SOLENT BONSAI SOCIETY
Keith's News
SEPTEMBER 2019
Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

The Meeting, on 27th September is the Final Talk by Robert on the Art of
Bonsai Display, all members are welcome to put on their own displays, after Roberts talk
he and members can then critique each display, so take this opportunity to learn the ins and
outs of displaying bonsai, it is will be a very interesting evening.

The next Meeting, on 25th October – Workshop, Winter Preparatio n. So bring
those trees along that you would like to work, or get some advice on.

Secretary’s report

At the August meeting, which was a workshop, it was great to see so many members bringing along trees to work on, as usual thanks go to Robert For helping many of our members with their trees and passing on some of his vast knowledge, I hope Robert managed to get round to seeing all those who wanted his help, don’t forget you’re always welcome to bring along a tree that you need advice on to any of the meetings.

Woodfair Report
For the fourth year Solent Bonsai attended the Chandlers Ford Woodfair on Saturday the 7th September. Robert, Eddie, Jock, Arthur and I took along native trees to display at the woodfair, we also had the company of Amelia, one of the organisers of the woodfair, many of you will know Amelia from the talks she has given to Solent.
There was much to see at the woodfair such as wood turning, falconry, chainsaw artistry, children’s workshop, Face painting, conservation tent with Displays from local and national groups, and much more.
We had many trees on display, and the day spent chatting to many people went by in a flash, once again we were lucky with the weather.

Things to look out for on your trees
Bonsai Insect Pests, Spider mites . Spider mites are members of the Acari (mite) family Tetranychidae, which includes about 1,200 species. They generally live on the undersides of leaves of plants, where they may spin protective silk webs, and they can cause damage by puncturing the plant cells to feed. Spider mites are known to feed on several hundred species of plants. Spider mites are less than 1 mm (0.04 in) in size and vary in color. They lay small, spherical, initially transparent eggs and many species spin silk webbing to help protect the colony from predators; they get the "spider" part of their common name from this webbing. Hot, dry conditions are often associated with population build-up of spider mites. Under optimal conditions (approximately 27 °C), the two-spotted spider mite can hatch in as little as 3 days, and become sexually mature in as little as 5 days. One female can lay up to 20 eggs per day and can live for 2 to 4 weeks, laying hundreds of eggs. This accelerated reproductive rate allows spider mite populations to adapt quickly to resist pesticides, so chemical control methods can become somewhat ineffectual when the same pesticide is used over a prolonged period.
Symptoms . On leaves: Plants with spider mite show a fine pale mottling on the upper leaf surface. The underside of the leaves have many tiny yellowish green mites and white cast skins and egg shells. These are more easily seen with the aid of a x10 hand lens. On plants: In heavy attacks, a fine silk webbing may be seen on the plants, and the leaves can lose most of their green colour and dry up or fall off. Heavily damaged plants can be severely weakened and may die.
Control and Prevention . Regular spraying of plants with water and maintaining a high humidity reduce the risk, but will not, on its own control this mite, you can use either plain water or a solution of tepid (cool-warm) water mixed with a very mild dish detergent or soap. Mites overwinter in cracks and crevices, as well as in any plant material left behind. So it's essential to clear away all debris once the growing season is over.
For more information go to
www.rhs.org.uk

Solent Bonsai Society 2020,
Preliminary Programme
31st January 2020. Club Auction Owners Choice
28th February 2020. Club Winter Show No Competition
27th March 2020 Repotting Workshop Owners Choice
24th April 2020. Malcolm Driffield (talk tbd) Owners Choice
29th May 2020. Workshop Owners Choice
26th June 2020. Workshop, Pruning/Wiring, Prepare for show Owners Choice
31st July 2020. Club Summer Show No Competition
28th August 2020 Workshop Owners Choice
25th September 2020. David Penny – Saikei - Japanese tray landscapes Owners Choice
30th October 2020. Workshop, Winter Preparation Owners Choice
27th November 2020. A.G.M. & Jackie’s Party nibbles Owners Choice

AUGUST 2019
Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

The meeting on the 30th August, is a Pine Workshop . Please bring Trees. August being the
ideal time to prune and work on pines and conifers, although other species are welcome. Please bring your
trees to work on, Robert and other members will be giving you advice and helping. If you would like advice
on any of your trees please bring them along.

Don’t forget Solent will have a display at the Community Woodfair Show on Saturday 7th
September 2019 so if you fancy a day out on 7th September then Solent and Eastleigh Bonsai societys
(Thats Robert, Eddie, Arthur, Paul and myself plus Amelia one of the organisers of the Woodfair) will be at
the Chandlers Ford woodfair, it is different than most bonsai displays as all trees should be native to Great
Britain and the trees are all shown outdoors in a wood, there are also many other Woodland activities on
show. See below for show details.

The next Meeting, on 27th September is the Final Talk by Robert on the Art of Bonsai
Display, all members are welcome to put on their own displays, after Roberts talk he and
members can then critique each display, so take this opportunity to learn the ins and outs of
displaying bonsai, it is will be a very interesting evening.
Secretary’s report

I start this report with the sad news that our great friend and past chairman
Terry Lowry passed away peacefully yesterday (22nd August 2019) at the
Rowan’s Hospice. He was a member of Solent Bonsai Society for many
years and served as Vice Chairman and Chairman. Although living in Spain
for some years, Terry always took a keen interest in Solent BS and whenever
he was in England he took the opportunity to attend meetings and shows.
He will be sadly missed. Our deepest condolences go out to Wendy.







July Club Show.

The evening was, as usual, a great success with 31 members plus some families attending, it was also great to see that most members brought along trees and it is pleasing that year by year the Standard of Club trees improves. Particular Trees that did well on the evening were as follows:-
Winner of Best in show was Sean Nutbeam (English Yew).
Best group/forest Keith Hartley (Trident Maple). Best deciduous/broadleaf Teri Morley
Best conifer/evergreen Keith Hartley (Japanese white pine). Best shohin Eddie Savory (Potentilla)
Best mame Kathryn Ling. Best presented Enid Jones.
And three Commended For all the pictures go to
>> gallery >>
I think all trees on show deserved a commended certificate, well done everyone.
For those on the internet photos of the show trees can be found on the Solent Bonsai website
www.solentbonsai.co.uk or UK Bonsai Association website www.ukbonsaiassoc.org








JULY 2019
Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

The meeting on the 26th July is the Solent Bonsai Summer show evening , this gives
everyone a chance to show other members some of the trees that they have, so please bring them
along all, will be shown, it's always a great evening that everyone enjoys. When showing trees the
two main rules to remember are: -
1. No weeds, 2. A clean pot.
Display stands and accents if you have them but don’t worry, if you don’t have them just bring your
trees. Don’t forget bring along family and friends, all are welcome entrance is free.

The next Meeting, on 30th August, is a Pine Workshop . Please bring Trees. August being
the ideal time to prune and work on pines and conifers, although other species are welcome. Please bring
your trees to work on, Robert and other members will be giving you advice and helping. If you would like
advice on any of your trees please bring them along.

Secretary’s report
Chichester Show

6th, 7th July we had the Chichester Bonsai Show at Manor Nursery.
As usual it was well run by Frank, and his team. On Saturday the weather was very hot and much of
our time was spent watering the trees, on Sunday however it rained for much of the day, on both
days there was a good many people admiring the many trees on show.
There must have been one or two hundred trees on show along with Collette selling trees, Tony
selling pots and Brenda selling her scroll art.
There were seven Societies with displays Chichester, Solent, Eastleigh, Sussex, Middlesex, Wessex
and Eastbourn & Wealden all of which had great displays. Middlesex won best club display, Sean
Nutbeam won best Deciduous with a Hornbeam which also won best tree in show, Robert won best
evergreen with a Japanese black pine, Malcolm Driffield won best group with an Elm group and I
won best Landscape with my larch forest.












































Best in Show (Hornbeam) & Best Deciduous
Best Evergreen (Japanese black pine)
Best Landscape (Larch Forest)
Best Group (Elms)
Solent display at Chichester
Havant Garden Club Show and Farlington Garden Club Rose and Sweet Pea Show
Solent Bonsai were invited to show at Havant GC on 15th June and Farlington GC on 22nd June.
There was a good response at both shows with many people expressing how they were enjoying the displays.
Eddie Savory and Clifford Roe put on an excellent display at Havant, Robert and I put on the displays at
Farlington.
Bonsai at the Havant Garden Show 2019
Bonsai at the Farlington and District Garden Club Rose and Sweet Pea Show 2019
Farlington and District Garden Club Rose and Sweet Pea Show 2019
Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm.
12th August 2019 David Penny – Saikei Japanese tray plantings, a mixture of trees, rocks and underplanting to create a landscape scene. For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society go to www.eistleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Thursday 8th August 2019, Talk by Collette Harrison on pests and diseases. For more information on Chichester Bonsai Club go to www.chichesterbonsai.co.uk
All the clubs in the area support each other. If anyone would like more information on other local clubs please let me know.

