I'm glad you're happy with your creation, it is always satisfying to create a planting that pleases oneself. Can you please tell me where you purchased your trees?
I like the idea of your ginko forest. Unfortunate the creation does not speak to me at all, the reason for this is the trees are all the same. They are the same age, size and lack difference in character. As you well know I don't bother to count numbers of trunks or lust for that perfect triangle fussy stuff but I am afraid your forest as is will not develop much in intrest. Do you have a couple of slightley older specimens you can throw into the mix, or be willing to set a couple adside to grow out some? One thing I really like about forest is the story, having a father and mother tree here would really make this one feel good. It is very hard to make a solid forest design work when all the trees are the same size, this lesson I took to heart from Ron Martin. The solution if forced to work with trees like this is creative and clever landscaping, something in the landscaping to tell the story. A mossy path leading to a cave stone, or maybe a brook or river running through the middle of the forest group planting laced with some undergrowth/accent type plantings.
Looking at your trees again, a tray scape/saikei type of thing could really be played out here with the present material. Remembering your table of collected stones I know you have the supplies for this type of thing to. I would love to offer up some designs if you would be interested.
Not sarcastic at all but,Hmmm, isn't that how a forest grows, very innovative Mom
Sure, and a single tree grows the same way in nature, but such "non-styling" just doesn't work for bonsai. Simply letting branches grow where they will, without intervention, will lead only to a classical mess. If such inactivity and non-thought could lead to quality bonsai, all anyone would be doing is planting seedings in pots and letting them grow wild. We could toss out all the books on pruning, pinching, design, trunk chopping, wiring, etc....
A great bonsai will give the illusion of a tree that is untouched by human hands, but it is just an illusion.
I honestly hope that you didnt intentionally misinterpret her intentions for an opportunity to make a condensending comment...
Maybe I dont understand your personality but I would have been offended.
My Gingko Forest.....And Yes it pleases Me
These trees will grow into each other and set their limbs where they please.
There were many rawks that I could have used but none caught the emotions that I was looking for with this one......Is it finished.....No...Will there be changes made....Yes....
I believe that the "changes" she was talking about includes pruning, clipping, ect.