I have bazillions of pics floating around in my Sony Ericsson just waiting to get downloaded onto this blog, so you'll have to excuse me if the next couple of posts read a bit like a text message.
Here are some pics that I took earlier in Spring but never got around to posting on this blog.
This Japanese Quince (Chojubai) is one that we've had for several years but rarely goes out on show, simply because it's rarely been in flower at the right time. It's one that can go out on display as a shohin (it stands about 5.5 in / 14 cm high) but it can also double up as an accent plant for a larger tree. I've seen Chojubai used in Japan as a companion (or shitakusa I believe is their term) planting to great effect.
Okay, not quite red. Sort of red-ish (hence the title).
And although most people would say this Japanese Quince is a white-flowering variety, it actually has a sort of a greenish tinge. Not sure about the pot of this one, I think it could be Northern Chinese. This one is still a WIP, and is intended to be used as a mixed accent planting rather than as a stand-alone bonsai. Again it would be in the shohin size, roughly about 8 in / 20 cm high.
Here's a closer look at the white... er, green ... er, white-ish flowers. If they look yellow to you, don't blame me - I'd say it was the screen resolution! Are you saying it's my lighting? Nevah!! :D
This one is a Veronica that came out of a local garden centre; it's a variety commonly used as ground cover for borders. IIRC, the pot is one that I made at our local bonsai club night; we have Reg Bolton over every year to do 2 sessions on pot making. At the first session he brings over the clay and helps us shape the pots; then he takes them home to fire. During the second session, we glaze our pots and he takes those home again to fire. Just a bit of fun, and one thing I'd highly recommend as a club activity.
More on the blue (although I suppose someone would qualify them as blue-violet) are these Grape Hyacinths that TOH picked up for less than a quid several years ago. They completely filled out the pot they were planted in; I think I broke these up into 5 batches. This batch is in a Bryan Albright pot.
And another blue-ish guy is a Soldanella carpatica which we bought in Poland in 2006. This self-seeds fairly freely and we had also managed to break up the original plant into two. This is one of the offshoots.
Yeah, I know. He looks purple, doesn't he? So I got it wrong.