2022 Spring Accent Gallery
A few spring plants that delighted us in the bonsai garden this year—enjoy!
This accent looks different every spring. The root mound was part of the Juncus on top (the spiky green rush), that I’ve been minimizing with scissors because it can take over. The Maidenhair Fern, sensing victory, has gained confidence and has bolder extensions now.
One of the earliest spring bulbs, Galanthus, or Snowdrop.
Another one that changes its clothes frequently, without any input from me: Violet, Speedwell, and Lady Fern. I didn’t put any of those plants in there, they just arrived. The mound is a mass of roots from previous plants, long gone. I’d like to see this as a 10-year time-lapse…
We don’t know the genus of this one—if anyone has a guess please do comment! I’ve heard this called ‘cowpie.’ When out of leaf the root mass is suggestive of that. (Thanks to John Romano…I think you have it, Mukdenia rossii. A saxifrage native to China. Our plant app couldn’t figure this one! Thanks!)
Highbush Blueberry in full flower, as a kusamono. About 14” high.
And a new one—Sedge, Violet, and Lady Fern—blooming ardently only weeks after composing.
April 2022 Bulletin Board
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