I’ve had quite the busy week, but I still wanted to post something for Floral Friday. Luckily, while searching for items to donate to the thrift store, I stumbled across some artificial, miniature Bonsai trees. I had completely forgotten about them because they had been stashed away about a decade ago. Rediscovering them brought me joy.
I gently cleaned them up by sweeping their branches with a dry, small, very soft paint brush. Then I unfolded the small limbs that had gotten compressed for storage. The gentle unfolding process is part of the joy of preparing a faux-Bonsai for display. Side note: if you purchase an artificial Bonsai, be sure to carefully unfold any flexible, small limbs. If you don’t, the tree won’t look quite right.
The first example is plastic formed around a wire armature. There are only buds, but no greenery. The tray contains fused-together white sand to anchor the tree. By the way, this Bonsai and the other two were all hand-crafted in Japan.
These are two items that used to grace my desk at work, many years ago. The faux-evergreen stems imbedded in stone are rugged enough to weather the curious hands of coworkers. I used to have a purple resin Hotai (chubby-bellied Buddha) on the desk, too. My boss liked to rub his belly for good luck prior to important meetings.
This good example of a quality faux-Bonsai was a gift from one of my ex-BFs. The attention to detail and form make this a stand-out favorite.
The Blue Jay of Happiness ponders a passage by author and professor of biochemistry, Isaac Asimov. “He had read much, if one considers his long life; but his contemplation was much more than his reading. He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men he should have known no more than other men.”