Pruned my SJ juniper today (last time I pruned it was about 1 year ago… so I guess it only needs 1 haircut per year)
I pruned it pretty hard this time. Also re-styled a bit since it never really had a definite leader/apex (it was a messy apex at best, and was also too similar in level as close-by branches), and also lots of branches were going backward and curling onto itself, which bugged me. Also too many straight-up branches.
I will train that new little extending apex to grow taller and into an S-shape informal-upright as it gets older (instead of its’ previous “wider and low” octopus shape).
It was more trained/pruned as a niwaki before I got it - just rough hedged clouds/pads/clam-shell-shapes and not really intricately pruned and wired like a bonsai…so I did it more bonsai style this time.