Friday, October 20, 2017

Bonsai Gardening Secrets: The art he describes has its origin in the chinese empire.

More than 1,000 years ago, Bonsai (pronounced bone-sigh) first appeared as “Punsai”, which is a practice of growing single specimen trees in pots. In the beginning, Bonsai had little foliage, was rugged in appearance, and the trunks were badly gnarled. Because these trunks often looked like dragons, birds, and other animals, many legends and myths were born, making the grotesque trunk formations highly prized, which is even the case today.

Bonsai is actually two words, “Bon”, and “Sai”. The word “Bon” means “tray” and “Sai”,
“growing” or “planting”. Therefore, the two words put together give you the translation
of “tray growing” or “tray planting”. When you say the word, “Bonsai” to people, they usually think of a type of tree. However, Bonsai is actually a way of growing many different species of trees.

Bonsai Gardening Secrets.

As you will learn later in this book, many different types of trees would make an excellent Bonsai such as Pine and Juniper. The key is learning which trees work best with what styles, as you will also learn. With Bonsai, the goal is to make the tree appear old, which is done through training.
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In China, Bonsai is called “Penjing” and is believed that it got its beginning sometime during the Han Dynasty. Legend tells us that a very eccentric

Emperor had a magnificent courtyard created, designed with hills, rivers, lakes, valleys, and trees, all represented of the empire he reigned over.The goal of his landscaping scheme was to create for himself a way to look out over his empire from the privacy and comfort of his home. This Emperor considered his courtyard a prized possession and sent out a decree that if anyone else were found to be in possession of a miniature landscape such as his, these individuals would be put to death.

Chinese legend.

A second Chinese legend is that Bonsai is traceable back to the 4th Century, being grown at that time by a civil servant and Chinese poet by the name of Guen-ming. Most believe that once Guen-ming retired, as a way to pass time, he started growing Chrysanthemums in clay pots, which a number of historians now believe to be the beginning of the Bonsai. Some 200 years later during the Tang Dynasty, this same practice could be seen.
Read also: Bonsai Gardening Secrets: Few know the long and rich tradition associated with Korea.
Regardless of which legend might be true, an amazing discovery was made in 1972 when the tomb of Prince Zhang Huai who ruled the Tang Dynasty from 618 to 901 AD was dug up. Within the tomb, there was actual proof of the Bonsai in which two ancient wall paintings depicted servants carrying several plants that strongly resembled Bonsai. In fact, one of the two paintings showed a man carrying a miniature landscape with the other painting of a servant with a small pot containing a tree, also being carried.

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