At Last……. First Club Meeting since March

Tonight saw the first club meeting since March 2020, it was good to be back in a warm hall and working on the trees. Lots of space to spread out, just had to shout a little when talking to someone on the other side of the room. Some members brought in a few trees in Autumn colour.

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Autumn colours

As 2020 gallops on, the gardens are changing swiftly. The colours are all changing so I took some quick photos before the rain is back. If any members have any of their own colourful photo, either add them or send them to me and I will add them.

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AT LAST………… a Club Workshop. [Outdoors of course]

Today, Saturday the 5th September 2020 saw the first club workshop since lockdown in March. Andy and Mandy, club members have a lovely large garden which meant we could all work at distance and still be close enough to converse. Lots of trees were worked on including the NEW Project Trees purchased at ‘Lodders’ by Sally/Derek earlier this year, but unable to be collected by the club members due to the virus. It was a lovely sunny day with light wind and enjoyed by all those that attended, huge thanks to Andy and Mandy for hosting the event.

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Photos from Graham

Re potted this year in its new pot made by David Jones [Walsall Studio Ceramics].  It’s a lovely pot, but now the tree needs some attention.  Hidden in the foliage are some half decent trunk and branch lines, but Graham is already thinking that they need to be revealed.  A garden centre purchase some years ago.

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Spring photos from Andy

A few more Spring photos from Andy, while we all enjoy this nice weather during the lock down. Does any other member have any pics????

Words of Wisdom from Graham

‘If the oak before the ash,

Then there’ll only be a splash,

If the ash before the oak,

The there’s going to be a soak.’

So a fairly dry summer coming up then – or perhaps my ash is dead?

Photos from Andy

Here are a couple of photos from Andy. This Acer Palmatum ‘deshojo’ was bought from Swindon club members last year when they were “reducing” their collection.  It has been overwintered in the greenhouse and has been recently re potted. It is looking in prime condition in it’s first burst of Spring colour.

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Tree work by Geoff

Geoff a Swindon and Blackmore Vale Bonsai club member has posted this on our Facebook Group. I have re posted it so that all members can see what he has been up to during this lock down. Sorry for the background as it makes if difficult to see the main trees. Something to bear in mind when taking photos.

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Maple Progression

This maple was started from a cutting some years ago [I will try and find out the date] by one of the Swindon members [Robert] He was very good at growing any trees and used pond baskets and pruning to improve the girth of the tree. He then managed to seal even big cuts. Thereby improving the size.

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