About 3 months ago, I harvested seeds from my bonsai plant and planted them. Daily watering and sunshine have rewarded me with about 50 growing bonsais. They are developing beautifully and I can spend hours just looking at them on Sundays. Marveling at the leaves formation, at the stems and their general shape.
I am amazed that even if they all came from the same seed pod, there are so many variations to be observed. There are slim stalks that refuse to die. And I of course let them be, never ever pulling out the plant just because it looks puny. They are ugly but still growing. And so they are just there; hoping one day they will surprise me.
Some plants are miniature. Quite fat with leaves rounded and green, except that they are really tiny. Like maybe a fourth the height of the regular plants. I worry about them, fearing that they might stop growing any time or the leaves drop off for no reason. I find them so exquisite.
Then there are the twins. Growing from a seed, they split at some point of their growth and are now forked. They are unique and the most precious for me. I give them the choice sunlight and extra care. One of them has leaves turning yellow. Is it some sort of disease? I have been monitoring this plant more often, I hope to catch any disease before it spreads.
Then we have the giants. They are big and stout and tall with leaves sometimes double the length of the regular plants. They stand head and shoulders above all else. They are the ones I have transferred to individual pots. They are the ones I have brought to my offices because I know they will be hardy and can stand less sunshine and some rough handling. I look at their healthiness and I am pleased but bored after a while.
And finally the regular plants. They are the ones that are the most ignored. They are neither big nor small, they are the norm. As a collective they are nice to look at and some I have repotted 3 to a pot. Maybe they can form some sort of interesting formation when they grow bigger.
Sometimes I think of my boys when I think of my bonsais. They all have the same parents but it is amazing that they all have different temperaments. I adore all three.
But it is the same with my bonsais. I take care of their foundation, making sure they have the right soil, the proper water and enough sunshine. More than what is the basic I also make sure that the extras are not forgotten. Boys have need of more extras. Not enough for them is the occasional talks and rubbing of the leaves, I try to stoke their imaginations and foster their sense of responsibility. But in essence after I have given my bonsais and my boys all that I can give, what they will become is beyond my control.
For now I enjoy their company. I marvel at their evolution. And I am amazed.