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Topical Times – It’s early…’s here…’s Autumn!

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

Topical Times – It’s early…’s here…’s Autumn!

Despite some warm temperatures recently there has definitely been an autumnal feel to the past few weeks especially in the mornings and late evenings. It seems to have crept up and suddenly unannounced it’s upon you….and your trees.

It’s time to ease up on the watering and take care of the wetter composts which may cause problems after this weeks heavy rainfall. You may have to check all your trees and water them individually according to their specific requirements.

Tender trees may soon have to be protected as the night temperatures continue to fall. I have started moving some of my own trees to their winter quarters.

One of the benefits of colder night temperatures and warmer bright sunny days is excellent autumn colours especially on the maples. Some of my trees, both garden and bonsai material have gone straight to a winter image and simply dropped their leaves with no attempt at a final colourful flourish.

Today I wandered around the nursery and bonsai garden trying to capture what’s available in this early seasonal change. The Enkianthus in the garden has been this fiery red for ages and continues to get more intense.

In the bonsai area you will see a Benichidori maple, Pseudolarix, White Beech group and Ginkgo together with the fruits of Crab apple and Pyracantha. Let’s just hope this early autumn will lead to a short winter and early spring…..the same as last year would be fine!

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