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28th Jul 2009, 18:29   | tags:

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beth says:

I was thinking i'd quite like some of these for displaying my jewelery but i thought it would probably be too fussy. I like bonsai's though always have. I wish humans grew in the same way.

29th Jul 2009, 02:38

ookiine says:

BONSAI! I love bonsai!

29th Jul 2009, 04:22

hildegard says:

Beth - ....!! I'm shocked to my very marrow. To even consider twiddling & tweaking a bonsai about for the purposes of displaying some other artform. To treat it as mere staging... The very thought! I swear a small involuntary squeak escaped me at the idea. ;)
For jewellery though, suspect it's less the staging than the lighting that sells for you...

Ookine - it was an amazing display & much appreciated. So many other people wanted to see, I could only grab a couple of shots before I was propelled along by the crowd. :)

29th Jul 2009, 12:20

beth says:

Hildegard - I did consider it a little immoral too, yes forgot to mention that bit. I think i'd rather one without the leaves on anyway and it would have had to be oak for the silver acorns, so i was leaning more towards dead branches. I'd like to say that in my defense I would have looked after the trees afterwards but in truth I really have no green fingers. I struggle to look after the solitary cheese plant in our flat. I've given up on the idea anyway as far too twee. Probably. Apologies for my lack of scruples!

29th Jul 2009, 13:45

hildegard says:

There are growers who teach bonsai, it's not like many other kinds of growing; you may find you have the knack. It's more like making than growing.

Cheese plants are fairly toxic to pets (& humans, though you're less likely to nibble them) but the main thing they need is humidity. Keep a plant mister nearby & give it a good spray whenever you remember (except when the plant's in direct light). Also make sure that the leaves are kept clean - indoor plants see much less light than outdoor ones & easily become etiolated.

29th Jul 2009, 14:29

beth says:

Yes I did mist the cheese plant a few times, must do that again. I think mainly the problem is little light in the flat at all, it's much healthier since we moved it though. I didn't buy it of course, it was a house warming present - it's survived 18 months with me!

I like making as you know. I've been amusing myself with the fact that all my silver work has been about fruits and growth and vessels and yet I am a very bad grower of things, anything that doesn't scream for my attention I'm really rubbish with. Bonsai trees are quite appealing though, trees in general are more my thing that jungle weeds.

29th Jul 2009, 15:16

Joe says:

Shoes' Dad has grown Bonsai for years, he has some amazing specimens, he gave us one once, but we managed to kill it of course.

29th Jul 2009, 15:18

beth says:

Good job joe -thumbs up-

I'm sorry Hildegard you must really be recoiling in horror now. We should go to some kind of plant caring for reform school.

29th Jul 2009, 15:22

hildegard says:

Plant care reform school? You might be onto something there. I'd start with the head of our local Parks Dept. Though doubtless it's now called something like the Cabinet Office for Green Spaces and Open-Air Leisure Facilitation...

29th Jul 2009, 16:38

beth says:

Clearly their new title has been confusing them!

29th Jul 2009, 22:13

hildegard says:

Don't - the less colour, scent, variety of form or habit, or even general biodiversity our parks boast, the more quangoistas stagger forward to award our glorious nincompoop his Green Flags & other totems of empty deliverology.
Gah.

Joe - anytime you feel moved to blog your bonsais-in-law, I'd be delighted to have a gander. Will pass over your shocking confession. There are places it's best not to go... ;)

30th Jul 2009, 00:12