Sunday, March 12th
Room 101, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park
Lindsay Shiba will continue the work on the Harland boxwood that he started last August (see video). At that time, the tree was from old nursery stock with a large trunk diameter and deeply fissured bark on the trunk. In the first styling, the tree was significantly thinned and cut back to reveal a possible design in the "oak style".
Growth was strong enough after the initial styling that the remaining branches were reduced by 4-5 inches in October with another 4-5 inches yet to be removed. Lindsay will complete the remaining branch reduction, thinning, and wiring. Then the tree will be re-potted back into the same container. The tree is sitting too high in the pot, so the root ball will be significantly reduced in preparation for the final transplant next year into a bonsai pot.
In the morning before the meeting, Lindsay will conduct a critique of three displays created by our members. Each member will bring in additional trees, several accent plants, stand(s), and/or slab(s). Plants and stands can be interchanged to show how the process of display works. Lindsay will also other suggestions on these particular bonsai for making them ready for display. Whether or not you want to show a tree, working toward displaying one's tree will push you to get the most out of your bonsai.