I’ve had this one for almost 10 years now. The last couple years have resulted in a committed design direction.
After first major work in December 2018:
It was repotted in 2019, with significant root work, and allowed to grow freely for a year.
And after detail wiring during the COVID lockdown in April 2020:
And of course, it was all dressed up with nowhere to go…so I let it go again for the rest of the year.
Unwired and lightly pruned, deadwood scrubbed, and a fresh coat of diluted lime sulfur applied:
In February 2021, it was time to continue the work. Removing heavy areas of foliage, to establish some balance is first; by removing weak growth, crotch growth, strong runners, and downward facing growth.
Leaving an alternating shoot pattern, like this:
Then wire is applied. I try to start with heavier wire to establish a path, passing wires…
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