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Dan James

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From the street
« on: January 09, 2014, 01:08 PM »
Hi guys. I've been a member for about two years, but rarely do I post anything. I thought I'd share some progress I've had on a juniper I found in the trash back in 2008.

This tree had only a few tiny branches of needle foliage.  It had been cut back severely in someones yard and then ripped out of the ground and left on the curb for trash. I found it dried out and burning in the sun. I potted it up and it survived. Two years later, I left this tree, still weak, at a friends house and went to Japan for three years. Surprisely, when I returned last Spring, all of my trees had died except two junipers and this was one of them. It had a lot of strong growth and the foliage turned to scale.


Here's a before and after of the tree this Spring and a pic from just a week ago.

I haven't touched the deadwood yet and the tree has a long way to go, but I'm happy that something that was a reject is turning out to be a decent tree.
 

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Re: From the street
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2014, 06:00 PM »
Nice save, it is definitely rewarding you for it!

I like the split of live and dead running up.

Can't wait to see the deadwork.
 

Dan James

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Re: From the street
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2014, 07:57 PM »
Thanks! I've been taking my time on deciding how to change the deadwood. If you have any suggestions. feel free.
 

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Re: From the street
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2014, 09:16 PM »
I'd let the tree mature a bit in its design before making changes to the deadwood.
 

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Re: From the street
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2014, 08:59 AM »
I like how you hid the jin pointing right. But I would like to see it gone so u can expose that trunk.

As for the big ones left. I like how it says " I want to grow this way", no.
I want to grow this way, no. Ok I'm growing this way.

Time will tell, but I think they just need to be scaled down proportionately so the first is the size of the second.

On the extreme,     I'd like to see your live vein split off down to the first jin, and bent farther over the pot. To take a little off the up-down.

Maybe you can lean the whole tree to the back some. Anything to get the 90 degree out of the jins, and lessen the up down.

The triangle that image creates is too perfect. I think that's what it is.
 

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Re: From the street
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2014, 09:04 AM »
Seein the pic again, that is it. The triangle is Just too perfect.

I think a lean back could soften it enough.

 

Dan James

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Re: From the street
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2014, 10:08 AM »
Great feedback.

It's certainly a perfect triangle. The bottom branch is at the same level as the top of the pot, too.
I like the idea of splitting the vein which is doable. I'll have to be super careful as this tree is very brittle. I had to carve out the back side of the primary branch and embed it with wire to make the first bend. the only design problem with separating the vein is that the vein in rather small and it will make the tree look less powerful the more i separate although it might take on a more interesting shape.

I'm going to let it regain strength while formulating possibilities over the next year. I love watering my trees because I use that time for imagining design possibilities, which is definitely the most exciting part of bonsai for me.

Good advice, thanks again.
 

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Re: From the street
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2014, 02:58 AM »
I was hoping you don't have to split it.  I'm glad you have the eye to see the "less powerful". I didn't get that from the pic!

At least you know it will live! 
 
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