Around here somewhere there is a possible front
The carving is pretty uninspiring but next season I will replant into a flatter container. The branches will be a lot shorter so I think I will trim the tree pretty hard in the spring, allow free growth and trim throughout the season to produce some ramification. I will also have a further look at the carving with a little help from my bonsai friends. (That’s a bit presumptuous of me) Who knows what the result will be but given the growing habit of privet I think I could obtain a reasonable tree. I have never seen a variegated privet bonsai before so I am assuming they are not that common.