Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Clara

For the last seven years, I have been the proud custodian of a 27 year old Chinese elm. I named her Clara. She was about 1ft tall as she stood in her tray. Her branches spread out sideways. She was the jewel in my collection of pot plants and was the cause of many an ooh and aah from the occasional house guest I would receive, especially when they learnt how old she was. You will note that everything I've said so far is in the past tense. This fuzzy picture of Clara was taken last winter, her sixth under my care. Last week, I noticed that Clara's leaves had all strangely turned yellow. I know enough not to feed until during the growing season, which starts in a few weeks when the spring arrives. I also know that I had refrained from over-watering and only kept her soil moist as I was required to do. I couldn't figure out why my beloved bonsai tree was dying. I read everything about bonsai that I could get my hands on, but could find no explanation for what was happening. Clara has finally shed all of her leaves, but I cannot bear to move her from her position on the windowsill. Its sad sitting across the room and staring at the skeleton of what was once a gem to behold. I'm sad she died.

6 comments:

Naijadude said...

awww.. there's a time to live and a time to die! I guess its Clara's time to do the latter...
Sorry to hear...

Amooti, Uganda said...

Hey Anengiyefa, sorry to hear.

I can see Clara meant a lot to you. My former Japanese boss used to use the word Bonsai quite a lot and he used it with reference to beauty and things like that. Pity it took Clara's demise to act on my curiosity. I have googled it and am now better informed.

Am trying to put myself in your position and imagine if I would find Naijadude consolling in the circumstances.

But again....

Anengiyefa said...

Thanks guys. I was a bit scared that in this post I would come across as a bit too European, (or is it Japanese in this case?). I nutured Clara over such a long period, I saw her through disease, showered attention on her and kept her tightly and neatly clipped. Amooti, youre right, she did mean a lot to me. But really, all I have to do is go to a specialist garden centre and purchase another one. By the way, Clara was not my only bonsai, I've got a few others. But Clara was the special one.

Tamaku said...

That's sad as I also had bonsai. It's amazing what fulfillment one can have with other living things. Perhaps more purer that with humans.

Yeah, humans definitely most complicated of the lot. And they like to hurt others.

Anengiyefa said...

Tamaku, youre correct. Animals and plants blossom and respond to your love. Plants in particular respond by looking beautiful. And they never take your love for granted.

Amooti, Uganda said...

Woooo..... from what Tamaku says, I might as well request to return to earth as a bonsai in the next life, that is ofcourse if you believe in reincarnation! Dont ask me in which garden I would like to blosom because am still thinking about that one....