Disclaimer: My understanding of Bonsai techniques is limited, I have never attended a class or ever really talked to anyone who practices the art, if you have any advice to share you are most welcome!
In my readings I had read, a number of times, that you should have a clear vision of how you wish your Bonsai to look before you start. This makes perfect sense. So I did a few rough sketches and played around with some ideas- however, I soon realised I didn’t really have much of an understanding of how trees grow. I had never really taken notice. Does the trunk thicken first? How many branches will sprout from the limbs? When and will the small branches turn brown? Does the tree grow in height all over? Or does the trunk grow first and everything else follows? (Now that I think about it, I still have no real understanding of tree growth at all!)
Yet I was armed with borrowed copies of David Joyce’s ‘The Art of Natural Bonsai’ and Jon Ardle’s ‘Bonsai’ book so I figured I would simply try to follow the guidelines and see what happened. The results you can view for yourself.
From my inexperienced gaze I think the initial styling somewhat looks the part. Although I am certain that it is clear that I lost my nerve at the last hurdle, ridiculously leaving that single, sad branch on the left. I’m pretty sure I should have got rid of it, (I still haven’t,) but it was beginning to feel all so bare. I have no doubt it will have to go soon. What’s more I have been asking myself if there are still too many limbs? Again, any opinion in this matter would be very helpful!
Nonetheless I had actually made a start to my Bonsai dream.
Note- I am yet to repot the tree as I am allowing it time to recover. #practising patience. I did however, make an attempt at wiring. I feel this will need a revisit soon.