Whether you think of them as ugly ducklings or diamonds in the rough, challenging material
can be the basis for rather nice bonsai. The biggest hurdle is being able to see through
the mess and envision what's hiding inside. As long as you've got a good set of roots,
a suitable trunk, and sometimes a selection of well-placed primary branches, everything else is negotiable!
Others here might not be nearly as rough to start with, but need some TLC to really
make them shine into their former glory.
The transformations shown on the following pages will hopefully inspire
and take the scare out of tricky material.
Juniper: Korean Shinpaku (Shimpaku): Artist: D.Paris
A bushy but dehydrated shimpaku takes its first steps.
Juniper: Procumbens Nana #1: Artist: D. Paris
The original gameplan lost, a new, refined image emerges.
Juniper: Itoigawa Shinpaku (Shimpaku): Owner: Hollow Creek Bonsai .. Artist: D. Paris
(also known as "Hitoigawa") An amazing old, muscular itoigawa shimpaku; thinned and opened up, ready to be highly refined!