I’ve been working on this one for about 15 years, in and out of the ground, several heavy chops, plenty of rot and putty, and even a few grafts. Finally, it’s starting to look like a grotesque fat little trident. No good fall color this year, thanks to a quick drop down to 22f just as fall color was coming on. So the leaves were stripped, and here it is:
It was defoliated this summer for a chance to prune it, but still quite a few shoots grew out and away and imbalanced. The goal is to trim back to even-strength branches, bifrucating pairs, and shorter internodes. Starting with this:
Pruned like this:
To finish up like this:
Next spring, the challenge will be to shoehorn it into a proper Shohin pot.
Taking it from the 10″ wide Ino down to about a 6.5″ wide Koyo. I think it can get there, and then it will be suitable for a Shohin display.
A night shot:
…and the likely future planting angle, turned just a bit to the left:
The Ino pot is one of my favorites, so I’ll be eager to find a new pairing…maybe the Chinese Quince…
Happy Thanksgiving to the bonsai folks on this side of the pond, and happy birthday brother!