Bonsai tree: Land of Paradise

Monday, April 12, 2010

Bonsai tree: Land of Paradise

Land of Paradise, our forth in a series of plantings from Toshio Kawamoto’s Saikei classic. The trees are seven 5 to 7-year-old rock cotoneasters (4″ – 7″ tall) and seven somewhat shorter 3-year-old satsuki azaleas. Though you can’t really tell in the photo, the pot is very large (48″ x 16″ – 122cm x 41cm).
Side view diagram.
Bird’s eye diagram. This shows what looks like two rocks are actually fifteen joined together.
The purpose of this section is to show how to create a saikei that depicts two wild rocky mountains that are dotted with beautiful old trees. The photo taken together with the drawings, create the impression that the author is inviting you to duplicate his work.
What looks at a glance like two large rocks are actually fifteen stones joined together. The original text says: secure the rocks with peat and sphagnum moss then fill in the spaces between the rock with soil. The remaining materials are green moss and river sand.
The Land of Paradise refers to the indescribably beautiful Pure Land that is described in some Chinese and Japanese Buddhist scriptures.

Source: Bonsai Bark


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