Post Christmas and New Year, we’re back with a workshop. There is much formative work to be done around this time of year whether it is pruning back hard deciduous plants, or wiring into shape. Analysing bonsai in winter helps to sort out and set branch structure more easily.

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Our December meetings are centred around a social and nibbles — a chance to reflect on the last and discuss the year ahead. The winner was presented this evening with our raffled Mugo Pine, donated by the family of Ann Freeman. £340 was raised, the proceeds going to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Our November meeting kicked off with Amelia giving a short talk on winter protection. This is a hot topic if you’ll pardon the turn of phrase, the long hot summer coupled with a period of extremely cold weather has led to many experienced UK bonsai enthusiasts having trees that didn’t recover through the following spring.

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There is lots of autumn colour out there and should make the next ”Tree of the Month” at the November meeting very interesting.

Hadori bonsai😁

Everything and anything bonsai-related was available for sale at the Heathrow show, and a vast diversity of bonsai traders were present selling bonsai trees of all types from yamadori and starter trees through to well-developed bonsai. There were also bonsai stands, tools, equipment, pots, bronzes, soils, fertilisers and treatments, scrolls, tags and so much more.

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This year we had a club display at the Heathrow Show and thanks to Paul, Terry and Paul for preparing and setting up the Swindon Club display which looked very good.

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