Friday Photo: Not Quite A Bonsai!

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Pictured above is one of two gnarly olive trees that grew in a pot.  I saw them in Rome at an outdoor restaurant.  Some could mistake it as  a bonsai, but it is not a bonsai.

Some of our readers many know that Ron has studied bonsai with John Naka.  John Naka's bonsai "Goshin" now lives in the bonsai pavilion at the National Arboretum in Washington DC.  

 

The link has a beautiful photo of Goshin. You can also see the progression that led to the final result.  Ron loved his experience, at one point built a display table for his trees. Now he has two that survived our moves. 

 

Goshin is a bonsai created by John Y. Naka. It is a forest planting of eleven Foemina junipers, the earliest of which Naka began training into bonsai in 1948. Naka donated it to the National Bonsai Foundation in 1984, to be displayed at the United States National Arboretum; it has been there ever since. The individual trees represent Naka's grandchildren.More at Wikipedia

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Comments (35)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello A and Ron and always like to see your daily photos that you share with us here in the Rain.

 

Nov 19, 2021 11:02 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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Olive trees must be very hardy, and they can live a long time.  I wonder if it still produces olives?

Nov 19, 2021 12:56 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Matthew O'Hare The Italians have a lot of plants around them,  Even in their apartment balconies something is blooming as well as window boxes.  Yes, it makes it really friendly.  A

Nov 19, 2021 07:23 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 I have no idea if this one produced olives, I should have asked.  And yes olive trees live long lives, and I need to research that.  A

Nov 19, 2021 07:24 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Grant Schneider in Los Angeles, we were blessed with a large Japanese community both on the Westside where we lived and downtown.  There is so much to admire in their culture, and bonsai was actually borrowed from the Chinese and perfected by the Japanese.  A

Nov 19, 2021 07:26 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I told Ron about your comment, what an ignoramus this person is.  Bonsais do not cause harm, they are plants in small pots, that are living sculptures.  

Nov 19, 2021 07:28 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Michael Jacobs there is a definite Japanese landscape styles, and I think that the Huntington may have some.  There are many example in Los Angeles of this.  Bonsai are potted plants that are living sculptures and they are meant to live outdoors not inside.  They can be brought in inside to decorate, but no more than a day or two.  

A

Nov 19, 2021 07:31 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Wayne Martin where there is a desire, there is a way.  A

Nov 19, 2021 07:31 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Kathy Streib 

Goshin represents John Naka's 11 grandkids.  I visited his home and displays when Ron was in class with him.  Everything was breathtaking.  The Chinese were the first Bonsai artists, and the Japanese perfected it in my opinion.  A

Nov 19, 2021 07:34 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog it always is fun to learn something new.  It is a joy and quest we both have.  A

Nov 19, 2021 07:35 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Norma J. Elkins We had lots of Japanese people in Los Angeles.  Los Angeles is a big melting pot, and to be a success in any business one has to understand all the cultures. A

Nov 19, 2021 07:36 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Myrl Jeffcoat 

It is definitely an Italian style of Bonsai.  Nest time we are in Rome, I may stop by and ask. A

Nov 19, 2021 07:37 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Kat Palmiotti Ron really enjoyed it, and I enjoyed going to nurseries with him to pick out specimens, and then reducing them to small pots.  I also enjoyed meetimg John Naka, he was definitely one those enlightened people.  A

Nov 19, 2021 07:39 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Ed Silva That is the whole idea of bonsai.  A

Nov 19, 2021 07:40 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Brian England come to think of it, the plants have no idea nor do they care what we name them.  Appreciating their beauty is plenty.  A

Nov 19, 2021 07:42 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty Ron came to this conclusion about his bonsai collection after we moved. We only have one left which is surviving with beningn neglect.  A

Nov 19, 2021 07:44 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Nina Hollander, Broker we both have green thumbs, but growing a bonsai takes a lot.  What Ron learned is the art of pruning as a result of this, and he does a great job.  A

Nov 19, 2021 07:46 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Ron and Alexandra Seigel hi Alexandra... I knew someone who got into bonsai, so I have a real appreciation for what it takes. (More patience than I have).

Nov 20, 2021 05:25 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Roy Kelley I will keep that in mind when we come back to the East Coast. A

Nov 19, 2021 07:46 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Will Hamm Thank you for your kind words.  They are appreciated. A

Nov 19, 2021 07:48 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Ron and Alexandra:

That's a beautiful olive tree and rather unusual. Can't say I have seen one of these, or maybe I did in Italy and just didn't realize it.

Jeff

Nov 20, 2021 12:20 PM