Pinus Sylvestris First Styling

I acquired this thin trunk Scots Pine a little over a year ago from a friend. Some long thin branches at the base of the trunk were removed and the tree was re-potted into a clay pot with a good free draining soil mix. This is how it looked after the initial work.

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and this is how it looked at the beginning of this week, 16 months after the previous picture was taken.

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The needles were thinned ready for wiring and I jinned the stubs at the base of the trunk.

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After thining out the foliage

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This is how it looks at the moment, not bad for a £30.00 purchase.

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Shohin Juniper Rigida; 3 Years Development

This shohin Juniper Rigida belongs to my friend Gerry but I have been closely involved with its development over the past 3 years. I have had difficulty maintaining the health and vigour of this species in the past but this one is quite different. It has grown with strength  right from the start and it responds well to interventions like re-potting and wiring. This is how it looked in 2014 when he acquired it.

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I gave it an initial styling in 2015 and it was potted on into the larger pot you can see in the next picture to build up some energy in the roots.

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As we looked at this tree we were happy with the styling but the planting angle wasn’t quite correct; it needed more of a tilt to the right. Early in 2017, the roots were trimmed and the tree was re-potted at the correct angle. This is how it looked at that time.

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Today, I trimmed back the foliage and wired the tree for a second time. I also transferred it to a nice pot by Peter Krebs. This wasn’t strictly a re-pot as there was virtually no root disturbance. This is how it looks at the moment.

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Work on the Deadwood of My Shohin Yew

I took the opportunity today to do a little more refining on the jin and shari of a shohin yew that had its first styling one year ago.

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This is how it looked before todays work.

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and this is how it looks at the moment.

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I think I will change the viewing angle slightly at the next re-pot to give the jin more prominence.

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This is a reminder of how it looked before the first styling last year.

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Thuja Occidentalis Summer Maintenance

I spent part of today thining and cleaning My Thuja Occidentalis bonsai.

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It grows very quickly during the summer months and soon becomes untidy. This is how it looked before I started this morning.

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and this is how it looks at the moment

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This is how it looked in 2004 when it was lifted from my garden. It originally had three trunks but I removed the 2 on the left and decided to work with the one on the right.

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Kaho Azalea

During my regular get together with Gerry we carried out some seasonal pruning on his large azalea bonsai. This is how it looks at the moment.

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The ramification has developed well in just 3 years. Here are some photographs which illustrate that. The next one was taken in 2015, when we decided to air layer the top to bring the apex in line with the trunk base.

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The next one shows how it looked in 2014, when Gerry acquired it.

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Re-potting Shohin Junipers in Summer

During a recent visit from my friend Gerry, we decided to re-pot 3 shohin junipers that we have been developing for a number of years. Certain species of juniper have a reputation for reacting negatively to any intervention carried out at the wrong time of year. This can result in a reversion to juvenile foliage or worst still, a general weakening of the tree leaving it susceptible to fungal infection. From costly experience, I now re-pot all of my junipers in June or July, when the weather here in Scotland tends to be a little less extreme.

I acquired this  tree and first styled it in 2011. This is how it looked at that time.

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I re-potted the tree in the Spring of 2012 and it wasn’t happy at all as you can see in the next picture. The foliage grew weak and by the Summer of that year it had contracted a bad case of juniper tip blight.

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The decline continued into 2013 but by the end of the season it was beginning to show signs of recovery. In 2014 I was able to do a little more work on it. The foliage had recovered but there had been a lot of dieback so it still looked thin.

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Its taken a further 3 years of pruning and feeding to make the tree compact and strong again. This is how it looks at the moment after a recent re-pot and a change of angle. The next job will be to re-wire and position  the new branches when it has rested sufficiently.

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The second tree was given to me by a friend in 2014. This how it looked at that time.

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It was an awkward looking thing with most of the growth to the right hand side. I decided to start by introducing a shari and some jins.

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This is how it looked after pruning and re-potting in 2015.

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2 years later, the canopy has filled out and it has had a slight change of angle

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The last one for today is a needle juniper belonging to Gerry. Unlike the others this tree is very vigorous and needs regular pruning to keep it in shape . He acquired it in 2014 and this is its second re-pot. This is how it looked in 2014

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This is how it looked after its first styling in 2015.

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We weren’t entirely happy with the planting angle or the pot in the previous picture so that has been changed this time around. we have planted it temporarily in a training pot until a more suitable one turns up.

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An idyllic way to spend a summers day.

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