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Species Specific => North American Juniper Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: John Kirby on September 01, 2009, 07:16 PM

Title: Another Interesting RMJ
Post by: John Kirby on September 01, 2009, 07:16 PM
This is a Rocky Mountain Juniper I got from Oregon Bonsai in 2007 It has been cleaned up and a long piece of dead wood removed. Can you guess what was done next? I will post a new picture on Friday. Kong, any idears?

John
Title: Re: Another Interesting RMJ
Post by: bwaynef on September 01, 2009, 07:17 PM
Oops.  You missed.

<edit>Just so this makes sense, when I posted this, there was no picture</edit>
Title: Re: Another Interesting RMJ
Post by: John Kirby on September 01, 2009, 07:18 PM
Wayne, pic was way too big.....
Title: Re: Another Interesting RMJ
Post by: King Kong on September 01, 2009, 09:14 PM
I love bonsai games! What am I doing here....I know nothing about rmj's?

___gary 
Title: Re: Another Interesting RMJ
Post by: bonsaimeister on September 02, 2009, 01:01 AM
Hi John,

Cool tree! Do you generally prefer to graft your RMJs or leave them with their natural foliage? Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Another Interesting RMJ
Post by: John Kirby on September 02, 2009, 11:22 AM
I have tried to live with the foliage, which is very aggressive here in the warm midsouth, we are starting to graft. We will see how the whole grafting thing goes. Howard smith has decided to stick with natural foliage on his, his look good but man it is a lot of work. We will see what we will see. John
Title: Re: Another Interesting RMJ
Post by: Ross on September 03, 2009, 07:03 PM
Howard smith has decided to stick with natural foliage on his, his look good but man it is a lot of work. We will see what we will see. John

Howard is lucky to have a wife as talented and into bonsai as Sylvia, and although they have their own separate trees, I assume he gets a little help sometimes. :D  I have been lucky enough to see their backyard display area twice now, and you're not kidding that their trees look good.  Those were the first "real" bonsai I saw in person and they were quite inspiring. 
Title: Re: Another Interesting RMJ
Post by: King Kong on September 03, 2009, 08:42 PM
This is a Rocky Mountain Juniper I got from Oregon Bonsai in 2007 It has been cleaned up and a long piece of dead wood removed. Can you guess what was done next? I will post a new picture on Friday. Kong, any idears?

John

Well....?
Title: Re: Another Interesting RMJ
Post by: John Kirby on September 03, 2009, 09:50 PM
I just finished driving 700 miles to get home. I will photo in the A.M.
Title: Re: Another Interesting RMJ
Post by: John Kirby on September 05, 2009, 09:43 AM
Here it is finally, should be a shohin (8") or Kifu (12") sized tree. Will let it grow freely until spring repot, then decide whether or not to use native or grafted foliage.

Pictures front, front, back, corner

John
Title: Re: Another Interesting RMJ
Post by: T-Town Bonsai on September 05, 2009, 10:44 AM
Nice job John.  While I might go with grafting, you got to love the color of that foliage.
Title: Re: Another Interesting RMJ
Post by: King Kong on September 05, 2009, 11:08 AM
This is the rmj from post #1 John?

__gary
Title: Re: Another Interesting RMJ
Post by: John Kirby on September 05, 2009, 01:19 PM
Yes it is, the first picture was just bad.. Actually, it is a secret that Boon teaches, how to develop an interesting deadwood juniper from a pile of sticks.....

And yes, I did remove that much wood from the tree.
John
Title: Re: Another Interesting RMJ
Post by: John Kirby on September 06, 2009, 09:00 AM
Here is a hint, the dead branch and the live branch coming towards you in the first photo are now the short jins (one has the thick wire wrapped around it). The branch going almost straight up on the left is now wrapped in raffia, wired and guy wired down, and the Jin on the right was shortened. Had to dig to find the base, and removed a lot of bark, diff and grit to find the nice little trunk. See it now?

John
Title: Re: Another Interesting RMJ
Post by: King Kong on September 06, 2009, 10:48 AM
A GPS couldn't get me out of this mess.....must be some kind of trick.

__gary
Title: Re: Another Interesting RMJ
Post by: John Kirby on September 06, 2009, 06:50 PM
Hey Matsu (john), you were there, it is the very one and same tree.

John
Title: Re: Another Interesting RMJ
Post by: MatsuBonsai on September 07, 2009, 09:27 AM
Yup, I was there.  Same tree.  I'm looking forward to seeing more of it's development.  Be sure to post more pictures.
Title: Re: Another Interesting RMJ
Post by: Hotaction on September 27, 2009, 04:52 PM
Great work.  I definitely didn't see that coming.  Quite a transformation to say the least. 

-Dave