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Post  Guest on Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:16 am

Hi IBC!

first time styling of this tree.
Specie- Blue Bell/ Desmodium sp.
Height- 70 cm


I'm working for the photo below as front.





Removed the excess branches and Reduced the height of the the smaller trunk.




Rotated the tree a bit counter/anti clockwise to placed the dominant tree forward and lean a little forward to create depth on the trunks.




By the way its called Blue bell because of small bell shape flowers
This tree got flowers already when I started working on it today.



This specie is one of the best local trees to make as bonsai because of the natural small leaves and nice bark quality...but the specie I hate the most working on...the leaves got thorn at the tip and very sharp thorns on the branches, I still got thorns embedded in two my fingers and one under my foot (I work bare footed on trees most of the time) Sad

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jun Smile

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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  daudelus on Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:01 pm

Beautiful tree... do you plan to do any work on accentuating the dead wood portions? I'm not very familiar with this kind of tree so I wouldn't know how it would respond to carving.

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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  Guest on Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:23 pm

daudelus wrote:Beautiful tree... do you plan to do any work on accentuating the dead wood portions? I'm not very familiar with this kind of tree so I wouldn't know how it would respond to carving.


WELCOME to IBC!

Thanks!

Yes.This tree still needs lot of refining works...including carving that is.

regards,
jun Smile

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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  kimo on Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:31 pm

cheers

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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  Rob Kempinski on Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:32 pm

Interesting species. I agree it has lots of potential. If its a fast tropical grower I'd be tempted to cut the branches even further to create some taper in them and to get a structure developed closer to the trunk. How would the overall trunk look if the smaller trunk were moved to be in the front half of the tree?

PS I like how the hand rail in the background goes right into a tree trunk. Is the trunk a structural member of the house? Very cool. That house looks very interesting - like to see a shot of it if possible.

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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  sunip on Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:35 pm

Hello Jun.
Have you considered to remove the big left branch?
regards, Sunip Wink

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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  Russell Coker on Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:53 pm

Hey Jun.

What interesting material!

Does it HAVE to be a twin trunk? Looks like the big tree maybe would be better by itself, and tipped to the left considerably to even out the nebari.

R

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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  Guest on Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:53 pm

Thanks Rob!

If the smaller tree would be moved infront it woul partially blocked the dominant tree. If I moved it to the side, it would be 2 dimensional looking and I would lost the depth of the trunks. I will post some photo shots again later on for you to see the other angles.
Yes, this is a very fast growing tropical tree. I planted this as bare rooted material with just the major branches 7 months ago.

I will also post the photo of my small workshop/ house. later on. The trunk you see in the photo is an structural member of the house planted on concrete foundation, came from mango tree which was removed from a construction project I did. the wall is weaved bamboo which air can pass thru, the air is cool inside even on the hottest time of the day.

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jun Smile

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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  rolandp on Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:00 pm

Hi Jun.

Thanks for sharing your progress.
I also think this is a tree with lots of potential (nice movement, nice bark, small leaves,..).
Maybe one way of future development is to rotate the tree even a bit more to the right side....

Hope to see some new photos from this tree in the future.

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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  Guest on Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:08 pm

Sunip,

Yes. I was planning and still am planning to remove the extended horizontal branch. It is annoying me for a long time now...hehehe.

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jun Smile




Russell,

Thank you.

Surely the big tree can stand well on its own. but I'll try first to keep the smaller trunk. My problem would be, if I keep it as single trunk design, is the very dominant left side branches all leaning to one side. growing branches on the right side won't be able to catch up with the size of the current left branches. So, to create a visual balance I decided to make it as twin trunk...but I will still look for the single trunk possibility as the tree develops. The only way to do it though as single trunk is to tilt/lean the tree further to the right side and create two apexes but will exposed left side roots.

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jun
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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  Guest on Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:12 pm

Roland,

Thank you.
I'll share the progress of this tree in the future.

regards,
jun Smile

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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  Russell Coker on Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:19 pm

Hey Jun.

Yes, I agree that growing branches on the right side to catch up won't work. I see a pretty windswept tree that takes advantage of those beautiful branches on the left and the dead wood on the right. To me the small tree looks stuck on and out of place - but it's hard to make judgments from photos!

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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  Guest on Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:47 pm

Russell,

you are right. wind swept is very workable. in fact it is my initial design option.

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jun Smile

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blue bell twin trunk

Post  moyogijohn on Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:26 am

JUN,,I like this tree!! the little flowers are nice and the bark as well...I am slow so tell me if you are removeing the big branch on the left??? you said they grow fast so what about the back branch?? It looks larger than the rest...i am not picking at all,,i know it will be a good tree!!! i want you to keep it posted with the progress please..take care john

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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:34 am

Jun,
Just having fun.
Done on the flat image, have no real idea what the tree looks like in reality. Okay.
If it offends I will remove.
Khaimraj

Mother and Chlid

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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  iben on Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:20 am

sunny ...Lucky you Jun..you got the talent not every one get it...

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Post  ndleong on Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:24 am

Very Happy I think this is first time I come across this species. Very nice.

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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  Guest on Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:44 am

John,
Thanks!
No. not the entire branch, probably the protruding horizontal branch only, the extended branch right after the branch that grows upward. but I will not do it yet. I will wait first until I got the whole structure of the tree. cutting branches can always wait.

regards,
jun Smile



Khaimraj,

Thanks for the sketch! that's the idea I'm working on right now. with slight variation on foliage formation, with the small leaves the specie have it is ideal to have different foliage pads and layers.

regards,
jun Smile



Iben,

thanks for the compliment!
Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed
...probably I'm just hyper active when it comes to bonsai. I'm just trying to learn (fast) just like the rest.

regards,
jun Smile


ndleong,

Thanks.
I believe this specie is endemic to the Philippines and Indonesia only. and not highly exploited (...YET...) as bonsai material.

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jun Smile

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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  jrodriguez on Fri Mar 18, 2011 12:22 pm

Jun,

Desmodium umbellatum.

Kind regards,

Jose Luis

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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  Guest on Fri Mar 18, 2011 12:55 pm

Thank you Jose Luis.

I am always at lost when it comes to latin names. I'm glad you are always there to provide the vital info.
Even in local shows and books it was always tagged as "Desmodium sp."

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jun
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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  Randy_Davis on Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:32 pm

jrodriguez wrote:Jun,

Desmodium umbellatum.

Kind regards,

Jose Luis

Jose,

What's your sorce for that name? All the links I've seen of that name don't look anything like this tree at all. It's a lovely tree none the less and I'm sure just a stunner when it flowers.

Randy

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update/ 2nd styling

Post  Guest on Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:12 am

Hi IBC.

just 3 months growth, all of the initial wire are biting on to the branches.
I would like to share with you the second styling and progress of this tree.





I'planning to clip and grow this tree to come up with a more natural looking branches..








regards,
jun


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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  my nellie on Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:38 pm

Going very, very well Jun!
I like the bark!

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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  Guest on Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:45 pm

Thank you Alexandra. I think this tree will be show ready in less than 2 years.

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Re: Blue Bell twin trunk first styling

Post  Guest on Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:01 pm

Hi IBC.

Another update...just 5 months since the first styling.





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