Saturday we have a study group meeting, hoping to get some quality work done on it. I'll have to be careful with this one, the 'branches' are still pretty brittle (yet very bendable) and I have very fat fingers!
Would you guys suggest rubbing off the buds that I will not be incorporating with the styling? This year, it seems to have about 500 buds on the trunk compared to last year when it just had a few pop up here and there every few days. I'd imagine that is why it is so hard to find a barberry with taper or a single trunk, the darn things turn themselves into lollipops or forests in one season. I did remove a few that were suckering from the base already... never ending battle.