Yes, me and this old Scots Pine 🙂 Sadly I couldn’t make the recent Peter Warren workshop in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Bonsai Society as I was at home with the kids all day but I decided to make the best of it and have a go at styling a tree on my own for the first time. I’ve had this Scots Pine a few years now and after recovering from needle cast two years ago and a much needed repot and root prune last year, I’ve been waiting to have a go at this one. Peter Warren saw it two years ago and wired the primary branches. Since then I’ve just been feeding it and waiting for backbudding to appear. Anyway, a more detailed history/progression will appear on the blog at some point when the tree is much more presentable.
The tree before work:
A lot of undesirable features with this tree but good for learning from. There are only four primary branches, three of which come from the same spot high up the trunk, they are leggy and so are the secondary branches. It’ll be many’s a year before I chase back the growth closer to the right hand side of the trunk. A lot of bending and foreshortening of the branches was necessary to bring the foliage tips closer in. Anyway, with copious amounts of wire, protection tape (didn’t have raffia) and some guy wires, here’s what I’ve come up with:
I actually think that if I remove the downward needles, lime sulphur the deadwood and cover the surface with moss it might make a decent image to the untrained eye. We’ll see.