If it's springtime, this must be Portland.

Back at my West Coast home; Bonsai Mirai outside Portland. I'm studying with Ryan Neil and came out a day early to work on some of my trees out here.

Today we finally potted a tree I've been working on for a few years. Don't have a before photo with me, but here are a few pictures from today's repotting and a quick and dirty shot of the tree after the work. Although I had commissioned a pot for it, the pot wasn't ready and I defaulted to the first pot I liked for the tree - a signed Gyozan that just suits this tree. A great tree deserves a great pot.

 Sorry for the blur. Here's the rootball as the box it has been in for over four years was removed.

Sorry for the blur. Here's the rootball as the box it has been in for over four years was removed.

 More blur, but a great view of the healthy root system of this collected tree in pumice that it went into immediately after collection by the talented Randy Knight.

More blur, but a great view of the healthy root system of this collected tree in pumice that it went into immediately after collection by the talented Randy Knight.

 Reducing the root mass in an area of the rootball that will be above soil level at it's final planting angle.

Reducing the root mass in an area of the rootball that will be above soil level at it's final planting angle.

 Done for now. An impressive base is revealed as Ryan and I relocate roots to fit into the pot. Over time, some of the still raised roots will be eliminated. 

Done for now. An impressive base is revealed as Ryan and I relocate roots to fit into the pot. Over time, some of the still raised roots will be eliminated.