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
Old Gold Juniper
On January 1996, walking through a nurnery ( Oltre Il Verde ), I noticed
a nice Old Gold Juniper. It is among the best of this specie, usually
it grows very luxuriant., the light green buds are numerous often
with top florescence.
It was fairly probable for this tree to get its final destination
in same city square or round about to make them nicer, but it wasn't
like that, I bought it myself and from the moment I had this juniper
on my working desk I began evaluating times and methods to realize
this project of mine.
Different Juniper bonsai images coming form specialist magazines (both
European and Japanese) began to intertwine on my mind.
I used the experience got frow many research and observation years,
letting myself carried away from fantasy and personal taste.
It should be said that this kind of tree, if you do not reduce it
on the early phase with drastical pruning it is difficult to obtain
flakee vegetation (stinging); otherwise a scale vegetation would grow,
an hard trouble in juniper cultivation.
Back to the point, toward the end of October I decided that was the
right moment for the first modelling step on this juniper, I began
thiw deadwood creation, two little jin placed one in front and the
other on the right. Than I worked on the left one spending much more
time because this was too long and I was in doubt whether to work
it immediately, as a matter of fact watching the tree from the front
this jin would have been on the back.
At the end I decided to shorten it, trying to move it as much as I
could. Finally after height evaluation I noticed that keeping the
top branch I never could have the right ratio, So I took of all the
foliage from it and worde it as a jin, using for this purpose a special
tool made by hand with the help of my friend Claudio using as a model
a tool coming form master Kimura.
At this point, I began wiring to shape the tree according to the original
idea and once the work was over, I repotted the tree in a hand made
Pic. # 1 - January 1996 as was it at
Pic. # 2 - March 1996 detail of the
bend, a point to be treated with electrical drilling tools
to make the tree in the right ratio.
pic. # 3 - March 1996 after foliage
selection and repotting using akadama only to ensure a good
rootage and a quicker foliage growing.
Pic. # 4 - Tree structure detail, please
note the horizontal stump before working.
Pic. # 5 - Tthis branch was very far
on the back part but using rafia, 4 mm. copper wire and 2
wire guy I got it in the right position.
Pic. # 6 - Toward the target, a few
little touches and work will be over.
||Pic. # 7 - Last works on the
refinements: bark cleaning, lime sulphure application, repotting
and moss placement.