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johng

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Blaauw Juniper
« on: June 18, 2009, 02:43 PM »
Note***I know this is the Shimpaku area but this species is so close I thought it might be just as well to post it here.


Earlier this spring I acquired this tree from Ken Duncan.  It has been a bonsai for many years(late 70s)...originally it was cascade.  A few years back Ken had moved this tree back into a growing container to reinvigorate the tree.  I very much liked the deadwood and potential for deadwood on this tree.  What you will see below are two videos.  The first is of the tree after I cleaned it up a little, removing dead foliage and branches.  The second video is after wiring and pinching.  I purposely left more branches that the design really needs...like shimpaku this species likes to occasionally drop a branch.  I will leave it wired for a year or more...or until the wire begins to cut in.

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Blaauw Juniper Before

After
Blaauw Juniper After ??is this a forum limit??

I would be interested in your comments and suggestions.
Thanks,
John
« Last Edit: June 18, 2009, 02:45 PM by johng »
 

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Re: Blaauw Juniper
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2009, 02:48 PM »
John,

This is a forum limit, 1 video per post, 12 per page.  Please post the 2nd in a separate post (same thread).  We'll look into increasing this limit, if needed.
 

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Re: Blaauw Juniper
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2009, 03:30 PM »
Thank you!!

Here is the after video...
Blaauw Juniper After

Thanks,
John
 

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Re: Blaauw Juniper
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2009, 08:08 PM »
John,

I really like the job you did on this tree.  It's very elegant, light, and open.  Can you add more detail about your cleaning and wiring of the tree?
 

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Re: Blaauw Juniper
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2009, 09:36 PM »
John,

I really like the job you did on this tree.  It's very elegant, light, and open.  Can you add more detail about your cleaning and wiring of the tree?

Thanks John,  I don't think there was anything special about the getting this tree ready to style.  It had been in grow pot for a couple of years...no pinch or pruning...just getting healthy.  As most junipers do, some of the inside foliage had died and needed to be pruned out.  I cleaned the bark so that I could easily see where the live veins traveled and where I could expose dead wood.  I removed bark from a few branches...I do this with jin pliers on green material and a blade or dremel bit on the already dead wood.  During the cleaning phase, I am looking closely at the trunk and branches to determine how it might be best styled to compliment its existing characteristics.  Of course, before I started any of this work I made sure the tree was secure in its container. 

After the styling I repotted the tree...during this phase I realized the existing surface roots would never allow the planting angle I needed on their own.  I used a piece of iron stone to solve the problem.  This tree certainly needs to continue to be developed over time but overall I feel this is a pretty successful transformation from cascade to an upright tree.

Blaauw Juniper 4
 

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Re: Blaauw Juniper
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2010, 08:28 PM »
Here is an update on this tree.

 

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Re: Blaauw Juniper
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2010, 05:50 PM »
Hello John,
Very, very nice.. There are so many great things that I can say about this tree..The fact that you would never know it was a cascade it great in and of itself,,Also, normally, trees cannot pull off the informal upright look with a more literati style slender trunk. However, this tree pulls it off so well, that it looks perfectly natural and looks exactly like what is was meant to be

A very nice work....

Rob
 

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Re: Blaauw Juniper
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2010, 06:58 PM »
Thanks Rob!!  I appreciate you taking the time to comment!  The real praise go to my buddy Ken who has been working with this tree since the 70's.

John
 

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Re: Blaauw Juniper
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2010, 08:32 PM »
It's really looking good.  I actually caught this update on your YouTube channel the other day.  I really enjoy the outline of this tree.  You've taken what could be very contrived bends and made them look anything but.  Great skill.  Thanks for sharing.
 

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Re: Blaauw Juniper
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2010, 08:29 PM »
Thanks John!!  I appreciate your comments.
John
 

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Re: Blaauw Juniper
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2010, 08:59 AM »
I too like the outline of this tree.  I think the apex could be condensed and shortened a little, but clearly there's time for that (if/when you choose to.)

I had to pull them up side by side to make sure, but it looks like the after youtube video and your "after" picture are at ever-so-slightly different angles?  Since the difference is so slight, I have to ask, was this intentional?  I'll say that I prefer it as it is.  I think the movement shows better, ...but seeing the lowest part of the trunk in the after picture helps in that regard as well.

If you have time, could you explain to me the rationale behind how this tree is potted?  I remember when you posted the video thinking that this one would look nice in some sort of an oval, if not a round pot. 

I realize you have more refinement to do to the deadwood, but I think it really sets the tree off as it is.  The shari in particular really improves the movement on a tree that seems to have tons of it already.  I like the peek of shari we can see right at the base.

Thanks for posting,