Bonsai trees provoke mixed responses, although well grown, they can be as beautiful as one of nature’s giants. This Trident maple (Acer buergerianum), grown in the twin trunk style, is around 120 years old. Its eggcup sized companion is some kind of fern. Techniques to keep plants so small include wiring them into shape, then pruning roots and branches while restricting them to very small containers.
I know very little about bamboo, but when I saw this in a Key West garden earlier this year, the colours, textures and leaf patterns made me feel like an overexcited animal that has found something tasty in the street, sniffing and wagging its tail in delight. Continue reading “October Squares: Decorative Trunks”