Sunday, 1 January 2012

Ligustrum Bonsai video

This tree was collected as a stump just over two years ago, from a derelict garden that was due to be cleared. The hedge from which it came was probably more than 100 years old. To have moved a collected tree into a small pot, and to have developed and styled the primary and secondary branch structure, in just two years is very unusual in bonsai, but Privet, like most of the Oleacea, is very vigorous and hardy.

There is one disproportionately large root that needs further carving, but this has not been done yet for the health of the tree.

This is the new preferred front of the tree...
 ...and the same tree in February 2010, which provoked this satirical reaction from a friend!

An update on this tree has just been posted here.