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.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Blog Following


A new feature available from Blogger (if your a blogger yourself)-the ability to follow other blogs.
As described in the blurb-

What is Following?
Do you have a favorite blog and want to let the author and readers know that you are a 'fan' (????)
Well now you can do that and more with the Blogger Following feature! You can even keep track of the blogs you follow via your reading list on the Blogger dashboard.
How do I become a Follower of a blog?
There are several ways to become a follower of a blog. One of the easiest ways is to visit a blog that has added the Following widget and click on the "Follow this Blog" link under the "Followers" widget.
To follow go to the widget -bottom of the list of widgets on the right of the blog

Monday, 22 September 2008

Best of British Bonsai 09


Congratulations are in order for Ian, Lee, Bill, Doug, Les, Dave Y & Dave M - all of whom have had trees selected for the inaugural BoBB show next year.
Look forward to seeing them challenging to be the best.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Best of British Bonsai Entries

All those who have had trees selected for possible entry to the Best of British Bonsai Awards need to fill in the entry form (one for each tree) as above and forward it to Tony Tickle.
-(or your tree wont be considered.)
TT,
The Gatehouse,
Summerseat,
Bury,
Lancashire,
BL9 5PE
(To print right click over form & select print picture option)

Flowering bonsai Poll

Ive called it time on the 'favourite flowering bonsai' poll, and the winner (in my book anyway) is the Azalea. Narrowly beaten into 2nd place was the Hawthorn, followed by the Fuchsia.
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

September meeting -Peter Warren

A large turn out.
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Peter in full flow.

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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

Gordale show 08

Terry critiques some of the trees.
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A quiet period!!

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Dave Y & Andy discuss accents.

(de du do dont de do!)

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Shot of the main display plus some of the 'trees in training'



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

http://internetbonsaiclub.org/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=133&topic=24078.0

Gordale show 08 -Results

Lee excepting his Best in show trophy from judge Terry Foster.
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Ian gets second for his Privet

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.....and third for his composition.

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Dave retains his 'public vote' trophy.


Well done to all.

Monday, 8 September 2008

Bonsai Site of the Month -September


By way of showing bonsai stuff from around the world this months site is blog set up by Ed van der Reek in Holland

September Meeting- Speaker -Peter Warren

This months meeting involves a return visit from 'the general of monkey mountain' !!!!


Peter Warren

Follow the link to Peter's website-
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http://www.saruyama.co.uk/index.html

Gordale show 08- The Prep.

Too many chiefs?
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Doug- I know somebody who drilled through there own hand.....

Ian- .........really............

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Getting there..