I have all the tools to do a bonsai from my family in Japan and my mother. I want to start my first real bonsai. Part of growing up was helping my mother with her Japanese Rock and Moss garden in Berkeley, CA which had a perfect climate for such things. The weather seemed exactly the same in southern Tokyo where we would visit.
I'm now in the desert southwest of the US in Arizona with a very harsh environment.
Is there a recommended tree or plant to start with?
Taking into consideration the environment and a desire to have the plant outside during most of the year, pulling it in during the summer, is it possible to select an indigenous plant for this purpose?
I'm pretty much a neophyte at these things but managed well with knowledge I have and seem to have a good track record of keeping children, dogs and plants alive for an extended period of time.
That being said, does that effect any recommendations? I'm not a cherry but I'm far from a journeyman.
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