Following a great evening workshop last month on accents by Ritta Cooper at our last club night, I have a greater appreciation of accents and how they are created and can be used to enhance the bonsai tree on display. I therefore took a greater interest in them today at the Bonsai World 2011 event at Crawley Lesiure Centre 

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Bonsai World 2011

All credit to Sussex Bonsai Society, this was a good size show, enough to fulfill the appetite of even the most discerning enthusiast.

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Wanborough Show

Swindon and District Bonsai Society again this year put on a quality display of bonsai at Wanborough Village Show. This has become an annual event for the Society and is followed,

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Taiwan Fig in June 2011 suffering from Mealy bug and scale insect pre defoliation

In June this year I noticed that the leaves on one of my Taiwan Figs were going yellow and usually this is part of the normal process of leaf shedding and renewal so I wasn’t overly alarmed at first. However, I began to notice that this was happening in greater quantities than normal and across the whole tree and this was more of a concern.

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This was an excellent evening, with 27 club members in attendance to hear Ritta Cooper talk on Kusamono and Shitakusa followed by a really fun active participation demonstration to create your very own Kusamono and Shitakusa.

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Aculus ulmicola

Aculus ulmicola (Elm gall mite)

Elm gall mite is a common problem and none so more than on our bonsai Elm trees where it can be more than just an aesthetic problem. Identification of this mite is fairly easy as hard pale swellings containing microscopic mites

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Queens Park Family Fun Day

Another good day was spent at Queens Park, Swindon on Sunday the 24th July made even better with the improved weather. It saw the best attended fun day since it has started.

The small marquee was used and manned by

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