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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, 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/