Got this from the Great Big Green House for a discounted price. You gotta love this time of year if for nothing else the cheaper stock.
Took some advice from Brian Van Fleet of www.nebaribonsai.wordpress.com and gave it the old chop since he's told me about their resilience to bonsai technique and propensity to backbud. I hear they're like weeds, akin to elms.
I was going to make a slew of cuttings but since the season would make that much more difficult and the plant stock is relatively cheap... picking my battles this time.
Here's some before and afters:
Is there a tree in there somewhere?
Set phasers to chop.
Ahh yes. There it is.
Something along these line is what I'm thinking. In spring, this is repotted in something small yet not final, fed well and continuously pruned for shape and balance. Will be updated then.
A thanks goes out to BVF for his information and inspiration.