Sunday, May 17, 2009

a new mugo

This is a piece with enormous potential. It has been a bonsai for about 10 years at least already. I got it exactly twelve months ago. And potted it into this new container right away without touching it any further. Last season it developed very small weak needle pads.. Today I plucked lots of needles, edited the crown slightly and worked on the deadwood part. Now I will leave this tree alone for a full year and style it in summer of 2010. The straight trunk in the upper part has to get bent. This is major operation and requires a very healthy tree. otherwise I will cease to cooperate, I am afraid.



3 comments:

Shaukat Islam said...

Walter,

A very interesting and potential specimen. Would be looking forward to seeing you style this tree next year.

The movement of the trunk is nice. But the little 'stub' on the upper lower bend (pointing downwards) of the tree is very disturbing.

Will you smoothen to blend with the trunk or retain it?

Shaukat

Walter Pall said...

Shakat,

first I will bend the upper part of the trunk next year. Then in two or three years I will finally style the whole thing and then is he time to decide about the stub. So one has to think in terms of five years. For many folks this seems to be long. In our climate with these trees this is normal.
The problem sit that it takes you twenty years to style a tree and then you see that you have made many mistakes. To style the next one takes you another twenty years and it is much better. Btu then you are an old man. The third one is the best one. But then you are done.

WP

Shaukat Islam said...

Walter,

Yes, I agree with you, 5 years is nothing much to create a good style.

But twenty years (and finding a mistake?).....I like your sense of humour but that's a reality you have spoken.

Shaukat