Newbie Juniper #2

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Newbie Juniper #2

Post  KimchiMonger on Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:42 pm

This is the second $10 nursery stock juniper I've chronicled for direction and feedback. Experienced members have been so giving. Thanks to you who've put their two cents worth in - priceless.

The first Juniper progression is here:

http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/bonsai-questions-f7/newbie-juniper-t4041.htm#41145

This second one took me by surprise because what I thought I saw in the uncut specimen turned out completely different from what I have now! The branches I wanted to style were cutting in front of the main branch and no amount of twisting or styling would of had them rest in a natural style! The entire 3 Gal. shrub came down to this.

Any input on current state? Should I lower that main branch and bring it closer to the trunk? I dunno....









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Re: Newbie Juniper #2

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:13 am

Conflicted, eye is taken two directions.

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Re: Newbie Juniper #2

Post  KimchiMonger on Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:54 pm

Well the latest styling has moved the Juniper along. I had to order some rafia & thicker wire to further wrap and bend the thickest trunk.



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Re: Newbie Juniper #2

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:31 pm

This looks better to me, but I am still confused by what looks like a loop. I realize the two dimensional photo misses something.

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Re: Newbie Juniper #2

Post  KimchiMonger on Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:50 pm

Sorry for the confusion on the picture angles. Not only is this my second only bonsai effort but my photo taking lacks experience too! Evil or Very Mad Hehehe...

I've decided to put this specimen back on it's garden pedestal to live and grow as shown in this recent photo 9/19/10. It's had, what I'd consider, a good workout and needs time to adjust to it's new shape. In other forums, some called it flat out ugly while others said it had some potential but only over time. I like the latter opinion for sure. I'll let it be for the next six months at least.

So, so far, $10 Home Depot Juniper procumbins, a little raffia and wiring, tugging and pulling, one small break, screaming to Jesus "what have I done! Oh please let that break heal - WHAT THE HELL HAVE I DONE! ... silent ", lots of good encouragement alongside naysayers saying it's a loss, and my dedicated persistence, we've come this far in our $10 Juniper Masterpiece Adventures. I'll follow up on this and the other one in a few months.

Thanks to those of you who've contributed your viewpoints! The entire mix of opinions is what learning is all about for us beginners ya know. santa Why is there a santa smilie there?






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Newbie Juniper #2

Post  bonsaisr on Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:42 am

If I may offer an opinion, I really don't think that extra trunk adds anything. I would lose the whole thing and stick to your single trunk with its literati foliage. Less is more.
Take the wire off & stick it in the ground. Let it grow for now.
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