We continue to be a little potty!

I too had intended putting something on the web to expand on our last meeting but, like Olly, who has just put on pictures of our May meeting with a little article, I too have been overwhelmed with other matters that have prevented time being made available before now.  Bonsai maintenance can be added into this.  I can become totally absorbed with my trees and time just disappears.  Personally I find tending my little charges rather therapeutic and wish I had more time to do everything that needs doing with such an assorted collection.

However, back to our last Club meeting and yet another busy occasion.  Olly Olson was at last presented with the Club trophy for winning the most popular tree by public vote at the Market Bosworth Show last year.  We think the previous winner did not want to part with the Club’s new shield but no hard feelings as Olly’s Boulevard Cypress was the best on this occasion.  Here is the proud winner with his trophy and tree.  Congratulations to Olly.

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Unable to find a maple speaker for the meeting, we had a change of programme to a ‘tree surgery’ and discussion on problems members were experiencing with their trees.  Mike gave us a potted history on a particular maple he had brought along which had been difficult to wire as branches were so brittle.  It suffered from a hailstone storm that broke off a large branch resulting in a 7 year recovery period to get the tree back into a reasonable shape again.  Then it began to look rather sickly and removal from its pot revealed a huge bug happily chomping on a large root.  Ouch.  One unlucky tree!  Another  tree viewed had lost its middle apical stem resulting in a catapult style with two upward side branches. Other issues covered were watering; which wire to use – aluminum or copper; and a lengthy debate on decandling pines.

The display table became two tables, plus window sills used to accommodate all the trees that had been brought in for seasonal viewing.  Thank you to the members who had brought in so many.  Mainly maples in various sizes, and groups in their Spring colours.  There were some other interesting trees including a magnificent flowering crab and a really tiny mame flowering forsythia that had come from Japan.   Also a fascinating accent planting of  mauve flowering peonies grown from bulbs looking like and related to orchids.  When the unexpected comes in for display it makes an interesting topic of conversation and much appreciated.

Then we looked at pots again from another angle.  We didn’t need to make these.  Peter brought along a collection of small pots and organised a quiz to name each potter.  It was good fun as we gathered round and peered hard at maker’s marks and styles looking for recognition.  Quite educational to learn the answers.  Well done Peter.  We welcome to our membership Keith and Simon who are beginners.  Lovely to have you join the Club.

Olly is hosting another Members Workshop on 19 May.  It clashes with the Royal Wedding so perhaps Olly will have thoughts on how to compete with that?

Rounding  off this month’s activities, members were reminded that Greenwood Bonsai at Arnold, Notts, are celebrating their 40th year and putting on special events this year.  Corin served his bonsai apprenticeship with Bill Valavanis in USA.  Bill will be at the Greenwood Studio which is providing an opportunity to see this Master at work as he conducts workshops and free demonstrations over the three days.  There are still some places available for the tuition sessions – see http://www.bonsai.co.uk for further information.

Next month there is a change of programme and Graham Walker will be visiting the Club meeting to give a talk and slide presentation on mame and shohin trees.  Alan & Carol will be hosting the June workshop and will be a good opportunity to finalise trees for display at Market Bosworth Show on 1st July.

It’s good to be able to enjoy some good weather at last after our long winter.  Hope fellow enthusiasts are grabbing the opportunity to catch up on their bonsai work too.

        

 

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May,s Meeting

Sorry for the delay with posting the report from the meeting this month. We had a good turnout for a session on problem trees. Members brought trees that have problems or just wanted advice on. Thanks to Mike who tried to help out with the problem trees. Pete organized a quiz on potters/pots. He brought along a collection of pots with a list of all the makers, and members had to see if the could recognize who made the pots. Well done to Rebecca who got 10/10.  Again a good display of members trees were brought to put on display. Everybody loved the final pot in the photos which Pete did not know the maker was. I have found out it was made by Daryn Grossmith.

 

A reminder that the next Workshop is at Ollys on Saturday the 19th May 10-10.30 start

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Leicestershire Bonsai Club goes potty!

As can be seen from previous report of our last meeting on 3 April 2018, the Club had the pleasure of Chinamist bonsai pottery visiting.  Always a highlight event and we had a very good turnout of members wanting to hand craft accent pots on this occasion.  Good to see Steve & Alison again and thank you for making the trip to us.  We look forward to seeing the results of finished pots after glazing and firing in about 10 weeks. It truly was a busy evening with not only the pot making, but accent plants were brought in and swapped with a view to planting up our new pots for an accent competition some time later.  Members also brought trees in for display indicating seasonal development.  The new project of Club raffle is proving very popular and the main item of a tree is brought in every month for members to view.  Further items have been donated as additional prizes and there is quite a collection on offer now.  Thank you Chinamist for donating a mug.  Only members can participate in purchase of tickets and the draw takes place in December.  We are also displaying a bonsai calendar each month to inform on what we should be doing during the year and hoping this will be particularly useful to beginners working on their trees.

