Itoigawa Juniper (late Summer Update)

I re-potted this juniper several months ago and surprisingly it has continued to grow unchecked. It has put on so much new growth in fact that there is a danger that the foliage pads could merge into a single undefined mass. Some seasonal pruning is required to allow light into the interior and keep it in shape.

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This is the tree that had its first styling one year ago, when I participated in a Marc Noelanders weekend workshop.

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It has developed very well in the past year but will probably need another growing season to get the foliage balanced precisely as I would like it.

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After half an hour I have removed a considerable amount of foliage from the interior and also a rather large branch which was obscuring the jins at the back of the tree

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With the foliage opened up a little I took the opportunity to carry out some refinement of the deadwood.

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Cleaned up with a fresh coat of lime sulphur. I just have to find the right pot and display table for this now.

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Side

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