I thought that I would start posting certain trees on here for progression purposes. I will start with a Satsuki Azalea that I got during my first bonsai class this past june. It was completely rootbound and was potted with about 70% of the rootball still untouched. Even so, it has been putting out some pretty nice growth all summer.
I have thinned it out a few times this summer and now will be leaving it untouched for the rest of the year. I had wired it and then taken it off while trying to put some curves into a few of the branches. I still have a tourniquet styled guide wire pulling a very straight branch inwards to increase the density of the canopy. The plan is to repot the correct way next spring I think right after it has bloomed. I may try and hack it way back as well but that might have to wait until Spring 2013. I am toying with leaving the two trunks or narrowing it down to one. I like the way it is turning out so far and it seems to be very healthy at the moment.
The first picture is at the NE bonsai during the class. As you can see the flower are sort’ve large on this tree so that is something that will need to be taken into account in future styling. The next picture is the same day at home, potted up. The latest picture is from August 20th and you can see that the shape seems to look better, and the leaves look much healthier. Since that picture, there are new sprouts all over the place which you can see in the next picture.