The Club is buzzing at the moment with lots going on with new members joining, former members returning, and visiting first timers coming to see what we do.  However, at the April meeting we said farewell to Alan Moore a long serving member who helped establish Wigston Bonsai Club in 1992 (our former club) and undertook the role of Treasurer for over 20 years.IMG_2201Alan has developed sight problems and can no longer continue with his bonsai.  Thank you Alan for your devoted and continuous service with us over the years and we are sorry to see you go.  With all good wishes for the future and take care.  We hope you will pop back to see us again when you can.

With workshops and show displays up and coming throughout the year, members are reminded that we have a further workshop this Saturday 10am – 2pm and details have been sent out together with the request to also bring display trees for transportation to the Coventry Show taking place next day.  Phew, it’s a busy month.  We just want the cold long winter to stop now, the wet weather to finish, and some sunshine and warmth to encourage our trees to open their leaves and some blossom to burst forth!

At our next meeting on 1st May we will be looking at maples –  a very nice topic.  Come and join us if you are in or near Leicestershire, situated in the East Midlands of England.

 

 

 

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China Mist Evening

Last Tuesday Steve and his wife from China Mist came down for a workshop at the club making Accent Pots. It was a good turn out with some old faces returning. Everyone got stuck in and some good looking pots were taken back to Doncaster for Steve to work his magic. We also had an Accent swap which went down well.

Once again a Big Thanks to China Mist. Don’t forget the workshop at Olly’s on Saturday 14th April and the Coventry Show on Sunday 15th April.

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Last Tuesdays Meeting

A good night was had by all at last Tuesdays meeting. Mike gave a talk about winter pruning. He then came around to give advice to members who wanted help. The final photo is a first for the club this year. Members can donate something towards the raffle if they want, its something to look forward too.  Mike will be working on the tree over the year so we will be able to see the progression.

Don,t forget Swindon Winter Image Show Sunday 25th Feb

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February Meeting Reminder

Just a quick reminder that the next meeting is only a few days away now.

The Meeting is on Tuesday, 6 February 2018, and starts at 7:30pm.

The theme for the evening is Winter Pruning for deciduous Trees.

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There will be a short demo and intro to get everyone up to speed and then you will have time to work on your own trees.  Please bring along a tree or two that could do with improvement to the branch structure and some tools.

 

 

We will also be launching a new initiative by the Club – all will be revealed at the meeting.

Hope to see you all there.

 

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The Bonsai year is starting

After 2 months of meetings about planning and Club Business, we can finally look forward to actually doing some work on our trees again during the monthly club meetings.

The Meetings and Events schedule is now posted and virtually all confirmed (apart from a few dates later in the year.  We will amend these as we go).

We were hoping to kick of the year with a Guest Speaker at the February meeting, but with the meeting being so close to the Noelanders Show in Belgium, we were not able to secure a speaker.

We will instead have a session on Winter Pruning of deciduous trees, with a quick intro and demo and time to work on your own trees. So please bring along your tools and a tree or two that could do with a bit of improvement in branch structure.  Help will be on hand to guide you along and help with the tricky bits.

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Don’t forget that the subs are due for the new year o dust of the wallets.

The Meeting is on Tuesday, 6 February 2018, starting at 7:30pm at our usual venue at Syston Ruby Club, Barkby Road, Queniborough.

I will send out another reminder closer to the time.

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December Meeting Cancelled

Hi all.

We have had quite a few members contact us that they will not be able to attend the December meeting, which is our annual Club Social evening.  We have therefore decided to cancel the event for this year.  That means that there is no meeting in December and the next meeting will be the AGM on Tuesday, 02.01.18

 

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Meeting Reminder

Just a quick reminder that the next meeting is only a few days away.  We will be discussing and deciding on the Meeting and Events calendar for next year, so please take some time beforehand to think about topics or techniques you would like to see included for next year’s meetings and members workshops.

Please bring along some trees for the display table if you can.

 

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Heathrow show

A great weekend was had down at the Heathrow show this weekend by Mike and myself. We went down on Saturday morning to help set up the show. Then back to a local scout hut for a barbecue a few beers. Sunday up early and off to the show. Our display got quite a few good comments. Here’s some photos from the show.

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