Ginkgo wire removed

This is the first spring where I am having trouble keeping up with the needed work on my trees. I am planning on doing some (more) culling on my collection soon, but much of that depends on the survival rate of my newly collected yamadori. I don’t have a huge collection (40-50 trees), but giving every tree the attention they need really takes a lot of time.

In the meantime, I am busy as hell. A friend was nice enough to remove the wire from my Ginkgo  for me 🙂 As a side note, this guy also has an amazing collection of fine mame and shohin sized pots and is always selling/buying. If you are looking for nice small pots, check out his website: Mame & Shohin Bonsai Pots.

As for the Ginkgo, many of the branches sprang back once the wire was removed. Kind of expected. Ginkgo is tough to wire because it scars so easily. Last year I wired it in late October and took off the wire yesterday (April 30). The branches seemed to have set better than in the past where I have wired it in March and had to take the wire off by early June.

I still haven't decided on a front for this tree. I think this side is more attractive, but the apex leans slightly back (it was not designed as the intended front by previous owners).

I think this is the original front of the tree, but I don't like the two symmetrical lumps about 1/3rd up the tree. They never used to bother me, but then my friend's wife pointed out that they look like bull testicles. Now that's all I see!

5 Responses

  1. You could always call your Ginkgo Dolly. That my change the way you view it’s symmetrical lumps. That name would also solve the debate regarding which side was the front. Then again…..you could also call it J Lo………

    May 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm

  2. Nice tree Aaron! I wish I didn’t read that last few sentences as well because that’s all I see now as well. Perhaps the other side is better since there are no bovine references attached to…yet. LOL But really, I like your pick as the future front because the tree looks much older with all the bumps. Also, the trunk looks much bigger.

    Thanks for sharing!

    May 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm

  3. Thanks Peter! The lean in the apex really isn’t much of a problem. It can be corrected. The tree is almost perfectly upright aside from that. I think I will work on making that the future front.

    Good to hear from you, take care!

    May 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm

  4. Your mate’s wife seeming to be quite the expert on the anatomy of a Bull lol. I had an Alder with a few uros at the bottom. Someone said it looked like an octopus with the roots as legs and the uro’s as eyes. I carved the 2 uros into one as that’s all I could see after that too lol. Nice tree.

    May 4, 2012 at 10:54 am

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