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Memory Lane – Juniper Grey Owl

Looking back….we can tell a tree’s story…..admire an image…..capture a moment…..remember a special event… inspired – to create a memory for tomorrow. 

I hope you enjoy this regular peep into some of John’s bonsai history.

Memory Lane – Juniper Grey Owl
This tree arrived on the nursery at the beginning of 2006 as part of a large delivery of bonsai and garden plants.
The tree had been first styled in Europe at a bonsai convention several years previously. It was put up for sale and simply allowed to grow unchecked.
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The tree was still with us in November 2008 and had put on so much growth that we decided to carry out a second styling to refine and reposition the new foliage. The deadwood and live veins were also enhanced and cleaned.
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The first picture above is August 2009 whilst the second was taken in May 2010. The tree has been repotted into a smaller handsome pot supplied by David Jones of Walsall studio Ceramics. The foliage lines have been reshaped and made more compact.
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The remaining pictures show the before and after details of the tree being prepared for and exhibited at  our Newstead 4 Bonsai event held in September 2010.
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The tree was sold in 2013 and was continuing to flourish and become more compact with refined juniper foliage. People are often put off varieties such as Grey Owl because of it’s naturally long wispy foliage but with patience and the correct techniques most Juniper cultivars are capable of producing that sought after Chinensis like image. I wish him well in his new home…….