Tonights club night was a buzz with pruning, everyone bought in their bonsai trees to work on and there was a hive of activity and discussion throughout the evening on pruning techniques, styling and how everyone was coping with keeping up watering in this heat wave.
Hope you have your table booked if you are planning on selling any bonsai or bonsai related items at the up coming Bonsai Tree Sale on Sunday 29th July 2018 at Staverton Club, Trowbridge, BA14 6PA. Below are a few images from last years successful bonsai tree sale and contact Tony Oswin for more details on 07776338899 or to book your pitch. If you are wanting to come along to buy bonsai then the sales start at 10am until 4pm but come early to get a bargain. Parking is available on site as well as refreshments and make sure you look around the whole site area as there will be more traders than previously to visit and buy lots from, so hope to see you there.
Today Salisbury Bonsai Club celebrated 30 years of bonsai with friends and fellow bonsai enthusiasts and hosted their anniversary show. There were two bonsai styling demonstrations performed by Malcolm Driffield who was able to step in at short notice for both sessions, so thank you Malcolm. Plus an auction run by Chris Thomas, a raffle and some great bonsai displays from Salisbury Bonsai Club and visiting clubs and societies.
This was the final Milton Lilbourne Summer Fayre at present, but it was a great show and the weather was superb, cream teas a delight and the overall day a great success. We had fun pruning trees, talking about bonsai and generally it was a good day out. A few images from the day are below.
The Wiltshire Branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society (BCSS) hosted their annual show this weekend in Melksham and it was a great success. I was fortunate to win the two classes I entered with my Fockea edulis and Plectranthus ernstii and there were so many wonderful and diverse species of cacti and succulent it was great to see. We also have Warminster Bonsai Club who set up a bonsai display plus Parnham Bungalow Plants and other traders. A great day was had by all and a special congratulations to Derek May for all his hard work organising the show, John Foster for judging and everyone at the Wiltshire Branch who supported helped too.
Tonights club night was ferns with Steve Mckee and it was informative, fun and refreshing to hear how Steve collects, propagates and grows his ferns. He was able to provide useful insights into the growing of ferns and use of them as accents. He has been successful with a range of species and enjoys expanding his collection. He tends to treat them in a similar way to bonsai with pruning to aid with leaf size reduction and feeding using tomorite. Not all ferns he has found are hardy to his cost so he is now cautious and provides winter protection for most of his ferns.
On Sunday 3rd June was the 40th Anniversary of Solent Bonsai Society and here are a few images form the day which was held at Wallington Village Hall, Fareham.
A fun day was had by all at the workshop with John Armitage. We all bought in lots of trees to work on and get help and advice from John on styling, development, pruning and much more. Below are a few images from the day. Well worth attending the full day workshops as you can get so much done and get on hand advice and guidance.