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I’ve had this tree for two seasons now and it really has never been that happy. I hope that it continues to grow vigor over the next few years because I think it can be a good tree. There is some damage at the bottom of the trunk and the plan is to layer it above the damage. I may try to get to that next spring.
Leafing out after purchase two springs ago:
That summer it really started to sulk. It dropped quite a few branches and now the work begins to rebuild the tree.
Before and after cutback and final pictures of the year:
Hopefully it will gain health next year because quite a bit of work is needed to make the image nice. Layering, chopping and growing all need to happen.
Here is a pre-bonsai I purchased over the past winter. It is a Chickasaw Plum that was collected in Florida. The species sports white flowers in early spring but I will probably not let it flower for quite a few years.
Tree last winter:
After potting up from being shipped this spring:
Growing vigorously this spring:
A touch of fall color:
And a couple of end of year photos. Before and after a trim:
I let some of the branches to unchecked this year as I build taper to the apex. I think the general layout for the tree is there but we will see how things progress over the next few years.
This shimpaku was brought back from the brink of death last year, and went through its second styling this spring. I recently took the wires off and plan to cutback and rewire next spring.
Last years end of year picture:
Second styling Spring 2014:
Fall 2014 after wire removal:
Clearly, this tree was quite vigorous this year and has mightily outgrown its shape. It seems to be a hard tree to keep the foliage in proportion with the trunk size. Looking forward to updating next spring, with potentially removing a branch and compacting the tree even more.
With potential branch removal:
It’s that time of year again to show progressions. I’ll start with my ficus since it is done growing for the year. The tree did well this year, and was shown for this fall in our members show. It’s come a long way since I acquired it in December of 2012.
As purchased, 2012:
Last years end of year picture:
After work, March 2014:
The tree at the show this September:
I think it’s progressed well in two years, and should really start looking good by next fall. I have decided to leave my tropicals at the tropical greenhouse at NE Bonsai instead of having them falter inside my house this year. Next year I will work on ramification and detail wiring in the apex.
I should have more end of year updates to come in the following weeks so stayed tuned.
I dug up a few pitch pine seedlings on the cape this year, and they did quite well this summer. Roots are poking through the drain holes. They were potted up in pure perlite and I hope to get some good shots at repotting next year to show the success.
I was going to remove the wire from the twisted pitch pine seedling, but instead ended up leaving the large wire and twisting it a little more. The wire is biting in but I think in time the scar will go away fine.
I pulled some needles, took the wire off of the smaller branches, and tightened the spiral with a guy wire. I also cut the needles since they were so long. The tree has a good amount of viable buds so we shall see what it looks like in the spring.