Creativity Excercise: Scrappy Juniper to Bonsai

This juniper is definitely one material that could challenge someone’s creativity.  I collected this juniper from a client’s yard last Spring.  A branch from a larger juniper touched the ground and in time it rooted.  This was that branch, and it had enough roots that last year it grew like it didn’t skip a beat.   When I potted it last spring, I immediately potted in a bonsai pot with bonsai soil.

I felt confident of its health that last September I did some initial work.  I sharied the trunk and did some light pruning.

Then this last winter I did some work on it againto get it closer to my vision for it.  During that last work however, I realized that I can make two bonsais out this one tree.  I will try to air layer the upper portion for a shohin tree.   I intentionally left other branches on this tree until I’m sure the bends are okay.

I sketched the future bonsai I have in mind below.

By the way, for those who even cares about this stuff,  I finally created a facebook page for my blog.  WordPress somehow will not let me use my personal account to show as a link, I have to create a page or link a page (anyway too much for me to get into).   I’m going to try growing that page organically, which means, I will do as little to promote it and see if people will eventually find it. For now though, maybe some of you can help me get started.  I will continue to show progress on this tree in the future and show how close I can grow it like my sketch.

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This is the tree before I worked on it in September.  My daughter kept me company.

 

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This is the other side.  There are many smaller branches that are flexible.

 

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This is the tree in the about 2 months ago.  I removed bark for shari and it’s been thinned.
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This is the other side.

 

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Showing another side.

 

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And other side.

 

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This is rough tree.  Left other branches for insurance.  Also the upper back part of the tree will be air layered for a shohin.

 

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I know it’s had to see with my hobo cardboards but the bonsai tree is there somewhere trying to come out.

 

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This sketch is what I’m envisioning the future of this tree.

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