Works In Progress, we haz dem. Big time.
This root-over-rock Forsythia has been WIPping around in the garden for nearly 10 years and has never come out on exhibit, as you can clearly see why.
I believe we purchased it as a bare-rooted item, then stuck it in a generic deep, round 'export-blue' coloured pot for the longest time. Almost two years ago, it got put into this shallow oval that shows the landscape off better.
There's still a major piece of work to do on improving the branches, the crown of the tree and the appearance of the trunk. On the other hand, it's flowering profusely despite the whopping winter it went through. Or possibly because of it? We did get a mega-lot of root growth, as there's a whole load of the little buggers trying to escape the edge of the pot on the right,
As usual the birds had a field day with the moss protecting the topsoil, so we will be back to re-mossing all the trees this spring, once we get a new food processor - the last one we got for chopping moss didn't quite survive a year. I guess like everything else, you get what you pay for...
And BTW, we will be off to Joy of Bonsai at Bath tomorrow, but I cannot promise pics. Partly because my recollections of the lighting in the hall do not inspire optimism, and more because we will be meeting up with loads of friends and socialising may just have a teensy-weensy priority. Or maybe I could do only people pics instead of tree pics? Now there's a thought - I could consider starting a new career as paparazzo, armed with a camera phone.
My chances of hitting the big bucks suddenly don't seem too high. Feh.