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 Post subject: Big Myrtle in New Pot
PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 5:13 pm 

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I comissioned potter Dale Cochoy of Wild Things Bonsai to make a special pot for my myrtle. Today I instslled tree in pot. Not the best season for repotting, but I was very careful to not disturb the roots any more than necessary.
Height from table is 39 inches.

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 Post subject: nice!!!
PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 7:22 am 
very nice tree. i love thet red bark.
all my mytle have a wonderful dark flaking bark. i hve never seen thet red bark on a myrtle.
is this Myrtus communis ? did you peel the tree's bark?
thanks ...

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 5:07 pm 

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Hi Mike,
Here is my short critique of the myrtle.
The main interest of the tree is the powerful nebari.
Unfortunately, the rest of the tree from the nebari up, doesn't do a good job keeping the viewer's focus on the above mentioned feature. The worst part is the straigth and taper-less trunk. It is straight and uninteresting, as if it had nothing to do with the nice nebari. It also has a fault what I call a "bottleneck", with no transition between the thick nebari and the much thinner trunk. I know that it is hard to fix this problem, since the myrtle doesn't like to send out new growth from this old trunk. (I had a similar "bottleneck" on some of my old olives, and I ended up doing some serious carving on the nebari, in order to erase the bottleneck look).
The solution would be that the crown above could be designed in a manner that hides this uninteresting trunk, with branches reaching downward, and bringing the viewer's focus down low, towards the interesting nebari. The crown could also be developed a little more, upward, giving it a little more structure and interest.
As it is right now, the foliage leaves the trunk completely exposed.
So, to me, the end result is not too convincing. I think that this tree has more potential than what it shows at this time.
Best regards,

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