I received a beautiful 18-year old juniper bonsai as a gift two weeks ago, however I'm new to the world of bonsai so I've been reading books, online posts, anything I can find to quickly get up to speed. There's a lot of contradictory information out there, so when I came across the Helpful Gardener, I was really impressed. On to my questions - I'm concerned about some brown needles along the branches of my tree - they do not extend out to the tips, but I'm concerned that this might be a problem, or a warning. The overall color is a very healthy green, but when you look closely at the thicker branches you start to notice the brown needles. There are several buds that are brown - possibly from pinching at an earlier point? The juniper was purchased from a reputable dealer, so I am worried that the tree may be showing signs of stress? I was out of town for a few days and my dad looked after my tree - he saturated the soil and roots, but then kept the tree inside near the window. When I arrived back, I quickly put the tree back outdoors. I may be panicking but I absolutely love my tree and want to be sure that I'm doing the right things to keep it healthy. Any help or advice would really be appreciated! Thanks!