Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Bonsai Gallery: Taxus Baccata.

Bonsai Gallery
'Plucking Yew'
Taxus Baccata
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Collected from local woodland I had absolutely no idea what to do with this massive yew back in 1995.
By 1999 the tree had grown spectacularly.

Following 2 very intensive days with Kevin Willson this is how the tree looked in summer 1999.
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2002. Following untold hours of carving, branch thinning, rewiring and a repot into this lovely Bryan Albright pot I think this is a very convincing image. The tree is much shorter than the previous image (now 32") and the carving is extremely deep and breaks right through the trunk in several places. By 2003 the new growth of foliage will increase the branch density and complete the image. The tree as shown at BUKEX 2006.
There is still a long way to go in defining the foliage pads and increasing density. Also a new Gordon Duffett pot is on the way. Apart from a few guy wires the tree is now completely self supporting and has only been wired twice thus far. Even though I have taken this tree every step of the way I still can hardly believe what a beautiful Bonsai grew from that useless old stump just a few years back.
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Beauty and the Beast Spring 2008. After pinching and in it's smart new Gordon
Duffet pot.

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