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Topical Times – A bit of all sorts………

A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..

Topical Times – A bit of all sorts………

Spring is in the air, trees are moving, classes are busy, and the dogs are……. as usual up to no good!

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Over in the bonsai garden the bright long yellow catkins of the twisted hazel are starting to fade but the Osmanthus clump overhanging a dry stream is looking good. Jackie is missing some item of clothing from the bathroom floor???…… it couldn’t be…..could it!!!

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Most classes have been sold out in March and students have been turning up with lots of interesting material. A long straight second trunk to the rear of this impressive Larch simply had to be removed……….did I say simply?……

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Pretty as the flowers may be the trunk seriously let’s this winter flowering Cherry down. So let’s get rid of the problem and plant the tree in our growing bed for a couple of seasons. Look out for this one in the future!

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This Larch was part of a batch of trees we have been asked to work on for a client. The amount of flowers on this tree is quite overwhelming and whilst dramatic in appearance it could be a “cry for help.” The compost is a bit heavy and wet but it’s too late for a major repot. We have pruned the tree and improved it’s drainage but further monitoring is required.

There is all this activity in and around the nursery but as you can see our dedicated head of security just takes every day as it comes, in his stride, undaunted and totally unphased!!!