Maples …. not just for syrup

Tonights club night we were fortunate to have an evening dedicated to Maples (Acers) and a brilliant presentation by Mark Kerry providing some very informative tips and methods for getting the most out of your maples. It was then followed by a more detailed look at some of the Club members own maple bonsai with Mark offerings advice on their development.

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Erin bonsai pot experience

You can buy with confidence on line from Erin Bonsai pots as they are experts in packaging up your pots to send through the post. It is one of the best experiences when I have ordered bonsai pots on line from Erin Bonsai. The reason being is when the parcel arrives it takes you about twenty minutes to open it building up the anticipation of the final reveal of your newly acquired bonsai pots. Each pot is individually wrapped within a larger parcel which has at least two layers of protection.

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Tony Oswin club member display

Tony Oswin’s first display at the Swindon Winter Image Show 2019 as a club member

Tony presented an English hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), which was collected 5 years ago, and it was in a Troll pot. Set alongside an accent also within a dragon Troll pot made by Tony.

Terry Adams club member displays

White Pine displayed by Terry Adams at this years Swindon Winter Image Bonsai Show

Terry had a series of trees in this years Winter Image Show including a White Pine (Pinus parviflora Zuisho) which was imported in 2007 and in a Chinese pot and Terry has owned and developed this tree for 11 years. 

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Clive Knight club member display

Clive Knights Korean hornbeam on display at Swindon Winter Image Bonsai Show 2019

Clive who is a more recent member of Swindon and also the Chairman of Warminster Bonsai put on a display with his Korean Hornbeam (Carpinus
turczaninowii) which he has been developing for the past year. It was in a Japanese pot, accompanied by a scroll and accent.

Reg Bolton club member display

English Elm owned and displayed by Reg Bolton at Swindon 2019

This year Reg had two trees on display; they were an English Elm (Ulmus procera) which he collected 21 years ago and in a Walsall ceramics pot. The density of the fine branches provides a very highly ramified crown which Reg has worked hard to develop through time and technique. It is great to see an English Elm as a bonsai looking very natural in form. It originates in creation by Reg following from the time when Dutch Elm disease caused the loss of so many majestic Elm trees from our countryside.

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Lee Verhorevoort new bonsai for 2019

Today was the first day for everyone to have an opportunity to view and buy the new bonsai stock that Lee has bought in from Japan for 2019 after being through quarantine plus rigorous testing and checks by the plant health governing authorities for the past few weeks / months.

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Clive Harber club member display

Clive Harber exhibiting at Swindon 2019 Winter Image Show

Clive was exhibiting his Korean Hornbeam (Carpinus turczaninowii) this year at the show as a club member of Swindon. He has owned this tree since 2007 and it was originally bought from a bonsai trader and is now in a Japanese pot.

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Paul Bowerbank club member display

Paul Bowerbank’s Chinese Elm at this years Swindon Winter Image Bonsai Show

Paul displayed a Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia), which was just starting to show the fresh green shoots of spring. It was complimented by an accent of a Davallia fern or deersfoot, hare’s foot or rabbits foot fern.

Davallia accent

Stewart Beresford at our show

Shohin display by Stewart Beresford at the 2019 Swindon Winter Image Bonsai Show

Stewart this year presented a very neat shohin display made up of four fantastic trees and a tiny fern accent. The display was beautiful, clean and simple and well balanced with some very high quality bonsai trees to enjoy up close and set on a wonderful root stand and within a delicate shohin display stand.

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