I decided that I would finally start getting into other areas around bonsai such as accent plants and kusamono. I am working on another post that will cover a good bit of the work I have been doing regarding accent plants. But in the meantime I thought I would share with you my attempt at creating a kusamono. For those followers that do not know what a kusamono is, I will give you the basic definition:
Kusamono (japanese meaning literally “grass thing”) are a potted collection of plants designed to either be viewed as a companion plant for bonsai trees, or alone. Normally the term kusamono is used when the planting is displayed as the center of attention instead of a bonsai tree, while the term shitakusa (accent plant) is used for plantings that accompany bonsai tree displays.
The following 2 photos are the 2 plants I chose for my kusamono. I liked the 2 different shades of green they are. Even though they contrast greatly in color, texture and size, I think they work well together.
Dwarf Mondo Grass “Ophiopogon japonicus “nana”‘
A form of a common spike moss “selaginella caulescentes”
This is the pot I decided to go with. It is handmade by a potter from Lancaster, Pennsylvania by the name of Phil Garnett. I fell in love with this pot as soon as I seen it and had to buy it. It did not have any drain holes, so I took care of that issue with my ceramic drill bits and high-speed drill press.
I wanted to give it a little something more instead of just sticking 2 plants in a pot and calling it done. This is a very tough piece of deadwood that I dug up as a root of a plant that had been chopped away awhile ago and causing a problem in my flower bed.
I needed a way to attach it to the pot, but did not want it permanent in case I want to reuse the pot in a different setting in the future. First I measured the location, inserted a stainless steel wood screw and attached a stainless steel tie wire to it.
I positioned the deadwood on the pot where I wanted it and used the tie wire to attach it thru one of the drain holes.
Here is my completed first kusamono! The wood may look a little long in the pic but trust me it’s not. It’s a perfect fit if you would view it in person. Let me know what you think about my first kusamono 🙂
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