Upright needle (or procumbens) juniper

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Upright needle (or procumbens) juniper

Post  JimLewis on Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:06 pm

This little fellow (13 inches from the tray top, though I still call it a shohin because of its overall "weight") is coming along slowly. Still some work to do on the foliage pads and branches.

The "pot" is a ceramic tray that you might serve a choice piece of sashimi on.

Comments appreciated.


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Re: Upright needle (or procumbens) juniper

Post  chris on Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:42 pm

Hi Jim,
I can't really see where you are going with this?

The top back branch could be lifted up to become an apex which would give some balance to the top. The bottom branches are "handle baring"
one needs to go. As you say the foliage needs addressing and this would be better done in a larger training pot and a good feeding program.
The overall image is going to be great, the trunk is fantastic.

Regards Chris

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Re: Upright needle (or procumbens) juniper

Post  Todd Ellis on Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:18 pm

Jim, I like your tree! My wife saw it and said she liked it too. She doesn't usually like the "sparse" trees but she said it reminded her of some of the trees in the Blue Ridge mountains. FYI, I have seen photos of Japanese (Classified as Shohin) pines which were Formal upright literati; the size of your tree. They were displayed in smaller pots and the text indicated the the size of the pot dictated the classification.
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Re: Upright needle (or procumbens) juniper

Post  JimLewis on Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:47 pm

chris wrote:Hi Jim,
I can't really see where you are going with this?

The top back branch could be lifted up to become an apex which would give some balance to the top. The bottom branches are "handle baring"
one needs to go. As you say the foliage needs addressing and this would be better done in a larger training pot and a good feeding program.
The overall image is going to be great, the trunk is fantastic.

Regards Chris

Actually, I'm going for a tall, lone, struggling, wind-and lightening blasted tree, so I do not want a foliage-filled apex. That would be 100% against where I am going. Here where I live, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge (in one of the lightening capitals of the Southeastern US) there are quite a few trees like this I use as a pattern. The upper branches -- especially the one to the right -- need to be
much shorter, but I'm having trouble keeping foliage on it as it is, so
we'll see.

Those lower branches do need work as i said, but they aren't really "handlebar." There are three of them; two to the sides and one in the back. None come out at the same point. I need to cut them in more and define them from each other. But one thing at a time.

I like the trunk too.

I like your wife, Todd. <GGGGG>

TNX to all 3 of you.

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Post  mojojava on Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:49 am

I like it very much. Word on foliage pads and some simple balancing of branches and I believe it will be a very nice juniper. Already has a lot of character, yet the beauty is in the simplicity.

Right on.

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Re: Upright needle (or procumbens) juniper

Post  JimLewis on Sat Oct 01, 2011 7:15 pm

Here's the latest iteration. I think I'll keep it this way for a while now, and yes, start developing some better foliage pads. The rocks with the white crystal strata in them came from Seward, Alaska.


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Re: Upright needle (or procumbens) juniper

Post  Andrew Legg on Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:33 am

Hi Jim,

I really like this little juniper. It's my cuppa tea. That said, I really think the pot you have it in now needs a rethink. It is too heavy for the tree. Is it in this pot to give the roots space to fill out the foliage? I prefer the sushi tray! Very Happy

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:04 pm

I agree. But I've moved this one around a lot this summer, and I thought I'd better get it into a larger pot where it could grow some roots over the winter (which is when roots do a lot of their growing). I made a small hypertufa slab a week ago. It is curing now, and it may end up on that.

TNX for the kind words.

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Re: Upright needle (or procumbens) juniper

Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:57 pm

JimLewis wrote:I agree. But I've moved this one around a lot this summer, and I thought I'd better get it into a larger pot where it could grow some roots over the winter (which is when roots do a lot of their growing). I made a small hypertufa slab a week ago. It is curing now, and it may end up on that.

TNX for the kind words.

I agree with Andrew the pot looks a bit big. Covering the pot with my hand the image looks realistic like a tree that survived a fire or some other calamity. But with such little foliage how are you going to get roots?

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Re: Upright needle (or procumbens) juniper

Post  bonsai monkey on Tue Oct 04, 2011 1:22 pm

Hi Jim,
I'm with Rob, the "wood" looks very convincing but the foilage is far, far too course for the type of image you are trying to achieve as some of the "spikes" are almost as large as some of your small jins. I also think placing it on a shallow rustic slab would also produce a better image,

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