Thursday, April 21, 2011

Few photos from the recent Bonsai workshop by Mr. Ponnusamy, our Patron

(Photos courtesy of Dr.Yogesh )

Welcoming Mr.Ponnusamy by our President

Planning a  banyan forest

Forest formation of chinese bamboos
Finished Carmona microphylla forest
Casurina forest
Finshing touches on the group planting
Tray landscape of Snow bushes
Ficus with rocks in a shallow tray
Desert landscape with Yuca and sandstone
Expressing gratitude to Mr.Ponnusamy

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bonsai workshop on April 16, 2011

Month of April appears to be a period of intense learning for the members of Bodhi Bonsai Chennai. This is the second workshop for the month!

Mr Ponnusamy, renowned Bonsai Master and our Patron from Coimbatore demonstrated two styles :

1) Yose–Ue style (forest or group planting) This is a non classical style where any number of similar trees can be used provided they have sympathetic line and different trunk thicknesses. Uneven numbers work best. Species with small leaves are preferred.

2) Saikei – A living landscape of plants and rocks or stones.

Mr Ponnusamy  meticulously created several arrangements, in these styles, for the members. He showed us perfect placement of each component in an appropriate manner to create a natural scenery.

The finale was a desert scene using Yuca plants and rugged sandstones in a large oval tray. I am sure, the participants were spellbound by the sheer beauty of this creation.

The workshop was well attended.

The participants stood in silence for a minute in memory of the lives lost due to the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Our prayers are with the Japanese people.

PS: May I request other members to share their experience and also upload photographs.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sleeping Pine from singapore

This is a beautiful plant I managed to spot in a nursery in Singapore . I packed & brought it protecting the root ball using wet sphagnum moss. I have planted it in one of big pots I bought from Bonsai world Kochi. I am hoping to stabilise the plant before cutting & pruning it into a Bonsai . Here are some details about this plant

Juniper Chinensis / Juniperus horizontalis -- Chinese Juniper is a shrub or tree, very variable in shape, reaching 1-20 m tall. It is native to northeast Asia, in China, Mongolia, Japan, and Korea . It is grown as a groundcover growing 12 to 18 inches tall, spreading 12 to 20 feet; and forming broad, dense roughly circular mats. A single plant can cover an area 6-10' in diameter. The leaves on new shoots are needle-like and sharp-pointed. It stays less than 6" tall, and has foliage that is bright steel-blue-green in summer .

This is another view of the plant . Please see the amazing blue -green colour of the leaves . It is a stunning plant . Hope to make it survive our summer heat .

PS : If anyone needs big chinese pots like the one you see here please come & see the extra pieces I have from the stock received from Kochi


Monday, April 11, 2011

Bonsai workshop on Group planting and Landscaping – April 16, 2011

This is to remind all the members to participate in the next Bonsai workshop on Group planting and Landscaping conducted by Mr Ponnusamy, eminent Bonsai Master and our Patron on Saturday, April 16, 2011 between 09 30 am to 02 00 pm at Presidency Club.

Trust you have informed your requirement of trays and materials to Mr Frederic. 

Bonsai demo on April 2, 2011

We had a creative demonstration by Mr Ravindran, an accomplished Master (from Nagercoil) on Saturday, 02 04 2011 at Presidency Club.
Mr Ravindran styled a number of plants brought by the members. He had given us valuable suggestions and tips to shape different styles. Members actively participated.
Mr Sivaji and Dr Yogesh and few other members made this workshop possible, by inviting Mr.Ravindran, and transporting the material for the workshop.
Mr Frederic arranged a sale of well chosen, appropriate plants for the benefit of the members.
Mrs Susheela Vergis arranged the venue, refreshments etc.
We the members of Bodhi Bonsai appreciate their efforts.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bonsai in Bloom

Bonsai in Bloom  These hand crafted miniature plants are true works of art. They reflect the artistic skills, patience and horticulture knowledge of bonsai enthusiasts.
It took many years of love and labor to create them


Rare tri-color Azalea



 Chinese Quince




 Crepe Myrtle



 Chinese Wisteria 

Japanese Wisteria 


Japanese Wisteria