From the flower bed to the Tokonoma
An outskirts Juniper
Juniperus Old Gold
A long lasting workshop
The charm of Shari
Scheduled works on a Juniperus Chinensis
Yew : a splendid species
In this article we are going
to take into consideration a specie used very few times by bonsai
asrtists: Chamaecyparis Pisifera, it's hard to find it on the nurseries,
it could be find only in vey small dimension, but however interesting
for realizing bonsai related projects.
This variety of false cypress is suitable both for make classical
style bonsai, Chokkan or Moyogi, and for more suffered realizations;
in these cases it can be found several solutions. It lends itself
to all the treatments, it bares drastic pruning, the branches can
be bended easily if drived with sensitivity, the foliage will thicken
rapidly if constantly pinched.
Dead wood techniques (shari) are well bared by the tree, even if the
tender wood need to be treated with lime sulphur several times during
During the first step on the tree it's like to meet difficulties with
branches selection. The vegetation tend to grow straight upwards and
very dense in a way that can completely hide the tree structure, the
inner one near to the trunk usually dry out for air and light lack,
the green is visible only at the end of the branches far from the
This inconvinient can be overcome with a thoroughly cleaning work,
to better locate the branches to be used to the future bonsai, by
the way we will be helped by the great number of braches present,
among that, we will find the ideal ones for our project, getting rid
of the dried needles we will let sun and air pass through the branches,
so that new vegetaion will born easily and numerous remedyng if necessary
to our pruning errors.
Repotting operation are free of risk if made during waking up period
. This is one of the reasons why I suggest this tree to the beginners.
I bought this Chamaecyparis
on February 1996 form an exhibitor during "MIFLOR". In the
beginning, it was 2 meters high, I was impressed by this tree beacuse,
as I said before, it is difficult to find trees of such dimension,
and in the majority are stump with thin trunks.
I had already this specie but they were
only small dimension bonsai. The foliage of this one was so thick, that
at the first glance I wasn't able to realize not the real nebari dimension
nor that the trunk was a single one.
It tooks me a few moment to decide whether to buy it or not, at the
end I decided to buy it like a bet.
As soon as it arrived on my garden, I couldn't wait the moment to work
on it. My mind took a trip looking for feelings, images, details, masterpieces
that could give me the right suggestion for the project.
When I think over the project, I work more relaxed, feeling confident
to have a well defined project, an idea so strong to appear touchable....and
at that point I have just to express my creativity applying the techniques
necessary for the transformation, sure that the tree will reach in a
few years maturity and beautiness.
First repotting is usually very difficult
because the rootage is compressed in a pot with clay soil.
Once reduced it, the tree should be repotted using akadama
in different granul dimensions, placing some coal pieces in
order to make the soil more dreinant for the root development.
In this phase I tilted the tree toward left.
Branch selection, cutting the useless
ones, keeping only a little portion for Jin realization
On the top of the tree a few branches
has been left, choosing only the shorten with foliage near
the trunk, in spite of that all the branches were still too
On May 1997, the tree reached the ideal
development, so that it was possible to define where to place
green and where to create spaces, having the opportunity to
realize the original project. I began with dead wood selection
and jin finish off with the help of a little mill.
The work carry on with the more delicate
operation: bend the branches to put them in the desired position
The strong bends were possible because,
as said before, thanks to the tenderness of the wood, using
rafia, copper wire, and a good deal of attention.
Particolare che evidenzia la torsione
On the first project the intention
was to keep foliage on the left part only, but afterwards
evaluating more carefully the overall balance, I decide for
a new developement from the initial idea to a new shape.
Finally the foliage need the finishing
touch, a not so simple operation considering the numerous
little branches developed. Finished this work, looking at
all the detail of the tree I decided to give more taper to
the tree sculpturing threee little lines of shari on the top
part of the tree, giving so a colour contrast between bark,
shari and foliage.
Picture royalty of Arma di Taggia Imperia,