Trident Forest Re-imagining—
Several years ago I came across this older trident forest being sold at a bonsai nursery, and was interested in its relaxed, natural-looking lines. The trunks all looked about the same size, roughly, and I suspected we’d be fiddling with it some day to correct that.
Earlier this spring we finally got around to correcting the homogeneity of the old forest’s trunks simply by the addition of younger ones.
Photo from last summer, with chopsticks representing where minor trunks might go. This tree ended up being a quick quiz for Seasonal students over the next few months…’Where do the new trunks go?’
David, Garen and Larry excavate areas for the trunks at a Seasonal class in late winter. Sometimes it’s easier to do such simple additions without taking the bonsai out of the pot.
Close up of our excavations. Chopsticks remain in place so we don’t have the squirrel problem of remembering where our treasure is. Or where we want it to be.
Several of the small trunks in place
The finished composition, with seven new trunks. We did change the placement of several of them from our initial chopstick thinking, especially on the right side, adding a bit of space. None of the original older trunk placement was changed. As this was performed months ago, I can report that all the new additions survived; a greenhouse is a great stress reliever for aggressive root work on tiny saplings.
May 2020 Bulletin Board:
- Firstly, after a fair bit of waiting and fingernail nibbling, Bonsai Heresy has finally arrived at Stone Lantern and Wayne tells me they are busily sending out over 550 pre-orders—so anyone who was impatient and did a pre-order will have theirs shortly, and those who weren’t remotely impatient may still order Bonsai Heresy from Stone Lantern and have it rather shortly thereafter
- I’ll be revisiting some of the chapters of Bonsai Heresy on this blog, to take the content a step further—just a heads up that frequently a blog post will refer directly to what’s in Heresy, so please get a copy to follow along
- The inaugural sessions for the new Seasonal-lite online course will be in late May and early June—I’m very excited about this new offering, for details please check out the Seasonal-lite online course for bonsai study that you can participate in while sitting in your living room
- Please link up to Ryan Neil’s podcast today—I’ll be his guest on this fun and long-standing interview platform that, again, you can enjoy in your living room
- Finally, in the present slowdown I’ve been busily writing—more on these books in a separate post (and yes there are several in the works)