Getting ready for our annual show is again is the main purpose of our May meeting. An evening when members bring in a selection of trees for the Club to chose a selection from and to clean and preen them for the display.
Adrian was quite precise over the things to look out for when preparing our exhibits and made it quite clear that it is not to be just a show of fine specimen trees the Club is looking for but an across the board selection. To include mature specimen trees right through to beginners first time exhibits in order to show the visitors that there is a place for every one within our group not just those with either many years of experience behind them or a need for a deep pockets to help build a collection.
Jon as ever was on hand either giving a running commentary on what he was doing himself or giving newer members a help with their trees. We very lucky to have Jon, a professional forester as a member, as he comunicates the art of bonsai so well he really should have a YouTube channel of his own I.
Tony was carefully titivating his lovely scarlet
Whilst Roger was helping Dave with his traditional
TREE of the MONTH COMPETITION
It was a tie in the member’s ballot between Roger’s Trident Maple and Tony’s Scarlet Hawthorn.
Again a tie, this time between Geoff’s Larch and Jon’s Stewartia
M.C’s little Berberis which if to be displayed in the show would illustrate what could be done for a few pounds from nursery stock ,one which actually came from Willowbrook Garden Centre near Wellington where we hold our show.
FIRST Equal again
Was Sara’s Euonymus Group and Richard M’s Larch
Dave’s Berberis, I believe this was a tree that had started it’s bonsai life at one of our Club’s day long workshop sessions run by Adrian and Roger. Days which a number of members have benefited from .Days where we must also thank our hosts Andy and Howard for the hospitality with their homemade soups and home baked bread, no wonder they are popular events.
Our Critique Judge differed somewhat from the members votes in his precise report and was full of praise for Jon’s Stewartia, remarks which can be seen on this months Critique Sheet for May
I must apologise for not taking a better photo, using the back screen, of our judge Adrian’s magnificent Acer Deshojo, it is just as well Ade is not permitted to enter the monthly competition.
Sorry Adrian I meant to go back and take another photo but obviously had another senior moment. Nice tree pot combination I’d say by the way if I was a judge. 🙂
New Faces– we also had two new visitors to our club, Sam and Michelle who look like becoming regular members, welcome to our group of folk who are potty about small trees, see you at our show next.
RHS Malvern Spring Festival
May 11th/12th/13th and 14th
John Trott, our Club President is exhibiting again at Malvern this year and it is his first ever display which consists of only flowering bonsai. Looks pretty good John, your usual high standard and best wishes for another Gold at Chelsea this year to add to your collection.
Don’t forget to tell your friends and fellow bonsai enthusiasts about our show later this month.