• Tuesday, August 04th, 2009
Sometimes it’s more challanging to decide on how to style a tree, however there are times when the tree just tells you how it should be styled. I have done pretty much nothing so far to this bald cypress, and yet it shows every indication of a weeping informal upright. The huge base of the tree is softened by the low handing branches which bring the whole tree together.
Weeping Informal Upright Style
The plan going foward it of course wait for it to go dormant, carve the trunk, repot it into a smaller pot, and then do the initial style wiring. I’m really pretty execited about seeing this one in a few more months.
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• Saturday, May 09th, 2009
The program at the last Central Florida Bonsai Club was something that we refer to as a Three Ring Circus. Not that it is chaos, but because there is some much going on at the same time. Three artist (or in this case 4) were asked to work on similar material at the same time without looking at the others for inspiration. It is a nice program because it allows club members to interact and make suggestions during the demonstrations. It always amazes me how different each of the trees turn out, even though they are so similar to begin with.
This time it was Shimpaku Junipers, and not one of my favorite trees to work with. These trees were pretty challenging with no growth close to the trunk and long thin branches to deal with. It required some creativity and some raffia to bend and twist these branches into shape.
Mike Rogers always does an outstanding job with his trees. As I was putting my second wire on my tree I glanced over to see Mike had practicially finished wiring. No fair!
Adam Lavigne also went with an informal upright. His trunk pretty much dictated the way this tree was going to be styled. He was a last minute participant, and he did a very nice job on stying it out.
These trees were challenging and Rick’s tree was no exception. However he was able to harness the wild growth of the tree into a wonderful windswept.
My tree took a different turn all together. The first 3 inches of the tree indicated to me that it wanted to be a cascade or semi cascade. The raffia really allowed me to bend the branches very far. The apex of the tree is pretty much a corkscrew to get the growth low and close to the trunk.
All of the trees will require new growth to pop out and fill in. However I think this year’s auction next month for these trees will bring in a nice amount. If your club hasn’t tried this program you may want to try it. Its a lot of fun and a really eye opener.
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