This tree belongs to our bonsai club, and I wired it in the fall of 2010. It had gotten pretty leggy and like most collection trees, don’t get the regular attention needed to stay in good shape. Every so often, the break is very good for trees, but over several years, this tree had become less and less a bonsai and more and more a containerized five needle pine.
Fall 2010, before:
Peter Warren looked at it and said it had a lot of “blind shoots”, new shoots that did not produce buds for next year. In spring of 2012, the growth was weaker and more sporadic. In the fall, I brought it back to my garden for more sun, more food, and generally more attention. As it arrived in fall ’12: