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.

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Peter Warren workshop

Enhancing the curves of a stocky beech
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Dave M seems keen to 'take it all in'
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My 'littleun' during a flying visit trys to make off with a tool bag......ah well.... next time!!!
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Peter and Kev Bailey look for possibilities
(must have been a heavy session the night before!!)
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Peter working on Dave Y's RoR Maple.
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A little late, but better late than.......etc........
Picture above are of the March workshop with Peter Warren.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Utube BoBB


Follow the link below for a video tour of the show courtesy of Dragon Bonsai


Garden Tours -Removal of Inverse Taper 2

The do or die moment-splitting the trunk!
(note the cable ties to try and limit the extent of the split)
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The tree with fatter base & nebari splayed wider.

Detail of the split area & the wedges used.
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(Not sure where the tree goes from here, I feel sure the wedges will have to be removed at some point!
Maybe Dave or Simon can leave a comment to explain?)

Garden Tours -Removal of Inverse Taper 1

The tree (Needle Juniper?) before work started.
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Simon, Dave Y and Ian Stewardson review the work in progress.
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Simon prepares the roots for the next stage-trunk splitting!!!!
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Above and to follow are a small collection of picture taken by Brian during a workshop by Simon Temblett @ Dave Y's gaff. The main work I believe was undertaken to try and remove some inverse taper evident in the tree.

This I hope will be the start of a series of posts covering members gardens and the work undertaken in them.

So watch this space!!

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Rest of the Best of British Bonsai

Dougie with his best trader hat on.
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Tony Tickle......walking the show

They both seem to be enjoying something!!!!!


....still walking
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Lee...... nobody will notice if I just check the Liverpool score?

April Meeting- Andy's accents

A sight not seen often this far south- a Scot with their purse out.
A warm welcome to Fiona.
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Andy and Dave Y tackle a small issue (aren't they all??!!??)
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A veritable smorgasbord.
The membership take advantage of Andy's kind offer of 'take what you will find useful'



For those of unlucky enought to not be able to attend the spectacular event that was The Best of British Bonsai Show, Click the links below for the IBC's discussions on this weekends show including pictures of the event and people involved. It was a stunning event with some fantastic trees on show.



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On a personal note thanks to the lads of Dragon Bonsai (Gez, Brian, Colin et al) for the hospitality and good cheer during my lift to Birmingham.
True 'brothers in Bonsai.'

Friday, 3 April 2009

Bonsai Site of the Month -April




In honour of the up and coming best of british Bonsai show/awards,
below is a link to one of the demonstraters - Serge Clemence.