Ongoing progression with this Vito Megna collected Ashe Juniper. He was extremely generous to let me purchase this tree from him almost 4 years ago. He seemed so happy that I was going to take care of it he almost gave it to me. It was one of his very last trees in his collection as his health was declining at the time as well. Mr. Megna, may he rest in peace, was a very nice and generous man. I am very proud to have this in my possession!
This land leviathan was captured by Steve (an up and coming bonsai pro) and myself. In an attempt to reduce the disruption to the main root ball we kept the base soil intact using a method of wrapping plastic wrap around the root ball shared by Joey McCoy (a well known bonsai pro in Central Texas).
Using the golf cart roof as a sled was a crazy brainchild of Steve and mine after scratching our heads for how the heck to move this few hundred pound ancient ashe juniper.
The weed cloth was placed above the ground we planned for Big Texy. These pictures were taken earlier this spring and I’ve been told it is surviving and doing well. Stay tuned for some real glamour shots.
Bricks were then placed around the root ball to support the soil:
This thing is big, bigger than the camera can convey!
Good to see Steve smiling!