‘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?

Aerial roots on a Privet

This is a very natural occurrence on some species of trees and more so if the climatic conditions are suitable for the formation of aerial roots. These roots grow above ground and in air only but that air needs to be highly humid to allow the roots to form and grow. They can be used as anchors to fix the plant in place or to a rock providing additional support.

They can be formed as a method of absorbing additional nutrient and moisture. They are referred to as adventitious roots and provide an excellent opportunity for air layering for bonsai if already present. Look forward to the follow up from Derek as too what he did next with this Privet.

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Thank you Sally and Derek for posting these lovely spring images of your trees coming into leaf and flower this year. It is a stunning array of colour and blooms.

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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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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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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Seems like so long ago now. These are the traders who attended our winter show earlier in the year. A big thank you to all of them for making the day.

We didn’t have a tree of the month at our last meeting. It was our Annual General Meeting. Members still brought in trees that looked at their seasonal best though.

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First and foremost thank you all for coming to this years Swindon Winter Image Show it wouldn’t be the same without you all and it proves it is a thriving bonsai community. 

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