Is there anything that does not originate from China? I was not particularly surprised to find out that the Chinese were the first to start creating miniature landscapes and trees now known as bonsai. Thanks to the combination of this wonderful Chinese intiative and the success of market economy and globalisation I could purchase my very first bonsai at the local supermarket. I had given myself a couple of days for reflection first. It turned out many of my aquaintances at some point of their lives had had a pleasure of having a bonsai and a tragedy of losing it. They mentioned it rather lightly though: the pleasure did not last long. Somewhat discouraged at first, I had to remind myself that none of them really knew anything about cultivating a bonsai or made a real commitment to the task, which as I understand is vital for the survival of the tree.
So for starters I adopted a Podocarpus macrophylla, also called Buddhist pine or Chinese yew. A brief visit to the online forum for bonsai lovers made me realise I would have to put in a lot of effort to keep the tree alive. Somewhat nervously I said Yes to this new relationship and all the responsabilities, obligations and discoveries it brings with it. (At this point of my life it just seemed like a most natural thing to do. Besides, I have always been stangely drawn to and fascinated by trees (pine trees especially 🙂 ) and stones.)
What’s more, a bonsai is never really “completed” but is always at some stage of development as long as it lives and is being formed and influenced by the person cultivating it. Just like a thriving relationship. How is that for a metaphor? 😉