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General Category => Evergreen Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Steven on October 28, 2009, 09:29 PM

Title: J. procumbens start
Post by: Steven on October 28, 2009, 09:29 PM
This is a juniper I've had over 2 yrs. Impulse buy from HD. I don't have any(on my comp) pics of when I got it and its very first cutback. I let it bush back up and lost interest in it by fall of '07. It sat around just receiving food and water til early spring of '09. I severely chopped it back and left it to live or die. The first pic shows in general how hard I cut it back. Since that time it has slowly recovered to exactly how ya see it in pic #1. Last week I took it to work and attempted to get a general style going. Btw, this is a tree I donated to our groups auction(whenever that'll be). But I may have to set it to the side to see how it goes. Anyway, thought I'd share.
Title: Re: J. procumbens start
Post by: bonsaikc on October 29, 2009, 10:00 AM
Steven, I really like the trunk movement on this tree. You will have something nice in the future with it. May I make two suggestions? When the tree is recovered from what you have done so far (meaning sending out long new shoots), bring your branches down considerably. The contorted trunk tells a tale of distress, and the bouyant branches put the lie to that story. Also, look at putting a similar movement into the branches over time, so that the parts of the tree "agree."

Good luck with it and keep us informed!

Chris
Title: Re: J. procumbens start
Post by: John Kirby on October 29, 2009, 10:52 AM
"Buoyant" now there is a Mensa crossword word. Steven, do what Chris said.
Title: Re: J. procumbens start
Post by: Jerry Norbury on October 29, 2009, 01:12 PM
He just means that if you throw it in a lake it would float :-)

Joking aside Chris - that's a very good observation regarding the branches needing to follow the general balance/style of the trunk. I can apply that to a couple of my own trees.
Title: Re: J. procumbens start
Post by: Steven on October 29, 2009, 08:43 PM
Ok, Chris. I can lower the branches still. They have not set yet. Only been wired a few days. On more movement in the branches themselves are ya meanin put more extreme movement? They do have movement in them already. Some ya may not be able to tell due to it bein lateral movement. The movement in the trunk is natural. I only wired it all the way to get the top part to bend to the right just a tad since it was more straight. I'll see if  can draw up how I'm visualizin this tree in the future. Get back with me on the branch movement. Thanks Chris, John and Jerry(Jeremy) :)
Title: Re: J. procumbens start
Post by: Steven on November 01, 2009, 09:17 AM
Here is an updated pic of the branches lowered even more.
Title: Re: J. procumbens start
Post by: joe cervantes on November 01, 2009, 10:54 AM
Looks like the makins of a fine tree. Great job!!
Title: Re: J. procumbens start
Post by: Steven on November 01, 2009, 11:00 AM
Thanks Joe! Now just waitin for Chris to chime in on his suggestion of more movement in the branches similar to the trunk.
Title: Re: J. procumbens start
Post by: bonsaikc on November 01, 2009, 12:28 PM
Steven,
Excellent work!!! You have improved this tree significantly and given it a bit older look. I can see the movement in the branches better from this angle.

At the house we used to live in, there was a redbud tree that I could see from my living room window. It had one branch that I studied religiously. From the side, the branch was nothing special. But from my vantage point, it moved so beautifully in every direction, and so naturally, that it really inspired me. I used to try to get all that kind of movement in my branches all at once, which proved difficult for both me and the branch. Up, down, left, right, there just seemed no way to try to get it all at once.

And there isn't. Leave your branches as they are until they set. The next time you wire, in a couple of years, put more movement in in other directions. If you have left/right movement this time, next time do some up/down. This will help give a real naturalness to your branches and give you a more beautiful tree.

Thanks for taking the suggestion to heart and doing it so well!!!

Chris
Title: Re: J. procumbens start
Post by: Steven on November 01, 2009, 01:21 PM
Thank ya Chris! I will get the vertical movement goin in a couple of yrs. I know what ya mean on studyin branches. There are 2 trees around here that catch me eye everytime. One is at work(I see it the most) and one(see it once or twice a month) along a highway I travel to see doctors. Both show movement in all directions and so fluently.
 Chris, ya are only a handful online I do listen to as ya and the others take ya time(that I greatly appreciate) helpin me. Even if ya and the others see somethin wrong or don't like ya say it without soundin like I'm a lowlife. Thank ya again my friend! Now I'm runnin out of trees to play with :) Guess it'll soon be time to close up shop til spring  :(
Title: Re: J. procumbens start
Post by: Steven on May 20, 2010, 01:20 PM
Here are some updated pics of how this juni is growing.
Title: Re: J. procumbens start
Post by: Jerry Norbury on May 20, 2010, 02:50 PM
Growing strong. You need to get working on that 3rd dimension now...
Title: Re: J. procumbens start
Post by: Steven on May 20, 2010, 02:55 PM
Yep. Will do that soon. I'll keep you, and others, informed.
Title: Re: J. procumbens start
Post by: Jerry Norbury on December 12, 2010, 04:16 AM
And?
Title: Re: J. procumbens start
Post by: Steven on December 12, 2010, 01:55 PM
Sorry Jerry. Can't give an update now. I'm 600 something miles away from my trees so I don't know what they look like. Last I got to observe this one was growing good. Sucks not having my trees here!
Title: Re: J. procumbens start
Post by: John Kirby on December 12, 2010, 04:21 PM
Steve, as someone who has commuted 700-1500 miles between home and work the last five years, I fully understand. Is good to get everything in one place. John
Title: Re: J. procumbens start
Post by: Steven on December 12, 2010, 05:17 PM
Yes it is John. I am hoping I can get my trees moved up here before the end of the year. My parents are not going to care for them the way I do. I'm not expecting them to just hope my dad at least waters them to keep them from drying out. There is cold weather down that way with lows in the teens at times. Not typical SC temps.