Posts categorised: Members Trees

Ulmus procera Part 1

This English Elm has been sat in my garden for many years I can’t remember where it came from or when, all I can think is that it is one of the trees I have collected.

Trident maple development

Trident maples (Acer buergerianum) are a great maple for bonsai and I have been developing this one for around 6 years after purchasing it back in 2014 from Lodder Bonsai. Originally it had a limited crown with no real ramification but I liked the trunk movement and thought it has great potential to develop. I… Read more »

Ulmus pumila

This tree was grown from a cutting I took in 2004. When it was large enough, it was planted in the ground and fed and watered well. It was pruned hard to encourage lots of side shoots to grow off the main trunk, to help it to thicken faster.

Ulmus procera

This English Elm was collected from a local farm in 1994. It had only a few new shoots growing and all the branches on the top of the tree were dead. After it was dug up, I cut off every thing that was dead, all the old soil was washed off and it was potted up in… Read more »

Pyracantha rosaceae

The ‘Firethorns’ are related to Cotoneasters. They are one of the best and hardiest evergreen flowering and fruiting shrubs for north and east walls. This tree started life as a cutting taken from a local park in 1980. It was grown for two years in a large pot and then planted against the back wall… Read more »

Preparing for exposed root plantings in 2021.

After the inspirational post by Ross relating to “Creating an exposed root bonsai” back in September 2020………. https://swindon-bonsai.co.uk/2020/09/06/creating-an-exposed-root/ I meant to post this sooner but life got in the way, which was just as well as my constructions have increased in number so I can put them all here. I decided to give the style… Read more »

Swindon Project Elm 2020

Thank you to all the club members who have joined in with this years project Elm. Sixteen members have taken up this years challenge to grow, develop and style the allocated Chinese elms as per the images below. Will update on this post over the next few months to see how they are progressing.

Creating an exposed root

This started a while ago. A few Swindon club members collectively agreed they appreciated the exposed root style of bonsai while we were at another club’s show. We made a pact to have a go at creating one for ourselves, myself included. This is as far as I got Terry. I mostly work with pine… Read more »

Chinese Elm project tree 2020

This year we still wanted to ensure our club members were busy with bonsai so we have proceeded with starting another Elm project with them. We managed to source earlier in the year 20 Chinese Elms and are now offering our club members the opportunity to join in with the project trees again for this… Read more »

What Dianne did next… my 12ft air layer

To continue the story of what Dianne did next with the story of her 12ft air layer which is strange but true! As it was to be our airlayering workshop last week I thought I should tell you about the one I’ve just done. It all began when Graham Simpson sent me a photo of… Read more »