I thought it would be fun to provide an end of year update for progression purposes. This has been my first full growing season and I’m quite happy with the way things have gone. I will be splitting this up into two posts, conifer, followed by deciduous and tropical. None of the trees are show-worthy but I like to see photos that show how they’ve progressed this year.
This first tree I’ll show is a little juniper whip that I twisted last year in this post. Is it me, or is it really hard to tell how a juniper has been growing until you look at older pictures?
November 2011, before twisting
A few months after twisting in March
In April, after removal of wire and thinning
Rewired and new photo from October 29th
The next update is an itoigawa shimpaku that I purchased in May of this year, which initial styling was featured here. It again has given me some good growth this year and I’ll probably clean it up this fall or winter. Maybe next year I’ll start refining the deadwood work.
As purchased in May, after my honeymoon
After initial styling in May
As it looks presently, end of October
I might like to work with this front a little more, to show both sharis
The last coniferous update is my JBP that I purchased and styled earlier this year. I decandled this year and it responded really well. It was wired up in August and is currently ready for some fall work. It’s starting to take shape.
As purchased in the end of February
After repotting and thinning in April
After decandling in July, this is after wiring in August
As it presently looks
As a bonus, I’ll add some pictures of my JBP from seed as an update. The ones that I made seedling cuttings out of have grown well this year, and I hope to do another batch next year.
Overall it’s been a fun year, and I can’t wait to see how things have progressed in another year. Tropicals and deciduous to follow!