Saturday, June 14, 2014

The blog’s top ten most popular posts May 2014 from The Ancient Art of Bonsai.

1.- The Art of Bonsai Project: Gallery Shohin Bonsai.

The Art of Bonsai Project: Gallery Shohin Bonsai.

Introduction by Ted Matson: As an artist, I respect those who can express the most with the least. Shohin bonsai, with their small size and limited structures, offer this challenge. To me, they are more difficult, not just because they are harder to grow in very small pots, but because the limited number of usable elements force the artist to become very careful and deliberate with how they

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2.- The Art of Bonsai Project: Gallery Hornbeams.

The Art of Bonsai Project: Gallery Hornbeams.

This gallery is a continuation of our series of species specific galleries designed with the intention of creating a resource of inspiration as well as a source of enjoyment for all. It is our hope that those who favor the particular species featured and those who seek inspiration for designing bonsai of this species will find these galleries valuable and educational. We have compiled the

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3.- Diospyros kaki as bonsai.

Diospyros kaki as bonsai.

Diospyros kaki, better known as the Japanese Persimmon, Kaki Persimmon or Asian Persimmon in North America, is the most widely cultivated species of the Diospyros genus. Although its first published botanical description was not until 1780, the kaki is also among the oldest plants in cultivation, known for its use in China for more than 2000 years. In some rural Chinese communities, the kaki

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4.- The blog’s top ten most popular posts April 2014 from The Ancient Art of Bonsai.

The blog’s top ten most popular posts April 2014 from The Ancient Art of Bonsai.

1.- Bonsai Species Guides: Carmona Fukien Tea Bonsai.The Fukien Tea is an evergreen tree named after the Southeastern Chinese province of Fukien (Fuijan) where it originates. It has small dark-green shiny leaves that are covered with hairs and forms a very dense, compact habit. It has a light brown bark that forms a cracked, fissured appearance with age. In early Summer the Fukien Tea produces

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5.- Bonsai Species Guides: Carmona Fukien Tea Bonsai.

Bonsai Species Guides: Carmona Fukien Tea Bonsai.

The Fukien Tea is an evergreen tree named after the Southeastern Chinese province of Fukien (Fuijan) where it originates. It has small dark-green shiny leaves that are covered with hairs and forms a very dense, compact habit. It has a light brown bark that forms a cracked, fissured appearance with age. In early Summer the Fukien Tea produces minute white flowers that go on to form small black

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6.- Bonsai Species Guides: Rhododendron species Azalea.

Bonsai Species Guides: Rhododendron species Azalea.

The Rhododendron genus is massive and includes anything between 500-900 species depending on which authority you consider. Some species are so similar to others that they are listed as subspecies rather than distinct species in their own right, others are established hybrids (such as Kurume and Satsuki) that are sometimes regarded as species in their own right. Rhododendrons are deciduous or

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7.- Bonsai Species Guides: Cedrus.

Bonsai Species Guides: Cedrus.

Cedrus is a genus of 4 species of monoecious, evergreen coniferous trees found in forest areas of the Western Himalayas and the Mediterranean. Needle-like foliage is arranged in clusters on short shoots, which develop new whorls each year. Species and varieties suitable for bonsai include: Cedrus atlantica / Atlas Cedar Fissured, silver-grey bark, produces roughly 4-sided darkgeen /glaucous

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8.- National Bonsai and Penjing Museum: Virtual Tour.

National Bonsai and Penjing Museum: Virtual Tour.

The miniature masterpieces that we call bonsai and penjing are the pinnacle of gardening skill, and the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum has one of the largest collections of these timeless trees in North America. The Japanese art of bonsai, and its precursor, the Chinese art of penjing, are rooted in the traditions of Asian culture. The placement of branches, styling, and the pot all convey

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9.- Crassula ovata/ Jade or Money Tree Bonsai

Crassula ovata/ Jade or Money Tree Bonsai

The Jade Tree is an evergreen succulent native to South Africa where it can reach heights of 2 metres or more. In temperate zones Jades are regarded as indoor trees and should not be subjected to temperatures below 5-7 degrees centigrade (41-45 F). The Jade has a thick trunk and branch structure with thick elliptic green succulent leaves. Given sufficient light the leaves develop red edges to

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10.- The Eight Immortals.

The Eight Immortals.

Older than the art of bonsai is the art of shaping and firing clay. The very beginnings of mankind also mark the appearance of the very first bowl, not as a work of art, but as a means of survival. The prototype of a bowl is the shape of cupped hands, used to collect water or food. This prototype is still reflected today in the shapes of cups, plates and bowls. The symbolism of the cupped hand

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