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.

Friday, 27 June 2008

Gordale fun days

Do you think it is worth putting 12 and 13th july on the blog to let folks know the Gordale Funs Days are on and that we can do a 2 day workshop on those days........... Les
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.........Yes!
;)

Marco's Workshop 3



Sometimes you have to grit your teeth and go for it.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Marco's Workshop 2

next time put the glasses in front of your eyes!......
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I really prefer trees in pots...

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Lee's transformation -formidable

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Marco's Workshop 1

Well...............
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Les sees how wiring should be done!

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Marco considering the options for Ian's Itoigawa
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A little curt (bearing in mind my location) but please find above some pictures of an excellent workshop with Marco.

More to follow....

Japan Society Show

Click picture to enlarge

As most of you will know the club has been asked to put on a display for the Japan society's Japan day. It's going to be a high profile event with many dignitaries attending including the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and the Japanese Ambassador to the UK.

Click the link below for more details- whether your showing or visiting.

Thursday, 12 June 2008

June Meeting- Speaker -Andy Hardman

Andy- hiding from the limelight
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detailed discussions.

- Andy's talk this month proved both interesting & enlightening.

In the 1st part of his talk he covered his experiences and expertise in the importance of areas such as;

  • potting media -particularly water, air, nutrients and particle size (I liked the OXO cube -Acadama analogy!!)
  • the aesthetic variations available -pot size, pot colour, leaf colour, flower size.........etc ( think there were 9 in total!!!)

In the 2nd half Andy brought out a large selection of his own accents and discussed where he had acquired the plants from, his growing tips for the species and the choice of accent with tree.

All in all this was an enjoyable night that for me, provided a much needed knowledge boost.

Flowers in June

Ian's Escallonia
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Iain's Fuchsia

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Antony's Pine

(shown so that we can follow its development)


Above are some additional pics from this months meeting, a particularly 'flower' filled meeting, what with Andy's Accents.

Tree of the Month- June

This months TotM was chosen by our Speaker Andy and after due deliberation he chose Dave Y's beautiful Azalea.
Dave should have had the honour of polishing the cup for the month but somebody (me) forgot to bring it-apologies.

Monday, 9 June 2008

Poll voters


Can any of you poll voters let me in on which flowering bonsai I missed?

'Other' seems to a run away winner at the mo -but nobody wants to say what they are voting for!!

I realise Potentilla was missed off but I didnt think it was that popular!

Monday, 2 June 2008

June Meeting-speaker-Andy Hardman


This months speaker is one of our own. Andy Hardman is to cover a subject close to his heart, the art of the accent plant.

Well known for his love of all things diminutive and flowering, i'm sure Andy will be sharing his passion & divulging all (?) of his trade secrets.

One not to be missed.

New Poll

The new poll is up from today (bottom of the blog) and covers the question - what is your favourite flowering bonsai?
-Escallonia, Fuchsia, Hawthorn, Prunus, Quince, Satsuki Azalea or Other, you chose.
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(nb. If you do chose 'other' please tell us what it is by writing in the box below 'other'!!!)

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Bonsai Site of the Month -June



This months site is a personal one run by Giacomo Pappalardo based in Italy. He names his site 'Extreme Bonsai Art' and seems to relish the chance to produce spectacular and sometimes unusual trees.
Worth a look!

(though it sometimes can take a while for the site to download -lots of pictures?)

http://xoomer.alice.it/giacomopappalardo/