Beautiful Bonsai Secrets – Book Review
As any enthusiast will be more than happy to tell you, growing bonsai trees is one of the most satisfying and fulfilling hobbies imaginable. After all, what could be more rewarding than spending years crafting a miniaturized living work of art from even the most unpromising materials?
However, there is no shortcut that I know of to becoming an expert. While I would not suggest that acquiring the necessary abilities to become a skilled expert is hard work – because it is far more of a labor of love than real work – it is nevertheless true that you do need to acquire a degree of basic ability and knowledge if you want to be bonsai growing success rather than someone who is frustrated by your lack of achievement.
For instance, as most people are probably aware, it is thought of as a Japanese art form, and although this is not strictly true (it had its antecedents in ancient Egypt and China), most of the terminology used in it is Japanese.
As one example, there are many different styles including the ‘yose ue’, the ‘sekijoju’ and the ‘ikadabuki’ styles.
You need to learn what the different styles mean and what they look like as well, both as a finished and as raw donor materials. One of the most important skills that you can learn as a grower is how to recognize these raw materials which you can turn into a bonsai-plant through your own efforts.
Obviously, the basic shape of the ‘raw material’ plant will to a large extent dictate what kind of tree you can grow. Hence, you must master many different aspects of growing if you want to be a success story.
Worry no more!
I have just been reading an excellent new e-book called ‘Beautiful bonsai secrets’ that will teach you literally everything you could ever need to know about growing it even if the extent of your experience so far is seeing ready grown trees for sale in your local hypermarket or gas station. Incidentally, don’t buy them when you do see trees at the gas station because they are almost always unhealthy.
If you have any interest whatsoever in becoming a grower, this book is the only ‘how to’ manual you really need in order to achieve your ambitions.
It is a lavishly illustrated book that shows you everything you could ever need to know about starting your ‘career’, ranging from how to recognize good raw materials even when they are not necessarily that promising to the different styles of trees that you can grow and the tools and equipment that you need to do so.
One of things that I really like about the book is that it does not assume that you want to spend a fortune on your hobby. In fact, it shows a specific example of a very cheap plant being turned into a beautiful bonsai, as well as places where you can obtain the tools and equipment you need without spending a fortune.
One of the most common disadvantages of taking up a new hobby is that it costs a lot of money to do so. Armed with ‘Beautiful bonsai secrets’, you will learn exactly how to launch your ‘experience’ without spending a fortune while nevertheless retaining the ability to grow beautiful trees, even as a beginner.
In short, if you are interested in taking up bonsai, this is the only ‘how to’ guide you will ever need.
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