A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..
Topical Times – Juniper… “The Dancer”……Update
Previous posts telling the story of this tree and it’s transformation from “the Stag” to become “The Dancer” were first published on the 13th and 26th October 2013 under “Studio Stories.”
The tree has continued to grow well despite the interest and attendance of a family of pigeons who seem convinced that the deadwood on top of the tree is specifically their perching area. I can’t count the number of times I have re-designed a flattened crown!
The health, colour and general demeanour of the tree is very good. It was now a case of removing all the weak internal shoots to allow more light and air to circulate whilst extended growth tips were also pruned back.
The general shape of the foliage mass was also rearranged as necessary. The tips of the lower branch were left unpruned to allow this area to extend further. I am really pleased with the foliage clouds where shoots continue to reduce in length being now less than half the size they were when the tree was acquired. It is now beginning to look more like Chinensis foliage as opposed to the long ragged shoots of a wild Juniper.
I continue to look forward to his further development and refinement.