Cut Paste

Cut Pastes

The green lidded one for confers, the white deciduous…apparently

Winter Show 2013 Award Winners

Swindon Winter Show Award Team

Photos courtesy of Mark Cooper


February Tree of the Month


1st place – RA, Gardenia

Siberian Elm

2nd place – PB, Siberian Elm

Korean Hornbeam

3rd place – SM, Korean Hornbeam

Noelanders success for Swindon club members

Noelanders Shohin Prize

Noelanders Shohin Prize

Congratulations to Mark & Ritta Cooper for their success at this year’s Noelanders Bonsai Show. They collected a First prize Shohin Award, a Nomination as well as a BCI Award of Excellence Medal for their six tree shohin composition. Out of one-hundred and eight exhibits, they were the only UK exhibitors to win an award. A well deserved achievement for excellent displays.

Shohin composition nomination

Shohin Composition Nomination

January tree of the month

Korean Hornbeam

1st place – AW, Korean Hornbeam

Korean Hornbeam

2nd place – SM, Korean Hornbeam

Prunus mume

3rd place – RA, Prunus Mume




The Japanese Landscape at Kew

Kew Japanese Garden

The Gateway was first created for the Japan-British exhibition in 1910, a replica of the Karamon of Nishi Hongan-ji, Kyoto and then later restored and reconstructed for the Japanese Landscape at Kew in 1996. This covers five-thousand square metres and contains three garden areas built to compliment the Japanese Gateway named Chokushi-Mon (Gateway of the Imperial Messenger).

Contrary to the opinion that nothing really happens in the garden at this time of year, I recommend a visit to Kew’s Japanese gardens. This is the perfect time to appreciate the many different hues of green and the deep saturation of colour the wet weather provides. The moss growing on rocks and anywhere else it likes, looks at its best and we were also treated to an Iris in flower. A perfect escape from all the Christmas shopping.

You can find more information about this here

Verve soil conditioner

Verve Soil Conditioner

Verve Soil Conditioner

An interesting article in The Dendrologist magazine…

Rock Dust Fertilizer – Scottish quarries are supplying 420 million year old volcanic rock, ground up and packed in 10kg bags, now being sold in B&Q for £5.98 as ‘Verve’ soil improver. It contains ‘the full suite of nutrients’, as marketing director Jennifer Cook proclaims. Rock dust has long had its fans in the permaculture movement to re-mineralize soils. Humus is also important and it is interesting to realise meadows hold about 1-2kg of dry plant biomass per square metre, whilst forests hold about 30kg. With more layers of plant structure, trees, shrubs, tall perennials and ground cover, the more habitats and food sources are available to animals.

Verve soil conditioner available from B&Q here


Tool Roll

JCB Tool Roll

B&Q are currently selling these JCB Tool Rolls, good value for £5.98. You find them here