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.
Dave runs through his unusual act, revealing how he manages his intricate wiring!!
(is that a bulge in your fleece or are you just...........?)
......going down a storm!
but a little boasting......
On Wednesday evening the 9th on November the Penultimate get-together before the end of the year 2011 we were in double figures again with members and it was hugs and kisses for our ever Young Mary whom we all welcomed back into the fold after her recent hospitalization
It was then up to Chairman Ian W to get session under way and during his opening speech he reminded members that there was a Bonsai Title To Defend at the Well Respected and Popular Swindon and District Bonsai Society Winter Image Show and as part of their 10th Anniversary years celebrations,The Swindon and District Bonsai Society announced that at their Winter Image Show,is to be held on the 19th February 2012,will feature an exciting new exhibit section and the Society had a request from Mr Bob Bailey to our society to participate in this wonderful event so now it up to members to start preparing and selecting their trees which would be available but most of all suitable for such a Prestigious Winter Show Event.
Ian then introduced Dave Y to give his Winter Preparation thoughts and idea's but before Dave got started with his session he informed members that he was taking a BONSAI BREAK OF 12 MONTHS and assured everyone one and like a Famous movie actor Arnold Schwarzenegger once said in his 1984 Science Fiction Thriller Film The Terminator " I'll Be Back* so we all wish Dave a very Pleasant and Resting Break from Bonsai Public Appearances and he knows that the W-B-S will always be here for him and welcome him back enthusiastically should he decide to cut short his Bonsai Break, hopefully he will miss W-B-S as much as everyone will MISS Him.
Right, on with the Dave's Winter Preparation- once again it was a big benefit with helpful and constructive to us all and many of what was said and suggested really made sense so we will NOT lose many Bonsai Trees as last winter and carrying out advice and idea's that Dave presented will take a massive step to prevent that happening and we all will not lose any trees if any during the on-coming Winter.There's a lot to be said for Preparation before hand such as getting rid or Moss,Cleaning the Trunks and branches,tidying the pots,Securing the trees, finding the best Location,checking out various COLD spot in your area or garden ,doing a few Water in a container test. Watching out for Persistent Rainfall over few days, wedging up pots even covering them for short periods with plastic to prevent water logging and roots being freezing The use of Sheds Garages and even a Shaded Greenhouse for many Trees how-ever remember that some trees need to be left out such as Conifers
Not many Bonsai Trees on Display this evening a few Pines including a few Itoigawa's ,Azalea, Privet and a Accent plant and T-o-T-M was The Small Privet selected by Dave Y
All in all it was a great entertaining session with Dave and members enjoying getting involved with various suggestion of their own experience of what happen during past winter preparation with some banter thrown in and extremely useful information given
At the End chairman Ian W and members applauded Dave Y for his enthusiastic and well presented chat and demo and informed Dave that he will be missed and honestly hopes he returns to Bonsai Fold after his Restful break also that Dave as Vice-chairman was the Rock in the Society and THE BEST VICE-CHAIRMAN he has ever had working with him also for all his extremely hard and Valuable Contribution so after many hand shakes and ( not a dry eye in the house ) it was a wonderful evening
So from us ALL DAVE Y at W-B-S take care look after yourself and all your family including all your Bonsai Trees plus pots and keep checking your RED LIGHT just hope no-one takes it the wrong way and knocks on your door and ask's how much!!!!!, also Hope its not to early but have a great Christmas in Tenerife and all the best for everyone within your family for2012
Just a reminder and a note for your schedules the Penultimate or Last Sunday of Month this year 2011 Workshop at the GGC on the 27th of November 2011
Take care and look after each other and all your family and Bonsai Trees
This months ToTM is pictured above, a Privet created by Ian W. - According to Ian -
"The Privet was collected from a garden about 5 years ago cut down to about 12”” then down to 6” its present height and all the deadwood was carved by me and the pot is by Dave Jones of Walsall Ceramics."
A full compliment of members another one doing a 'Tolley'
youve got to be kidding me.....
pleased with the results?
Hard work done?
On Sunday the 30th October 2011 The Penultimate Workshop before the end of the year there were a dozen members in attendance in no particular order Tom , Brian ,Dave Y, Sean D ,Bill G Andy H, Arthur, Steve H, Eddie and Ian W and it was an afternoon well spent at the Wonderful Awarding Winning Gordale'x Garden Center here in Wirral Peninsula
As usual members brought in a variety of Bonsai trees to work on such as a Spruce + Juniper's + Zelkova + Field Maple plus other Maples + Privets
During the day Dave Y, Andy H, Steve H , Eddie, Tom, Ian W and Sean D all interacted with the general public answer and helping them all out with their questions and their own Bonsai Trees that they had brought into the workshop. Sean D made a young ladies day as she was very very interested on how and why Sean was using Bonsai Wire on his Bonsai Tree and Sean spent some time explaining and showing the Lady and her partner how he wired his tree and explained the purpose for it. Andy H was also on hand to assist Two Young Boys and their Father in deciding what would be the best starter Bonsai Tree to purchase and having a reasonable success in keeping that species of tree alive and not having the failure that the Young Lads have had so far, so here's hoping they took Andy's advice and that they become regulars at the workshop from time to time.
We all from W-B-S would like to thank once again Mr and Mrs Nicholson and all their excellent and helpful staff for allowing our society to use the Gordale's Garden Center for our Workshop
It was an excellent day and we all enjoyed working on our bonsai trees and especially helping and working on members of public and we all would like thank them very much for taking time to bring their trees into the workshop and ask for the Bonsai Societies help and advice
Until the next time in November we all look forward to seeing you all again
Take care look after each other and all your Bonsai Trees