I Must admit that Irene mailed here pictures a while ago, but I have been very busy and to be honest, there is not that much to do on here “Yew” except for some branch shortening. As you can see in the pictures, Irene’s tree is very healthy and has plenty of new growth. So now it is safe to shorten them to long and too thick branches, which are of no use in any future design. Try to do this half an Inch above a healthy side shoot. You can cut the thick branch (in the third picture) just above the “Yellow” line. Seal the wound with “cut paste”. This will promote a lot of new growth along those cut branches and hopefully lower the now bare branches. We just need to have a bit more foliage, for me to choose the best design for this “Yew”, this means that we have to start practising the most important task in bonsai…..being patient! I have made some red lines on the pictures for help. If there is enough foliage next season we might start the first styling. Time and Irene’s good care will tell!
Hans van Meer.