As the show winds down, from this (May 2018):
It’s time to remove the flowers, pruning to remove the branches sporting the fat-petal flowers while it’s still easy to tell which are which.
Then trim it back:
And lightly wire:
A few weeks later and it’s filling out nicely.
Fast-Forward to April 2019, nearly a full year later. The tree is growing well and within a month of flowering. I’m debating about the front, and have been toying with this front, which gives the appearance of a cascading first branch. If I go with this front, I’ll re-orient the tree in its pot to center it and keep the exposed roots upright and not leaning. I like the widening canopy as well.
Here is the tree in bloom, 2019:
And in our club show, just a little past peak blooming:
And over Memorial Day Weekend 2019, I had a chance to clean it up again. From this:
To this, with a rough trimming to start:
Finally, flowers removed, and more pruning done. Here is the final result: