Ken Haywood, Wessex Bonsai Society
Wessex Bonsai Society
by bonsaiadmin
6M ago
It is with the greatest sadness that we bring you news that Ken Haywood passed away peacefully on October 25th. Ken, as many of you are aware, started Wessex Bonsai Society in 1983, sadly he has been in poor health for a number of years and has not been able to join us at our monthly workshops. However, the knowledge that Ken had passed to all who knew him in the Bonsai world will be passed on to future Bonsai enthusiasts. Our next Sunday Workshop details can be found here – Diary Dates The post Ken Haywood, Wessex Bonsai Society appeared first on Wessex Bonsai Society ..read more
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Bonsai in the Snow
Wessex Bonsai Society
by bonsaiadmin
3y ago
  You can’t have failed to notice the unbelievably bizarre weather we seem to be having this year. Bournemouth hardly ever has snow let alone in April!  Italo Valgano (who happens to be, alongside Mike Walker providing our demonstration on Tuesday 10th July) sent these lovely images of his Bonsai in the snow. If you managed to capture your Bonsai trees in the snow do share a photo over on our Facebook page : Wessex Bonsai Society The post Bonsai in the Snow appeared first on Wessex Bonsai Society ..read more
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Pine Workshop with Tony Oswin
Wessex Bonsai Society
by bonsaiadmin
3y ago
Sunday 26th August, all day workshop with Tony Oswin on Pines Wessex Bonsai Society are pleased to announce that they will be running an all day workshop with Tony Oswin. Limited places available. £25.00 per person, open to all bonsai enthusiasts on a first come first served basis.  If you are interested can you please email : wessexbonsaisociety@ymail.com * You will need to bring your trees, tools, soil etc. * Can’t make this workshop? Check out all our other Diary Dates for 2018  The post Pine Workshop with Tony Oswin appeared first on Wessex Bonsai Society ..read more
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Potting and Juniper Styling with Dean Kelly
Wessex Bonsai Society
by bonsaiadmin
3y ago
Shaking up our schedule for 2018 we have decided to adopt a more hands on approach to our Tuesday night workshops. We have been encouraging members to bring along tools and trees to work on during the expert lead sessions. February was the first and feedback has been positively received. Dean Kelly led the first Tuesday workshop of 2018 Potting and Juniper Styling. Mike’s trident maple (pictured below) illustrates the process of thread grafting: a new branch was created by growing a branch extension from the top of the tree and threading it through a hole drilled through the lower trunk ..read more
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December Bonsai Tips
Wessex Bonsai Society
by bonsaiadmin
3y ago
You definitely need to sort out the winter protection for your bonsai, it could be cold greenhouse or cold-frame is these are ideal for any tree thought to be susceptible to frost damage; you can also control the watering by protecting them from heavy winter rains, they still need as light as possible in the short days of the winter. It’s also advisable to keep checking for any sign of pests or damage to the bark or note mounds where the squirrels could be storing their acorns. Time to think about what is needed for next year – soil, chippings for repotting, suitable new pots, tools sharpened ..read more
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November Bonsai Tips
Wessex Bonsai Society
by bonsaiadmin
3y ago
This is the time of year when the majority of trees will be dormant, so greatly reduce the water you give them and do not use any fertiliser other than bone meal. Give all your deciduous trees a thorough inspection and if any dead leaves cling to the branches it could mean that pests have made their nests and ultimately spend the winter feeding on the bark. You could see unsightly scars and in some cases lead to the loss of smaller branches. Larches are especially prone to this. As branches become bare it now the ideal time to spray with tar oil insecticide. Make sure you remove any wires prev ..read more
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October Bonsai Tips
Wessex Bonsai Society
by bonsaiadmin
3y ago
Now is the time that your trees need as much light as possible, and watering can be reduced greatly – weather permitting of course, protect delicate trees from excessive winds though as this could snap the branches. Junipers and pines can be wired and pruned for shaping. Remove as much moss as possible from your pots as these harbour weed seeds and insects over the winter especially leather-jackets. Sort your trees out for those to go for what you would like to keep or not the following year and start to think about winter protection of your trees. This month could give you as much pleasure as ..read more
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November Auction and Workshop Details
Wessex Bonsai Society
by bonsaiadmin
3y ago
Wessex Bonsai Auction : During our November session Tuesday 14th 7-9pm we will be holding our Wessex Bonsai Club Auction. Planning is in full swing, if you have anything to put in please can you email with information regarding the auction piece and any reserve costs (plus reason behind the reserve) e.g. pot £30.00 Email : wessexbonsaisociety@ymail.com Special Workshop in November :  We are pleased to announce that Geoff Crowe will give the Club a talk on Beech Trees on Sunday November 26th at 9.30am. Geoff has many years experience on growing these trees as bonsai and it should make a mo ..read more
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September Bonsai Tips
Wessex Bonsai Society
by bonsaiadmin
3y ago
  This month could be hot and dry, so you might need to maintain watering, but if the opposite happens then you will need to protect from over watering with rain. If you need to fertilise still then this needs to be done with a liquid feed so that this is quickly absorbed as solid feeds could take a few weeks to break down. Use mainly potash or phosphorus fertilisers with little nitrogen which, along with carefully watering will greatly enhance the autumn colours. Early flowering bonsai will benefit from repotting new into a larger pot along with quince and pomegranate, add extra soil so ..read more
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August Bonsai Tips
Wessex Bonsai Society
by bonsaiadmin
3y ago
  Your fertilising programme needs to continue while you keep an eye out on the weather, as you must not fertilise if the soil is bone dry. Water first so that the soil is wet otherwise you could burn the roots. Heavy rain can also wash all the fertilisers out of the soil. Pines will need far less fertiliser now than deciduous varieties, while fruiting trees require high in phosphorous fertilisers. Pines and Azaleas like a feed of Sequestrene. Soils will dry out in strong sun and even more so with strong warm winds, so you will need to water accordingly. If you have willow trees is a ..read more
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