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Early October 2016: Before and after styling images of a Japanese White Pine bonsai belonging to Lewis J Man of Premier Bonsai.
As can be seen in the 'before' image (from July) taken prior to styling, the tree was very tall and leggy. I decided to show the trunk at its best by turning it clockwise a few degrees and heavily compressing the branches. Only a small number of branches were removed, including just 6" from the top of the tree, the rest having been coiled and compressed together.
Final height 10"/25cm.
Early October 2016: Japanese White Pine bonsai
Early October 2016: Detail of the Japanese White Pine bonsai
Early October 2016: These two very old Hawthorn bonsai were collected a year previously; in early October I wired movement into the new shoots that well be kept as future branches, during hard pruning later in the Autumn. The rest of the growth will be removed as soon as the leaves drop, to encourage further backbudding from the trunk next Spring.
I like to wire new Hawthorn branches at this time as they are incredibly pliable and will have plenty of time to heal any small fractures before the cold of Winter.
Notice the live-veins and natural deadwood of these trees, produced by repeated chewing by deer and rabbit over the decades.
During the Autumn I began sharing and posting to the new Bonsai4me Instagram account.
Shown here are a series of three images put through the Instagram filters, each of my Fagus sylvatica/ Europen Beech bonsai, taken at different times of the year.
Height of bonsai: 22"/55cm
Bonsai Pot by Victor Harris of Erin Pottery.