Styling a Juniper Sabina Literati Bonsai

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Juniper sabina literati bonsai

July 2013: This Juniper sabina yamadori (Juniperus sabina var. sabina) was collected during 2010 in Spain and I was fortunate enough to receive it into my garden in July 2013. Having unwrapped the rootball (the roots were wrapped with cellophane to stop the rootball breaking apart during the journey from Spain to the UK), I potted the tree into a bonsai pot large enough to accommodate the roots without pruning them.

Juniper sabina literati bonsai

July 2013: Whilst the pot by Victor Harris was a little large for this tree, I was very pleased with how well they (accidentally) complimented each other! I also instantly fell in love with the deadwood and life-lines spiralling up the trunk of the bonsai.

Juniper sabina literati bonsai

July 2013: From the outset, it was difficult to find just one single best view for the bonsai that dictated it would be the front.

Juniper sabina literati bonsai

April 2014: Very little work was carried out on the Juniper through the remainder of 2013 other than some gentle thinning of the foliage mass.Then in April 2014 I decided to spend a few hours styling the tree; material such as this is incredibly easy to work on because the tree is already a thing of beauty. Therefore it is very straightforward to style.

As can be seen in the image above, the deadwood was cleaned using a steel wire-brush mounted in a Dremel and particular care was then taken to clean the old layers of bark from the live-vein using a brass wire-brush.

Juniper sabina literati bonsai

April 2014: The day after styling, with the newly applied lime-sulphur having dried.

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