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Accent Plant Smorgasbord!

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has been a busy month! And it’s nice to come back windmills and other kinds of fun to see what’s going on while away. I have always wanted to see what’s blooming in the bank accent, and what is about to bloom. They are a happy group!

‘ve shared photos of accent plants in the past, when they start to get flashy, so it’s nothing new I’m waxing rhapsodic at this time of year. This time I have also included a few paragraphs about their care, and some comments on the aesthetic horizons of these special plantations Shinji Suzuki my teacher was very fond.


Columbine is one of my favorite plants. This is the first time I can remember is that blooms the same week as the hawkweed, which is the yellow flower here. The flowers die hawkweed, incidentally, they must be removed quickly or you will have them everywhere and is likely to be deported to Antarctica by its neighbors for monitoring. Orchid spiral hovering on the left side, which probably will give a show in a month or so.


Three types indigenous to the Pacific Northwest ferns. Solomon’s Seal also a small hidden somewhere.


A whimsical composition Greg Brenden: ponytail potted in a piece of blown glass. No drain hole, ideal for a water plant lover.


Vetch and Giant Helleborine. Also a couple of things you have no idea what the hell they are. (That’s one of the delights of collecting a mass of roots promising aspect, which could take a few years to find out what you have -)


Sword Fern and species of evergreen penstemon on a piece of lava. I had trouble growing the penstemons evergreens on the rocks until I planted in a wad of sphagnum moss. Now they do it very well.

I still unfertilized any of these rascals this year, just watered. In early July I will fertilize. Most plants accent like a lot of water, even succulent plants pictured here do not care. But then they are on the West Coast wet, so they grow mold as the rest of us. Also do not replant them very often. Most accent plants can range between 7-10 years repottings. They get a tighter and better growth flourish and begin to pile up and climb up the sides of the pot to make it look as a unit. Then things get really JUICY … which is a technical term used by true fans of accent plants. You can begin to use it too, but requires long-term exposure to the juicy plants or a very severe blow to the head, or will do.

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One type of tip. It can not water it enough. Moss climbing up the sides. Some orchids somewhere and a weed or two volunteers who have not yet identified. I like hats on the reeds waving in the breeze around.


Another Sword Fern and penstemon in the lava. Both grow naturally in lava flows in the Cascade Range some grasshopper jumps to the east of us.


Rush and Giant Helleborine in a bowl of water. T1-11 siding lovely backdrop. My God.

I think we all have a tendency to ‘writing’, a plantation accent, which I think really kills aesthetically. It is so easy to pot up a few plants together and have to be seen as designed. It should feel organically WILD. Try to keep it simple 1-3 types of unique plants. Also, try to have things that bloom at different times so it does not get too complex in bloom any month. Many of the accents pictured here were excavated in the latency period before seeing what was there, which is a way to avoid the urge to compose. That’s also a way to make use of the idea of ​​an art world “found object”. Also, consider keeping regrowth when arrives, which could be a random seed blowing from elsewhere. This will help us create a sense of improvisation. Then, once you have everything, let it grow and get unbalanced by itself, and only tinkering with scissors. Good accents take at least five years of growth and convincing established to look wild, lumpy and playful. And that only get better with time!


A mass of roots that includes three types of fern. The licorice fern leaves have already dried. They take a vacation in the summer, but grow back in the fall.


Harebell , Campanula rotundifolia , which soon will have a blue sky hanging flower, coltsfoot and some volunteers. Coltsfoot has never bloomed, the bastard. I do not think I really like. But who can argue with a volunteer? nice little leaves.


Wild Ginger.


Six-Point Saxifraga moss on a piece of lava. Had tiny white flowers appear in early this spring, rising like exclamation marks. Outbreaks of snakes that fall outside the left side make it a particularly useful directional accent on a screen of bonsai.

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Another Wild Ginger, this time in a half sphere of metal. No drain hole, so it is ideal for those who like a ton of ginger moisture. Just mounded soil for some oxygen to the roots. These guys have the weirdest purply dark flower / brown that looks like inspiration from something scary like Shop of Horrors.




Several things, including grass blue-eyed ( Sisyrinchium ), which is in the iris family, along with a real lawn and an orchid spiral we also grace with peak bloom later this year.


Very old succulent with peak bloom fades, little absconded on the coast five miles from the place of Jim Gremel. What do you think of Jim, does anyone see us? Should we give ourselves? Who, I wonder. Seagulls?

The last picture is of an accent less than 3 “/ 7 cm high. The highest of this gallery was 20” / 50 cm. My teacher in Japan had many who were in the 24 “-36” / 60-90 cm range, like a pot of tall reeds or cattails. These were not used as a complementary part of a bonsai, but show themselves in a separate tokonoma. very large plants ‘stress’ are not really accents, but they are appreciated by their own independent qualities of subordinate role usually reserved for smaller accents on screen bonsai.

What I like accents ie are fringes. accent plants for nutballs bonsai are really fans and wing nuts. You will know if you are also a nut if you spend more time admiring their accents that deeply valuable old bonsai impresses visitors for the first time. If you are a nut such, it is likely that it is also more interested in the process of the economy, the beauty of ensuring that the balance of work in prices acts positively. It will not. accent plants are pretty useless by most metrics value in our daily lives. Pure and untethered pennies, let’s not get too precious with them and we can enjoy them as they are :. A beauty so bold and free as the wind

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Accent Plant Smorgasbord!

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