As anticipated, this months meeting proved to be a winner with an excellent turn out for Tony's talk.
Following a period of mutual 'back slapping' the meeting started with a critique (which, as Tony pointed out, can include positive comments!!) off one of his trees, a beautiful Hawthorn in (virtually) full bloom. (note to self -take picture of tree next time!)
Tony initially discussed the process he goes through when assessing any tree but particularly deciduous -via looking at the nebari, taper, movement, foliage and pot. The exercise proving useful even for Tony as a slight change in the trees front (suggested by Ian) proved to enhance the trees elegance.
He also elaborated on some of the reasons why he sees the Hawthorn as the Uk's best native tree, most notably because of the potential they show throughout the 4 seasons.
To follow, a number of members trees were then brought to the front to receive a collective critical eye, all of which proved educational yet entertaining.
The second half of the talk involved an exercise in applying our 'warmed up' critical eye to the trees exhibited at this years Noelanders trophy. (Take 2 for those at Burrs recently but entertaining non the less.) Lee took a back seat for this critique, something to do with not wanting to 'pop' any stitches!!
All in all I think it was widely agreed to be a very interesting evening- & well worth the build up!!
PS. (I think I now know why Lee is keeping a low profile- Frankenstein eat your heart out!!!Follow the link for the gruesome details)