First, I’d like to make it known that I’m just beginning in my attempts at this amazing art form known as bonsai. So please don’t look at my work for your ideas of professional bonsai… maybe someday I will earn the honor of being listed among those artists who have made a name for themselves, but for now I’d much rather be known as the guy who is just starting out…far less pressure! 😉 — (for truly great works of bonsai art, visit many of the links to the right of this page!)
— This is the first tree I have seriously gone after styling.. . completely without a professionals guidance. I have taken quite a few workshops…as well as tinkered with several trees (ok…a lot of trees). But this is the first one I’ve wired completely myself (no guidance) and styled without anyone else or a professional doing most of the styling. So… I’m well aware that the wiring is not professional (yet… )… and the styling as well. But I’m not unhappy with this first attempt either.
Gallery; the first two pic’s are shortly after collection.. then the before styling photo’s.. and after styling..after that.. .:
I’d love to hear thoughts and suggestions from the rest of you. (Honesty is appreciated whether you like the tree or don’t; I just ask for respect and promise to give the same.)
This tree was collected…(by me)… in the spring of 2011. It grew very strong this year, + a lot of back-budding! — Primary buds were removed leaving two to three secondary buds at the tip of each branch, plus any that were further back on the branches. I also removed most of the under-hanging needles to tidy it up a bit. — It is currently growing in a mixture of diatomateous earth (oil dry) &/or Turface, decomposed granite and a dash of rotting pine needles (covered in mycorrhizae).
In the future: I plan to re-pot hopefully in the spring of 2014. — I may eventually reduce the overall size of the crown, but for now I want the tree to remain strong to promote continued back-budding for refinement.
(ps. if you recognize this tree…it’s because I posted threads on a couple of forums that I frequent.)
Thanks for reading 🙂