Friday, 22 May 2009

Grafting Refresher by John Armitage -prt2

......and again!
A slot is made just narrower than the width of the whip.
Two sides of the whip are de-barked. It is critical the fit is perfect.

Once in, the union is bound with rubber and heavy wire.


John Armitage.

Cheers John, thanks for the refresher.


Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Grafting Refresher by John Armitage -prt1

The position of the new branch/foliage is discussed.
The whips are selected according to their position.
Its best to take your time and get it right first time.
Checking again .......


After my talk on the grafting techniques that were used at the nursery where I studied in Japan, I thought that it was probably too much information to take in one go. So, to refresh your memories and to cover the key points again, I thought that I would write something for your blog.

Generally we used the approach graft. This proves to be the most reliable method.
The purpose for which is usually:
1. To replace undesirable types foliage.
2. To grow branches in better positions.
3. To improve roots.
4. To alter the height/size of the bonsai.
5. To make the design of the bonsai sustainable.
6. To make multiple bonsai from one piece of material.
7. To make use of difficult albeit character full material.

It would be a waste of time to use these techniques on material that has little character or interest other for the sake of practice.

In order for the graft to be successful the key points to remember are:

Use very sharp tools
Do not forget to water and feed the “whip”. It’s easily missed.
Do not imbed the whip too deeply nor to high in the base tree. Ideally they should be flush with each other.
In order for the graft to take as quickly as possible, the match between cambium layers should be precise and performed with a very sharp knife.
The longer the contact area the stronger the resulting graft with be.
The whip should be fully immobilised. If it moves, it won’t take.
Don’t be in a hurry to remove the bindings. Leave them for as long as you can bear to.
In the case of grafting whips to make new roots. After one year, construct a polystyrene box around them to encourage growth and new roots direct from the trunk.

I hope that this and my talk encourage you to give it a go.

John Armitage

Monday, 18 May 2009

May Meeting- Speaker -John Armitage

Ian introducing Johns interesting talk - the 1st half based on his latest trip to the bonsai school held at Nobuichi Urushibata sans Taisho En nursery in Shizuoka, the 2nd half highlighting the issue of grafting.
John (I thought he would be taller!!!??) discusses possible grafting on a Blackthorn owned by Lee......
......and the tree in question!
Plus a picture of a lovely maple brought along to the meeting .

Hopefully more words and pictures on Johns talk can be posted soon following 'electronic' input from John himself.

Tree of the Month- May

This months Tree of the month as chosen by John Armitage was "yours truly's" English Elm.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Convention EDG 2009 Carcassonne

Further to the posts on French Bonsai, below is a comment from Duncan H (of Willowbog and BSA fame) with some links he provided that are well worth highlighting.

Hi Iain - great photos.
I managed to visit the EDG show in Carcassonne on Saturday whilst visting my family who live nearby - a really very good show with the vast majority of the trees in exhibition from yamadori origin. Fran├žois Gau's Buxus are something else - absolutely fantastic.
Olivier Barreau & many others had really top trees on show. Well worth the visit. I met up with Mike Andrews & Bryan Albright - also caught-up with John Pitt & his wife. Lots of good ceramics and material for sale - mix of local yamadori & Japanese stuff mostlyI took a few photos and will be writing a report for Willowbog's Bonsai Chat at the end of the month.
There are images to view from the French Bonsai forum:

Cheers Duncan!

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Donzac 2009 prt 2

A very large pine.
Myrtle (I think?) personally, not sure of the pot though.....
- Tilia -with a very unusual accent... its a Bakerlite electrical switch with wire attached.... burnt into a wooden plinth!!!! ......these French, eh....
A nice yew.
Apparently there was also a very big show in Carcassonne last weekend but I had to fly home on Friday to do the work thing!!!!
(I believe John Pitt was there too!)

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Bonsai in France -Donzac 09

The club poster-spotted in a local shop!!
A pine atop an interesting table.
What do you think Doug??
Olivier Barreau's very nice Box-my personal best in show.

Plus Olivier's demo tree
By way of an insight into your's truely 'on tour', please find above some pictures of a French regional bonsai show I visited on Sunday- The Bonsai Club Gersois.
The members were friendly and the weekend included trade displays and items from Mistral bonsai from Spain!
More to follow...... if I can find the pictures!


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


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.