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.
Even though you kept this tree and after 25 years you gave it a good and handmade pot. After all this years one cant let go a tree one had cared for such a long time. It becomes something special like old aunt Mary. Shes visiting ones in a while behaving some kind of strange qnd you asking what went wrong with that part of family. Even though it stays family and make it something special.This year i gave an acer of mine the freedom and let it go into my garden where now it can mature on his own. After "only" ten years of care as bonsai it got now a special place in front of the house.
Hi Walter, pardon my ignorance, but what do you feel was wrong with the material you started with? It seemed to have some taper, a good trunk, some branches to work with. Other than the root going the wrong way, I can't really tell what was the issue with it. Thank you much for posting.
Ian, if you don't see that, you still have a long way to go. It was some of the lousiest material that was avaialble. THE main skill for successful bonsai is not taught well: the ability to spot good material and tell that some material is bad. This tree had NONE of the features that you state.
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