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Post  AlainK on Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:23 am

I bought this berberis thunbergii "Green Carpet" for 8 € :



Nothing you can do with the straight branches, they break so easily when you try to bend them, so the only option was "less is more".

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It is now about 12 cm tall (about 5 inches). The pot was bought on sale for 1 € at the same garden center.

Only 9 € and a lot of fun. It could make a nice accompaniment for a real bonsai one day...

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Re: Cheap amusement

Post  AJ on Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:54 pm

This is nice, but I don't understand your last comment. Why won't this be a "real bonsai" itself one day? Because it's too small? Because you didn't spend a lot of money on it?

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Post  AlainK on Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:56 pm

True, it's not because it's cheap that it can't be nice, and I was pleased to style it.
But bigger bonsai need much more work on them even for a first styling. And a nice big bonsai needs a nice small companion plant : most of my bigger trees are not ready to be displayed yet, so this one can get better meanwhile.

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Post  Will Heath on Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:48 pm

So then, where is the dividing line, at what dollar amount or height does a tree become a "real" bonsai?



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Re: Cheap amusement

Post  JimLewis on Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:01 pm

I think, and I know others agree, that it is much more difficult to make a very small tree look like an old tree.

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Post  Will Heath on Mon Mar 02, 2009 4:37 pm

Yes, I agree, however a higher level of difficulty does not dictate what is, or isn't a "real" bonsai, would you not agree?


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Post  AlainK on Mon Mar 02, 2009 7:09 pm

Erm, well, yes, you are right, all of you. That was a bit tongue-in-cheek actually, I didn't want people to believe I pretended to be able to make a bonsai in half an hour.
I should have written "It could make a nice accompaniment for another bonsai one day..."

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Re: Cheap amusement

Post  Will Heath on Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:20 pm

AlainK wrote:
I should have written "It could make a nice accompaniment for another bonsai one day..."

To which I would have replied, it could make a nice bonsai one day.....



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