Buxus microphylla var. japonica ‘Morris Midget’ is one of my latest acquisitions. I actually have several of these planted in my yard because a local nursery has 30 or so at a great price. They have had them for several years and have been unable to sell them because they are really small for a southern garden. Very small, compact, and a slow-grower at a little over an inch per year. I’ve seen decent growth out of the ones in my yard in well-drained fertile soil, so I decided to pick one up to try to immediately put in a pot for bonsai. It has turned out to be one of my favorites. After pruning and repotting, it immediately sprung back with new growth. I think it will be one of the first in my collection to actually look like a little tree. I’m thinking about training into a oak-tree broom style. Here’s some pictures.
I decided to try my hand at junipers with the addition of these 3 Chinese junipers to my bonsai collection. I’ve pruned all three to a point where I left enough branching to make decisions later about the final design. Depending on the way each of them back-buds, I’m hoping that at least one starts showing promise as a viable bonsai sometime next year. Junipers are really tough and can be repotted in the fall because they experience some renewed root growth right before going into dormancy.
It was also an experience into the bonsai world of shari and jin which was very interesting. At first, you are certain you are killing the tree by peeling off that much bark, but all of them have showed no signs of slowed growth, and the branching around the scars have not shown signs of being wounded or stressed. My plan is to let the scars dry out till next summer when I will treat them with a lime-sulphur solution.
Juniper Bonsai #1
Juniper Bonsai #2
Juniper Bonsai #3