Railway bridge closure, November – April 2015

This information is for anyone attending the ‘Winter Image’ show on the 22nd Feb 2015.

I wasn’t going to post this just yet, but a number of people are already arranging their accommodation within the Swindon area and they may find this helpful.

It affects anyone attending the show venue, from the town side of Grange Drive. The railway bridge on the B4006 at Greenbridge, has been closed and will remain so until April 2015 while they renew and raise the bridge for the electrification of the main London railway system. There is a diversion signed, but it takes you back towards the town centre. See Map

The railway bridge on Ermin Street, which is off the A419 Swindon bypass, A420 Oxford Road junction is no problem and may be your best route to the show. It is controlled by traffic lights which keeps the traffic moving as it is busy at peak times. Luckily the show is on a Sunday as traffic is lighter.

San Jose Juniper Bonsai owned and created by Simon Temblett
San Jose Juniper Bonsai owned and created by Simon Temblett

Simon Temblett gave an evening talk to Swindon Bonsai Club and during his talk he ran through some of his bonsai creations. One stood out, his San Jose Juniper (Juniperus chinensis) which he bought 25 years ago as a tiny plant from a garden centre.

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One of Simon Tembletts more well known creations is his Boulevard Juniper (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘boulevard’) but sadly of late this tree has been suffering from what Simon believes is natural dieback as opposed to a pest or disease problem. He puts the dieback down to mild moisture stress due to continued growth restricted to a shallow pot with unstable pot temperatures affecting the roots. That root dysfunction thus explains the canopy / foliage die back and even though this is very natural in a tree in the wild it is a significant issue on a bonsai tree. Continue reading


This wasn’t a place we first expected to see bonsai, staying in the Fujiya Hotel for a couple of days enjoying the ornamental gardens from our room we decided to go for a closer look. Whilst exploring the beautifully maintained gardens we stumbled upon a good sized collection of bonsai trees seemingly maintained by the hotel almost tucked away out sight. Located south from Tokyo, the hotel is one of the oldest in Japan, and has had many famous guests and includes some very luxurious hot spring baths. Even though our trip wasn’t solely focused on Continue reading

Simon Templet
Simon Temblett

Simon Temblett brought a series of his own bonsai trees in for our monthly club night and talked through his approach creating some fascinating works of art and stunning bonsai. He has over the years created very classical bonsai for which he is well known for, these he has created from raw material or garden centre stock and he is proud to have grown his trees with this process rather than buy a ready made bonsai. Continue reading


One of the things I remember fondly about our trip to Japan, wasn’t just the big impressive show-worthy bonsai but the domestic bonsai that could be found in any random location by the road or outside the ticket office at a bus station. I was going to describe this as ‘achievable’ bonsai, but in nothing more than admiration; Continue reading