“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: