Another great event, lots of very good quality bonsai trees for sale from a wide range of bonsai traders who were also selling tools, accessories and some fabulous pots. It was a very good opportunity to catch up with other bonsai enthusiasts and share ideas and also stock up on some new trees and in particular some new cultivars that were on offer.
Some of our club members have a wide range of other hobbies beyond Bonsai. One member in particular had a great weekend at the British Cactus and Succulent Society (Wiltshire Branch) Annual Show in Melksham where he won Best Succulent in Show as well as a range of other classes.
This evening the club held a photographic night to learn more about the art of photographing their own and other bonsai trees. Mark Cooper gave an overview on the general rules and guidelines on how to achieve good results and a general discussion followed on types of cameras, the use of additional light and flashes as well as colours of cloth. It was a very informative evening and fun.
There were four trees entered into tree of the month and the winning tree was a fabulous Siberian Elm.
Here is the Pine tree prior to being worked on by Abe Kenichi at t’Veerle Japanese Bonsai Centre in Belgium. The initial discussion on the Pine during the start of the workshop was firstly carrying out an assessment of the tree prior to working on it and deciding on the front, and in the photograph above, the tree was being showed from a back view, while the image within the photograph was considered the front view.
The S. Azalea he was working on had been pruned incorrectly historically; it appeared that it had only been worked on by tip pruning to maintain the overall aesthetic shape. Therefore the pads were not very healthy, they had lots of dead branches in the interior of them and lacked the structure required to maintain the shape long term.
Here is a brief update on the progress of one of the three club trees that were purchased back in April 2011. The Trident Maple has just been repotted successfully but it is currently still struggling with its health and has limited signs of bud swelling although buds are present. The reason for this however was ascertained during the recent club night when Reg brought the tree in for some initial pruning though.
Tonights meeting was primarily focused on reviewing the accents that we all made back in August 2011 during the Kusamono and Shitakusa evening with Ritta Cooper.
This year our Winter Image Show was sponsored by John Pitt and he also put on a stunning display at the show too of three of his amazing Blackthorns (Prunus spinosa). They are all crafted from collected material (Yamadori) from various mountainous regions of Wales and he collected them around 18 years ago and the ramification he has achieved on them is exquisite.