Look forward to seeing you all on
26th July at our Solent Bonsai Summer show evening, your chance to show other members some of the trees you have, so please bring them along all, will be shown, it's always a great evening that everyone enjoys. Don’t forget bring along family and friends, all are welcome and it’s free.

Keith Hartley
Secretary Solent Bonsai Society
www.solentbonsai.co.uk
Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com
Tel: - 02392640985
Mobile: - 07847487435

P. S. Don’t forget if you interested in acquiring new trees, pots, or other Bonsai items then the go to
Staverton Bonsai Table top sale

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JUNE 2019
Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

The meeting on the 28th June is a Workshop , Pruning/Wiring, Prepare for
show. So bring any of those trees along that you would like to work or get some
advice on.

Our meeting on the
26th July is the Solent Bonsai Summer show evening, this gives
everyone a chance to show other members some of the trees that they have, so please bring them
along all, will be shown, it's always a great evening that everyone enjoys.


Secretary’s Report

Solent had a display at the Eastborn show on Sunday 26th May. Robert, Eddie, Arthur and I attended the
show . With 2 6ft by 2ft tables we had three large trees a Europe Elm Hornbeam, Satsuki Azalea and
Potentilla plus two accents, we were lucky to have two flowering trees on display as you may know in this
county it is pot luck as to when your trees are in flower (the Potentilla and Satsuki were also at our last
meeting). There were also fine displays from Eastleigh, Chichester and several other societies at the show.







































Solent Display at Eastbourne
Satsuki Azalea
European Hornbeam Raft
Potentilla
Thought you may be interested in Robert’s Satsuki Azalea, the first photo is as you may have seen at Eastbourne and our May meeting, the second photo shows it two days after the May meeting.
You must remove the flowers along with the seed pod to give the tree a chance to recover, otherwise a lot of the tree's energy will go into the seed pods and the tree may gradually deteriorate year on year, if you have any queries about azaleas or any other trees bring them to the June workshop meeting
























Things to look out for on your trees
Bonsai Insect Pests
Adelgids

The following information is from the RHS website, rhs.org.uk
Adelgids are insects closely related to aphids, and like aphids they feed on plant sap. They feed on conifers, pines, spruce, larch. etc and can have complex lifecycles.
Adelgids can be difficult to control with insecticides as they are protected their waxy secretions and there are no controls for the gall forming stages. In addition it is only feasible to treat adelgids on trees that are small enough to be sprayed thoroughly.




















Control
Non-chemical control
The damage adelgids cause is often minor and can usually be tolerated.
Chemical control
 Always read the label use pesticides safely and extra care must be taken near plants in flower due to the danger to pollinating insects.  Organic sprays, such as natural pyrethrum (e.g. Bug Clear Gun for Fruit & Veg, Defenders Bug Killer, Ecofective Bug Killer (also contains fatty acids)), fatty acids (e.g. Solabiol Bug Free, Doff Greenfly & Blackfly Killer) or plant oils (e.g. Vitax Organic Pest & Disease Control, Origins Bug Control) can give some control of adelgids. These pesticides have a very short persistence and so may require reapplication to keep adelgid numbers in check  More persistent insecticides include the synthetic pyrethroids lambda-cyhalothrin (e.g. Westland Resolva Pest Killer), deltamethrin (e.g. Ultimate Fruit & Vegetable Pest Killer) and cypermethrin (e.g. Py Bug Killer)  The systemic neonicotinoid insecticide acetamiprid (e.g. Bug Clear Ultra) can also be used  Inclusion of a pesticide product does not indicate a recommendation or endorsement by the RHS. It is a list of products currently available to the home gardener

Other Local Club Meetings in our area .
Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm.
No meeting this July
Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Thursday 11th July 2019,Post Exhibition Review by all society members. For more information on Chichester Bonsai Club go to www.chichesterbonsai.co.uk

All the clubs in the area support each other. If anyone would like more information on other local clubs please let me know.

Look forward to seeing you all.
The meeting on the 28th June it is a Workshop , Pruning/Wiring, Prepare for show. So bring any of those trees along that you would like to work or get some advice on.

