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2018  40th Anniversary year


Honorary President - Peter Chan

Keith’s Monthly Newsletter





Chairman Tips.



 I think we are all agreed that Malcolm gave us an interesting and informative talk last month. One or two members mentioned it was a lot to remember and felt they should have made notes, so I thought I would jot down some of the main points.

Normally, when repotting you should remove one third of old roots, but as Malcolm pointed out, on a lot of trees collected or from garden centres, sometimes there is only one main root, so proceed with caution in removing this root. Only take off the main root if there are small feeder roots further up. This may take 3 or 4 repots before you are able to remove the main root.

When pines are either collected or bought in garden centres, they invariably have long branches with little or no twig structure. During the spring the tree grows candles. Starting at the bottom of the tree, or at the weaker, lower branches, pluck out 50% of the candle with your fingers, holding the bottom with one hand to stop it from breaking off. (Leave all obviously weak buds alone. If the branch has only weak buds wait until they have swollen. If this has not occurred by early summer or late spring, then get to work on the other branches). A week later, pluck the next layer of branches in the same way, and thus work your way up to the, by now, vigorous top area. The smaller second bud will soon grow and again using both hands, hold the base of the bud and pluck out 50% of the second bud. The reason for bud-plucking Scots Pines and all two-needle Pines is that the stronger growth is at the top of the tree, and if you started to pluck there, all of the trees energy would be directed to that point to repair the damage. This would divert energy from the weaker areas, which could result in eventual growth loss within these areas. However, the reverse is necessary when pruning five-needle Pines. In this case, you start at the top, instead of the bottom, because the tree is less likely to abort its weaker, lower branches. The important thing to look out for is the formation of twin buds. Pluck out the longer bud and wait until the smaller bud has grown longer than the plucked bud. Then remove the first bud and reduce the new bud by half, following the same weekly regime. As long as the tree is healthy, never leave more than two buds on any growth point. The tree will then develop new buds along the branches.

After new buds have developed, keep the leader bud at the end of that branch short or the sap will bypass the new bud to feed the strongest bud. You can remove the entire leader bud if you have strong back buds, but be very careful if these buds are weak, or you will lose the entire branch or twig. During spring you can then continue to pluck out all of the centre buds on the branches whose length you are happy with. This in turn develops fine twigs.

Be sure to water the pine well between plucking as you are hoping for vigorous growth. If you withhold water at this crucial time, you will reduce the needles, but at the expense of ramifications. Never reduce the needles until you have structure, as the tree will not have sufficient ability to photosynthesise or develop its root structure, so have patience.


Robert.
























Malcolm working on Pines

 Solent Bonsai Society

40th Anniversary Year 1978 - 2018

Honorary President Peter Chan




 Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.


The next Meeting, on 26th October Talk by Our Chairman Robert

The Talk will be on complementary accents such as figurines, animals, insects, bronzes, stones, etc., in fact anything that will enhance a Bonsai or Bonsai display excluding plants (unless they are necessary for the accent) . There will be displays by members of many types of accent that can be used with bonsai. So please bring along your figurines, animals, insects, bronzes, stones, etc., to add to the displays or you can create your own display.


Next month’s meeting, on 30th November is our AGM followed by Jackie’s Party nibbles

 


 

                                           


Shows in 2018

The Heathrow Bonsai Show 21st October 2018

Solent’s last bonsai show of the year is The Heathrow Bonsai Show on 21st October 2018,

it is held at:-

The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB

The show open to public 1000-1600, Entrance fees are, adults £3, children under 12 go Free.

This is an excellent show and well worth attending, there are 36 clubs exhibiting bonsai and viewing stones, 35 traders, 6 Speakers including Robert, Paul Eslinger, Malcolm Driffield. All Day Refreshments available. More information can be found at www.heathrowbonsai.weebley.com




Shows in 2019

Swindon Winter Image Show 24th February 2019

Solent Bonsai Society will be showing at the 2019 Swindon Winter Image show on 24th February 2019, it is one of the best shows of the year at:-

Grange Leisure Centre, Grange Drive, Stratton St. Margaret, Swindon, Wiltshire. SN3 4JY

It is open from 10am to 4pm. It is a good opportunity to buy those elusive pots, trees etc. as there are many traders at the show. More information can be found on their website www.swindon-bonsai.co.uk.


Sutton Bonsai Club Show 23th & 24th March 2019 Saturday & Sunday

Wisley Gardens, Wisley Lane, Wisley, Surrey. GU23 6QB

You pay £12.60 adult, children £6.30, to enter Wisley gardens and the Bonsai Show is free to enter.


Expo Bonsai UK 7th April 2019

Expo Bonsai UK 7th April 2019 at:-

The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB

The show open to public 1000-1600, Admission £5. The event will consist of a display of approximately 100 show quality trees along with support from a number of well known bonsai traders.

Further details to follow. If you are interested in submitting a tree for consideration please contact ebuk@gmail.com . for more details see the website www.expobonsaiuk.weebly.com.


