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Bonsai: Culture and Care of Miniature Trees
Bonsai Culture and Care of Miniature Trees Author:Jack McDowell (Editor), Sunset Magazine Editorial Staff Fads and fashions rise and fall with the regularity of the tides, and each day brings either a new fancy or renewed interest in an old one. The rubber plant, the fern, the aspidistra that graced Grandmother's living room fell into early disfavor in our functional, modern homes, then underwent a revival as a way of bringing a bit of natural g... more »reenery indoors.
The Japanese are less quixotic. For centuries they have striven to keep nature in and about the house and so have developed many means that would answer this need as well as prevail as stabilizing influences. Bonsai -- miniature potted trees -- have been one answer.
Whether you approach bonsai as an art or a hobby, they are a way of enjoying nature and having it near at hand. Bonsai represent a corner of the world -- a high mountainside, perhaps an alpine meadow -- captured as if by magic at a perfect moment and kept alive in an impossibly shallow container. Fortunately, the wisdom of the Orient is not a prerequisite for their enjoyment, and the magic is no more than commonsense garden practice.
There are many ways you can create bonsai, and caring for them is no small part of the pleasure of ownership. Most of the delight derives from seeing nature at work on a small scale in your home or garden.« less