Yes it was alive. I wanted it really bad. It would have made the most magnificent shohin California juniper. But...It would have taken at least two years to layer it off. I know guys that have lots of them and have tried taking layers and they do not make roots well. They do on the bottom, like an elm, but layer roots are slow or not at all. The branch was a real eye poker and actually made it very hard to even pick the tree up cause it went right into your chest!Nice... The vein just above center that was cut off. Was it still alive or cashed out?
For the tree and me....Very nice Al! Nice to see some sweet conifers along side your deciduous collection. I know you e probably got more conifers but I just haven’t seen the posts. I haven’t been here long enough!!
I’ve also been seeing a lot of juniper stylings on here lately that are only 20-30% wired and they look a bit messy. This tree is a perfect example of what patience and time in wiring can do! And you’ve probably got more detail wiring to do! Do you? Or will you give this tree a rest for a while??
Great work none the less.
Again You are missing my point and grouping things together that don't belong together. What annoys me is when someone that can't show me or the forum that they have the skills to do what I have shown here, wish to argue with me about those said skills. People don't wire trees, I have said hundreds of times that wire goes a long ways into turning a so so tree into a gorgeous tree. People don't bend branches, they put the wire on, and then never do anything with the branch. If your going to put the wire on, and the branch will not do the thing you wired it for, then its useless and you need to start over with a better tree or cut the big branches off and start with smaller branches. Either way, your not moving forward by putting on wire and not making significant changes in the material with the wire.Hey Smoke, since you posted this pic in the other thread where we were talking I wanted to come over to this one so as not to hijack the book thread.
This is an amazing tree, but I am at a loss to what kind of discussion me or someone as inexperienced at bonsai as me could have with you on it without asking a bunch of the basic questions that seem to annoy you.
This part is more inquisitive.However, if you have the time and inclination can you talk a bit about the process you went through to come up with this final design? I know you have mentioned before about already having a vision for your trees from the day you acquire them - but i also saw that a branch broke that you weren't intending on losing. Do you have anymore pics of the tree as you trained it from the first pic to the final pic? How would it have come out if that branch had stayed in place? Edit - reading through this thread looks like you were going to layer the branch lost. Would you have still designed the rest of the tree similarly around that layer?
My apologies if I was inferring what you weren't implying. Could be the lack of tone in typed communication.I don't know where you would get the idea that questions annoy me.
I would love to see a better sequence on this juniper, if you posted pics here that would be great, if theyre in another thread just drop the title here and ill run a search.This tree has been posted numerous times at this place. If you wish to see a better sequence I will post it tomorrow.