‘Horse Chestnut’: so named
As its nuts were ground to become
Fodder for horses, it’s claimed.
For my little tree, this year is a first:
Near two decades of waiting, at last
A few little leaves have finally burst
(they’ve always been large in the past).
Last year and this, the leaves have turned brown
Well before they seasonally should:
But I am told I shouldn’t feel down
As the problem does not harm the wood.
The cause is attack by a leaf-mining moth
(‘Cameria Ohridella’ by name)
That arrived here in England from over sea’s froth
(This ‘orrid, from Europe it came).
The emerald bloom surrounding the trunk
Reminds me: repot before Spring;
Trim the roots, replace soil, and then plunk
It back in, before growth once again becomes king.
Moss is so clever, it knows what the time is:
Next year there will be none of it;
But the year after that, up it will fizz,
My bonsai alarm clock won’t quit 🙂