A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
I doubt very much if Joyce Kilmer sat contemplating a Japanese bonsai tree as he penned the poetic words which made him famous; but had that been the case, he might have added poetically and parenthetically "(with a little help from we)." Whatever the case, that was obviously the inspiration of Cynthia Decker's Haiku (above, left). As with many other elements of life, God creates, man recreates. With regard to bonsai trees, the thinking seems to be, God made them too big. so I'll see what I can do about that. Although most bonsai trees are small enough to ornament an interior, the Japanese insist that true bonsais should reside out-of-doors, brought inside only for brief periods during inclement weather.
|An Atlas Cedar|
|A "forest" of Black Hills Spruce.|
Penzai, ca. 706 A.D.
A few days ago I wrote regarding "Sign Design" referring to it as a melding of art and science, with science, in most cases, being the dominant factor. With the art of bonsai the opposite is true. In contrast with other forms of plant cultivation bonsai are not intended for production of food or medicine. Instead, bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a container. There is some horticultural sci-ence involved, but here, art and aesthetics dominate.
|Above are a few of the basic bonsai styles, which are by no means|
carved in stone. There are many others and many combinations of these.
|A common misconception is that the plants used for Bonsai|
are genetically "dwarfed" plants. Bonsai trees are normal
plants, propagated like any other, best trained using
sophisticated techniques to keep them small.
Wiring: by wrapping wire around the branches we are able to bend these to achieve our determined shape.
Tools: several specialized tools were developed including a concave cutter and twig shears.
Repotting: Since bonsai trees are held in small pots, regular repotting is required to replenish nutrients in the soil.
|The specie of the tree also dictates the temperature range in which|
it grows best outdoors. Bonsai often do not do as well inside.
|All you need to get started, except for seeds or a seedling.|
Just add water and exceptional patience. Be firm but gentle.
|Keep in mind, appearances change greatly when the flowering|
trees are not in bloom.
|The smallest are referred|
to as Keshitsubo.
|The world's oldest bonsai, said to|
be 600-800 years of age,
|A bonsai farm.|
|A bonsai garden. I wonder how the owner keeps people from stealing them.|