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Pines in Imai’s garden

Posted in Excursions by Jonas Dupuich on May 27, 2014

Chiharu Imai’s garden featured some great pines. Some of these were far more developed than others. Seeing less developed trees next to more mature specimens made it clear how bonsai can develop and improve over time. The juxtaposition also made it clear that Imai can do great work at both ends of this spectrum.

White pine

White pine with interesting deadwood

White pine

Large white pine

White pine

Another nice white pine

As is typical during the winter months, the outdoor pines had turned yellow while the pines kept indoors retained their green hue.

White pine

White pine

White pine

Multi-trunk white pine

White pine

A small white pine

A number of the younger specimens had recently been wired. And although they look good now, they’ll look even better when the branch pads fill in.

White pine

White pine

White pine

Twisted trunk white pine

White pine

Semi-cascade white pine

The black pine below has a fun trunk and a good start on the branches. For those thinking about styling pines, do you think the tree points left or right?

Black pine

Black pine

Some heavy bends have produced a nice silhouette in this young white pine.

White pine

White pine

Great bark and interesting movement will make for a fun tree when the branches fill in.

Black pine

Black pine

And as for the white pine below, I’m very curious about the tree’s future. Any guesses?

White pine

White pine

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  1. zack Clayton said, on May 27, 2014 at 5:03 am

    That pine is ambiguous. The top leans left and it could point that way with some developement. But, the trunk and that first branch is so strong and heavy feeling it points the way to an exhibit on the right side of the tree. In that view, the top is almost superfluous.

  2. Jeremy Norbury said, on May 27, 2014 at 6:49 am

    It points right…

  3. dangerousbry said, on May 27, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Reblogged this on DangerousBry's Blog.

  4. Nicola "Kitora" Crivelli said, on May 27, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Reblogged this on Kitora no do.

  5. twinsrat bonsai said, on May 27, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Reblogged this on twinsrat bonsai and commented:
    they are lovely


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