Bonsai is a Japanese art form where trees are cultivated in such a manner to produce small trees in containers that mimic the shape and scale of their larger counterparts. It is indeed an art form because the trees are very beautiful and it must take a lot of skill to keep them growing and thriving.
Besides being amazed at their beauty and size, the ages of some of the ones on display at the conservatory are astonishing! I neglected to catch the age of this umbrella tree but one tree was 25 years old while another was 54!
While these trees are very beautiful and make for trees that you can keep inside of your home, I think I much prefer the outdoor kind that can reach it’s roots down and it’s limbs up. Maybe this opinion has some of it’s “roots” in the fact that I’ve already sent one I had been given as a gift to the great beyond. Either way, they do make me think that magical little creatures could live in their branches or roots.
What’s your opinion on bonsai? And if you have one (that’s still thriving) how do you care for it?