I posted an update on this tree a couple of weeks ago showing the progress it had made during the 2012 growing season.
This is the image posted then and I have to say I was happy with it.
I brought the tree to the Peter Warren workshop and to put it bluntly Peter didn’t really like the tree as it was and strongly recommended that the front should be changed and the top of the tree should be brought forward toward the new front and the entire tree be brought forward in the pot next time it is re-potted.
This is the suggested new front after some wiring, branch placement and guy wiring the apex to incline it forward. Some of the branch tips have been shortened to reduce the overall canopy spread.
Trouble is that as this image shows the tree is almost back where it was before Ian and I re-styled it last year and I’m not sure now what I like best.