Wessex Bonsai Show 5th May 2019

Solent have been invited to show at the Wessex Bonsai Show on Sunday 5th May 2019 it is held at the Kinson Community Centre, Pelhams Park, Millais Road, Kinson, Bournemouth. BH10 7LH

The show starts at 10:30am to 5pm, the entrance fee is £3.50, Solent Bonsai Society will be represented plus numerous other societies and traders, it should be a very good show and worth the trip to Bournemouth. Wessex , Eastleigh and Solent will also be taking part in the Bellinger trophy which is held yearly between the clubs.


Eastbourne & Wealdon Show 26th May 2019

Solent will be exhibiting at the Eastbourne & Wealdon Bonsai Club show

on Sunday 26th May 2019

it is held at:- Herstmonceux Village Hall, Hails ham Road, Herstmonceux. BN27 4JX

Admission: £2.50 1000-1600.hrs

Details can be found at the following Internet site www.eandwbonsaiclub.co.uk


Chichester Bonsai Club Show 6th & 7th July 2019

Solent will be exhibiting, 6th & 7th July 2019 at Manor Nursery, Pagham Road, Runcron, Chichester. PO20 1LJ

Free Admission 1000-1700.hrs Saturday, 1000-1500.hrs Sunday

Great Sunday lunch (you have to book).

This is a great show and is a good opportunity to show your trees as there is a very large display area for each club. If you would like to show a tree/trees please let Rob or I know, have a go.


28th July 2019 Sunday Staverton Bonsai Table Top Sale

There is a bonsai car boot sale on 28th July 2019 at Staverton Club the address is

39 Staverton, Trowbridge, Wiltshire. BA14 6PA which will have many trees, pots, etc for sale.


Community Woodfair Show on Saturday tbd? September 2019

Solent and Eastleigh Bonsai Society's have been invited to bring some indigenous bonsai to the show.

The show is not a bonsai show but a show that promotes woodcrafts etc. and should be worth a visit in September, it is held at:- Zionshill Copse, Local nature reserve, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh. SO53 4SJ


The Heathrow Bonsai Show 20st October 2019

Solent’s last bonsai show of the year is The Heathrow Bonsai Show on 20st October 2019,

it is held at:-

The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB

The show open to public 1000-1600, Entrance fees are, adults £3, children under 12 go Free.

This is an excellent show and well worth attending, there are 36 clubs exhibiting bonsai and viewing stones, 35 traders. All Day Refreshments available.

More information can be found at www.heathrowbonsai.weebley.com


Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Monday 12th November 2018, Talk by Lee Verhorevoot. Note:- as many of you know, Lee is a very interesting speaker, he spent many years training in Japan and has a Bonsai nursery in Kent, so take the opportunity to hear a talk from one of the best Bonsai speakers, for more information on Lee go to lvbonsai.co.uk .For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai please ring Robert on 01489894194.

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Thursday 8th November 2018, Talk on Preparation for winter by a Society Member, Questions and Answers

For more information on Chichester Bonsai Club go to www.chichesterbonsai.co.uk

All the clubs in the area support each other. If anyone would like more information on other local clubs please let me know.

Look forward to seeing you all on the 26th October, Talk by Our Chairman

Robert. The Talk will be on complementary accents to enhance a Bonsai or Bonsai display.

So please bring along anything to add to the displays or you can create your own display.




Keith Hartley

Secretary Solent Bonsai Society

www.solentbonsai.co.uk

Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com

Tel: - 02392640985

Mobile: - 07847487435



Secretary's Report



2019 Programme

The Committee has started to plan the programme for 2019.The proposed theme for 2019 will be, following on from the October talk, accents (plants etc.) and displaying Bonsai. It is proposed that there will be a talk by Robert on accent plants for Bonsai in May and in September Robert will give a talk on the art of

displaying Bonsai. There will be the usual auction, workshops and shows. If anyone has any ideas for next years programme, please let Rob or myself know we can always do with new ideas.


Solent Bonsai Society 2019 Preliminary Programme

Tree of the Month

25th January 2019. Club Auction                            Owners Choice

22nd February 2019. Club Winter Show                  No Competition

29th March 2019 Repotting Workshop                    Owners Choice

26th April 2019. Workshop last year’s air layering’s, severed & New Wrap-around.      Owners Choice

31st May 2019. Talk Robert, Accent Plantings         Owners Choice

28th June 2019. Workshop, Pruning/Wiring, Prepare for show     Owners Choice

26th July 2019. Club Summer Show                        No Competition

30th August 2019 Workshop, Pines                         Owners Choice

27th September 2019. Talk by Robert, on the Art of Displaying Bonsai Owners Choice

25th October 2019. Workshop, Winter Preparation     Owners Choice

29th November 2019. A.G.M. & Jackie’s Party nibbles Owners Choice





The Annual General Meeting of the Solent Bonsai Society 30th November 2018

The AGM will be held on Friday 30th November 2018 and as usual all officers and committee posts will be open for election.



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Tree of the Month

August Result

1st.   Enid Jones - Oak Bark Acer

2nd.   Keith Hartley - Blue Cedar

3rd.    Sean Nutbeam - Cotoneaster