Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Chrismasy Kokedama - Ivy

Wrong way as Bonsai? Probably!

But it is a fun to put some Christmas decortion on Kokedama, and why not?

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Kokedama - Cyclamen 4


Mmm...this picture is dark...but I will put this because this cyclemen was my favourite. I liked its colour of the flowers and standing posture.

One of my local friends bought this for her daughter. It is looked after well in a lovely home now.

Kokedama - Pteris Fern


Thursday, 13 November 2008

Kokedama - Ivy 'Lady Frances'

A common plant - Ivy. Maybe too common to be so appealing in a plant pot, but in Kokedama (a moss ball) it has increased its ornamental value with a graceful manner:)

I do like Ivy. I have learnt there are many different kinds of Ivy, more than I could imagine, and have been fascinated with the differences in colours and shapes of their leaves. This one is Lady Frances...What an elegant name it has!

*I think this is Lady Frances, but if it is wrong, please do let me know. I will be more than grateful for your kindness.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Kokedama - False Aralia / Dizygotheca Elegantissima

False Aralia / Dizygotheca Elegantissima

Mmm...this picture is dark isn't it? Never mind! (The screen is disturbing, too. Never mind!)

I was not very keen on this plant, False Aralia, when it sat in an ordinary plant pot; however, I have been very impressed with it creating a weeping atmosphere in Kokedama (a moss ball). As a Japanese, who finds beauty in sorrow, my wabi-sabi mind is tickled by this Kokedama, personally! What do you think?

*What is "wabi-sabi"?

Hard to explain precisely what it is even in my native language Japanese! But do I feel wabi-sabi? Yes!

Wabi-sabi is said to be a unique aesthetic sense that Japanese naturally have. I have found one good English description for it on the Internet. It says that wabi-sabi is "Austere Refinement and Quiet Simplicity." What a graceful way to say.

Hang on a minute. Does "Austere Refinement and Quiet Simplicity" have anything to do with my "tickled wabi-sabi mind"? Mmm...I feel I might have misunderstood the word wabi-sabi in my entire life... Never mind!

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Kokedama-Cyclamen 3

Cyclamen is very attractive. Their unique petals are adorable and silver-edged leaves are impressive. I love Cyclamen.

Cyclamen is very common, so it may not be an eye-catching plant for some people, but in Kokedama I think it maximizes its ornamental value taking advantage of green moss.

Moss is great. As soon as moss is laid at the foot of a Bonsai tree, it brings new life to the tree, making you imagine the tree breathing in the mother earth. I think Kokedama is similar to that. Different from potted plants, Kokedama (moss ball) makes me picture their lives in nature.

By the way, I think there is a certain pleasure in Kokedama. That is the container. Choosing a container for Kokedama is like choosing a skirt for the tops. I feel so and enjoy that way maybe because I seldom wear skirt in my every day life, though.

Monday, 6 October 2008

Kokedama-Asparagus Fern (Plumosus)

A pleasure to explore my imagination with one Kokedama