February meeting 2024

Busy evening with repotting the main focus, talking to members we all seem to be facing similar challenges trees coming into bud much earlier and not only trees kept in greenhouses but outside as well.

This is not only shortening the traditional repotting season but with the weeks of heavy rain the trees kept outdoors are that more awkward to work on as they have not had a chance to dry out, strange times in our seasons.


Warminster Club at Swindon Bonsai Society Winter Image show 2024

Another cracking show put on by Swindon Bonsai Society, amongst us bonsai nuts the show heralds the start of our bonsai year.

As we exhibited we can stand back and watch the people coming in, first stop are the dealers this is where you can stock up on soils, wire pots etc as well as adding to your collection of trees.

Then a walk round the trees.

An excellent selection of trees on display and an ideal way to see how other people have worked on trees it all adds to your library of ideas for the future.

Have added pics of our display and more of the trees in the show, congratulations to Sally who got an award of merit for her Shohin display on our stand.

January meeting 2024

First meeting of the new year, some trees being worked on but also it was the selection of trees and setting out our display for the forthcoming Swindon Winter Image Show on Sunday 11th February.

We have three six by two tables for display which is quite a large area, Clive H our show manager had an idea to try to present a selection of trees held by members to that end it would comprise three separate Tokonoma,s one with a Shohin and the other two with larger trees with accompanying smaller trees to give some perspective.

This involved lots of shuffling round trying to find trees that have the right angle of direction, do not overpower are harmonious and are of varied species to avoid repeating.

This involved in the region of twenty four trees just to find the final display, on the day there will be accent plants to add for a bit more impact and colour, thanks to Clive H who had final say.

Show display


Only two entrants this month

December meeting and AGM

The December meeting is our AGM, Best Decorated tree and social get together.

The AGM was concluded in not too much time with the committee being re-elected and with annual subs and monthly entrance fees remaining the same as this year.
I will email to all members more details of the meeting as well as the calendar for 2024.

The best Decorated Tree was quite well attended I think some members might have been put off by the high/questionable? artistic talents shown in last year’s competition do not be put off for next year please take your time to view this years entrants and wonder what members were on when they designed ? their tree.

Lee Verhorevoort workshop November 2023

Pre covid we have had several workshops with Lee all thoroughly enjoyable, so when we had been able to book one for this month it was a chance to learn so much more and have your trees critiqued in a positive way.

Lee,s method is for him to come to your table view/discuss your tree it’s horticultural requirements, pests etc and what work is required going forward, he does carry out some work if you are not sure during this he talked about many subjects covering how nurseries work in Japan, choice of pots.

I keep saying it but just listening to what is said about the trees on each members table is like a working tutorial so much information.

He moves on to the next person and circulating round this way he covers quite a high number of trees. Two members came along as observers and found it fascinating they probably picked up more information as we had to work on our trees to keep up with Lee and listen to what was being said.

An excellent day, these workshops I feel reinvigorate you to work on your trees especially when you have been given the advise for future improvements.

Few pics of the trees that were worked on during the day.

November meeting 2023

This meeting was intended to be winter repotting but due to the persistent rainfall and soggy compost it was not possible however members did find work to carry out preparing trees for winter.


October meeting 2023

October can be an in between month with many trees still in full leaf but slowing down and just showing the hint of autumn tints on some, so general maintaining checking wiring some pruning but really waiting for the leaves to drop so that autumn repotting can take place.

Nevertheless a busy meeting especially with Amelia continuing her Penjing plantings which are proving popular amongst the members, and Gary bringing in a large heavy lump of rock which has some very interesting holes in for ideas on planting it up.

This is a very interesting piece of rock and will need consider selection of what trees are used but hopefully we can follow its development over the coming years ( good luck on Gary bringing it in on club nights then )


September meeting 2023

Busy meeting several members removing wire from trees now hopefully set for the future, I have a Larch that has required wiring three times now over the years as it resolutely refuses to stay in the style I want it now it’s a battle of wills.

Amelia was working on some amusing penjing and no I don’t think I resemble Yoda I shaved off my moustache several years ago.


1st Geoff Hoo Scots Pine, 2nd Geoff Hob Acer Palmatum, 3rd Clive H Silver Birch.

Corsley Fayre 2023

Saturday 2nd September we set up our club display at the Corsley Fayre which is the second year we have attended after it was stopped due to covid.

Restarting this has meant it is smaller than pre covid but we have noticed it is gaining popularity and was well attended no doubt helped by the fine weather.

We were in the horticultural marquee sharing a side with Derek who had his stand for the Wiltshire section of the Cacti and Succulent Society which complements both displays unfortunately only have one picture of Derek’s stand.

Lots of interest shown many questions asked and a very enjoyable day as it is also our last display for this year.