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).
9th January- AGM
13th February-Swindon Show prep
24th Feb -Gordale Workshop
3rd March -Gordale Workshop -Steve Tolley
13th March - Members Tree Critique Club show prep
10th April- Tony Tickle/Terry Foster -Fine wiring and ramification
28th April -Gordale Workshop
9th May-Peter Warren Subject TBC
26th May Gordale Workshop
12th June-John Moffat-Great trees of the Wirral
30th June -Gordale Workshop
10th July- Simon Jones-Subject TBC
28th July -Gordale Workshop
14th August- Club Show Tree selection
25th August -Gordale Workshop
21st-22nd September -Club show -Gordale
11th September-Post show talk- New Member Introduction
29th September-Gordale Workshop
9th October- TBC
27th October -Gordale Workshop
14th November- John Armitage- Japanese Exploits
24th November -Gordale Workshop
11th 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.