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Juniper styling

Post  Justin Hervey on Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:56 am

Here is a juniper that I styled in November - early summer for us.
I apologize for the quality of the early photos:

1. The tree prior to styling (back view).


2. Indicating the raffia bend to bring the balance back toward the centre.


3. After the initial styling.


4. The tree in early June.



I have considered doing an additional double bend to the top, upright section of the main trunk to create more movement but I would prefer to avoid an image that is too stylized.

I am also at a bit of a loss with regard to pot choice and have been leaning towards an unglazed drum or oval

I would appreciate your thoughts….

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Re: Juniper styling

Post  Fuzzy on Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:18 pm

Unglazed drum sounds good to me, and nice work btw! Smile

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Re: Juniper styling

Post  Rob Kempinski on Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:11 pm

Nice work.
You might consider getting rid of the first branch on the right. 1. It moves away from the front, 2. doing so would give almost ideal spacing and arrangement of the remaining branches

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Re: Juniper styling

Post  Justin Hervey on Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:57 am

Thanks for your comments.
Rob, I have considered doing this but I am, as yet, unconvinced. I tend to make these decisions slowly so it might very well still happen.
Any thoughts on what pot I should go for?

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Re: Juniper styling

Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:28 pm

Justin Hervey wrote:Thanks for your comments.
Rob, I have considered doing this but I am, as yet, unconvinced. I tend to make these decisions slowly so it might very well still happen.
Any thoughts on what pot I should go for?

When you are stumped on a pot start with the basic rules - height of the pot should be equal to the thickest portion of the trunk, width across should be about 0.6 of the canopy spread or height, and the shape should add to the statement you are trying to make.
If you leave the tree as is, the current pot shape is good just a bit too tall but not bad for growing. Take off the first branch and the pot could be oval. I would not go with a drum or other round pot unless you remove a lot more foliage. I'd get rid of the rocks on the soil, they rarely add much or look like more than someone added a rock to the soil.

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Re: Juniper styling

Post  Justin Hervey on Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:15 am

Something like this?


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Re: Juniper styling

Post  NeilDellinger on Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:15 am

Justin,
Thats a great improvement, right along the lines Rob suggested. I also like the idea of an oval. Can you add that pot to your virtual image?

Neil

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Re: Juniper styling

Post  Justin Hervey on Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:37 pm

Unfortunately adding the pot is a step beyond my cyber ability Neil... maybe one of the other gurus could help me with that?

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Re : Juniper styling

Post  Bob Brunt on Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:29 am

Hi Justin.
That is s a beautiful tree.Having removed that lower branch at Rob's suggestion .I would even be tempted to remove the one above.....After a thinking about it for a long time of course.I think whatever way you dicide to go you are on to a winner here.


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