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 – Derek’s Tanuki Juniper
Derek recently brought his Tanuki Juniper Blue Alps to a class for advice on it’s progress. This tree really has come on immensely.
I couldn’t resist taking pictures of some of Derek’s old photographs showing how this tree started out. A piece of driftwood from an aquarium shop and a Blue Alps Juniper from a local garden centre.
I believe he started working on this project some 6/7 years ago….and what an amazing job he has done. I have helped him in the past with some pruning and branch selection but the transformation he has achieved really is first class.
The tree had reached the stage where it could now be pinched on a regular basis and you can see the result with the density of the foliage clouds. The problem now is that some of the branches /clouds are simply too big. As you can see in the pictures I was soon able to take care of that!
The tree has now become lighter and much taller. It will be rewired over the winter so that the branches can be opened out and the foliage clouds clearly identified. We will then discuss a programme of growth, pinching and pruning for the next growing season.
Excellent job Derek!……..