news and shows

Critique by John Trott of ndip Bonsai Studio. 8th September.
There were plenty of trees for John to look at and talk about, many brought back from last year.
It was the usual mix of advice and banter with the members. Several very nice trees including a Prunus mume belonging to Anthony were discussed. The last tree was a Horsechestnut and John commented that it is one of the most difficult species to style.
Here are some of the pictures.

The Stalbridge show bonsai class had 6 entries from bvbg members.
First Geoff, second Dave third Pat Commended Helen, also Tony and Irene had a trees in.

The August meeting was good. I asked Tony Oswin to bend my tall Scots Pine. It was originally about 1.5 metres tall.

Everyone was fascinated to see the effort and expertise in bending the trunk on this old tree. Starting with a length if thick wire along the trunk, this was wrapped with tape in two thicknesses. The two lengths of 6mm wire was wrapped aroung the trunk, and the bending began. Lots of effort by Tony with Trevor helping.
Bought from Tony Jefferies donations two years ago,
It now will fit into my car!

Display at Thorngrove Open Day 6th May 2017

The day was windy and cold to start but it was dry.
When we arrived we discovered that we would not be in a marquee, but under cover where the compost store is.
We had plenty of tables and space.
Having put the cloth on the tables and the stands we placed the trees on the appropriate stands.
Then we had to move them about to get a good display.
The accent plants set off the display.
We also used the staging that has pots on for extra trees.
The new banner is good too.
Trees were provided by Ian, Dave,Tony, Helen, Sue, Julia and Geoff.
Julia and Geoff worked on several trees during the day.
Later in the day Don and Karen as well as Pat dropped in so it was a good turnout of members.
We had a visit too from Jamie who brought a tree to be looked at. We gave out many flyers for the show coming up, and we could have several new members.
This was the best display yet at the Open Day.