In July of 2010 Alex and WP bent this mugo pine. It was way too long and sitting in the pot in an awkward position. The operation was quite severe. Now, after 12 months everything looks fine tough. The crown was cut drastically and the tree placed more upright in the pot. Now it has a good future. In late summer the old needles will be plucked. The main branches will be wired and positioned. If it looks very healthy in spring of 2012 it will be planted into a reasonable bonsai pot; if not then in spring of 2013. At some time the smaller branches will be wired and then it's on the way to become an elegant and interesting sort of literati tree.