Thin Foemina

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I picked this up at the swapmeet. I bought it from Ray Thieme, the guy that provided the huge Cal. juniper back in 2008 for Harry Hirao to style. Ray has been a good bonsai friend over the years and actually sold me my first foemina juniper 29 years ago. I still have it.

The reason I like foemina is that they like my kind of treatment. You can actually prunes these trees back extreamly hard to make a wafer thin foliage pad and it will reward you with a thin flush of new buds that will make the pad look dynamite. No other juniper can make a pad as well defined as a needle juniper. They are also bullet proof and hard to kill, don't need as much water and are in fact more drought tolerant.

This one has a thin shari on one side and will have a few jins up top when I am through.

Not much now, but look for this one to shape up very fast and lose that big head of hair soon.

$35.00
 

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Well...this is what I did. First styling....we'll see how it looks in the fall after it fills in.
 

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Side by side
 

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Great job! I love to see these kinds of threads. You tell the short story, and we get to see the "before" pic.

Then, we get to decide if you made a great buy, or if your just a crazy old coot.

I love the part when I scroll down, and get to go, "Wow, he did a great job with that material"!

I usually have a decent eye to see the bonsai, but, I have to admit, I originally said $35
was too much for that piece of crap. Happy to have you proven me wrong, sir!
 

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I really love this tree....It's just so pleasing looking. Can you post some new pics of it?

Rob
 

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Sorry Rob, just saw this post. I need about another month to really get it to a point that updateing the picture will even show a difference. I will post it though soon.
 

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Very nice,I like were your going with this tree. Bunjin is my favorite style. Anyway very nice. Pete
 

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Thanks for the reply... One question I have.. I might already know the answer though. Generally, when I take a tree down to a skeleton like this, I let it grow like like crazy and then cut back to the original style. Are you going to do that? Then when it's a bush again, trim back to this style...or, are you going to just pinch to keep it here. I know that junies like to grow and replace all their foliage when cut back. Sometimes, they don't like to be interfered with again during this phase.

Thanks in advance,
Rob
 

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i really like how you pulled that branch on the right down to use as first branch, It changed the whole look of the tree
 
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You nailed it. Nice use of that first branch, a good example of why we learn the rules to break them.

Any plans to carve the deadwood?
 

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lets start a thread to bring back Al

A little smoke and mirrors , some itchy and scratchy
 

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That thread is from almost exactly a year ago. I thought it was a new post and caught some serious de ja vu. :rolleyes:
 

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We could all ask him and see if he would come back.... I know he's still looking around here.
Make sure you use lots of smileys in your PM's.....;)
 

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