Juniper Project Phase 3

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It was back along at the beginning of February when I discovered this Juniper hiddenas foundaway in the potting up area of an old nursery, a tale that has been told earlier  in the saga of this tree’s discovery  .Phase 1
Things have gone on at quite a pace now, the previous phases being –
Phase 2  when with Adrian, a friend from Taunton and Somerset Bonsai Club, dramatic pruning was undertaken
Phase 2 continued when I carried on myself styling what remained.

Originally the trunk and nebari area was a total mess, weeds,  damaged branches anddisorder, now after the last two sessions it is very different and is waiting for the stumps to be attended to. Size guide- the first pot was 24 inches diameter the new one is about 21″

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Chop chop chop, is it technique or butchery? 

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Uh oh! It doesn’t look good for this ficus.

Like they say, the first cut is the deepest. Snikt!!Don’tworry, I might know what I’m doing…..maybe.

Let’s continue with the insults, it gets worse. Poor tree. It gets worse. You see, I’m interested in these roots.They kinda go round and round like a bonsai Facebook page arguing about the best soil mix or whether or not it’s the correct technique to cut back hard to a node or develop a branch using wire.I like the second technique myself because I, after all, have to make pretty pics for my IG account. And stubs don’t get ❤️’s.Oh, look! Mycorrhizae!

Pine bark and mycorrhizae go together like peas and carrots.My aim today is to utilise this piece of stock ficus material to its fullest. I’ll be processing it for future bonsai development, of course (which many paid bonsai…

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