This meeting was all bout watering and feeding our bonsai through the growing season.
Firstly we revealed the main prize for the Christmas raffle. A splendid Korean Hornbeam we managed to acquire at a bargain price at the Coventry BTA event.
We then went on to talk about watering. Although it seems to quite a simple topic, it was quickly established that many of the newer members were a bit baffled by the wealth of conflicting advise and opinions when it comes to watering and feeding.
Mike gave a thorough run down on watering, taking into account the stage of development of the tree, the soil composition, pot size, weather conditions, time of year and location.
We then moved on to feeding, covering the essentials like N-P-K values of fertilisers, micro nutrients and the pros and cons of organic versus chemical fertilisers.
Mike again pointed out that feeding regimes are…
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As our monthly meetings only last for about two hours, there is really not enough time to really get stuck into practical work, especially on larger trees. To remedy this we have introduced the Members Workshops some time ago now and they have proved popular ever since.
Not only does it give our members an opportunity to work on their trees while having more experienced member to get help and feedback, it also provides a chance to see how others display their trees and it is a good social occasion to get to know the other members of the club.
Herb and Val kindly offered to host this month’s workshop, so a big THANK YOU to them!
Members who attended were greeted by the sight of a fabulous Japanese style garden, worthy of a Chelsea gold medal.
Despite the weather threatening to throw a spanner in the works, we had…
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We were pleased to welcome David Cheshire as our guest speaker for the evening.
David gave a very informative talk about Mame and Shohin sized bonsai.
He had brought along many fine examples of these small sized bonsai and explained the size classification differences between the two sizes.
David then went on to show examples of trees and shrubs suitable for growing in mame and shohin size.
He kept the talk interactive and at a level that even our newer members and beginners could easily follow.
After the break, David did a short styling demo on a Blaauws Juniper to demonstrate initial wiring and styling on nursery bought stock plants.
Members had brought along their own small size bonsai for the display table and there was a good selection of trees on show.