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october

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Progression of a small juniper cutting
« on: October 03, 2013, 04:49 PM »
Hello All,
I posted this tree a while back. However, it has been progressingly nicely so I figured I would start a new thread. I'll have to continue this is 2 posts to show all the pics. This cutting was a gift from my teacher about 1 1/2 years ago.

First is the tree as given to me. It was meant to be one of those small, yamadori style junipers.

Second pic is the first styling. I was unhappy with the first styling and decided to put it aside and maybe deal with it down the road.

Third pic is the tree about a year later. I went back to it after doing nothing to it for a year.

Fourth, I looked at it for awhile and instead of putting it aside again, I saw something that might have potential. Here is what I came up with. It took quite a bit of work in one sitting. The root ball was reduced by about 80% and the tree was repotted. About 20% of the foliage and branches were removed, old wire removed and completely rewired. Also a shari was created.
The middle section with the rubber tape was done the year prior. It was a large branch/trunk that I am fusing against the main trunk.

continued in next post....

 

october

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Re: Progression of a small juniper cutting
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2013, 04:50 PM »
Continued..
Pic 5 is the tree later in the season. It grew very well. Especially since it had so much work done in one sitting.

Pics 6 and 7 are the tree a now at the end of the season and with some apex work done.

Certainly not the biggest, oldest or best tree in my collection. However, it makes me smile every time I walk by it.

Rob
 

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Re: Progression of a small juniper cutting
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2013, 06:56 AM »
Nice work Rob
 

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Re: Progression of a small juniper cutting
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2013, 12:23 PM »
The trunk on picture 4 looks so different from picture 2. Nice work!
 

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Re: Progression of a small juniper cutting
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2013, 02:56 PM »
Thanks John.

Thanks Neli. Yes, a different angle yielded a much better image to work with. Also, growing it out for a year helped.

Rob
 

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Re: Progression of a small juniper cutting
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2013, 03:50 PM »
Very nice work, Rob, as are all of your trees posted here. It makes me smile too. That's what it's all about. :)
 

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Re: Progression of a small juniper cutting
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2013, 05:43 PM »
Thanks Larry. Come late Spring, this little guy will get a trim. It has been getting a well deserved rest this season.

Rob
 

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Re: Re: Progression of a small juniper cutting
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2013, 11:36 PM »
Really cool tree October, reminds of a white cedar I posted here, has a very similar looking bend in it. Very cool little tree!

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Re: Progression of a small juniper cutting
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2013, 12:27 PM »
Nicely done Rob!  Good work on young material, this, the white pine, and that little yew.  Shows your wide styling skills ;)
 

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Re: Progression of a small juniper cutting
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2013, 05:48 PM »
Thank you very much Chrisl

Rob
 

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Re: Progression of a small juniper cutting
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2013, 11:38 PM »
In view of Chrisi's comment, Rob has studied with a good teacher for an extended period of time. It was fun to watch the interaction between Rob and his teacher during a workshop on August. I guess my point is, find a teacher and stick with it. The constant shifting from one to the next will slow down your progress. Foes this mean don't work with others, no but developing a comfort zone and process is incredibly important to moving forward.

Rob's work is a credit to both him and the efforts of his teacher: John Romano.
 

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Re: Progression of a small juniper cutting
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2013, 10:58 AM »
Thanks for that information John, I had not known that about Rob.  John Romano has great talent.

I hope to prove right what you wrote John, starting seasonals with Michael H. in 6wks.  Very excited!
 

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Re: Progression of a small juniper cutting
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2013, 03:14 PM »
Very kind words words John. I thank you very much. John Romano's guidance, generosity and patience made it possible for me to continue my progression in bonsai. He was and continues to be the foundation of my bonsai education.

Rob
 

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Re: Progression of a small juniper cutting
« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2013, 08:51 PM »
Hi October
How old is your tree from cutting. From your info I guess it is app. 2or3 years old. If that is the case junipers sure grow fast where you live. That is 6 years from cut where we live and if that's the case I am very jealous .
Qualicum Brian