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).
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
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.
Below are pictures of the restyling of a wonderful Willow undertaken by Simon. Plus one of the reason I couldnt make it (again!) Iain
"Simon started by cutting off what was not required, dead branches etc. then went on to a more dramatic approach of diverting the course of the sap. Where he didn't want the sap to flow he cut away the bark back to the wood, this, he hopes will force the sap to flow on the opposite side of the cut. Drastic measures indeed, I guess the tree has two chances.......!!
The before- sporting beautiful Plasticine 'fruit' used to weigh the branches down. -
Simon and tree, following 'fruit' removal.
(The trees,... not Simon's ....wouldn't want to start any rumours-
though I did notice the locks arent as flowing as they used to be, but there again...who am I to talk!!) -
The Wirral club can be a tough audience!!!!
(the knife showing where the branch is to be cut off) -
The end result (or very nearly)
My 'Shohin' that needed some company on Wednesday!! (....there you go Dina, picture as promised.)
This months site is actually an item available from the site of Antoni Payeras and Bonsai Menorca.
Not something that everyone will find interesting or useful but what the heck!!
This is an application created in MS Access to help you to control your bonsai collection. They suggest it is specially useful for anybody with medium to big collections. There are two versions, the “Light” which has nearly all the aspects that you need to control your collection and the the “Full” which has an element that helps you evaluate your Bonsai trees.