Evergreen Gardenworks’ Shimpaku update

Happy New Year, bonsai freaks! I hope your holidays were relaxing, full of family, friends, and tree torturing. I have a few bonsai new year’s resolutions to share soon, but for now, let’s look at a storied Shimpaku juniper to kick off the new year.

After a full wiring and a fairly aggressive repotting in the spring, I left this tree to its own devices all year long. Here is a shot in late October, after being allowed to grow freely.

Wires had begun to dig in, so I brought the tree in to remove them.

After all wires were removed.

Later in November, I brought the tree to Bjorn’s intensive and we discussed progress, weaknesses, and future design options. The inner right side was weak, while the upper back side was strong…shading out the inner right side for sure. I need to keep the upper strong crown thinned out to allow light into the tree.

We also decided it wasn’t necessary to fully wire the tree again at this point, but instead, do a light pruning (30% or so). Wire the lower right branch, and a little in the apex. I also wanted to pull the heavy upper right branch down into an open space left behind by a branch that died this year.

Before pruning. Prune strong areas, growth in crotches, growth hanging down. Weak growth and strong runners.
After pruning
Shot of the guy wire pulling the upper right side down into the void.
After wiring

Finally, a coat of diluted lime sulfur to clean up the deadwood. This is how the tree will ride out the winter. The plan for the upcoming growing season is to keep the upper backside thinned out to allow sunlight to get into the inner branches allowing them to strengthen. I won’t repot it in 2022, but will likely wire it at some point this year.

Some fall color

As I write this, our first frost is forecast for early tomorrow AM (11/14). Often, this will result in green leaves getting crispy, but already-turning leaves will be less affected. However, in the off chance they get zapped…here are a few shots of fall color in the garden.

Chinese quince, Heian Kouso pot
Trident maple, Yamafusa pot
Stewartia, Suishoen pot
Hawthorn, Shuho pot
Trident maple over rock, Ino pot
Arakawa Japanese Maple, Yozan pot

Japanese Malle, chishio improved, Yamaaki pot

Trip to Eisei-en

Had a chance to spend a couple days at Eise-en in November. It had been a couple years since I was able to head up and work on trees. I took 4 up this year, a 16-year old grafted Zuisho JWP from Evergreen Gardenworks, a rare Kiyozuru cultivar of Itoigawa from Chikugo-en, and an Arakawa JBP from Telperion farms. Each unique pieces with some provenance that also needed some work done. Stay tuned for update posts on the work done. For now, here are some photos from around Bjorn’s nursery. Enjoy.