This post is the third (and last!) of our three-day adventure with a Rocky Mountain Juniper. I’ve never done a day-to-day string of posts like this. Did you like it? If so I’ll try it again around the bend.
Well. Bobby and I don’t smell like rotten eggs today, thankfully. After today’s styling the juniper is as finished as it will be for about 8 months when it might be repotted if it’s done well and grown a bit. If it is slower than expected I might wait 1½ years before potting it up in a bonsai container.
The long shoots were retained on this tree to help it recover from the bends which are the most severe it will hopefully ever have to endure as a bonsai. Following this its life will get considerably easier. When I first started yoga my hamstrings hated me…somehow I equate the two. Bonsai is tree yoga. Of course, there is an authentic ‘tree pose’–which is more like a post to be honest, but it’s still called that.
The box at this inclination will need to be supported by another box (lot of bloody wood going into this project, isn’t there?), so that it could sit with stability for a good chunk of a year in strong winds and all. Not that we have too many of those here, but now and then they do happen. It’s one reason a couple of tall cottonwoods in my backyard had to come down, they were shedding branches all over the yard in wind storms. Akk! Good way to destroy years of bonsai development in a few seconds.
After work of this intensity the juniper will spend a couple of weeks out of the wind, in a greenhouse. But it will be in good sun there, and sometime in early September will be put out on the benches again for (hopefully) one of our nice long warm falls here in Portland. It’s all up to the tree at this point. If it looks happy it will soon go out into the sun and wind and rain and stars.
Well, that’s where we’ll leave this juniper. For now at any rate- I’ll likely do a post when this tree is potted up at this new inclination. Hopefully sometime this spring!