Sometimes I work on nursery trees, sometimes I work on client’s trees……and sometimes if I’ve been a really good boy I get to work on my own trees. Hopefully these regular visits will give you an insight into what goes on behind closed doors……….
Studio Stories – Two Junipers on a One to One!
Andrew arrived for his one to one and on this occasion he had brought with him two sizeable Junipers. There was a lot of work required and it was a case of what we could realistically get done.
The Juniper Chinensis had suffered after a repotting but was now recovering well. The foliage needed some thinning out and wiring to help with it’s health as well as it’s appearance. It was decided to retain and shape the long low branch as this gave the tree it’s individuality. A new planting angle will be introduced when the tree is next repotted. A shari was started to the front of the trunk in line with the live veins twisting movement.
After shaping the tree it still has a somewhat scraggy appearance but this is because we have not trimmed any shoots…..they have been left together with extensive new budding inside to keep the tree vigorous, aid recovery, and promote good health.
The Juniper Parsonii was growing very strongly and now resembled a large bush. Some branches were removed completely but the foliage on every single branch and fine shoot needed thinning out……a time consuming task.
The shari to the front of the trunk was widened by removing a short central vein which was now dying back naturally. A large branch at the top of the tree was removed and made into a jin. This greatly improved the overall taper in the trunk.
We wired all the heavy branches but unfortunately time ran out before we could finish wiring the smaller branches and style the tree. However, the difference is already quite remarkable and you can see a powerful Juniper with old large branches beginning to emerge. I will post you an update when we eventually get round to finishing the tree.