As it turns out, now’s the time for the final significant cutback and wiring ahead of BIB’s January exhibit. I shortened shoots that extended beyond the desired silhouette, thinned out dense growth everywhere and wired a few branches to add movement or make subtle adjustments up or down.
Yaupon holly before cutback
From the 2-3″ representation offered by the screen, it’s hard to see any changes from post to post as the changes are subtle. This is true for a lot of bonsai work. While the general silhouette may stay the same, primary and secondary branching thickens, branch movement increases after wiring and the tree’s balance changes slightly from top to bottom and side to side. So I tell myself anyway.
From the left side
You can best see how much foliage was removed when looking at branches – or the whole tree – from above. This amount of thinning is great for getting light into the tree’s interior to stimulate new shoots.
Plenty of room for light to get through
As the goal of this work is a chance to display the tree at an exhibit, I continue to think about candidate pots. Here are two more candidates.
A strong, conservative approach
A more colorful approach
Setting the pots in front of the current pot makes them appear larger in relation to the tree than they really are – both appear to be a fairly good fit.
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