Thursday, 10 May 2007

May Meeting- Speaker -Tony T

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)

1 comment:

Tony Tickle said...

HI Ian, thanks for the post, I enjoy 'talking' to an educated audience, Wirral are a great club and it is refreshing to here others comments about my tree. A fresh pair of eyes on your work is always a help. Any bonsai enthusiast who lives within an hours drive of this club should give Wirral a look in... they have the occasional great speaker


Hello and welcome to the Wirral Bonsai Society Blog - an ongoing diary & newsletter highlighting the adventures of the society & its members

Society Diary-We meet at 8pm every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the RAFA club in Oxton (CH43 1UU).

  • 13th January
  • 10th February
  • 14th February Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 28th February Workshop - Gordale
  • 9th March - Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 13th March Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 27th March Workshop - Gordale
  • 13th April - Demonstration - Andy H
  • 17th April Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 24th April Workshop - Gordale
  • 8th May Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 11th May- Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 29th May Workshop - Gordale
  • 4-5th June WBS Flowering Bonsai Show - Port Sunlight GC
  • 8th June - WBS Member trees critique
  • 12th June Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 26th June Workshop - Gordale
  • 10th July Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 13th July- Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 31st July Workshop - Gordale
  • 10th August- WBS Show tree selection
  • 13-14th August - Wirral Flower Show
  • 20th August - Japan Day, Liverpool
  • 27-29th August WBS Annual Show - Gordale
  • 14th September- Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 11th September Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 25th September Workshop - Gordale
  • 9th October Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 12th October- Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 30th October Workshop - Gordale
  • 9th November- Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 13th November Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 26-27th November - Potter Workshop with David Jones (Walsall Studio Ceramics)
  • 27th November Workshop - Gordale
  • 14th December - Club Party


New members are always welcome, just come along to one of our monthly meetings at the RAFA club. You can even 'try us out' for a few months before you decide on joining as an official member. The meetings are informal (there's a bar!) and the club members are (mostly) friendly, approachable and happy to pass on guidance and information to anybody interested in bonsai- whatever your level of experience.