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Studio Stories – Hinoki with a big,big trunk!

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 – Hinoki with a big,big trunk!

This Hinoki Cypress was a substantial garden plant that was originally styled with a student several years ago. The tree apparently struggled and the student gave up on it. The tree was left with us on the nursery.

Gradually the tree turned a corner and the road to recovery was under way. New growth was encouraged and pampered. Energy at the tips was transferred to new growth nearer the trunk with diligent pruning.

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This winter I was happy that the tree had now come far enough to enable a new styling to be undertaken. The deadwood shari was extended and widened to reduce the bulk of the trunk and to give a better appearance of taper. Extensive carving and hollowing out of the trunk can be carried out at a later date.

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The tree had been in this plastic training pot for more than 5 years so today it was decided to transfer it to a ceramic bonsai pot. Derek and Len helped to remove an extensive amount of original poor garden soil but we removed very little root.

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The tree was transplanted into a mix of 50/50 akadama/bims using a larger size particle than normal. It looks much more impressive and more like a Japanese image in this relatively smaller pot.

It’s nice to see a tree rescued, revived and once again well on it’s way to becoming a fine bonsai. With some thoughtful carving to the shari area this tree is capable of creating a very dramatic image…..if it doesn’t sell soon watch this space!!!