Wednesday, 10 June 2009

How time flies....

A hobby Mausi took up as a student at University is collecting native bonsai, or rather turning native trees into bonsai plants. This is down by keeping them in a small flower pot and pruning treetop and roots each year. The leaves automatically become smaller over the first years until the tree reaches a sort of equilibrium. Mausi never used any wires to bend the trees into some exotic shape. In Mausi's opinion that would make the trees look unnatural.

The photo on the right shows the first tree Mausi started with - a maple tree that can be relied upon to show the most impressive red leaves in autumn. It has suffered quite a bit from last winter's very low temperatures. The top has grown out of shape and quite bald lower down. But Mausi is confident it can be coaxed back into proportion. It's total height is about 60 cm, although it is more than 25 years old.

The tree on the left is a chestnut, almost as old as the maple. It is especially suited for turning it into a bonsai as it is a very slow growing species. Mausi is only a bit disappointed that it has never blossomed in all those years. Wouldn't it be great if it could be brought to grow bonsai chestnuts as well?

Nevermind, Mausi has become quite attached to it all the same. The advantage of turning native trees into bonsais is that they show no difficulties at all surviving in winter. They stay out in the garden all the year round and are always fascinating to watch when they burst into leaves again in spring time.

1 comment:

  1. I love bonsai. I cannot grow them. But I love them. Awesome job.