If it offends you that I took a few liberties virtually with this tree, ...please ignore my question.
Have you considered removing the branch from the inside of the curve? I understand there's a different set of rules w/ shohin sometimes. What do you think?
hmmm... to my mind, it's so perfectly "squatty" that inside curve branches mean relatively little. I actually prefer the branch.
No clue what you traded this for Jason... but I suspect you got the better end of the deal. I think it's really quite marvelous. It's always nice to be able to work on something which has a few years under it's belt, be it in the wild, or in someone else's hands.
I think I do like the lower potting virt, but it seems such a waste of great nebari. Plus one rarely looks at these trees exactly eye level, so I would imagine that having more exposure probably suits it just fine irl.
I like the composition. I had to go back and forth between the two (original and the latest) to decide on the pot. This one is definitely better.
I find the tree a little high. I know we are permitted the pot depth which this one comes close, but I prefer trees a little deeper. What say you, and would it be possible. I think it adds greater stability to the composition.
gorgeous tree. i love the little ones. nice blog.
Nice virt Rick!! Your virt skills are very good! I see where you are going and I tried to get it a bit deeper. But I really wanted to have a nice drainage layer of pumice in there.
So, I removed half the layer and settled with what you see now. I tend to over pot my trees a bit so this was a little shallow for my taste. But the nebari fit perfectly, albeit a bit snug, and in person it really looks very good.
Ah.... the proverbial drainage layer?
Don't we all. I think the pot is nearly perfect for this tree. At the stage of development it is in, one does indeed want to slow things down so they can control the growth/silhouette. Mind you the latter will probably require re-potting every year vice every second.
I was basing my recommendation from your blog. Seeing the root ball I believe you could have shaved a 1/4-1/2 inch of the bottom without affecting the exposed flair of the nebari.
I like the tree and pot as well. I am curious in your neck of the woods at the hight of summer how often will you have to water? In Missouri my Shohin are watered 3 times a day but are well worth the trouble of keeping in the correct size pots.
Hey Jason very nice elm I love it. I too was also thinking about removing one of the lower branches but I think removing the one on the right would be my choice. It seems to come from the front of the trunk and is quite straight. It doesn't bother me at all that the other branch comes out of the inside of a bend, it has a nice shape and fits well in that spot.
Just another way of looking at it.
Thanks, and me too!A really great tree!! I like it just the way it is.