Johnff wrote:Many thanks for the tips!
Also I like the line of thought on continuum and perfection.As a relative new comer to the world of bonsai may I ask ,if in general most "sincere "Bonzai owners find that as a result of caring for their trees ,they feel a far stronger presence of the force of "nature" in their lives than they did before?-
Possibly, It is sort of a "Which came first? The chicken or the egg?" type question isn't it.
By that I mean it is also possible that the same people are drawn to growing bonsai as it allows them to nurture and keep a bit of nature to themselves. A way to bring more nature into their lives
Keep in mind that it is all illusion though, There is very little
in bonsai that is inherently "natural" to the trees in question.
Consider IE: Container Culture, Re-potting, Wiring, Pruning, Defoliation, Trunk Chops, Root Pruning, Indoor growing, Grafting, Etc...
And...All of this is done to make it appear to be a naturally growing tree...Years of skillfully hidden work equals Illusion
Maybe this is obvious and I perhaps havenÃ‚Â´t expressed this very well ,but the ideas of constant change and only moments of what we might label as "perfection" seem pretty fundamental to the whole subject,and a constant reminder to stay"grounded"about it all!
-best wishes -John
The perfect moments are wonderful, But I am really enjoying the journey.
There is a saying in bonsai that you may appreciate:
'The only finished bonsai is a dead bonsai.'
It speaks to the constant change [Hopefully for the better, Albeit frustratingly slow at times
] in bonsai.
A tree is never really finished, Maintenance continues.....