Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Oriental hornbeam #23

Oriental hornbeam, Carpinus orientalis, collected in Croatia in 2010, training pot from China. The development is remarkable if one considers that it had the first styling only in spring of last year!



Anonymous said...

Really great! Apart from the scar-band above the nebari. Have you considered blending it in with the rest of the trunk somehow?

Walter Pall said...

This scar band is typical for this species. it makes the tree look more natural. This is in the fairy tale style. It is supposed to look old and weird and grotesque - not necessarily beautiful. Don't judge such a tree with bonsai rules in mind.

Anonymous said...

I don't think it looks grotesque. Like I said: to me it looks great. It'll take me some time, though, to get used to the scar band(s). Which is not unusual either, considering that a lot of what I like about bonsai is an acquired taste: in the beginning it was, shall we say, something completely different. ;-)