Rosemary Bonsai Material: Pruning & First Styling a Collected Rosemary (Part 2)

Continuing the first styling of my collected Rosemary bonsai material. In part 2, it’s time to lock in the angles, wire and set the primary structure and prepare secondary structure for developing some pads in the future.

In the first styling, we are looking to establish the primary lines – the structure – of the bonsai. Let’s position the trunk line and branches in order to create a design that maximises the potential of this future bonsai Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis.

In part 1, we carried out basic cleaning and cleaning in order to reveal the structure of the trunk and branches:

This is part two of the first styling of my collected rosemary bonsai material in this video I am going to make some choices on the viewing angles we can finish off the pruning that we started in part one and we’ll set the structure of those primary lines with some wire in order to set up the branching for the future pad developments as you can see I’ve started the wiring and pruning work earlier in the week so let’s go back and take a look at the progress that we’ve made up to this point so that’s the area that I marked earlier before doing the cleaning work we just tweak it just a little bit off to the side there I think really that gives us the best line in the best features for now then I’m gonna design to that front alright so with the angle change and the front selected you can now make some really easy selection decisions this entire piece isn’t gonna be necessary at all this I mean I’ll keep the gin as complex as it is I do know that we don’t need any of that growth and I’m also going to make the decision to cut that piece off okay so now we’ve made those decisions there’s a couple of pieces that really stand out that we can improve bring that piece in there off towards the apex as can that piece and then we can get rid of this that I pay picking go so I’m gonna put a bit of structural wire on just to twist that just suddenly just to open it out up just a little bit [Music] [Music] that was all quit where we got there oh right that’s that in place okay so let’s just do some pruning now everywhere we prune we all get shoots coming from the leaf axils [Music] ok so now we’ve got to a stage where where you can make some more concrete decisions about positioning these branches and the trunk line in favorable positions to hold the foliage paths that we’d like to create in the future so let’s take the tree into the workshop do any pruning works and get those branches set in position let’s go I’ve made some fairly concrete decisions let me talk you through what I’ve decided on and why and what factors might change those in the future so the first thing then we’ll look at the planting angle pushing the trunk off towards the left really accentuates the movement that we’ve got in terms of the side-to-side wiggle and any back-and-forth movement that exists we also avoid any hard vertical lines in this orientation and any horizontal lines as well so I think unless there’s anything drastic going on underneath the soil in the base area I’m pretty confident that this is the planting angle that we’ll end up going with I’d really like your opinions on the deadwood features that currently exist in the upper region of the tree as you can see we’ve got one two three four genes I kind of feel like that’s excessive but I haven’t yet formed an opinion on which to keep if any or wish to remove so if you don’t mind just let me know what you think Lord really help me out before we go any further I’ve just spotted a couple of pieces of dead wood that we don’t need let’s just let’s just take those off now one can go and okay okay so with all the angles sorted now let’s just have a little look at the primary structure and get a feel for any repositioning that we need to do so looking from a distance there are a couple of observations that I’ve made the first observation that we do have some negative space in this area so we need to bring this depth branch into play a little bit more in that area we also don’t need as much of this branch out to this side because we’d like to bring the crown of foliage in this direction in this area we’ve got a lot of busyness a lot of visual mass going on so we’ll have to sort that area out a little bit up here in the apex I’m not convinced that we need this piece if we’re going with this lean and this kind of foliage so I think moving forward I see the I see the trunk line following this direction I see the apex here and I see this branch being critical in the design and will extend it a little bit further as the tree grows in the future the first thing to do is to deal with this branch bring it in and fill in some of this negative space this is the branch that’s too far across and looking at it I see that we’ve got a very easy way to pull it in and keep it nice and tight so if I just remove this drop bright branch I can also see I’ve wired did avoid a branch but actually we don’t need so if I come in through me of that piece underneath we’ve got a nice much shorter section with some ramification building nicely further come in and shorten that piece and we no longer need this grace out here the next thing I’m looking at is this long leggy branch it too is contributing to the silhouette being quite far away from the branch away from the trunk so looking further up we’ve got this beautiful piece of ramification here I think we can use this to build the body of the branch keep the silhouette nice and tight and we don’t need this section at all so let’s get rid of that so as we have a look from the front again coming out wide I can also see that this vertical piece is also not necessary