This post was previously posted on Sept 02, 2010.
I am currently working on part IV of my “ELEPHANT” story to post onto my karamotto bonsai website HERE and while going through all the photo’s I shot this year, I thought it might be a nice idea to post here 3 of the progressing pictures from this growing season for my friends who visit my blog.
I have been working on this old Larch since 2004 and next season it is finally time to plant it into a nice pot! I can’t wait to see how it will look in a proper pot! I hope that the “ELEPHANT’ will be showable in 2013. But I don’t mind the waiting at all and I look forward to work those few years on improving this fine tree!
Above: 10-4-2010. After more than 2 days of wiring. Still, with out, its new foliage, you can better see just how many layers and levels I created in every main branch. I know it is far from perfect yet, but it is slowly getting there!
Here is a close up of the partially exposed root base. Over the years several large obstructive roots were removed from the front side. This was done in several steps, spread out over two years. Doing it this way, most of the otherwise large wound, had time to close itself, leaving only a small wound when the rest of the root was removed. If you look at the middle of the picture you can see some cut paste from one I recently removed. The small scare that is now left is 4 times smaller than when I would have cut it off in one go! I love that flaky bark!
Hans van Meer.