This year Dave Jones of Walsall Studio Ceramics came down to run a pottery workshop at Swindon Bonsai Club, hosted by Reg Bolton. A great day was had by all and we now await the finished pots later in the year.
Tonights club night was a celebration of club members trees through photography and a big thank you to Andy Bray for providing some of the images from the night.
This year was another great bonsai display in the woodland at Zions Hill Copse, Chandlers Ford at the Test Valley Borough Council annual Woodfair. The bonsai display was again set up by Solent Bonsai society and supported by members of the club.
Raising funds on behalf of Hft, supporting adults with learning disabilities to live the best lives possible. We have a display of bonsai and Derek is there with a display of cacti…………. bring your wallets!!!
Sunday, the 18th August saw the ABBex show [All British Bonsai Exhibition], at Failands, Near Bristol, where ONLY trees that originated from British stock were considered for display. [from seed, cuttings, air layer, division and British yamadori etc] The day started a bit damp but then honoured us with quite a bit of sun, which was good for the numerous trader stands out on the grass area behind the Failands hall. The standard of tree displays was very good, with trees of all species and sizes, so there was something for everyone. Esoteric pots [Dan Barton], David Sampson and Mendip Bonsai [John Trott] were on the hall stage and the Bristol club sales in the small room off the hall. Everyone had a vote of their three best trees and there were financial awards for the top trees. Well done to all those involved.
Last Saturday, [the 17th August] saw our Annual pilgrimage up the hill to the Wanborough Show, a few hardy members of the club willing to resist the possible winds and wet weather during the day……………. In fact, it turned into a lovely warm afternoon, lots of sun which meant a big turnout of visitors and lots of interest in the display and the show in Feb 2020. The photographs of the display are a bit poor as our position in the show had been changed and the sun was directly behind the marquee, which has washed out the colours. The benefit was that we were next to the drinks and food wagons.
This year was another great day for the Open garden event with Reg and Jeff Bolton in Swindon in aid of Thamedown Hydrotherapy pool.
It is important to stay on top of pests and diseases that may affect your bonsai to ensure they remain healthy and thrive as opposed to survive. Check them daily for any ill health signs like wilting leaves, yellowing leaves, dead twigs or branches and look for pests like mites, aphids and mealy bug. If you are unsure take a photo and send this to a bonsai club or bonsai forum like wee trees and they will be able to help identify the problem.