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
Friday, 12 December 2008
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
Attached below are pics of the two trees I had stolen from my back
garden three night's ago. I would be very grateful if you could keep
your eyes open for them on the 'bonsai circuit'. Any info about them
would be welcome. Watch out for your own trees — you can't be too
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
'Yet again, I have really bad news for all those lovers of bonsai.
We still have thieves at large here in the U.K. Last night, they struck at the very heart of British bonsai, the garden belonging to Dan Barton.
We must help to stop this; please look out for:
a) a Chinese juniper (“Geisha”) – height 37 inches (94 cms) planted in
an oval ‘Dansai’ pot, and
b) a Monarch juniper – height 24 inches (51 cms) planted in a Dan
Barton primitive drum pot.
Clearly these people were very selective in their choice of trees. Although only two were stolen, the “Geisha” in particular is a very notable tree. Images of these trees will be circulated shortly, and we would ask that all bonsai enthusiasts keep a lookout for them.
As Dan’s computer is not on line at present, I have been asked to circulate this information on his behalf. Should anyone come across either of these two trees or have any information concerning them, please contact Dan directly on 01275 393 010.
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
plus your old tree!!
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
Monday, 3 November 2008
Friday, 31 October 2008
Monday, 27 October 2008
This weekend sees the arrival of one of the now famous (or is it infamous?) Burrs weekends.
Highlights apparently include a Friday night bonsai pub quiz- and an artist demo at 10.pm Saturday night -sounds intriguing!!
Those who are going should be warned though, watch out for the 'pumpkin' soup!!!!
Thursday, 23 October 2008
'Clutching at our very souls, the trees now pull us to a time when light loses its importance, a time when trees are transcending into a deep dormancy after a year of racing toward the sun. Life giving foliage is discarded like a mask, revealing all, but showing less; leaving only skeletons and shadows that are but a pale reflection of the past. The days grow shorter and things that normally could not be seen in the light of day are now all too visible.
This is the time when the darker side of bonsai claws its way into our minds, bringing with it a haunting chill that creeps over our now neglected benches and, if we are not careful, into our reality.'
Friday, 10 October 2008
10,000 oaks of 100 years old are not a substitute for one 500 year old oak
Clive Anderson gets the measure of things!
Did you know the official British standard HUG is based on the finger tip to finger tip measurement of an adult, which we take to be about 1.5m. This distance is usually almost the same as your height, and means you can measure a tree even if you forget your tape measure!
I feel sure it would have been slightly more eloquent than the critique -Iain
Saturday, 4 October 2008
As many of the club and a growing number of major figures in the bonsai world are discovering, Doug's tables are excellent and his skill in helping to match tree, pot and table is 1st class.
The link will also be permanent under 'members sites'.
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
On exhibiting trees at last weekends BTA meeting at Sheffield, Lee received best in category gold for his Juniper and Les achieved the same for his Shohin Yew plus also being highly commended for his Fuchsia.
Well done to both.
Whenever the basics are revisited I'm always surprised by some details that are either new or have been forgotten, so see you there for either a refresher or the gaining of new knowledge.
-Choosing the right pot
This months site of the month is actually two dedicated to choosing the right pot for your tree.
Both highlight the issues involved and putting the issue forward now should allow us all plenty of time to select and acquire any new pots required for next years repotting.
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
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Monday, 22 September 2008
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
-(or your tree wont be considered.)
I suspect there has been Zimbabwe style vote rigging with the 'other' option, what with the actual number of votes & as non of the voters have indicated what tree they were voting for!!
Next up- what is your favourite autumn colour tree?
...and if your going to vote other, please tell us what it is (by writing in the block below other before you vote)
....if you dont, i'll remove the option......be warned!!!!
Saturday, 13 September 2008
Peter's talk was based around displaying bonsai be it for exhibitions or for home based viewing.Using his experience and pictures acquired while based in Japan, Peter highlighted the importance of all the elements that can be used- from tree to pot, stand, accent and scrolls.
It was interesting to learn that sometimes displays are created not to show off the tree but to highlight your ownership of a pot, a table or even a scroll!!
Another interesting point raised was to try and make the display relevant to your audience. Why use typical Japanese iconography when your viewer is from the UK and probably wont understand the subtlety of 'a frog representing summer' or 'a monkey, dressed as a monk while playing a drum' represents the festive period!!!!!!!'
All in all it was an interesting and informative talk that raised many valuable issues to be considered.
Thursday, 11 September 2008
(de du do dont de do!)
Once the IBC is back up and running I'll post a link to Lee's discussion that has pictures of the trees on it. (saves double posting!!)
link to lee's IBC post below