My wife is an avid gardener. She tends to away from bonsai (most of the time). To quote her words: “I let my husband works on big trees, I stick to the small stuffs like kusamono and anything palm-size.” Here are some of her small stuffs:
This cabbage is a kitchen left-over. After stripping off all the leaves for food, she planted the stem in a cup filled with expanded shale and water. It rooted and grew into a small cabbage ball with curly leaves. Eventually the regrown cabbage will be eaten, and perhaps the stem will be regrown. She has other kitchen left overs, such as potato eye, yam, onion etc., grown into what I called, kitchen-scrap bonsai.
A friend gave us this lace rock. She planted a mixture of herbaceous plants and garden weeds on it. You can call it a kusamono, but when she arranged this rock planting on a suiban, and with a little boatman rowing into the cave, it is a saikei or a landscape penjing.
More of her little stuffs: