Looking back….we can tell a tree’s story…..admire an image…..capture a moment…..remember a special event…..be inspired – to create a memory for tomorrow.
I hope you enjoy this regular peep into some of John’s bonsai history.
Memory Lane – My Euonymous…a picture of a bonsai!
Found some pictures of my Euonymus the other day. I keep telling my students all the time to take regular pictures of their bonsai……no excuse now when all you need is your phone….and that’s now a permanent part of your anatomy anyway!
It is just so easy to forget what you started out with…..where your tree has come from……to where he is now. After all this is a record of your work…..it is what you do…..your hobby……or in my case my profession.
The downside is that if your tree looks exactly the same now as when you started then it becomes evidence of what you haven’t done. OK so you have kept him alive, he has flourished. With other plants this may be enough, but is it sufficiently satisfying with a bonsai?
When you buy your first tree or receive it as a gift it can be quite daunting….the pressure, the responsibility……everybody you know has already killed one of these! So being able to keep it alive is the first challenge and you have every right to take a picture to record your success……even if it is after only a week or so!!!
A picture after six months or a year is worth even more quedos with brownie points at the office and at home flying left right and centre. But once you have discovered you can keep it alive……so now you have more…….so now it’s becoming quite a serious passion. Another picture of the same tree…….still alive………big deal!!!
Now you need to show improvement, development, refinement……a certain style. Basically…..now you have to do bonsai! It really is what this hobby is all about……a journey through time together hand in hand with Mother Nature.
Now you can take a trip down memory lane…..delve into the archives…..look at the picture of the tree you started with……..that can’t be the same tree can it?