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 February 2009

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

More from this months meeting

Lee's Chinese Juniper (A Tolley acquisition I believe!)
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Lee's (scouse) accent!
(Its an old joke, I know.....)
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Needle Juniper (owner unknown)

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Happy Birthday to 'Blog'


Well done everybody, lets make it another good year.
Iain
(Cant believe its two years of this rubbish....)

Monday, 16 February 2009

Friday, 13 February 2009

Peter Warren workshop

Peter hard at work at a members garden (more on this later!!)
(look closely)

The workshop hosted by Peter Warren is to be held at the Bebington civic centre- room TBC (but probably near to the Marco Workshop) on Saturday the 14th of March.
The room will be open from 9-5pm and the cost will be shared but will probably be based on using the 'Les formula' (turn up and find out.)

February Meeting -Simon Temblett

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.......!!

Brian"


The before- sporting beautiful Plasticine 'fruit' used to weigh the branches down.
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Simon and tree, following 'fruit' removal.
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(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!!)
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The Wirral club can be a tough audience!!!!
(the knife showing where the branch is to be cut off)
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The end result (or very nearly)


My 'Shohin' that needed some company on Wednesday!!
(....there you go Dina, picture as promised.)

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Next up -restyling a Willow with Simon Temblett

Simon deep in study

[image courtesy of Stu from over the border ;) ]
This month sees a welcome return to Simon who will be restyling a willow (not sure if its the wonderful tree that sits on Dougs table??)
Im looking forward to it as I managed to miss his last visit!

Monday, 2 February 2009

Bonsai site of the Month-Bonsai software


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.