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.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

August meeting Show Tree selection

Hi Everyone This is the time of year that we have a few nervous Members among our Society,for at our meeting on the 8th August it was a Club Show Tree Selection for our Members Annual Bonsai and Accent Plants Show which is held at The Award Winning Gordales Garden Center here in the Wirral

Ian W.our man in the Hot seat as chairman he opened the meeting and was more than pleased with the efforts of the Members that had made, as they stood up to the plate and brought in over 30 Bonsai Trees and Accent Plants

There was a Great attendance with 28 members and a few visitors which is always delightful to see, plus to have a Distinguished Bonsai Artist Simon Temblett and a few Enthusiastic Bonsai Members Mr Chris Ryding  Show Manager and Member of the National Bonsai Society also Mr Dave Y from Vale of Clwyd Bonsai Society

As the evening went on Ian W. along with Andy H and Tony F had the difficult task of selecting the Bonsai Trees Required for our Members Annual Bonsai and Accent Plants Show held on the 1st/2nd September at the GGC

The selection process was difficult and Ian W. Expressed the thoughts of the Selection Panel on how difficult it was and even although a Members Tree was not selected this time with a little more work on some cases there is no reason why these Trees will Not be selected in the future so encouraged everyone to keep doing thier best to produce more outstanding Bonsai Trees for Annual Shows for W-B-S

Some 20 Bonsai Trees such as a Juniper Cascade,White Pine,2x Hawthorns,Olive,Pine,Deshojo,Larch,Privet,Yew,Escalllonia,

Honki Raft,3x Chinese Elms,Juniper Group,Azalea,Juniper Small Deshojo and a Hornbeam plus many Shohin Trees

So now its up to Members whose tree or trees were chosen to do the finishing touches in time for the show 

W-B-S would be extremely grateful to have your presence at this event and as an Added Bonus there is the Northwest Heat for the 2013 EUROPEAN BONSAI ASSOCIATION NEW TALENT COMPETION 

So this is a must for everyone to see some Fabulous Bonsai Trees and Accent Plants from Local Talented Members of Wirral Bonsai Society 

Many thanks for browsing our Blog and feel free to leave any comments and we all hope you enjoy what we are ALL doing to promote the Art and Skill Of Bonsai Craft here in the the Wirral and Northwest

Take care and look after all your Bonsai Trees

Jim thelad

Thursday, 9 August 2012

July 2012 Workshop at gordales

Hi Everyone

Trust you are all well and thank-you for reading our exploits and looking at the images of this months Last Sunday of the Month July Workshop held at the GGC.( Gordale's Award Winning Garden Center)
Present for to-days get together were Arthur,Andy, Bill,Tom,Doug,Tony, Ian and Brian and we had a good selection of over 20 Bonsai Trees available to work on from Various Pines and Junipers,Various Maples,Chinese Elms, Triple Trunk Hornbeam, Large Privet and Pontentilla's
With the Summer season in full swing and many other Major Events happening around and up and down  the Country or even on the Television we did not expect a Large turnout and found as the day went on It was an extremely quiet day but on saying that it was great that some members of the public stopped at our workshop tables to ask questions or just to have a chat which everyone was pleased with as gave our talented members a chance to help,advise or even explain what and why we Love and Keep Bonsai Trees in Small Pots.  Once again it was good to see a gentleman back again who has paid out tables a few visit in the past with Tom assisting with his Bonsai Tree..During the course of the day we were delighted that Mrs Nicholson took time from her busy schedule to stop by at our tables for a chat with a few members And on that note we all would like to thank ALL THE STAFF at The GGC for allowing W-B-S to hold its extremely valuable Workshop Sundays

Until the next time take care and look after all your Bonsai Trees

More images of the Sunday Workshop can be seen at
http://www.facebook.com/theweelad

Jim thelad

 The sign says it all....
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 ...more tea vicar?
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Fully refreshed Tony does his best Peter Adams impression
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 'Ill just try that technique myself ....while nobody's looking' 
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 Isle one Zelkova...
isle two Beech
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..a peculiarly Scottish feeding technique!