It was finally time to make a real purchase of a trained tree grown for bonsai purposes. Until now, all of my trees have been nursery projects or collected trees. I feel comfortable enough in my skills now to spend a bit of money and get something nice. I scoured the usual online sources to see what was available in my price range before heading out to Bogan’s Bonsai. We have our monthly study groups there and the owners could not be better people. Besides, it is always better to support your local folks.
I was intentionally shopping for a hornbeam or maple and found this really nice 3 tree group planting.
This is a great start to a great piece and I am really excited to work on it. As with anything, it is not without its flaws and needs a bit of improvement. I will reduce the height a little bit and will need to improve the base unless there is something nice hiding below the soil line.
I will take it to the study group next weekend for a light trim and some wire.