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AlexV

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Precumbans Nana
« on: August 13, 2009, 08:28 PM »
I figured I would start posting a few of my trees.  All are in development and still need work and time.

This is my first real bonsai, as in the first tree I went out and bought after joining a club and taking workshops.  It is a precumbans nana juniper that I bought from Bob Shimon in 2007.  It had been grown in a pot for ~20 years intending to be a bonsai but with no styling. 

It is the first tree I ever wired, and still has the scars to prove it.  The first pic I have of it is after its first styling which I did with Jim Gremmel. 

The next pic is of the 2008 Redwood Empire show in California.  It still needed to fill in some, but at this point I started to feel like it needed some changes.

I stripped off a lot more bark, and started to feel like I had way too much foliage on it for the slender trunk.  A few months ago I took it to Boon and we removed the majority of the foliage (last pic).  At this point I will let it rest until next summer and then give it another styling.  I am still not sure if I want it to continue to move to the left, or move some branches and make its movement go to the right. 

The deadwood I will put lime-sulfur on and then leave it alone to let the live veins swell.
 

Rick Moquin

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Re: Precumbans Nana
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2009, 10:28 PM »
I would like to see the right side of the tree
 

AlexV

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Re: Precumbans Nana
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2009, 09:21 AM »
The vision in my head has it going to the right as well, but we will see how it looks next summer.

Alex
 

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Re: Precumbans Nana
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2009, 09:42 AM »
Alex,
I love procumbens. One of those good species. I like this tree a lot, looks good and wild.

John
 

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Re: Precumbans Nana
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2009, 01:44 PM »
Thanks John, at the moment its looking a bit like a plucked chicken, but it will fill back out.  I am also a fan of precumbans.  I have a few but this one is the farthest along.  Got any preferences for flowing to the right or left?
 

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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2009, 01:51 PM »
I like to see the thread of deadwood, I also believe that you can make the tree more compact in the apex. By tightening the tree up, you will accentuate the very nice movement in the trunk and branches.

 

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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2009, 03:08 PM »
This has to have one of the best trunks I've seen among purpose-grown procumbens. The bends in the trunk are incredibly natural. Great material!

Chris
 

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Re: Precumbans Nana
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2009, 07:41 AM »
I also believe that you can make the tree more compact in the apex. By tightening the tree up, you will accentuate the very nice movement in the trunk and branches.


... and those were my thoughts as well when I asked to see a picture from the right.
 

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Re: Precumbans Nana
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2009, 02:00 PM »
I took some more pics from different sides.  They are in order rotating right from the front.
 

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Re: Precumbans Nana
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2009, 02:01 PM »
last 2 pics.
 

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Re: Precumbans Nana
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2009, 05:34 PM »
I think the best movement is in that last picture. The 6th one, I guess it is. If it were mine I would try to make it look good from this side as well as the current front.
 

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Re: Precumbans Nana
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2009, 04:34 PM »
It looks pretty good from all sides. This cones pretty close to a 360 degree tree to me. I also like wild look