This is a little Rosemary that I have had for a few years now. It started life as a nursery stock plant that got a little big for the pot it was in and as such was on the bargin table. What attracted me was the dead branches (probably the same thing that turn off other perspective buyers) and so I developed this into a shohin over a few years.
I have read where Rosemary are difficult to grow as bonsai and are particually difficult at re-potting time, and I would agree with the re-potting theory. The first time I tried to reduce the root mass I re-potted in early September and the tree didn’t like it and took quite some time to recover. When I planted it into this bonsai pot I did that in November and it didn’t miss a beat so I determined it likes it a bit hotter for re-potting and I will continue with that theory.
The pot is a hand made original by Australian potter Penny Davis of Mudlark Pottery and was chosed because the pot colour enhances the colour of the flowers.
This is about four or five years after purchase and I think it is starting to develop into a reasonable shohin bonsai. I am disappointed with myself in regard to the photo. I thought a white background would suit the blue/purple flowers, but it washes them out. If I get another opportunity I will take another photo with a dark background, but that is minor and part of the learning curve.
In the future I would like to display this as part of a seven point shohin display and I am working toward that goal.