We prepared about 35 Juniper Chinensis that were under cultivation for more than 14 years.
They all have well prepared and compact rootballs. We cleaned them out & potted them up and they are now for sale. This material is immediately ready for styling. They all have an elegant trunc movement and branches all around from bottom to top.
This Juniper itoigawa is just wired & styled. It is one piece with the deadwood, I call him “Lightning 2”. “Lightning 1” you can see in the 4th Ginkgo Exhibition book of 2003 “The Best Of Bonsai In Europe” on the cover. This was a mature tree which is sold to one of my students. I will bring “Lightning 2” to the same level in a couple of years but in a smaller size.
This is a Juniper cultivated in our nursery and now 2 years in training by one of our students. We are now working on the developpment of the branch ramifications. I discused with the owner now the new training program for the tree. We have from the same kind of material about 50pcs available in all different styles.
Selecting the most important branches, thining out of last years growth, explaining how the tree will react and what we can expect next year. These are the most important things before we decide when we will rewire the tree.
Last spring we worked on the deadwood and gave a nice movement to the life vein. Before it was straight and now it looks very elegant.
One of the participants on todays workshop selected a Pinus sylvestris yamadori which is now 4 years in a pot.
We decided to work only with one branch. To bend this down we used raffia & straight wires and again raffia.
After the bending down & first shapping we potted the tree up in a bigger bonsaipot without touching the root ball. This is the way we work in our workshops; safety before beauty.
This is one of my best Itoigawa’s stands more than 10 years without wire (branches standing on their own).