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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Philadelphia Flower Show 2010 - Bonsai
Can you believe that even with all I've showed you, and at least one more day of Flower Show pictures to share that I never did get to all the exhibits? Of course, I like to study things in more detail than some people do. I tried to hurry myself a little bit in hopes of seeing most things, but Cousin Maggie, David (Marie's son), and I quickly formed our own "slow" group, we just enjoyed whatever exhibit we found ourselves at. We did see all of the Bonsai.
Some of these trees had only been trained for a few years, and some as many as 40 years.
This is a fairly typical bonsai. It's an evergreen, but it didn't have a label telling what kind, like some of them did.
This is a group of Dwarf Hinoki Cypress. They are 60 years old, and have been trained for 40 years. Although I've seen some Bonsai, I missed the display at this show last year, so I did not really know that sometimes they can be a group of trees, like this. You know I liked the way this looks like a forest, ready for hiking!
Here was my next big surprise. I did not know that deciduous trees can be Bonsai too. This is Zelkova serrata from Taiwan, and is 48 years old. Since it is deciduous, sometimes it will have leaves, and sometimes it will be bare. I think that this would be quite an artistic challenge- to plan the growth form for both of those options. I don't think I'd care for a whole room full of these, but as a variation on the theme, I thought it was very interesting.
Finally, this was my favorite. It combines both the idea of the Bonsai with the miniature structure concept. I know that this isn't pure Bonsai, and I really do like the single, stark trees too, but the creation of a very realistic, tiny setting with real plants just fascinates me.