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 March 2009

Tree Collecting

Who said you cant find yamadori these days, you just have to walk down the road......!!
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'High on a hill was a lonely goatherd,
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo'
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You've not seen me........right!
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'Men on a road with a load to tote heard,
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo'
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One for the garden
(Trying hard to think of a clean joke about what it looks like..........but cant!)
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Trip to Snowdonia.
Where we collected mostly Larch, which we were able to just pull up with hardly any effort and very little digging involved.
It was a quarry area so they were growing mainly in slate & came away easily.
A few Oak, Silver Birch & the odd Juniper, as you can see Jean had to have a pine that was growing on the side of the mountain- when we got it down it was decided to make a 'garden' bonsai of it!!
Participants-

Dave B, Dave Y, Sean, Jean, Mark K, Arthur & Brian

Words and pictures by Brian M Productions.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

15 minutes of fame


Hello All

Dave Y will be on Calon radio tomorrow at 12.30, they would welcome some questions to do with Bonsai, they will only put to Dave questions sent by e-mail and the address is,
info@calonfm.com
Their web site, for anyone interested,
http://www.calonfm.com/
Where you can hear it live if you can't get it on radio.
Their phone No is 01978 293393 should you need to know anymore.

Brian

Thursday, 19 March 2009

'Blogging' all over the world

Double click to enlarge

Above are today's last ten hits on the blog-

The word is spreading or alternatively its a small world!!

BSA 09 -Willowbog review




For the official run down of the show and pictures follow the link below:

Monday, 16 March 2009

Wabi Sabi explored


on BBC 4 tonight


British novelist Marcel Theroux is fascinated by Wabi Sabi, a theory of Japanese aesthetics in which imperfection and transience are the touchstone of beauty.
The Japanese say that if you can understand Wabi Sabi, you will understand Japan and the Japanese. Yet at the same time they have immense difficulty in explaining the concept themselves, so Marcel travels across Japan, from Tokyo to Kyoto and then on to the mountains of Fukui, trying to unravel the meaning of this baffling concept that is at the heart of what makes the Japanese tick.
It is a challenging, funny and ultimately moving journey that starts under the bright neon lights and craziness of Tokyo and ends in an austere Zen Temple in the snowy foothills of Japan's eastern mountains.



Friday, 13 March 2009

March Meeting- Speaker -Peter Warren

'A good crowd waits to be entertained......'

A short back and sides- anything for the weekend sir......??!!!!
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... a post trim adjustment to the foliage & voilĂ .
(the french lessons are paying off......not!)
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Peter(s) & Lee review a Juniper.

(Weren't they a group in the 70's?)
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'Peter Warrens workshop on repotting, showed us how to disentangle the roots by using a chopstick and a gentle touch, (better still, he tells us, is by using a jet of water ) and trimming them back to a reasonable length, ensuring the centre of the pad is clear of roots.
Potting up with the correct mix of soil, whatever is suited to the tree you are potting, and careful pruning of the branches.
A most interesting demonstration on one of Les's maples. '

Brian

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Club Willowbog results

Ians privet
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Message from Chairman Les,

"Just to let you know, Ian W got first place for his privet in the broadleaf chuhin section, awards of merit were won by Doug for his potentilla in shohin deciduous, Bill G for his willow and me (Les S) for shohin conifer with my yew.

So not bad for the club.

Les"


Congratulations one and all
Iain