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Bonsai and Balcony: from saplings to trees

Bonsai and Balcony: from saplings to trees

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Bonsai and Balcony: from saplings to trees

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94 pages
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Aug 6, 2014
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9780473293963
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Livre

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Our dependence on being connected and always-on has created a mindset for instantaneous results and our lifestyles have suffered as a consequence. In this increasingly technological world, we have lost our appreciation for nature, distancing ourselves from tranquil and mindful activities. If you are drifting towards this point then stop - reconnect - and discover - what is generally known as the art of bonsai. Whether you live in a city apartment or urban townhouse, it is not difficult to embrace this art form. A form of art and garden that captures the same alluring and essential force which you find when looking at Impressionist art or at the flowering of a Persian silk bonsai tree (Pink Siris - Albizia julibrissin) as on the cover of this ebook. As you read this ebook, you will discover that growing bonsai trees does not require a big backyard and you won’t need to invest a lot of spare time or money, unless of course you want too. My book contains a number of original photographs and is enhanced when read in conjunction with an extensive photo library of saplings to trees at it's associated web site, venatorscribe dot com. Due to ePub file limitations I cannot produce a full book of photos without busting the 10MB limit. When referenced to my web site, this book provides extensive detail and descriptive notes on the practices involved in developing your own sapling nursery, and ultimately shaping your own bonsai trees. The standard topics of Pruning, Wiring, Repotting, Soils and Watering are all discussed in individual chapters of this book along with associated topics related to Moss Gardening, Growing indoors and Winterizing techniques. Additionally I have provided two bonus chapters. In the first I have discussed how you can integrate the principles of Biodiversity into your sapling and bonsai garden to help you naturally combat insects and fungal pests. In the second I have addressed the thorny subject of Balcony planting and provided some general bonsai survival techniques. To obtain full enjoyment out of Bonsai & Balcony from saplings to trees, I encourage you to follow the techniques and guidelines within this book and enjoy the mindfulness that comes from developing your own sapling and bonsai collection. I hope you get as much fun and relaxation out this topic as I do. And remember to envision what you will be remembered for as it is your passion for the art of bonsai that will be remembered by all who have known you.

Éditeur:
Sortie:
Aug 6, 2014
ISBN:
9780473293963
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

I bonsai, I write, I travel, I study trees, I bonsai

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Bonsai and Balcony - Craig Hunter

978-0-473-29396-3

Starting out .....

It has become a cornerstone of modern living that almost everything we work at, has developed a level of urgency. Our dependence on being connected and always-on has created a mindset for instantaneous results and our lifestyle has suffered as a consequence. There is a general feeling that in our increasingly technological world, we have lost our appreciation for nature, distancing ourselves from tranquil and mindful activities. If you are drifting towards this point then stop - reconnect - and discover - what is called the art of bonsai. Much like Impressionism, the art of bonsai is an exacting visual style that captures an image and projects it as if you were to see it in a general glance. The paradoxically warm vibrancy of Impressionist art stems from the interplay of light, color and the patchy manner in which paint is applied to a canvas. The art of bonsai has a similar resonance. It presents both color and a unique irregular style that reflects upon nature to produce in the observers mind a visual image that changes throughout the seasons, especially when glimpsed from differing angles. It is likely that the same aesthetics that we seek with our bonsai are little different to the ideals that cognized the original concept of Pun Sai, it’s name in China. This development occurred in the mid to latter half of the first century AD and coincided with the first Japanese embassies being established in Imperial China. The establishment of these formal Sino-Japanese trade linkages make it easy to speculate how the art of Pun Sai jumped across cultures and explains how bonsai images seemingly became integrated into the historical art that is associated with the ideologies of Confucius and Buddhism. Interestingly, while such refinement was being pursued in China and Japan, on the other side of the world the Barbarian and Slavic tribes were fighting for territories across Europe while the Celt and Anglo-Saxon tribes were similarly in conflict as each attempted to advance their colonization of territories across a land mass now known as Great Britain.

Balcony or backyard .....

Whether you live in a city apartment or urban townhouse, it is not difficult to embrace this captivating art form. In this eBook, you will discover that growing bonsai trees does not require a big backyard and you won’t need to invest a lot of spare time unless of course you want too. Once you start cultivating bonsai, you will begin to unconsciously integrate this vision of style and upper foliage pruning within your existing garden or balcony planting. Towards that end, I encourage you to experiment and to cultivate a range of different bonsai trees.

Lesson one ..... from saplings to trees

Lesson One is all about the Self and the subtle and subjective impact bonsai art will have on enhancing your life. Prior to attaining this knowledge it is necessary to manage and control the space in which you can be at one with your saplings and bonsai. You need to turn off the mobile phone, allocate some time and don’t allow yourself to feel rushed. Once you are in that ‘space’ you must again resist the urge which compels you to constantly pot up additional saplings or prune, pluck and re-style all your existing bonsai within the same session. On each ‘sortie’ into your bonsai nursery, I would suggest you only focus on working with two plants. And finally the most important part of that first lesson is to allow yourself to enjoy the moment, the tranquility and the calmness that envelopes you in your bonsai and balcony garden. This is a moment in time for you to experience some restful activity.

Mindfulness over matter.

Suitable selections

If you don’t already own a bonsai tree, then one of the more pressing questions that everyone has is... ‘where to begin’. My recommendation is to adopt a three prong approach. To satisfy your immediate interest I would recommend you buy at least one or two existing bonsai trees that are potted in a traditional ceramic bonsai pot. This will quench your immediate needs and inspire you to keep going. The next two options will allow you to become more engaged with starting your future collection. Providing you with worthwhile options for developing the practical skills of styling, pruning and wiring of upper foliage growth. Buying your first bonsai isn’t as mind-bogglingly difficult as you think. The only obstacle that you may encounter is the array of sickly looking trees in bonsai pots, which you will encounter

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