Another year, another few bonsai pictures (2022)

This past year, I’ve continued my habit of snapping a shot of my dwarf horse chestnut tree at the beginning of each month. This tree, which I planted as a conker in 1986, is now 58% of my age – another percentage point gain over last year in the race towards the end game. A race that I’ll almost certainly lose, as these trees can live for three hundred years. It has a pretty good chance of overtaking me.

Taking, again, a leaf out of Ellen Hawley’s book, I’ll begin with an irrelevant photo…

A snowy garden scene
My back garden after the first big snowfall dump here in years, 12Dec2022

… except that it’s not entirely irrelevant, as you can probably see; so sue me. Ellen’s an irrelevant photo utilisationiste par excellence, whereas I’m merely a beginner.

I found that round tuit I was looking for last year; my little tree was repotted in the Spring (as you can probably see). The new growth shows that it appreciated that, and a local ant colony turned up and clearly seemed to enjoy the fresh shoots. (I wonder what they were up to?)

Ants working busily on a Horse Chestnut tree.
Another non-irrelevant photograph

But, still, no flowers. I asked DuckDuckGo ‘Why are there no flowers on my horse chestnut tree?‘, and discovered that Aesculus hippocastanum tends to bloom, and produce conkers, from about four years of age. Some, however, may not flower, for a number of reasons such as fungal blight and gibberellin (I have no clue what that is) production deficiency. Even if the tree is sterile (it might be), that wouldn’t stop it flowering. As my tree is now 36 years old and it’s never once flowered yet, perhaps it never will. I live in hope.

Here’s hoping you’re enjoying a pleasant Yuletide wherever you may be, and wishing you peace, phun, and non-bankruptcy (‘prosperity’ having now been relegated to a distant dream for all but the ludicrously wealthy) in the new year. Cheers – or, as the Klingons say, ‘IwlIj jachjaj!

About peNdantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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16 Responses to Another year, another few bonsai pictures (2022)

  1. DIS chu’ DatIvjaj :)

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  2. Ellen Hawley says:

    I’d leave you an irrelevant comment if I could think of one, but all I can think of is that the plants look nice–especially the snow photo.

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    • Bill Ziegler says:

      Hello Ellen, I have also been following the goings on in real time in what I have coined as The Kingdom United. Please feel free to use or abuse that phrase, as you relevantly or irrelevantly wish, of course. But I must now also admit to having missed *your* perspective and need to catch up on Notes from the UK. KU?

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      • Ellen Hawley says:

        Thank you for offering to share. Much appreciated. It’s threatening to become the Kingdom Disunited, although we’re not quite there yet. Stay tuned. (It’s nice to say that to someone of the generation what knows what I’m talking about.)

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  3. granny1947 says:

    Wow. The progress in one year is amazing.

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  4. Wishing a lovely Yuletide.
    Enjoyed reading your wishes, hopefully they come truhe!

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  5. Bill Ziegler says:

    I shall send this to the printer, affix the corresponding month, and have my desk calendarette for 2023!
    Some 20 years ago, I happened upon a sprout peering up at me from an acorn opened and abandoned by an ancestor of the indigenous squirrels here — at what we call Crowell Manor. Now I can barely wrap my arms around it, tree-huggingly if you will. Haha!!
    Hey, and I also follow the inimitable Ellen Hawley.

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  6. bigm57 says:

    A great set of pictures! The cat looks cute too.
    I planted a sprig of jade tree 7 years ago and watched it grow to fill a large pot. 3 years ago, I pushed my luck and the poor thing was frosted to death overnight.
    3 years on, the replacement sprig is now huge – I struggle to move the pot into the porch every Nov 1st!

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  7. Are there any vitamins you can get for the tree?
    Heh, the snow’s funny. I come to Europe and bring the winter. Wouldn’t have it any other way!

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