The President’s Challenge
After the success of last years competition John came up with another challenge for us this year, to create a bonsai related scheme in a miniature supermarket shopping basket.
The Shopping Trip
The outright winner came from Adrian, one of our most strict and bonsai rule observing members, with his take on a shopping trip. Ade was obviously planning a day on the beach in all this sunny weather we have had and a picnic including a pile of Marmite sandwiches, I can see you have a gourmet’s taste then Ade with the herbs to hand as well, an odd mixture but each to his own they say. Think I will stick to cheese and pickle and ham sandwiches and some pork pie.
Many members were away themselves this month or laid low so the number of entries were down this year but included the following.
Di’s Ficus composition was a first time entry from one of our newer members ( Right)
There was a delightful Juniper basket from Tony
which was accompanied with a
narrative supplied by Tony himself.
An oration which from memory I think
included references to Mosside, Rocks
and a complete saga based on the two
minute figures in the basketscape, which
turned a short story into a very long one but was also
entertaining but way beyond my powers
of recall at present.
Howard entered a Hosta basket, which on closer inspection also contained a snake in the grass. I think Howard may have been aided by Andy who when they were challenged over the fact that Howard had removed the red plastic and wired the handles up she had a ready answer.
Andy informed us that in flower arranging circles basket displays must be able to be picked up still by the handle, so we bowed to her greater knowledge on that subject.
Geof had acquired some clinker which he said came from beside the railway line near his home onto which he had grown a Cotoneaster ‘Root over Clinker’. I hope Geoff has now stopped playing by the railway lines as it can be a dangerous game young man and how long is it since the steam trains Geoff in your part of the world? I am sure diesels don’t create clinker.
Last month Adam, another newish member, had travelled from the very West of our area to help Adrian represent our Club at the Salisbury Bonsai Society Show where they came home with a Silver trophy for the Best in the Show display an achievement much appreciated by the club.
On his return Adam had obviously put some thought into his wire basket entry and came up with his oriental Blue Man composition which like Tony’s should have had a recorded story reading to go with it and to explain the symbolism of his design. Even without an accompanying handbook however it was a very pleasing little display.
One of our long standing members Jack W. sadly has severe health problems and is unable to attend to his trees as well as he would like to so Jack has very kindly given them to the Club to be auctioned and any sums given to our Club funds .
Club President John Trott , the man with the gavel, was in charge and soon worked his way through a collection of pots, trays and stands, with eagle eyed treasurer Roger keeping an tally on the sales.
Then it was on to the trees which included this large oak group planting, which though Jack had been unable to deal with it lately will make an impressive group given some work over the next year or so.
A group of Larches on a slab was next followed by another large group, of Hornbeams this time, if only we knew where the auctioneer had disappeared to.
When we found John there was a little while left during which time he showed us how he would tidy up one of the trees that he uses at the shows where he has been doing so well adding to his collection of RHS Gold Medals.
It was a Pepper Tree, in a handsome Dan Barton pot, that John had given a years resting time to restore vigour and we soon saw him snipping it back into shape.
We had a number of new members and visitors at the meeting so the auction, in particular the pots, gave these newcomers a good opportunity to get some bits and pieces to start their new interest off with and at the same time the Club funds benefited to the tune of a very welcome £520 .
Throughout the evening though we were also well aware of the years that Jack had put into his trees and when he had been a regular face at our meeting, so thank you Jack and best wishes from all the members.
After our success at the Salisbury Society Show the Club will be having a display at Bonsai in the Park where Brian, Roger and Ade will be putting on a show for us. I am told that it is a lovely venue and that it’s a good show with a number of traders there as well, so if you can make it could be well worthwhile.
Contact the show team if you have a tree you wish to exhibit, Roger is
taking his van and no doubt the new screens that Howard and Ade made will be put to good use.
Tree of the Month Competition
A Deciduous Tree
When Adrian will be giving a demonstration which should
be of special interest to our new members and those in the earlier stages of their bonsai journey.
Though of course bonsai is a way of life where we are always learning however long we have been at it.