Hawthorn Bonsai Progression Series

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Pictured left in July 2006 and right, in November 2006.

Other than a hard pruning in July, the tree was allowed to grow freely during the growing season of 2006. Then in November I gave it its first full styling, shortening back some of the older primary branches and wiring movement into the new growth.

Notice that due to the thickness of the primary branches, many had to be forced into position using guy wires as they would have been impossible to bend with ordinary coiled wire.

I was quite happy with the design so far, however there were a few problems that still need to be addressed. The lowest branch looked too juvenile due to the angle it grew from the trunk. The 3rd branch was 'lost' behind the 2nd as they grew parallel to each other. And finally, the mid-trunk area lacked taper (and from some angles had a little inverse taper). In the image above it can be seen that I have started to extend the existing carving work down the trunk by creating a shari and this has already reduced the diameter of the mid-trunk section, creating taper.

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April 2007: the bonsai is planted into a handmade round pot specifically designed for this tree by Vic Harris at ErinBonsai.

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August 2008; just 16 months later. The bonsai continued to be developed throughout the 2007 and 2008 growing seasons. New shoots were allowed to extend before being pruned back and wired twice a year (in June and October).

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Over the course of 2007 and 2008. I also addressed the design problems I had with this bonsai. Firstly I extended the shari down from the original carving and in turn managed to create better taper in the mid-trunk.

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Secondly, I 'notched' the underside of both the first and third branches to bring them down onto a more horizontal plane.

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This close-up image of the lowest branch shows where I cut most of the way through the branch (notching) in two diffrent places to help me change the angle that the branch grew from the trunk and also to change the direction one of the secondary branches grew at. As can be seen in the image above, taken 2 years after I carried out the notching, the branches are healing well.

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