Itoigawa, work in progress part 3

This one has been a fun tree to develop, and many talented hands have been involved.
As offered by Brent at Evergreen Gardenworks:

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In 2011, Peter Warren and I made some decisions during the workshop. I was a bit insistent on keeping the jins long at the time:

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In spring 2013, I moved it further along with Bjorn Bjorholm:

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In fall 2013, Owen Reich pruned and wired it:

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It grew well this year, and was slip-potted into a better pot for show. It was grown all year with the back facing forward to help strengthen the left side, and throughout the year, I started liking the trunk movement this front showed:

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So, here it is, pruned and wired with the thought of making this the new front:

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Then again…maybe the old front is still the best…?

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What say you?

Thanks for reading, now and all year long. Merry Christmas!
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14.

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7 thoughts on “Itoigawa, work in progress part 3

  1. Thanks so much for such a labor of love this blog is. Hope you and your family have a joyous Christmas!

    I vote for the old front. The new one almost looks like a tree sitting atop the deadwood, instead of being part of it. What a trip you’ve been on with this one, looks like it’s been a formative tree for you.

  2. I completely agree with Juds on the style.–nice branch-work though. Thank you for all your efforts sharing with us your progressions–you do a great job and make things clear and accessible.

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