One year ago….
As it is, its like, as Guy Guidry likes to say, a rabbit going down two holes, wait, that’s not right…. Like two dogs chasing a rabbit, nope, uh…. chasing two rabbits at one time? Sorry, I’m not good at folksy homilies.
Anyway, the tree is confuseled, disjointed, and un-hip, like, lacking in style, like a square. It has two masters, and is serving neither well.
It has a nice trunk with movement. The species is Juniperus procumbrens “nana”. Though perhaps it could be Juniperus squamata. The man we got it from seemed to think so.
I will say, this has mostly needle-like foliage. Or immature, if it were a procumbrens.
The main problem with the cascade style on this tree-
That was easy.
By cutting this off, it gives us an opportunity to introduce more deadwood into the design. And, as they say, ” The difference between western junipers and eastern junipers is the amount of deadwood.”
Out come the Jin pliers
Now, to clean out the unneeded buds and browned out foliage. This time of year I get a lot of emails and calls saying ” Oh no! My junipers are turning all brown!”
Not to worry, it’s just old foliage that’s not needed anymore by the tree. As long as the tips are nice and verdant you have nothing to worry about.
The cascade form bonsai is a hard style to pull off. It must have the right angles and proportions or else it looks like you just tipped a tree over because you wanted a cascade.
This tree was not really suited for it because the trunk lines are too good to make them secondary to the cascade. Which should be the main event.
A cascade should appear as though its sprouting from a crack in a cliff, reaching out and up but, because of snow fall and rockslides, keeps getting beaten down and bent.
Just because a tree has a long, dropping branch doesn’t mean it should be a cascade. Therefore it wasn’t all that difficult for me to remove the cascade.