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, 23 December 2009

Bonsai Review 30







Double click to enlarge
Notice Ian's Privet on the 1st page!!

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

December meeting-Christmas Social -2

......take my mother in law!........no please,.. take my mother in law?
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Does Ian now regret giving the Escallonia to Les?
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.... "while strolling through the park one day"..... Les's 'set' begins to get a bit too much!
(excellent spread and raffle table BTW)
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Group appreciation of Bill's fine Pine.
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All pics courtesy of Jim 'the Lad'

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

December meeting-Christmas Social -1

There's something you don't see often- the lesser spotted wallet moth.........
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........is that a moth????
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Nuts......... anybody?
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Tony....appreciating a joint
(lets not start any rumours!)

December ToTM




Apparently this month no Tree of the Month was chosen, so lets just say the choice is yours!!

Thursday, 10 December 2009

2010 Club Diary Dates


The observant amongst you will have noticed the 2010 club dates are available above- giving us all plenty of time to work holidays around these important dates!!

Thursday, 3 December 2009

December meeting-Christmas Social

Bit of this......
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.... and a bit of that!
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See y'all next Wednesday for the usual chat but with a festive slant!

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

SoTM-Mauro Stemberger


This months Site is that of Mauro Stemberger and features amongst others, pictures of this massive swiss Spruce!!
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Hernia time indeed!!??

http://www.italianbonsaidream.com/

Monday, 23 November 2009

Monday, 16 November 2009

Demo -Ian W -Splitting & Bending 1

Ian & tree pre demo- both not under any stress ....yet
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Splitting the branch &......
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......covering it in raffia [or is it spagetti-a new technique picked up from Enrico..... maybe?!?]
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another new technique being demonstrated by Lee ....collecting yamadori cerumen (ear wax to you and me!!)
Your guess is as good as mine as to what is actually going on here!!

Demo -Ian W -Splitting & Bending 2

branch pre.....
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......& post bend
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view from the side
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Tree @ demo end

Entertain and educate me......................NOW (AKA a night at WBS)

How mucking futch?.....but I'm doing the demo.......?
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eyes down for a full house.....must have been during a quiet bit!!
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Im not going to make any comment...apart from saying it was a good turn out
(he's a big lad & with a stare like that I wouldn't want to upset him!)
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The radiator was obviously on full blast
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well...... at least your not just sitting at home in front of the telly.....!!!

Tree of the Month- November


This months ToTM was Les's beautiful little Trident Maple -and it was selected by Doug.
Picture courtesy of our new photographer in chief -Jim.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Burrs Chat 09

For all the chat and a review of last weekends event follow the link below.
-Looks like I missed another good one.......sigh
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http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/bonsai-f1/burrs-2009-t1683.htm

Monday, 2 November 2009

November Meeting- Ian Warhurst

This months meeting will unfortunately not feature Terry Foster as previously detailed -due to his educational commitments (fancy taking exams at his time in life!!!)
Stepping into the breach is Ian who, I believe will be talking about the removal of straight trunks or branches by 'splitting & bending'.
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Bonsai Site of the Month- November




This months site is an interesting blog created by a Slovakian exponent of the art- Erik Krizovensky. Short but sweet (the site.... not Erik)

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

New official photographer


As announced at this months meeting Brian has resigned as Wirral bonsai's official photographer, due to outside pressures and 'a wish to spend more time with his family'. (or was it due to his rejected expense claims for the duck pond ornaments & the maid 'services' for his Swiss chalet?)

I would like to thank Brain for his unstinting work & input during his tenure.

Taking his place is Jim 'the Lad' and I look forward to working with him on demonstrating to the world what our club gets up to (not to mention the depths of our depravity!!)
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Iain

Friday, 16 October 2009

October meeting -Workshop

Chairman Les with his monster Fuchsia-it's going to be fabulous!!
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My Fuchsia (I used to think it was a bigun, till I saw Les's!!!!.......steady... don't be making up your own jokes!!!!) plus my 'healthy' Yew..... that's in need of a new pot.
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Ian in deep discussion with a new(ish?) member.
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......... can you see it yet???
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Tree of the Month- October

This months ToTM was chosen as being this Cotoneaster, owned by Dena.
The comment made at selection was it shows great promise, despite needing some work.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Site of interest-Olivier Barreau


As I'm away in France, I thought a link to something regional might be of interest-that of Olivier Barreau.
I hope to get the opportunity to meet this talented young man in the near future!

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He is defiantly skilled in the training of Buxus- a species I'm now coming to appreciate.