Although Daisaku Nomoto is well known for his pine work, he’s also a big fan of junipers and deciduous varieties. Walking through his nursery was a great opportunity to see trees that were well developed next to trees still in the project phase.
Shimpaku with great deadwood
The tree below was one of my favorite project trees in the garden. I’d be very curious to see it after further refinement.
A number of the smallest junipers in the garden were fairly well developed. They were also green as they were protected from the cold in a greenhouse for the winter. The outdoor junipers had all taken on the usual brown cast that wears off in Spring.
A tree grown by one of Nomoto’s customers – what’s with the pot?
Shimpaku growing in a wire mesh basket set in a clay pot
A Japanese maple in development
Young Kiyohime maples
Although cleaning up deadwood can be painstaking work, the actual process is relatively simple. To prepare the procumbens juniper below for exhibit, I used toothbrush and water to scrub the deadwood and then rinsed away the debris. A few hours later, after the wood had a chance to dry, I painted lime-sulfur onto the deadwood. Within another hour or so, the sulfurous yellow wore off leaving behind the characteristic white color.
I chose a 100% solution as some of the deadwood was being treated for the first time while other branches had been lime-sulfured before. By going with a strong solution, the idea was to make the deadwood as even-colored as possible.
After scrubbing the deadwood
Jin and shari
The base of the trunk
After treating with lime-sulfur
I enjoyed last week’s discussion of an old procumbens juniper displayed at Yamato Bonsai Kai’s 42nd annual exhibit.
Some commenters suggested a few improvements for the tree. In response, I’d like to invite you to share your ideas graphically by indicating where the primary branches belong and providing an outline of the silhouette. If I get a few responses, I’ll post the results for your review.
Outline of trunk
Bay Island Bonsai meetings occasionally include the same exercise. To see what others have done in the past, see “Where does the first branch go?” from a few years back.
One of the trees that caught my attention at Yamato’s 42nd annual exhibit was an old procumbens juniper.
I haven’t seen a lot of other trees like it. The trunk is mostly straight and the branches are long. The apex is rounded, and the density of foliage is very even. It’s a striking tree – what do you think about it?