Chamaecyparis Boulevard.

 

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Chamaecyparis boulevard before styling about 17 years ago.

Most enthouisiastics from the era when this variety was popular have already ceased their hobby. Others, still active, have given up on this species. Only a few, tenacious as they were, have successfully turned these plants into bonsai. The key in these cases is all about botanical and artistic pruning.This particular tree is about 17 years in training, has vigorous health plus it has a unique style. Congrats Luc. Out of the numerous boulevards that were started up in these days, this is one of the few that have reached its goal. The secret lies in the botanical knowledge and not in the artistical…

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 Winter 2003. One of the many wirings the tree needed.

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Winter 2003, detail nebari.

 

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On display on one of the  “Kei Bonsai Kai” exhibitions.

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The tree in May 2013.
Now we are going to use a different technique to achieve a compact dense foliage.

 

 

 

Azalea japonica.

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This is Eric’s Azalea japonica styled from garden plant about 20 years ago. On this tree is the combination of botanical and artistic pruning a must. The shape and vigor decreases each year. We doesn’t let the tree blooming all the way but will prune during flowering.

Saturday’s workshop.

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Air layering and starting a new project.

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First step marcottage, selection of the first usable branches and improving the taper.

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First check up for this tree will be end of September. Check of the marcottage and start with fully-grown branches that we will use for both summer and winter grafting next year.

Picea.

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For this Picea it is now time for the first maintenance pruning.
This Picea; see also my post of 15 Feb 2013.

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New foliage, not too soft but just not completely hard, is OK

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Proper technique, no soft pruning yet.

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The ripeness of the new growth determines how is pruned or plucked and what results you can expect.

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Picea sensitive to Red Spider Mite,so preventive treatment.
 Yeah, spring is in the air.