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Kokufu 83 Neagari Pine
« on: May 20, 2014, 10:15 AM »
What's growing in the pot, between/among the exposed roots of this Pine?
 

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Re: Kokufu 83 Neagari Pine
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2014, 09:48 PM »
fern(?), moss, and lichen.
 

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Re: Kokufu 83 Neagari Pine
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2014, 06:40 AM »
It looks like fern to me.  I don't know the variety, but its a type that looks like thick, broad-leafed grass.
 

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Re: Kokufu 83 Neagari Pine
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2014, 09:26 AM »
fern(?), moss, and lichen.
Keep looking.  I think you missed it.

It looks like fern to me.  I don't know the variety, but its a type that looks like thick, broad-leafed grass.

I guess my next question is, how common is this?  I've recently been trying to study every Kokufu album I can get my hands on, and in the 3 I've seen before this one, I haven't noticed anything similar.  Have I overlooked some, or is this the anomaly?

I've noticed a similar approach when dealing with Landscapes/Forests, even locally, but never with a single-tree like pictured above.

It did get me to thinking that, though it may not be traditionally "Bonsai", a blending of Kusamono/Shitakusa & Bonsai in the same pot COULD look nice if it was made to look cohesive. 

What is the forum's opinion on this composition?

Also, if I'm recalling correctly and if it matters, this tree is part of a display that includes a kusamono as well as a smaller/shorter deciduous forest (that looks like it could be Trident or possibly carpinus).  The kusamono and this fern/grass are not (obviously/visually*) redundant.


*There's a lot of display that I don't fully understand, especially the cultural aspect.
 

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Re: Kokufu 83 Neagari Pine
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2014, 11:33 AM »
Wayne,

a walk in nature, beneath pines, would give you the ideas and how to blend them. It took a while but we found a moss that handles our weather and sun. At some point we may look for miniature forms of grasses or grasses that miniaturize in small pots.

Nothing worse than just copying Eastern ideas, and never exploring the backyard, which is how all of this display stuff started.

By the way for fun, we now grow moss in deyas, because it happened accidentally, only later was it noted that the Japanese also do the same for apartment dwellers who want something, but not quite Bonsai.

European Still Life traditions are very useful as well, and often there is no difference in the composition, just the shape of the objects [ as Chinese taste goes.]

We also re-carve Indian [ India ] soapstone bowls or other shapes and then fire them to get them rock hard [ about 1000 deg.C ] any higher and you get Corelle living ware. chuckle
Also experimenting with woody Succulents, some have leaves that shrink down very well, and they work in the Japanese thimble pots, once sold by Bonsai at the Monastery.
One effort is now over 8 years old and about 1.5 inches tall.
They only need to be watered [ soaked using a small pot ] once a week.

Rains seem to be returning after almost 5 months of no rain. Fingers crossed. Last year was odd, no real rain until August.
Enjoy, the walks in the woods and the hikes into the hills.
Good Morning
Anthony