so let’s go ahead and remove that one as well now we’ve got this nice piece of ramification that we can use to build the branch and we’ve also got a couple of pieces further back to add a little bit of body and weight to the pad in the future the next step would be to bring these branches down a touch to lay them flat and build a small pad here but bringing them bringing them down is going to accentuate the negative space that we’ve got in this area I’m going to use a guide wire to bring this branch up a touch to fill in this space I’m going to secure the guy wire here to give me the most mechanical advantage and I’m going to use a piece of mountain bike tire inner tubing to protect the branch from any damage I’ll secure the wire to this piece of Deadwood here loosely with my hands up first making sure that the rubber protecting the live branch doesn’t slip trim away the excess wire and now I will slowly pull and tighten down the wire watching the branch for signs of stress very fine tuning I’m going to twiddle the wire now also I think leaves slightly tidier result all the while I’m keeping an eye on that branch I’ll just trim the excess wire keep everything looking nice and tidy okay how’s that looking so as you can see that’s resulted in this being brought nice and tight into their trunk perhaps a little too far but remember this is going to extend and create a nice small pad there if anything that looks a little busy so let’s try and position these upward growing branches just a little better lay them out a bit flatter so that they can build some nice lightweight pads in the future okay so being careful to support the branch at the shoulder there I’ve noticed that these really very keen to tear sort of support very carefully using the wire that’s just and towards that way because these pieces will take part in the pad over here and now for this piece I found that Rosemarie is quite brittle but if you rotate the branch with the rotation of the wire you can move the branch quite a far degree without causing it to snap love visual noise in this area now so I’m going to shorten this branch back a bit to reduce that weight down okay let’s just position this small guy so we’ve got a lot of visual weight in this area all I’d like to do now is before we tackle this branch or any of the finer pieces let’s get this heavier structure setting a better position okay so let’s start with this rotation [Music] [Music] so I’m looking at this branch now which would be a critical piece of the design I didn’t have the right gauge of wire so it wasn’t beefy enough so I’ve removed that I’ve got the right gauge of wire in in now so I’m gonna put some more wire on that get that branch position [Music] [Music] let’s see what we can do with this branch then try and rotate it just [Music] I think my branch is coming – I’m just feeling pretty much let’s hear it just level out man I’m not just a bit [Music] there we go I think that’s much better I think the final tweak to this branch will use this piece of growth to continue the line downward somewhat so now let’s have a look at the upper region what I think will probably become the apex again we’re rotating with the wire gradually manipulating that branch to where we want it to be watching the bark and listening for any cracks and all the while supporting any crotches which we really want to separate from the main piece with rows me I found okay let’s have a look at that [Music] so the only job left to do now is to put some wire on some of these finer pieces and position them a little bit better than where they sat right now I’ve just repositioned the structural wire to take up this piece rather than this piece to make it easier to wire these remaining branches in pairs which is what I’m going to do right now [Music] [Music] [Music] so that’s that brunch set into place now let’s deal with those fine pieces in the apex [Music] [Music] let’s just do some final tweaks to some of those positions [Music] [Music] coming over here [Music] I’m not liking any of these bits over here they’re army these pieces here this caused me grief from this this can now come in to more of a central position so the final adjustment that I think I’ll make let’s take this branch down a bit further so we’ll grow this a little and form a nice thin pad here we’ll grow this and form a nice thin had to feel some of the negative space under there we’ll extend this well shorten this and we’ll be build a nice light apex somewhere around here we’ll really see to highlight and emphasize the flowing lines that we’ve got in this tree in the foliage pad so they’ll be thinner and slightly flatter I’ll have to protect this tree over winter I won’t let it get to freezing partly because I’ve removed a lot of foliage and partly because rosemary in a container won’t take that so having laid the primary structures flat what rosemary is really good at is extending and extending and extending up towards the light a very very eager to get to orient towards the sunlight so we’ll get some upward growth and over the coming season I’ll simply pinch or trim the upward growth back some to increase the density of the ramification once we’ve got plenty of choices plenty of plenty of fine branches will come in and clean it up and reinforce those elegant lines and that’ll be probably this time next year that we’d look to do that I’m not going to repot this spring simply because we’ve done I have a lot of work to this tree and it’s autumn so the tree will be going into the winter in a slightly weakened state to repot it coming out of dormancy I think will be a step too far all right so give me a thumbs up really helps me out and I will speak to you soon take care

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