Monday, 4 October 2010

floriade bonsai

At first I thought this was part of Floriade, but it turns out this garden always houses the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia. I was never particularly interested in bonsai but seeing these masterful examples took my breath away. Look at this beauty!
They take a long time to craft to this level. This olive tree was planted in 1957, about 40 years later it was chopped down to start shaping this tree.
This one was one of my favourites, like driftwood sculpture.
What surprised me is that many of them had moss or, like this one, tiny ferns that made it look like a little forest.
This one grouped together several small trees with a little path through them. Can you just imagine being one centimetre tall, standing under the trees?
Or this one, with a little group of maple trees on a bed of moss.
Look at the different kinds of moss, who knew they had so many colours and textures.
I sense another phase coming on - a bonsai phase. Unfortunately I don't think it's going to happen this time. They pretty much have to live outside and I don't really have a good spot for one. And they're a very, very long term commitment. Perhaps I will just enjoy the beauty by the experts.

Completely unrelated, but the currawongs in the gardens were singing so beautifully I had to take a video clip. There's nothing really to look at, so just enjoy their song and maybe scroll back through these bonsai and feel the serenity.