Cotoneaster training on a rainy day

On a rainy summer day like today, it is nice to bring in a bonsai to work on. This Cotoneaster microphylla was dug up three years ago as a small shrub. At the same time I managed to save a larger one too. I will show that one later on.

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It was pruned heavily, and last year transplanted into a small pot for the first time. I had the luck that I could prune the few roots at once, and let it rest in the tiny pot for two years time. Today was the time for the first preliminary  styling, directing the main branches, and remove extensive growth. The next years will show how much potential this Mame-sized  bonsai have. The aged bark is its main feature, and branches just have to mature and be refined.

 

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