An open window into the comings and goings of students and their trees attending our regular weekend and midweek bonsai classes under the ever watchful eyes of John Hanby.
Classroom Corner – Juniper Chinensis Blaauws 7 years on!
Chris has been working really hard wiring his Juniper. Every single small shoot or twig was wired. It was necessary to prepare this tree for his journey to the next level.
The tree has already come a long, long way. Started in 2008 from basic nursery material the first two pictures show the result of the initial styling work. The next three pictures were taken in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
In addition to the routine maintenance work the tree has had periods of encouraged growth followed by branch selections and re-wiring.
The last two pictures were taken yesterday on an open workshop where I was able to finish the latest branch positioning. The tree looks a little scraggy because we wanted to leave adequate foliage at the branch tips to maintain his health and vigour.
The pot is deliberately not square as this angle is a possible new front to be changed at the next repotting. This tree is finally taking on the guise of a mature imported bonsai from Japan….quite a transformation…….the main big difference is obviously the price!…..but more importantly the last 7 years have been an invaluable learning and enjoyable experience, with the ultimate sense of achievement as the tree comes to fruition.
In bonsai they always say it’s not just about reaching the destination but also making sure you enjoy the journey…..I am sure Chris has found this journey truly amazing….and me??… I was just there for the ride!