taiwan Bonsai Creators Exhibition. There are plenty of other more recent examples of Taiwanese bonsai, but the photos in this one are a good place to start.

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lo-min-hsuan-500x430A little change of pace. The tree on the right (Elaeagnus Pungens) has the mark of Min. At least the Min Hsuan Lo many of us have come to know. The Crape myrtle (or is it a lilac?) in full bloom provides a touch of wildness, freedom and color. From the 2008 Taiwan Bonsai Creators Exhibition.


prem-yang.-chun-cheng-500x430Powerful, unique and full of movement, though knowing our audience, I imagine some may feel that the foliage is overly groomed. Premna microphylla by Yang, Chun-Cheng.

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