Posts categorised: Members Trees

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 »

Juniper bonsai just for interest

Just for interest this Juniper (Sargentii – I think) which I bought at the Swindon Club around 20 years ago when we had a member who had a little bonsai sales business. (He moved to York I believe). The tree was then about pencil thickness. There is a long upright back branch which has been… Read more »

Literati Pine development by Michael Partridge

This pine was originally grown as a patio plant in my parents’ garden. When my mother had to move I acquired the pine which impressed me with its small needles. I moved it to a new pot and fed and watered it. I then discovered the small needles were the consequence of lack of watering…. Read more »

My Ent in the making, what Dianne (Bradshaw) did next…

Dianne has kindly shared her Ent journey, even though as she said people perhaps don’t plan Ent trees do they!!! For those of you who know me know I have a specific way to find my bonsai trees. They’re either full of beautiful blossom or have stunning autumn leaves. I found this Zelkova Elm for… Read more »

Aerial roots

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… Read more »