Juniperus Communis “Repanda” cliff, December 2017

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2 years ago with the bonsai friends we experimented with creating stone plantings and out of some slate stone I created a cliff looking “pot”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A year ago I bought a basic Juniperus communis “Repanda”/Kääpiokataja (fin), Obicna borovica/klela (cro), Common juniper (eng) from a garden shop for something like 7€ and did the kind of first styling. Removed 30% of roots and left it in its own plastic “pot”.

This spring I planted the pre-styled tree into the cliff (May, the plant already started growing again) and with no removal of any branches left it growing the whole summer.

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End result, in June 2017 looked like this:

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And the view from the “top”:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, in December, I did the second styling (first in this pot) shaping the tree to fit to the pots atmosphere, strong wind over the cliff and effects on the branches.

I would not consider this a windswept style, rather slightly shaped by the wind.

Tried to photo the best out of it:

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Next year I will remove the most of the jinned branches on the left. Some I will leave but as they are now are definitely an over-engineering.

Today is the 100 year anniversary of Finish independence so in honor of that I did the following photos 🙂

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And no, the cliffs don’t look like that in Finland but does it have to be?! 😉