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.

Thursday, 28 February 2008

Pre BSA Show

As many will know (because your going) this weekend sees the BSA show at Willowbog.
(NB.It was at last years show; on a table, in the canteen that this very blog was 'conceived'!!!! -so be careful and carry protection!)
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I believe there will be a strong gathering of the Wirral clan -some showing, some visiting.
(I can't make it due to the anticipation of loosing the part of my anatomy that helped produce my latest creation,.. if I went!!)
I hope you all have a good (& successful?) time and somebody (Les?) takes some pics. for posterity.


See you on the flip side.

Blog update

I have added some new items on my blog (under members sites) if anybodies interested!!

Friday, 22 February 2008

New message board


Decided to try out a new message board, one that is a little more immediate and the comments visible on the blog.

Lets see if it works and that you lot are interested in using it! If not we can keep the old one as I've just 'parked' it lower down the blog for now.

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Happy Birthday to 'Blog'


Just realised, a few days ago this blog had its first birthday.
These youngsters grow up so fast these days!!!

Monday, 18 February 2008

February ToTM

This months Tree of the Month belongs to Jim and is a lonicera pileata.
A lovely combination of tree, pot and antique stand.
Well done Jim.

February meeting -Repotting Workshop....

......come talking shop!!

This months meeting was interesting -if a little light on trees being worked on-( I hold my hands up ....I didn't bring a tree either!)
One highlight was the critique (a polite word for it) of Les's new display stand and the trees it should house-(Doug-nice work BTW.)Not sure of the final decision on the layout but I am sure we will see the excellent result at Willowbog at the BSA show come the 1st of March.
NB. A trip of note in the near future will be Lee's visit to Steve Tolley's -to pick up (????) his new acquisition (come small forest!) As discussed if anybody is interested in going down at the same time (under your own steam) please liaise with Lee on the likely date.

Now ....Let's remember to all bring a tree next month -we don't want to dissapoint Ian now,... do we....?

Tony asleep or deep in thought.....You choose?

Monday, 11 February 2008

February meeting

This months meeting is a repotting workshop so bring along your trees that need a short back and sides!


Friday, 8 February 2008

Druid tree horoscope

(This is a real tree!!!)

Below are a couple of links to some might say 'off the wall' (unless your into this sort of thing) sites that help you discover 'the tree within you'!! (Or is it you within the tree??)

http://www.thebookofshadows.net/druidhoroscope.html
http://www.astrohoroscopes.com/fun/whattree.html#weeping
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This is me apparently -I don't recognise myself from the description (apart from 'attractive' -obviously!) so a big pinch of salt is obviously required!!
WEEPING WILLOW(the Melancholy) - beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathetic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful,loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner.


putting all of yourself into a tree......

Friday, 1 February 2008

Bonsai site of the Month -John Naka



'It has been estimated that in all the international world of bonsai, John Y. Naka was easily considered among the top five contemporary greatest masters, the grand masters of the art.'

Follow the link below for a comprehensive review of the life & work of John Naka