Well, this isn’t my favorite tree, not even in my top half. A search helped me decode what bathtub tree Sorce was talking about. This nerifolia, that was gifted to me, chopped by me, and regrown as a much shorter bonsai. It’s not dense, but I haven’t spent any time on it this summer, except to repot it. Next year I may have time to prune and wire it, and start pushing density. I like dense nerifolia, but maybe somewhere between mine and Denise’s. Scott wrote a good post on how he develops density in his nerifolia. Check it out.I understand the sheared leaves....no worries there.
It's the remaining structure that I uncomfortable with. I feel like driving in and removing chunks to open it up.
Maybe @Brian Van Fleet can share a tree so he can talk about his bathtub tree. Since I don't have these to understand their branching structure, or how to manage it.
All I know is that congestion bugs me.
I would like to see a Sorce tree. Been waiting for his cooperation along with Smoke! Unless i missed one of their trees in this thread they seem to be missing! I thought that was the purpose of this thread?
Love that you are attempting lodgepole and looking forward to the journey!Ok, I’ll play. This my fav today. Tomorrow maybe a different one. This is a Lodgepole Pine I collected in 2017. Fond memories of a long trudge back to the car with a very heavy rootball. No pack. Here it is after collection.
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Last fall was the first style. Here it is on the turntable at the start of work.
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Here it is when initial work was done.
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Since then it’s been potted in a temporary mica round pot. I lost the chosen position then because all living roots were on the back where the live vein goes down. I’ll repot when I get enough root development. It needs more backbudding and a few more reworkings. But I’m pretty excited about where it could be in a few more years.
My first thought when I saw this is there is a long straight section after the bend.Cool thread! I'm pretty proud about this progression. This squamata was dug up from someones yard and I got it cheap. I saw one design in it, that could only be achieved by bending the long branch down. I stuck with the design and now it's slowly getting there:
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Back of the tree. Worked on some deadwood this summer:
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Two weeks ago:
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Next step will be bending the branch closer to the main trunk and adding more movement by hollowing it out and then bending it. Also add shari to the front and fix the jins. For now, it just needs to recover a year or so.
Two year difference:
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