Clean, Cut, & Carve. Zelkova in Autumn
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Source: Ry2Tree2 Bonsai Blog.
Source material: 2019, December 4-8 Today we're discussing my small Zelkova, aka Japanese Elm, which I introduced you to previously in my Halloween bonsai post. Fall and winter are a great time for improving the branch structure on deciduous trees due to all their glory or faults being laid bare by the lack of leaves. Many Japanese artists prefer to display trees deciduous trees in winter as they consider the underlying structure to be the true indicator of their skill and their tree's beauty. My goals at this time were to clean old leaves off, cut branches which had gotten too long (setting up growth where I want for spring), and carve a few old wounds which I thought would look better as natural deadwood than as a flat cut that would take years to hide.One task I finally got around to doing this time was to carve a large old pruning scar. More on that later.Read more »
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