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April 1, 2012

Bonsai at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Filed under: alive,bonsai,ceremony,Flowers — by cawritergirl @ 12:23 PM
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I realize it’s a little late but this is the first time I’ve had a usable computer since the beginning of the year.  I wanted to share some of the beautiful pictures I took of bonsai at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

I loved their use of color in the displays.  It was calm and cool and yet elegant at the same time.  Some of the specimens were in various stages of being created.  As you may know, bonsai are trees that are kept small and “trained” by the use of judicious trimming to create a certain size and shape.  Some of these trees may be 100 years old but do not resemble their counterparts in nature.  It is a creation of humans with a certain aesthetic.

Bonsai with Scroll

The photograph above shows a display that would be more likely to be found at a tokonoma in Japan than a flower show in Philadelphia.  It has a timeless feeling with the scroll as an additional point of interest.  This would make a good arrangement in a meditation space or Japanese Tea Room.

The tree pictured on the left is one of my favorites.  I love how the light appears to radiate out from the branches and leaves.  This tree is joyful to be alive!  It is a precise miniature of many trees I saw growing up.  It’s full and lush and yet well contained within the boundaries set for its growth.

This year Philadelphia hosted a very well attended flower show, and I for one loved the theme of Hawaii Islands of Aloha.



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