Keith Hartley
Secretary Solent Bonsai Society
www.solentbonsai.co.uk
Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com
Tel: - 02392640985
Mobile: - 07847487435








MAY 2019
Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

This month’s meeting, on 31st May Talk by Robert on Accent Plantings
. As well as the
talk there will be a display of member’s accents, so if you can bring some accents to add to
the display please do so.
The meeting on the
28th June is a Workshop, Pruning/Wiring, Prepare for show. So bring those trees
along that you would like to work, or get some advice on.

Secretary’s Report
The normal Wessex show was canceled this year, but they did have a small closed show on 5th May for
their club members. Solent and Eastleigh were invited to take part in the Bellinger trophy, which is
contested between three Bonsai clubs Eastleigh, Wessex and Solent, we had a good display with a
semi cascade cotoneaster, informal upright yew and trident maple group all displayed on Tables
provided by Robert.
All three clubs had fine displays. Wessex was the successful winners this year.
Wessex have moved to a new hall and are hoping to have an open show again next year.



























































Solent Bellinger Entry
Wessex Bellinger Winning Entry
Eastleigh Bellinger Entry
Things to look out for on your trees
Bonsai Insect Pests Scale insects Adult scale insects are usually covered in waxy shell-like cover. They feed by sucking sap from a wide range of plants, including house-plants, greenhouse plants and many fruit, ornamental plants and most bonsai trees grown indoors or outdoors. There are more than 25 species of scale insect in the UK and they can be found any where on your trees. Some scale insects can weaken host plants and many excrete a sticky substance (honeydew) on foliage, which allows the growth of black, sooty moulds. They range in size from less than 1mm to over 1cm in diameter. Some species also produce white, waxy egg masses on stems and the undersides of leaves, this can be mistaken for mealybug or woolly aphid. If you see ants on your tree this is often a sign that you have some sort of insect infestation such as scale insects, greenfly etc.




















Treatment and control
Because the hard scale is impervious to contact insecticides, the best control can be achieved using a systemic insecticide. Spraying is often more effective against the newly hatched nymphs in summer, than the shell-covered adults. Small colonies and individual scale insects found on your bonsai tree can be controlled by simply wiping them off the plant with your finger or a damp cloth or sponge.


Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Eastleigh Bonsai Societ y meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Monday 10th June 2019, Workshop – Summer Pruning Bring your tools and take the opportunity to work on the trees and discuss options with members.

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Thursday 13th June 2019, Talk and Demo by Tony Oswin on carving, wiring, styling. For more information on Chichester Bonsai Club go to www.chichesterbonsai.co.uk
All the clubs in the area support each other. If anyone would like more information on other local clubs please let me know.

Look forward to seeing you all this month’s meeting,
on 31st May Talk by Robert, Accent Plantings . As well as the talk there will be a display of member’s accents, so if you can bring some accents to add to the display please do so.

Keith Hartley
Secretary Solent Bonsai Society
www.solentbonsai.co.uk
Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com
Tel: - 02392640985
Mobile: - 07847487435




Examples of some of the 25+ species of scale insects

APRIL 2019
Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

This month’s meeting, on 26th April is a Workshop - last year’s air layering’s severed &
New Wrap-around, so bring last year’s wrap-around’s to sever and any trees you would like some advice
on.

The meeting on the 31st May Talk by Robert, Accent Plantings . As well as the talk there will be a
display of member’s accents, so if you can bring some accents to add to the display please do so.

Secretary’s Report

Another successful repotting evening at our last meeting, it was great to see so many members bringing trees for repotting and advice on their trees.

Expo 2019 Show Report
On 7th April the second Expo Bonsai show was held at the Harlington sports centre near Heathrow. The show is becoming one of the best shows in UK with many of the best trees in the UK on show. Solent had no trees on show but several of our members were there and I hope enjoyed the show.
Trees shown at Expo 2019 can’t be shown for another three years.



Other Local Club Meetings in our area .

Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Monday 13th May 2019, Paul – Bonsai Security Looking at approaches that improve the security of our bonsai using simple approaches and technology to fill the gaps.

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Thursday 9th May 2019 Society Members Closed Show. For more information on Chichester Bonsai Club go to www.chichesterbonsai.co.uk

All the clubs in the area support each other. If anyone would like more information on other local clubs please let me know.

Look forward to seeing you all at
this month’s meeting, on 26th April is a Workshop last year’s air layering’s severed & New Wrap-around, so bring last year’s wrap-around’s to sever and any trees you would like some advice on.

Keith Hartley
Secretary Solent Bonsai Society
www.solentbonsai.co.uk
Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com
Tel: - 02392640985
Mobile: - 07847487435