Bonsai: Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers
GG (great grandma) does not like bonsai trees. She thinks they have been stunted and stilted in their growth and it defies nature which should be allowed to flourish
My husband J is of a different mind. He sees it as simply pruning as you would do a rose and shaping to make a wonderful gorgeous tiny tree.
I am uncharacteristically undecided. I do know I absolutely disagree with this 1000 year old quote about bonsai from Japanese fiction:
“A [full-size] tree that is left growing in its natural state is a crude thing. It is only when it is kept close to human beings who fashion it with loving care that its shape and style acquire the ability to move one”
No no no !! Just the sight of laburnum or magnolia left to do their thing makes me smile form ear to ear and moves my heart.
The word Bonsai is made up of the two Japanese characters: “Bon” meaning tray and “sai” meaning plant, which when literally translated means: tray plant.
Our bonsai was recently bought from Greenwood Bonsai Studio in Nottingham UK
Many myths surround the origin of bonsai, the truth is probably lost somewhere in time.
Bonsai’s are not created to be dwarf plants they are regular trees that are cultivated. They require a whole lot of effort and dedication. I haven’t tried myself but I understand from my mother in law thy require careful attention.
Have little look at the infographic below to find out more.
Courtesy of: Bonsai Empire
I do find them a stunningly beautiful addition to a home.
What do you think about Bonsai trees?