This one has been one of my favorite trees, but it’s rather unassuming in the bench. I initially styled it with Peter Warren in 2011…a flash through the last 8 years in a few snaps…
2010, as purchased from Evergreen Gardenworks:
2011, first major styling:
2012, a slight change in direction:
2014, 2nd major styling:
2015, full year of growth:
2016, lightly trimmed, but otherwise allowed to grow:
2017, repotted, lightly trimmed in the summer, 2014 wires removed:
Which brings us to now…Here is a shot from spring 2018.
and the work begins…Scrubbed trunk and deadwood:
Continuing to the “H Shot”
Some moss, cleaning up the undersides of the branches, and a little minor tweaking and it is ready for show.
One last parting shot…
Well, I’d been putting off this chore far too long. After repotting it into a slightly undersized container, I wanted it to regain some strength before unwiring and pruning it back, but it was a balancing act between pushing it too far and just right. June 11 was the day, carefully unwired the buried wires, and pruned it back.
Wires digging in are carefully removed with wire cutters and thumbnails to minimize the bark pulling away from the wood:
And finally, after this much is removed:
It should be set for the rest of the growing season, and ready to be wired in the winter:
This itoigawa was grown out for years in a 2-gallon can, and I’ve been reducing the root mass since 2011. This will be its 3rd bonsai pot, and maybe I’ve pushed it too far…?
Current, production-grade Yamaaki; 11×3″
Last of the nursery soil is removed:
10 1/4″ wide and 1 7/8″ deep Hokido container from a tokoname potter that fired pots from about 1979-1990.
With the canopy thinned out in a few weeks, it should appear less top-heavy.