Walter Pall's main blog about bonsai and his work with trees from day to day. Lots of good pictures of good trees and lots of valuable information about bonsai.
how can you estimate the age of the tree
There are methods which can come to a rough estimate which is more than guesswork. We have cut apart many dead mugos which come from similar conditionsl Then one counts the rings and the rest is an educated guess. If a tre with a trunk diameter of 10 cm has 120 to 150 rings (which is fairly tpical from exdtreme locations) then how many does one have with 15 cm diameter? Well, could be 150 to 200 years. Plus minus 30 to 50 years.WP
Walter,What was the most challanging or difficult part of creating this tree... working on the dead-wood or the live parts...AJ
Technically the most diffficult part was to get the green to the trunk. Peter Thali did most of this job. See my gallery. Artistically it was a real challenge to see the final bonsai. WP
the first picture looks a lot like some of the trees i have collected here in the Rocky Mts of Colorado. The branches can be 6-12 inches long with needles only on the ends. Were you able to encourage budding back up the branches? If so, what is the best approach to doing so (on pines).thanks W.
AJ,no backbudding, this was all done with ruthless bending and crafty design.WP
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