Hello Mirai world! This is my first post. I thought I’d bare my soul and share a recent failure to break the ice. I’ll attach a video of the failure for your amusement. Pause here and watch it before continuing.
Now here’s the backstory for how this happened:
I bought some nursery stock and did my best to vet it for interesting features prior. I saw some potential in the trunk, but I couldn’t get down far enough to see the base. It seemed like there was a thick trunk hidden down deep that split off into two trunks though. When I got it back home I realized it was two different trees planted close together, however. As I was assessing this I split them apart. Then I started having issues with the one shown here because I couldn’t anchor it to work on it properly anymore; it needed some significant bending.
The root ball was pretty tiny, and I was struggling to get a thick gauge wire started on it without it being firmly held down. I eventually was able to come up with a plan, albeit an imperfect one. I potted it and anchored a bending wire to the bottom of my bot with my tie down wires. The largest gauge I could fit through my screen for this was 12 gauge though… too small for the girth of the trunk.
So… I did my best with the 12 gauge, and it didn’t work out. I put some cut past on it and wrapped it in parafilm and then I styled the rest of it for funsies. I was shooting for making it look sort of like a ballerina. I’ll keep caring for it, but I’m pretty sure it’s not gonna make it.
My question to you fine folks is what would you have done in this situation?