I stopped off today, at the monthly meeting of the Lanarkshire Bonsai Club, for a coffee and some bonsai chat. When I arrived Robert Porch was just finishing his pre-arranged talk.
Here are some pics of the people and trees that were there today
Dougie Smith conducting a potting class
Club member George working on his Deshojo maple
Ian McMaster’s chuhin Chojubai
Gordon’s shohin Chojubai
Robert Porch’s Prunus Spinosa in flower
On Wednesday evening I was invited to the garden of a friend, Peter Thorne, to see his bonsai collection. Peter is an active member of the Ayrshire group and each Wednesday during the summer he invites fellow club members along to the shed at the bottom of his garden, to work on their trees. This week 8 members turned up including myself so workspace in the shed was at a premium.
Here are some photographs of some of the trees on Peters benches, which I managed to take before it got too dark.
Large Yew with a good nebari and interesting deadwood
2 blue cedars and a Chinese juniper. the one in the centre is a stunning tree
Here are other pictures of the blue cedar and the large yew that I took at the Gardening Scotland Show last month.
A large Juniper Squamata with good future potential, I think.
This is Peter. He has his own bonsai blog, where he documents the progress of all of his trees. It’s well worth a look. http://www.pembrayr.com/ab1.htm
Yesterday I attended the monthly meeting of the Lanarkshire Bonsai Club at Wattston Bonsai. It was a busy day with lots of people passing through the workshop. Some of the members were involved in a number of seasonal tasks including defoliation of deciduous species and the re-potting of trees that respond better to this process when the weather is a little warmer.Here are a few pictures that sum up the day.
Gordon and Stuart discussing a larch.
Dougie and re-potting a juniper with Maurice looking on.
Gordons’ White Pine
Dougies’ defoliated trident over rock
Maurices’ re-potted juniper in a new Bigei pot.
Much of the time at yesterdays meeting of the Lanarkshire Bonsai Club was taken up with the selection of trees for our club display at the Scottish National Bonsai Show which this year will be held in Stirling on Saturday the 14th of May ( See flyer at the end of this post).Here are some photographs taken during our deliberations, which give a very rough impression of what we are planning. Its difficult to judge the impact the display will have in the club setting without the benefit of the backdrops, the covered tables, accents etc.
Robert Porch has obviously been spending too much time in Northern Ireland with Philip recently.
It was a busy day yesterday at Wattston Bonsai for the April meeting of the Lanarkshire Bonsai Club. The weather was kind, which meant that a good number of members attended to catch up on the news, work on their trees and stock up on supplies for the new season. Here are some pictures from the day.
Maurice, the club’s representative at the Scottish Bonsai Association, getting ready for an announcement.
Totally focussed on their trees
Dougie advising Gavin on the styling of a Juniper with Murray looking on.
Stuart decided to work his hinoki outside in the afternoon sun
A few of the members trees
Stuart’s prunus kojo no mai in full bloom
Ian’s chuhin scots pine
A few new arrivals on the Dougie’s sales benches.
shohin white pine
Large cone shaped yama momiji with great future potential
Lovely large itoigawa juniper with amazing character
Nice multi trunked maple
Here are a few photographs from yesterday’s monthly meeting of the Lanarkshire Bonsai Club held at Wattston Bonsai. It’s still a little cold here to begin re-potting so while we wait for Dougie’s new stock to arrive from Japan ( it’s expected next week ,by the way), most work was confined to pruning and wiring.
Here are some of the trees that were worked on today.
Nice shohin azalea with a thick trunk
Cork Bark Elm
Shohin Trident Maple
Now that the winter maintenance on my larches has been completed for another year it’s time to start work on my deciduous trees. Here is a group picture of some of the better ones I will be working on this week, weather permitting of course.
The daytime temperatures in my greenhouse are beginning to rise and the buds are starting to swell but with night time temperatures likely to fall below zero, extra vigilance is required to ensure that no damage is done. This is the riskiest time of year for small trees in small pots.
Our second club meeting of the year was held yesterday at Wattston Bonsai. The weather was foul outside so our numbers were fewer this month. There was a lot of seasonal chat and some even managed to get some work done on their trees.
Dougie and Gerry in conversation with a new member whose name I haven’t got to grips with yet.
Some trees are beginning to emerge from the pollytunnels and finding their way to the outside bench
This corner was full of people until I pulled my camera out of the bag
This is Gerry’s latest acquisition, a nice chuhin white pine
Club member Gordon’s pyracantha
Here are 2 that Dougie was prepping for the webshop. A shohin white pine and a seka hinoki.
A new tree for our new member, white pine, pinus parviflora.