History of a Juniper

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Today I did some major work on one of my junipers that I've had now for about three years or so. For me this is the time of the year that works best for major work on junipers because when the heat comes it's just too much and I usually lose them.

That being said, I've been contemplating this tree since last year and have been quite frustrated with it to say the least. It seems it wanted to do it's own thing rather than what I wanted, but then maybe I was expecting too much from this guy.

This first pic shows the tree circled in red as a cutting that was stuck in a pot with a much larger juniper that I purchased, sort of a two for one you could say. :)
 

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After seperating the two I found I was left with hardly any root to work with and thought for sure the tree wouldn't make it. For that reason I over potted it and hoped I would gain a lot of new rootage in time.

The pic below shows the tree after seperation.
 

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After turning the tree around a few times I finally found a front that I thought would work. My only dissapointment was with the trunk, and for that matter still is, but I thought I would keep working her to see what I would come up with.:)

The foliage was pretty much what I was hoping for and realized that I would just have to accept her for what she was.
 

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But this past summer I noticed that even the foliage was not pleasing to me anymore and I kind of put her on the back burner and just let her grow as I lost interest in her.:(
 

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so today I finally had enough and got to work on her. I picked out an area that had more adult type foliage and what I thought would be workable in a good restyle. This pic shows right after the work was done.
 

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After a little wiring, trimming, and a new pot, the work is complete. Now if it only had a five inch thick trunk with a little different movement.:cool:
 

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Sharpen your knives and soak up the moss it's almost layering season!
Cheers, Al
 

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Sharpen your knives and soak up the moss it's almost layering season!
Cheers, Al

Agree with Al,

The top part is so much better than the bottom one. When that happens, I see no other choice but layering. No magic in the world will make the bottom half interesting.
 

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Can we see more angles of your latest rendition?

I shot a few different angles also Rick but they sure aren't worth showing. As Attila said "the top is much better than the bottom". I think I'm using the best part for the front as far as the foliage goes.
An air layer might be a possibility, will have to see.:)
 

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