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Late June 2015: I finished styling this Juniperus chinensis / Chinese Juniper bonsai with its owner Alex Mai Bonsai in late June after approximately 7 hours wiring and repositioning the branches. The tree originated in the North East UK where it had been grown for 30-40 years by its previous owner.
The trickiest part of the restyling was to split a large primary branch to build the new crown. Eventually the first right-hand branch will be shorter but I felt it was too risky (for the health of the branch as a whole) to remove any more foliage in order to shorten it.
Late June 2015: My big English Elm Bonsai (Ulmus minor) in late June after complete defoliation.
Height 27"/66cm, trunkbase 9"/22cm in diameter. Planted in a Victor Harris, Erin Pottery / Bonsai pot.
Late June 2015: Before and after re-styling a beautiful Chinese Elm in late June. This exposed-root form bonsai, or neagari, required some thorough pruning to show it, and its movement, to best effect.
Detail of the exposed roots and bark on the Elm bonsai.
Late June 2015: Collected Privet bonsai (Ligustrum ovalifolium), still unstyled, after carving. 19"/47cm in height. 8"/19cm trunkbase
Early July 2015: Bending a Sabina Juniper bonsai with a turnbuckle. The 'S' bend upper trunk was successfully split and bent last Summer, a year later it was ready to be bent further.
Early July 2015: The 'S' bend Juniper sabina as seen from the back, after bending.
The lower and upper bends were compressed last year by splitting the deadwood and live veins in many places before being bent through many degrees using a turnbuckle. Having ensured that the tree survived that operation, I gave the upper bend a further compression.
Once it's established that the tree had recovered from this work, I would be able to start to refine the deadwood and live veins.
Early July 2015: The 'S' bend Juniper sabina bonsai before I started working on it in 2014 and in July 2015, as seen from the back.
In the two images above it is possible to see how far, and how, I bent the 3" thick trunk.
The final design would use the foliage that sits directly above the trunkbase and the branches and foliage that grow towards the left, along a separate vein and kept here as an insurance, would be removed.