Sunday saw the start of the last group workshop, this time at a little less frantic pace with only 4 taking part by design. Stephen was still wiring, I think he spent the night in the garage after finishing his Indian 😉
As usual we started with a talk through of the main trees. I was going to be working on a root over rock Itoagawa Juniper. Sharon was joining us for the day and was also working with a Chinese Juniper and Phil was back with his one from Saturday and another shohin one too. Peter therefore spent some time talking through Juniper care.
A rare sighting of Stephen not wiring, needless to say he was doing his next favourite thing, drinking coffee.
Sharon happy at her work.
Phil’s finished Juniper
He then moved on to the shohin one. Again Peter and him couldn’t agree on how many branches to remove.
Is that Stephen still wiring??!! 🙂
This is my Juniper from the workshop. We had an interesting discussion about design option for this tree. Should it flow over the rock or could it be tilted to go the other way. Here you can see what we opted for. The branch to the left will need to fill out and be a little longer. The apex was an issue as there isn’t a lot there to work with at the moment. We also had to work without removing too much foliage to ensure continued strong growth next year.
Some roots were removed to try and emphasize the fact that the tree is on the rock and not beside it. The root crossing over was reduced by half by removing wood from the back. This will allow the tree to get used to reduced sap flow from that root and I will hopefully be able to remove it at the next repot.
Some of the deadwood was reduced as it was hiding the flow of the live vein. A large branch has also been removed from the front of the tree to show the strong movement.
Drum roll please, Stephen has finished wiring!
Phil demonstrating what wire Stephen was using in his own special way.
The Scottie before tweaking by Peter
The proud daddy
Showing you Stephen’s wiring.
That’s enough for one post, I’ll share a few extra bits from the Sunday workshop tomorrow.