I stopped by an absolutely wretched nursery. This place doesn’t care, but I figured that there may be some neglected gems in there. I found very little, but did come away a couple Parsoni juniper. These need to regain strength before any major work is done, but I figured that I can go ahead and set structure now as long as I don’t make major cuts?
I’m still looking for the nebari, but as far as styling goes I was thinking a tension design. I’m struggling with what to do with the leader on that apex. Do I use some wire to make the trunk more vertical? I plan on letting all of the branches around the trunk grow/thicken and then Jin them to form a “crown of thorns” sort of thing with the main trunk growing out of the middle.
My wife took the smaller of the two:
Not sure what to do with this either other than to tilt it almost 90 degrees and go with a cascading design.