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.

Monday, 13 December 2010

December meeting-Christmas Social

The usual excellent spread....
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This year Santa will mainly be wearing black..
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"we wish you a merry (?) Christmas.......
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......and a happy new year."




Once again the food was great and the Ladies deserve a mention for there hard work, and laying out all the food plus cleaning up after everyone had enough to eat. Also Bill and Doug and Mrs Mudd stepped into the hot seat with organising the raffle and prizes Bill did his best to make sure everyone got a prize in his usual manner.

Jim the Lad

Tree of the Month- December

This month's ToTM- owned by somebody called Rafa C. Lub!!
(sounds Spanish to me.)

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Bonsai Site of the Month -December

This months site is one put forward by Jim the lad (thanks Jim.... need all the help I can get tracking down new and interesting web sites -Big hint to anybody reading this!!!)

ofbonsai is run by Paul Stokes, who has replaced Knowledge of Bonsai with this site following encountering 'issues' with KoB.

Monday, 15 November 2010

November ToTM (Not)




No tree of the month was chosen this month but here's a few that were on display, to make up for the lack of pictures showing what the club is actually about......trees!!

Friday, 12 November 2010

WBS Merchandising

Club members provide details for trees that are to be highlighted in a possible publication that will include 'significant' trees belonging to WBS members .
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Ian shows off the new club T shirt......
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.......and does a brisk trade for orders.....mainly XXXL ?
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November Meeting-Winter prep.

A nice full house for Dave's talk.
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Some of the items put forward for use in tree care.
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Dave's attempts to think like a tree are getting a little worrying if you ask me!!
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Mark seems to be doing a roaring trade in fleece covers- was Dave getting a cut of the profits?
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This months meeting featured Dave Y who gave ( I believe) a very informative and thought provoking talk on winter preparation for your trees.

As Jim the Lad suggests "one of the best I have heard at the club since I have been there"

-praise indeed.

"Dave chatted about how important it was to look after our trees and used items to show the members what he uses or suggests for keeping his trees healthy during winter months, including polystyrene boxes, using a Fleeze or Warming jackets,making boxes and what to put inside the box to put the trees on and covering them up and what to use for cleaning the trees. Also the importance of the Dormancy period for the trees and explaining that some trees don't have one, The use of Greenhouses, Garages and different ways to keep water from freezing up in the Bonsai pot."

Jim the Lad

Friday, 5 November 2010

Dougie's Box Graphic

For those who saw the stencil at the last meeting, here's Doug's 1st use of it!!
Looks good to me.
Plus I believe Doug's open to applying it to boxes anybody already has, so that you look 'complete', when entering your next show venue.

A link to Doug's site is below.
http://www.dougmuddbonsaitables.com/index.html

Thursday, 4 November 2010

November Site of the Month



This months site ( see link below ) is a new(ish) online bonsai community that purports to be a 'place to make friends, ask for advice, share the beauty of your own Bonsai collection, offer your own expertise,learn from our reference library and each other.'

I notice Jim the Lad has already found it!


http://www.bonsaibasho.com/

Monday, 18 October 2010

September Meeting- Workshop -Trees

Pine
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Olive
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Privet?
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Common Juniper

September Meeting- Workshop

Ian pays homage to a large privet (?)
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Busy, busy,busy.... refining a nice piece of garden yamadori.
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Design by committee?.....can be dangerous!
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You haven't seen me ......right?

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Ceramic Workshop


Another item mentioned last night was the VoCB ceramics workshop- follow the link below for Kev Baileys photo gallery of the day.

http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/kevbailey111/20101010?feat=blogger#

How many familiar faces can you spot??

Bonsai Autumn 2010 Show



As mentioned by Ian last night find the link to the IBC discussion below

http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/bonsai-f1/bonsai-autumn-2010-t4439.htm

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

October SoTM

This months site is actually one that been visited before but for anybody that has missed Grahams videos or not caught up with his latest additions, below is a link to one of 30 videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72-glgsc0HA&feature=related

Interesting......


Friday, 10 September 2010

Wirral bonsai Show 2010- certificates of merit 2

Andy's accents...
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.. with Andy recieving his certificate from the Judges Peter Warren and John Armitage
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Last but not least Mark K with his English Yew.

Apologies for the delay in getting the pics up, my internet access went down while in France!!

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Wirral bonsai Show 2010- certificates of merit 1












Trees receiving -Certificate Of Merit

Les S -Shohin Display


Iain Q -Buxus


Sean D -Larch


Best Tree Voted By The Public and winner of the Dave Mitchell trophy was

Ken's -Landscape of Larches

with the trophy presented by Dave Mitchell's family

Wirral Bonsai Show 2010-Award winners





Best In Show -Dave Y
Best Evergreen -Lee K
Best Deciduous -Steve H
Best Chohin -Ian W
Best Shohin -Doug M

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Wirral Bonsai Show 2010 -set up

Anybody in there??
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Its my mechano kit..... and I say it goes this way......
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A bit of 'shadow theatre' to help entertain the troups!!!
...bottom rights a bit sinister???
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Nearly there...
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Thanks to to Jim 'the Lad' for the photos.