This Juniper chinensis var.itoigawa, owned by the Franchi Bonsai company, is a recently restored specimen after a long period in which the tree has only been pinched.
Over time, the growth and containment of vegetation has caused the foliage to become so thick that it has closed all spaces. In this situation, it was necessary to clean, select and wire the vegetation in order to restore order to the branches.
Maintaining the original front and appearance of the plant, the work begins by cleaning the bark and vegetation. The subsequent selection of the branches is simple and is based on the elimination of weak and too long branches. The apex replacements and the restoration of the bifurcations are already sufficient to begin the wiring.
Starting with the bottom branch, I open up the vegetation with the help of copper wire. as I move upwards towards the top branches, I deepen the branching selection. In the positioning of the branching I prefer the exposure to the light of every single tuft of vegetation, trying at the same time to give volume and shape to as many branches as possible.
Below are the photos of the work: