Welcome

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

Membership

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.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Have you seen these people?


On the weekend of the 15th & 16th of September a rather unpleasant disturbance was reported by colleagues on the continent and a warning bulletin has subsequently been forwarded to other groups around Europe.
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Following reports of their 'activities' a large reward has been offered for any information regarding the whereabouts of the people seen here. They are to be considered dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.

They were last seen at a clandestine meeting held somewhere in the dark underbelly of the Belgian countryside -all clutching large quantities of Leffe brune and waving the insignia that hung around their necks, a sign of membership of the 'brethren'.
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Please look out for them, while ensuring that you guard your shrubberies well.
For more information, should you need it, follow the link below.......
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...........but remember, don't have nightmares!!

Friday, 14 September 2007

Tree of the Month- September

Andy Hardman judged the entrants giving it to Les Storey with Ian's a close second.



Les's tree.....
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& Ian's.
Brian

September Meeting- Speaker -Ian Warhurst

The meeting started with Ian thanking everyone who was involved in putting together and helping at the Gordale Show.

Advice was then given on fertiliser and pruning which is low Nitrogen feed and start pruning Juniper's and Pine's, we can repot Juniper's and do some heavy wireing.

He then went on to prune a Shore Pine into a Literati style as highlighted below.

The raw material

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Ian hard at work

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Thoughts on the end goal

Brian

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Bonjour, je suis de retour



Just as I return, a lot of the members leave for an entertaining weekend together (??) at the Ginkgo show.

Hope you all have a wonderful time & don't get too p***ed. --- ;)

Bring back plenty of thoughts, critical insight or merely gossip so they can be put on the blog.

---and best of luck to Lee.

Voyez-vous bientôt

Saturday, 1 September 2007

Bonsai Site of the Month -September

This months site covers what it descibes as 'THE COMPREHENSIVE HISTORY OF BONSAI AND THE RELATED ARTS : AN ECLECTIC, ONGOING PRESENTATION'





You'll find a list of links that can transport you to what initially appears to be a wordy world of 'stuff from the past.'

One highlight for me is the bonsai's as depicted in Japanese paintings, scrolls and woodblock prints.

Worth a look!