The auction is really hotting up here at Dragon Bonsai in Wales. A great chance to pick up all sorts of stuff. There is quite a buzz in the air as some great trees have come up for sale and mini bidding wars have commenced – but in an amicable way and ably handled by Chris Thomas, an auctioneer extraordinaire. There is over two hundred and fifty lots to go through and despite the blazing sunshine in the afternoon
Bristol Bonsai Society members did not disappoint today and had a show stopper to boot with a stunning Taxodium distchum (Swamp Cypress/Bald Cypress) which won the public vote as well as a personal favourite of mine too.
The club members bonsai displays were set up along the lines of one table per display (Tokanoma style) with the majority of trees being a single tree with an accompanying accent tree or plant. The range of species, styles and presentations
Dragon Bonsai have set an auction into the calendar for Sunday 7th September 2014. There is also an informal workshop and other entertainment on the day before, Saturday 6th September so you could make a weekend of it – plenty of room for camping.Bonllwyn Garden Center
120 Llandybie Rd
Head over to the Dragon website for more detail, or just for the big shiny countdown clock. We love it!
The club always gets a lot out of a workshop with John Armitage, this time was no exception – his advice is always timely, structured and well considered. Held all day at our usual meeting place there was a good mix of starter stock being worked on as well as the more refined stuff. John’s paint sprayer proved very popular – loaded with water instead of paint, it makes the perfect tool for cleaning out the hard to reach areas efficiently (and noisly). The day was fuelled by caffeine and biscuits and there was a good amount of green waste by the end.
Bristol Society are holding their show at Failand Village Hall on Sunday 24th August 2014. More details to follow on their website.Failand Village Hall
Ox House Lane
This month Joanna joined us with a selection of plants from her nursery in Warnborough, Wiltshire. Club members were also invited to bring accent plantings they had created for viewing and discussion. It was great to dedicate an entire evening to smaller plantings and apt, taking into consideration the Magical Bonsai Accents show in Bristol next Saturday, the 19th June. Hope to see you there.