Juniper over volcanic rock

alonsou

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This is a new volcanic rock that I recently acquired from a tropical fish store. It's about 22lbs 21 inches tall

Front


Back


Right


Left


Detail back, I have the wild idea of using those small holes as the location for some other plant/specie or some kind of accent plant, what do you think? any suggestions?


Draining hole and wiring in place


The Juniper on it's new home.


I understand that there's a long road ahead, lot's of refinement and lots lots of work to be done.

Ultimately, this is a close idea of what I would like to achieve with this pre-bonsai. All comments are welcome!

Thanks
 

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Nice rock (rather phallic though), nice tree. I think your choice of rock and tree will make a very harmonious unit. This to me has a lot of promise
 

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I know this is an old post. Any update on the project???
 

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I know this is an old post. Any update on the project???

Alonsou was last seen May 2015.

You may have a chance!

How bout this excellent reply!
Nice rock (rather phallic though), nice tree. I think your choice of rock and tree will make a very harmonious unit. This to me has a lot of promise
Awesome!

I would have planted the tree up with the rock line. And Probly over the rock.

Sorce
 

Alain

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Alonsou was last seen May 2015.

You may have a chance!

How bout this excellent reply!

Awesome!

I would have planted the tree up with the rock line. And Probly over the rock.

Sorce
Me too! When I first saw the rock, that was what I guessed (hoped) would be done. Turns out just another ho-hum juniper "cascade."

Is there NO imagination left in this world?


Good luck getting a small juniper like that to grow roots enough to end-up wrapping around a big rock like that though ;)
A rock which doesn't look really volcanic to me btw...
 

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......... All comments are welcome!

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Can I be honest? The stretch of rock up to its peak is nearly vertical while the trunk is 90 degrees off of it. Uhhhhhhh ......... :eek:
 

Vance Wood

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There is a lack of unity in this presentation. The story you may be trying to tell does not sell. Usually a rock and tree is a presentation of a tree that has taken root on the mountain side. This one looks like it is simply planted on a rock, which is exactly what it is; a tree planted on a rock. I admire the effort to pull this off, it is not so easy as some may think. I hope I am not making an enemy telling you what I think ,but you could enter this in a show and get the same response from any number of people that are not me.

If you stood the tree up and designed it to kind of hug the stone I believe you would have a more believable composition. Another problem is that the stone is so smooth. This seems to be at odds with a tree growing on it. Trees and stones are generally associated with rough and cragged surfaces.
 

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An opinion only. I feel that there are other sides (the back for instance) that would prove to be a more interesting front. I agree with others that I see a rock by itself and a canopy separated and on its own. Something as simple as bringing the lower branch back to the left to cover part of the stone and soften the overall rock might be an improvement. Finally the rock is more smooth and weathered and might go better with a deciduous tree or tropical ficus, etc.
 

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