This common juniper has a beautiful aged trunk, and good ramification to the branches, but i felt it was unevenly balanced; with its centre of gravity being far from the trunk base, it seemed to want to fall over?!
I took this tree along to a workshop day in Worcester Park with Clive McIntyre of 'The Bonsai Centre' to be pruned and repotted. I was advised that Clive is great with JBPs (pines), but i picked up a lot of great tips for maples, and junipers as well as pines! I look forward to more of Clive's workshops.
The tree was lightly pruned to balance the vigour in the tree, and allow light and air into congested areas. The trunk was then carefully cleaned of moss and dirt with a toothbrush and a steel brush.
After considering various options for the tree, it was decided to incline the tree, placing the apex and centre of gravity directly over the base of the tree. By doing so, an image is created whereby the tree is growing towards the light, (to the left in the 1st picture below) with the primary branch and apex being the dominant light gatherers, and the branch to the rear reaching up over the shadow below to reach some sunlight.
The tree was repotted it into this crescent pot from 'China Mist Bonsai Pottery' to frame the tree in a suggested rock side, and to compliment the branch structure. Keto soil, a sticky, thick soil from Japan (substitutes available!) was used in a 'wall' at the sides to prevent soil erosion. I look forward to developing this tree in this new style and pot.
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My Favourite Ceramic Artists
Tom Benda - Czech
Peter Krebs - Germany