Looking back….we can tell a tree’s story…..admire an image…..capture a moment…..remember a special event…..be inspired – to create a memory for tomorrow.
I hope you enjoy this regular peep into some of John’s bonsai history.
Memory Lane – Demo Day October 2010 (Part Two)
This was the third of our Demo Day lectures and on this occasion it featured three Junipers. This is the story of another one of them.
This tree had arrived in Europe some 3/4 years previously. It was part of a large batch of similar trees. They were all in ridiculously small ceramic pots so they were potted on into the larger black plastic pots to help them survive the quarantine period.
It certainly worked because in the intervening period they had continued to grow well and you can clearly see how strong and bushy this tree is at the start of the demo.
This tree almost didn’t make it into the demo day. Apparently there was a mix up over some labels and mysteriously the tree left the nursery. Fortunately, we were able to investigate the situation and retrieve the tree just in time for it’s appearance on the demo day stage.
With this tree it was a case of assessing the trunk line, it’s movement and the various options for it’s front and planting angle. With these considerations in mind I was then able to remove all the branches deemed surplus to requirements.
The remaining branches were then cleaned out and completely wired by Derek and Len. On completion of this work I was then able to reposition the branches and style the tree. Some bark was removed from a small section near the base of the tree to extend the shari and improve the visual flow of the shari and live vein.
Recently we cleaned out and rewired this tree again so you can see how it looks today in the last picture below.