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“Fire” RMJ first styling

I collected this in South Dakota in 2013.

From this exact spot, very near the line of a fire that burned in the area between my first trip there and second. You can see some of the damage in the hill across:

And potted back in Iowa:

In 2016, I was able to remove the rotted burlap, and the original field soil, and potted it into a Bonsai pot with good, coarse soil to continue growing strong in Birmingham.

The attempted approach graft failed eventually. A few years later, it was full and ready for some work.

Before the workshop, I cleaned up the trunk, and foliage, and played around with some new planting angles. One was this:

And I was curious as to what Bjorn would think. Instead, he asked me “so, what are we doing with this?” So I had to go first. We agreed this was probably a good course of action, and also agreed to not simplify it too much by removing the second trunk.

Before starting, and setting the planting angle:

Starting to wire, primary branches only. Going conservative on the first wiring:

And the result of the first round:

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. ron heinen #

    was in the very spot 2 weeks ago.

    June 22, 2019
  2. Reblogged this on Wolf's Birding and Bonsai Blog.

    June 22, 2019

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