Creating an exposed root

This started a while ago. A few Swindon club members collectively agreed they appreciated the exposed root style of bonsai while we were at another club’s show. We made a pact to have a go at creating one for ourselves, myself included. This is as far as I got Terry. I mostly work with pine so it wasn’t difficult to make a decision of what species to use, for me.

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UK Bonsai Association Virtual Show

With all shows off the agenda for the time being, The UK Bonsai Association has instigated a virtual show to fill the void.

Submissions for the show are currently still open until 20th September 2020 if you wish to enter a tree.

All trees will then be displayed on their website between the 1st and the 10th October 2020. All members are welcome to email their favourite top five trees. All trees are identifiable by individual numbers beginning with the letter A so we would ask members to email their favourite trees in order of preference as follows:
1st = A034
2nd = A014
3rd = A067
4th = A087
5th = A022

Voting finishes on 10th October 2020, allowing time to have the results available for their November bulletin. All members including exhibitors can participate in the voting process. Please see UK Bonsai Association website for full information.

Spring bonsai delights

Thank you Sally and Derek for posting these lovely spring images of your trees coming into leaf and flower this year. It is a stunning array of colour and blooms.

Traders at our show

Seems like so long ago now. These are the traders who attended our winter show earlier in the year. A big thank you to all of them for making the day.

Trees of interest

We didn’t have a tree of the month at our last meeting. It was our Annual General Meeting. Members still brought in trees that looked at their seasonal best though.

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Award winning trees

Best native tree: Steve McKee, Hawthorn
Best evergreen tree: Terry Adams, White Pine
Best mame display: Mark & Ritta Cooper
Best mame tree: Ritta Cooper, Juniper
Best shohin display: Mark & Ritta Cooper
Best shohin tree: Sally May, Silverberry
Best overall display: Mark Cooper
John Trott sponsored best accent: Smithy, fungus
Best deciduous: Graham Simpson, Chinese Elm
Davey Jones sponsored best tree/pot combination: Mark Kerry, Acer Acer palmatum ‘Kiyohime’ in a Dan Barton pot
Best club display: Bristol Bonsai Society