I have sat with a great local potter and bonsai artist Martin Ašenbrenner in front of this tree last September trying to find a best suitable pot to get this little tree to another level. Finally, we have agreed on the size and possible colour of the ceramic glaze. +/- to be fair. Martin has a wood fired kiln so the outcome of the colour is something that you cannot planned 100%. Unfortunately the pot was supposed to finished only in May so I have decided to move the tree to some of my pot I have on hands. Not a good fit in terms of sizes but still better than the plastic one.
As discussed in one of the previous posts related to this tree the outline of the crown is missing important part in the right hand top quarter. So to tackle this flaw was the main plan for 2018...
Right, so this is how it looks in the middle of the summer. The empty space has been filled - now we need to get there more quality. But that applies to the whole tree. Few more branches here and there, smaller leaves and bit more rounded outline. Not to forget dead wood and surface roots... Bonsai is never finished.
Height: 36 cm from the rim
Left hand side - just to bring your attention to the root with a shari.
The core wood of this root stump has been rotten. A nice opportunity to make a hollow there connected to the shari. Right now I have a feeling this could be an interesting feature.
The bark is not that deeply cracked as it is on some my other mahalebs - it is more feminine. I think it makes a good match with the other parts of the tree...