A Winter Workshop Evening
Tony contemplating his Crab Apple
Tony is a dedicated member of our band of bonsai brothers who travels a fair distance to attend our meetings and I think this photo illustrates the pleasure and satisfaction we derive from tending our little trees.
The January evening was a hive of activity as members started to prepare trees for the coming spring and re-potting, indeed it as been so mild of late trees are showing signs of life already. Tony was just tidying up his Crab Apple and had marked out the trunk ready to hollow part of it out and was getting rid of some parallel, crowded growth and dead twigs.
Adam a recently joined member had brought in a Japanese White Pine that he had invested in last year and was looking for some tips from the old hands at the club as to what to do next. It will be interesting to see this tree in a couple of years when Adam has put his stamp on it.
Meanwhile Richard P was busy cutting away with deep concentration.
Adam then took time from his Pine to watch some of the ‘Old Hands’ Howard and Roger offering their opinions on a handsome Hawthorn that Ade has brought in for us all to admire and pass judgement on whilst Dave peeped over to see what they were all going on about.
A branch off here, a branch off there, or should we tilt it the other way ? It was now getting really serious as Club President John Trott our proud winner of many Golds at Chelsea RHS, joined in the deliberations.
Is Adrian looking a little nervous? I know last time he brought in a mature specimen that after John’s input it went home a very differently shaped tree from the one he brought in, after treatment that would have put many a member into deep shock.
I think by now though we know that the combined knowledge of those two usually will result in something pretty impressive.
Stop Press added after publication
Having spoken to Adrian to recall that evening he has supplied a recent photo of the tree mentioned, which was his Chantilly Pine, so here are the before and after photos that are the result of that evening’s work.
It was very encouraging to welcome Max, a young visitor to the Club, who seemed to be watching Tony very carefully as he explained what his plans were going to be for his next tree of the evening.
Just for the sake of keeping the Club archives up to date there was a presentation made on the night to the old codger who looks after the website and knocks it together every month. It was a splendid pot for a cascade tree he has that has always been criticised by our judge as being in the wrong pot every time he sees it. No excuses now, thanks everyone, very touched..
TREE of the MONTH COMPETITION
FIRST Dave’s Hawthorn
Second Richard M’s Azalea
This particular Yamadori was found in the wild by a member who is a professional qualified forester and nurtured there for some years before being removed and trained more seriously.
Yamadori= Japanese for Tree collected from the wild.
Richard P’s Hornbeam
Tony’s Oak and M.C.’s Hawthorn
Adrian’s usual highly detailed critique of the trees may be found via this link and even if one did not enter his comments are always full of tips and suggestions that most of us can benefit from ToTM critique sheet January 2018
April Meeting 11th April
Dan Butler a talented young potter from Wales is coming to talk to the members, show us his wares and hopefully demonstrate some of the secrets of his craft, further details to follow. Dan specialises in some very attractive slab pots so it’s time now to save up for the evening.
WEST COUNTRY BONSAI NEWS
Swindon Winter Show Sunday 25th February details at
Swindon Winter Image Show
Our own Taunton & Somerset Bonsai Club Show
May 26/27/28 at Willowbrook Garden Centre nr Wellington
Exmouth Bonsai Show 10th June
Bonsai in the Park Sept 9th at Lupton House Brixham
South Devon Bonsai Society
FURTHER BONSAI NEWS
Should you be new to bonsai as some readers of this website are here is a warning of something to avoid.
On E Bay and some other sites you may come across offers of seeds for trees such as a ‘Blue Japanese Maple Bonsai Tree’ with leaves of the most extraordinary colour of blue.
NO SUCH TREES EXIST it is a scam achieved with Photoshop trickery
Firstly ‘Bonsai Seeds’ there is no such thing, we grow our bonsai with love and care from natural tree varieties, there is no Bonsai Tree as such.
Secondly You can see that the photos above are actually the same tree altered to different colours by computer photo software. I know who owned that tree in real life it was a reddish leaved tree but never pink or bright blue and all the time he owned it-and it NEVER HAD SEEDS.
It seems cruel to me to market such a fraud, it has been reported by various enthusiasts to Ebay and trading Standards but little seems to have been done to prevent it continuing. What really annoys me is that these seeds, which are sold in great numbers, are probably purchased by people just starting out to discover bonsai and in many cases for young children as a starter and introduction to a hobby. The pathway to bonsai should be a straight and honest one not a crooked one. Editors opinion.
Next Meeting February 14th Re-potting Workshop
Tree of the Month – Group Planting