This is the sign for the bonsai which shows the owner and grower and the age of the plant, which in this case is 41 years! This one comes from a Cisterian monk, who seems to have been a well known bonsai grower. In fact, it appears that the monks at this monastery grow bonsai and sell supplies to help support themselves. I must investigate further.
Anyway, I digress... I was bound and determined that this time I would not just admire the bonsai, I would buy a tree to get started. Fortunately, the local bonsai club was selling some seedlings. They had three I was interested in, including Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) and Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum).
I decided on the Trident Maple, pictured here because it has a lot of branching and they told me if you defoliate the tree in June, it will leaf out in again with smaller leaves.
Now that I have my seedling, my next step is to successfully overwinter it outside. I'll do some further reading, web-surfing and research on bonsai over the winter, and then in the spring, I'll hopefully know what my next step is. I think it will be to actually plant the seedling tree in a bonsai container. Then I'm going to need some help.
Does anyone have any advice on bonsai for me?