This banyan style dwarf Snow rose serissa (Serissa foetida microphylla) was styled by David Fukumoto of Fuku Bonsai in Hawaii. The pot is a Tokoname from Japan. Living in the tropics really helps when it comes to growing aerial roots.
Based on thirty years experience in bonsai business, I’d guess that the majority of our readers and customers are into their middle years or beyond. To be sure, there are some younger bonsai enthusiasts, but clubbing and couch surfing don’t mix all that well with bonsai care. Nor do small children and the rigors of a budding fast track career. A slower more stable lifestyle that allows the time and space to properly care for bonsai works best (preferably after the kids have finally moved out somewhere in their mid-thirties).
Which brings us to aging backs and smaller bonsai. On the back cover of our Stone Lantern book Majesty in Miniature; Shohin Bonsai it says “When compared to large bonsai, Shohin cost less, take less time to develop, take less space, are easier to move, and are less apt to be over-watered. Perhaps best of all, Shohin-bonsai are a delight to behold.” Easier to move and better suited to the small balcony on the retirement condo. Practically small.
BTW: I’m not bemoaning aging backs or small balconies. I’m firmly in the let’s enjoy being alive school (without being stupid about it) and practicing bonsai, especially shohin bonsai, is a good way to enhance that enjoyment.
Itoigawa juniper by Michael Hagedorn. Michael is one of our favorite American bonsai artists. If you haven’t visited his site (Crataegus Bonsai) this is as good a time as any. BTW: Michael is the author of Post-Dated – The Schooling of an Irreverent Bonsai Monk a fascinating read, bonsai or otherwise.
This small Viginia creeper by Harry Harrington (bonsai4me.com) is designed to show off the spectacular foliage.
This is the third time we’ve shown this Spiraea japonica (also by Harry Harrington). There are a couple reasons we returned to it: first, it’s a very sweet tree, and second, how many Spiraea bonsai have you seen?
Morten Albek’s Shohin Bonsai. Published by Stone Lantern. Retail 24.95, our low price 9.95. Less the 10% to 30% off provided by our current site-wide sale.