My sentiment is not the same as T.S. Eliot’s though. On the contrary, I so look forward to new life blossoming forth. It rained today. Then it froze. Every bud is covered with ice. Click for full size.
European Larch, one of Charly’s Bonsai trees.
“European Larch Larix decidua. Over 20 years old tree, grown as a bonsai for approximately 15 years. It was found as a seedling near train track where it would be destroyed in subsequent years. I am not too fussy about my trees adhering to Japanese bonsai styles, I do not use the wire or grafting too much and I let the trees mostly “choose” their form by themselves with me only slightly guiding the process through cutting. To a Japanese professional this would probably look as very shoddy work. This year the tree actually bloomed and I find larch blossoms very beautiful, which is why I am sending these as first.”
Back in SoCal, we grew Bonsai trees, and had around 50 of them. We did ours traditionally, our nursery owners were a lovely Japanese couple, who also provided a tree sitting service for when you had to be away, which was so very nice. I did go light on the wire, and tended more toward judicious trimming and cutting. To my eyes, this tree is absolutely beautiful, and I think Charly has done sterling work with it. Click for full size!
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From rq: The famous crocuses. And a different kind of snowdrop that is neither blue nor violet but white with green. I think it’s a snowdrop species, it’s always blooming at the same time. The last one is called Portrait of Dog with Snowdrops. :) Click for full size!
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