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Another trip to the plant stalls 15th May

I am not sure how to head the title as we seem to be going to look at bonsai every week or so, that being the case I have included the date in the title is that acceptable to distinguish posts?

so on to our latest's visit to our local sellers,
this was the first one we saw, the bowl about 8" across, 350 baht, ($11.50, £7.15)
quiet a lot of large pieces of trunk, but is it a bonsai or just a chopped tree with full sized leaves?
again although I liked this one with the abandoned pot, the leaves still looked a little too large, but what do I know?
next a Buddha bamboo, this really did look miniature, most of these I have seen out here are in the three to four foot high range, to give a guide to scale the bowl was about 10 - 12" across,
then to the stall where we purchased our last bonsai, the lady owner had this one price 1,300 baht ($43.00, £26.50) the bowl was the same size as ours, from the edges of the lip 17" across,
the view from the back of the plant,
the trunk looked thicker than the one we already had, I was so tempted, but managed to tear myself away,
[img][/img] then just as we were leaving, we spotted this one, the pot about 7" across, as the first one we looked at it was 350 baht, I hope you all enjoy looking at these as much as we do, although not directly relevant as we are in Thailand it is a different take on what we have found to be a fascinating hobby, sfk.
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Not a big fan of the water bowl design in the first. Also, not a great styling, more like a newly planted shrub than a bonsai.

#2, yes, I would consider a bonsai, but probably a work in process as there doesn't seem to be enough leaf reduction. Hard to tell, though as there aren't enough angles and closeups and such.

#3, looks like a sort of raft/root-over combination of styles, but agreed, I like this one too. It's really quite a nice composition. It's important to remember that no bonsai is ever "finished". Agreed, this one can use some styling, but I'd definitely call it "bonsai".

#4, nice, a little busy for me, but again, a little work and it looks like it'll be an awesome piece.

#5, not a great fan of Korean/Chinese Juniper styles. To me, this one looks pretty much like every import into WalMart, just a lot bigger and healthier.

#6, I like this one too, very nice movement.

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I'd say the first one is actually more a miniature garden than a bonsai - I just bought a few (older) books on indoor/container gardening and they both contain miniature gardens and bonsai right next to each other but separate. I see a potential for overlap, but it doesn't have to. Miniature gardens usually just prune their plants back and replace them when they get too big, that is why slow growing dwarfed species are preferred... And accessories seem to be half the appeal these days ;)
IMO a fence or a pathway to scale would be plenty....

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