Just a quick reminder that the next meeting is on the 28th of February, so less than a week away. It’s an open workshop session, so bring trees that need a bit of work.
- Early deciduous species such as Kiyohime and Trident maples that are starting to show growth and need repotting.
- Trees that need pruning for branch refinement. This is best done before new growth starts to keep the tree from wasting energy on buds that will then be removed later.
- Junipers and Larches can be wired to refine the branch placement.
Even if you have no trees that need any work, please bring along a tree for the display table. This is a new thing for this year, where you can show off a tree that looks good at this time of year.
For this month, this could be a nice evergreen or a broad-leaf tree with good branch structure and ramification.
We are moving venue and dates for our monthly meetings.
The February and March meetings will go ahead as usual at the School, then it’s all change.
From April, meetings will be held on the FIRST Tuesday of the month and the venue will move to Wigston Magana Fire Station, Bull Head Street, Wigston, Leicester, LE18 1PB.
The new venue is just down the road from the school, and Maureen will update everyone at the next meeting.
I will update the meeting schedule over the next few days.
Last nights meeting was our annual social and awards night.
Although turnout was a bit low, a good time was had by all. Maureen put on a great spread of food and her quiz had us scratching our heads at times.
Robin, Dave and Alan were the eventual quiz champions, walking away with the grand price of a couple of packets of Skittles (very apt as the final round of questions was about sweets) and some shohin pots and a small twin trunk Chinese Elm.
Les brought along his Japanese Hawthorn, branches loaded with fruit. I and most of the others bagged a couple of the haws to try our luck at growing them. Watch this space.
Finally the club award was (reluctantly) handed over by the current holder Dave to Lee, who’s group of Maples won the public vote for best tree in the display at the Aylestone Horticultural Show in July last year.
Here is the proud winner.