Here are some pictures from the exhibition from this past weekend. All trees belong to members of the Swedish Bonsai Society. A few of them are mine! (None of these small ones.)
I don't have a picture of every tree in the exhibition, here are only a few.
We asked Mr Mori to give suggestions for improvements. He gave many suggestions for improvements but mostly on how to display bonsai, how to choose the right accent plants and so on. Not as much on the shape of the trees.
There were many pines, it is the sort of tree that grows best in this area. And a super tree for bonsai.
... but only one ficus! That was a species that Mr Mori had never heard of. He thought this tree should have a higher stand. (I agree on that - this solution was only better than the alternatives available.)
For my twin trunk pine he suggested I should turn the tree a little, and I can agree on that too. I will do it when I repot it next year.
A rowan with nice colours to mix with all the dark conifers.
A birch, brought to Umeå by a member from the south of Sweden. I didn't bring my own birch because I thought it was too ugly at the moment.
A pomegranate and a small pine.
And a spruce.
This was Mr Mori's favourite in the exhibition, unfortunately not my tree!
This pine is mine though. I got the feeling he wasn't very impressed by this tall and thin tree, he only said it should have a shallower pot. He can not know, of course, that I am happy it has a pot at all.
Neither was he impressed at all by the grey wood I had put under the pot. I like it very much!
Another of my pines, this one too is tall and thin (and has the same kind of old wood under the pot). I have had an idea for some time that I should take away the long branch on the left side, but I havent really dared to do it. What if somebody should say "you damaged the tree". But it would make the tree more of a proper bunjin, and the direction of the tree would be more obvious. Now Mr Mori suggested the same idea. So guess what. I did it today. I took away not only one but three branches. Now the tree looks like this:
Some wiring needed of course, but how much less it is to wire and keep in shape!
Then I only need a round pot for it!