Punica granatum, Moyogi style, about 40 years old, from the Bonsai Museum in Pescia, Italy (Wikipedia)

This is a special blog for P&J of Coogee who need our prayers.
P is an expert in growing Bonsai so I thought there is no better way to send them a greeting than through the beauty of nature. And this blog flows on nicely from yesterday's about Vegies. It's all about Mother Nature and her healing qualities.

I think this Apple Tree is just exquisite (Credit: Bored Panda)

Bonsai (Japanese: 盆栽, 'tray planting' is the Japanese pronunciation of the Sino-Japanese word "盆栽".) It is an Asian art form using cultivation techniques to produce small trees in containers that mimic the shape and scale of full size trees. Similar practices exist in East Asian cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penzai from which the Japanese version Bonsai originated, and the derivative miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese Hòn Non Bộ. The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years. (Wikipedia)

Here is a selection of some of the oldest bonsai trees in the world.

Fiscus Bonsai Tree 1000+ yrs old Located: Parabiago, Italy (oldest.org/photo: bonsaidilettante.com)
Juniper Bonsai Tree 1000 yrs old Located: Omiya, Japan (oldest.org/photo: bonsaiempire.com)
Bonsai Tree at Shunkaen Nursery 800 yrs old Located: Tokyo, Japan (oldest.org/photo: bonsaiempire.com)
Red Pine Bonsai, 600 yrs old Located: Atami, Japan (oldest.org/photo: Flickr)
Sandai Shogun no Matsu 500 yrs old Located: Tokyo, Japan (oldest.org/photo: sekaibonsai.com)
Yamaki Pine 392 yrs old Located: Washington, DC USA (oldest.org/photo: nationalgrographic.com)
Chabo-hiba Cypresses 150-275 yrs old Located: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (oldest.org/photo: bonsaibark.com)