SOLENT BONSAI SOCIETY
Keith's News
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

MARCH 2019
Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

This month’s meeting, on 29th March, is a repotting evening,
so bring those trees
along that you would like to repot at the club evening, or get some advice on.
The meeting on the
26th April is a Workshop last year’s air layering’s severed & New Wrap-around
Secretary’s Report
Solent Winter Image Show Report
Our winter show was again a great success with many trees on show, the standard of the trees, on show, improves each year, well done to everyone, I hope all enjoyed the evening.
The winner of the Chairman’s choice cup at the show was John Hughes with a potentilla.
Enid Jones was also presented at the show, as the overall 2018 Tree of the Month winner, with the TotM trophy.



















John Hughes presented with Chairman’s Choice Cup Enid Jones presented with 2018 TotM Cup

For more Show pictures go to
Home Page



Swindon Show Report
The Swindon show is always one of the best shows of the year. Solent this year made its Biennial trip and was well represented with an Elm from Eddie, Scots Pine from Arthur and Japanese Larch group from myself, with Robert providing the two accents. Robert also had a fine individual display of mame bonsais.













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The show had over 100 bonsai trees on display, with some of the best trees in this country. There were 14 traders at the show selling pots, trees, etc. as always it was well worth a visit to see the trees and to try and find that elusive pot or tree you have been looking for.

















Hawthorn Awarded Best Deciduous Tree.................. Acer Palmatum Awarded Best Chuhin Tree

To see more on the show go to www.swindon-bonsai.co.uk



It is important when repotting to check the roots of your trees, annually if possible, check for
such pests as Vine Weevil Larvae or Leather Jackets Larvae as these can be very detrimental to
your bonsai roots if left unchecked.
What do Vine Weevil larvae look like?









In the larvae stage they are plump, white, legless larvae
with pale brown heads.
Vine Weevil Larvae Adult Vine Weevil Leather Jacket Larvae
What do the adult Vine Weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus)? They are around 9mm in length and
have long pear shaped bodies that are dull black with dirty yellow marks on the wing cases with
antennae that are bent at an angle about half way along their length. They affect most species and
are common in mid spring up to autumn. Adult beetles eat the leaves of trees and plants and take
out irregular notches from the leaf margins. They are slow moving beetles that tend to emerge at
night and do not fly. The female beetle can produce hundreds of eggs between April to September
and these eggs are small around 1mm in diameter and brown.
Solent Display at Swindon
Robert’s Mame Display
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 8th April 2019, Workshop – Spring Pruning/Repotting Bring your tools and trees 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 11th April 2019 Tree Critique and open forum bring along your trees that are over 3 years old for styling/guidance by the Forum. 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
29th March at our repotting evening , so bring those trees along that you would like to repot at the club evening, or get some advice on.

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

FEBRUARY 2019
Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

This month’s meeting, on February 22nd, is the Solent Bonsai Winter Image show , this gives
members a chance to show other members some of the trees or suiseki that they have, discuss
and get advice on their trees etc, so please bring them along, it's always a great evening that
everyone enjoys. Don’t forget bring along family and friends, all are welcome.

24th February is the first show of the year, The Swindon Winter Image show , Solent are
showing this year, it is always a good show to start the Bonsai year with many traders selling trees,
pots, etc.
The meeting on the 29th March is a repotting evening, so bring those trees along that you would
like to repot at the club evening, or get some advice on.

Secretary’s Report

I start this report with the sad news that our great friend Jim Read passed away peacefully on 4th February, aged 100. He was a member of Solent Bonsai Society for many years, we had the great pleasure of making him a honorary member of the club at our summer show prior to his 100 birthday on 16th November, I and several other members had the pleasure of attending his birthday.
Our deepest condolences go out to Jean, we look forward to seeing her at future meetings.
Jim’s funeral service will take place at the Portchester Crematorium on Monday 4th March at 12.45pm.




















Jim our honorary member of the club at 2018 summer show.

Some more sad news this month was that Paul Canham from Pinecone Ceramics passed away, many of you will know him from shows were he sold bonsai and accent pots, he will be sadly missed.

January Meeting Auction Report
Once again the January auction was a great success, there were 116 lots. We all had some fun and plenty of laughs. Our thanks go to Clive our auctioneer who as usual gave us a master class in how to conduct an auction with the able assistance of Robert, also thanks to the hard-working Eddie and Jock and thanks to Alison for listing all the sellers and Richard who once again kept an eagle eye on me, making sure there were no mistakes during the auction on the spreadsheet. I hope all who bought trees, tables, pots, books etc. were happy with their purchases. Thanks to all who contributed to club funds and all those selling items, there was over £1500 total sales and the club, with the 10% of sales and donations, added an amazing £270 to club funds.























UK Bonsai Association Auction Report
On Sunday 27th January 2019, at the Auction Run by the new UK Bonsai Association Robert, Arthur, Eddie,
Paul and I showed Suiseki / Saikei / Mame at the auction.

The auction was the first event hosted by the newly formed UK Bonsai Association. It was well attended with over 100 lots which varied in price from £20 to over £500. There were many dutiful trees on sale, one that stood out to me and sold for over £500 was a stunning Japanese Hazel. There are many more pictures from the auction on the UK Bonsai Association website ( ukbonsaiassoc.org ) or on the Swindon Bonsai Club website ( swindon-bonsai.co.uk ).

The auction was a great success for their first event and we look forward to many more on the future.


January Tree of the Month Results
Only one entry this month a Beech by Keith, so I have an early lead.
We look forward to seeing plenty of entrees in March TotM.



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 11th March 2019, Chris Thomas – working with larch to demonstrate planning the trees development through the year.
Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Thursday 14th March 2019. Re-potting- For all experienced members to assist beginners. Bring your trees along for help and advice 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 Friday 22nd February,
At the Solent Bonsai Winter Image Show

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





JANUARY 2019
Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.
The 2019 Bonsai Year starts with our yearly auction on 25th January 2019, so any
trees, pots, books etc. you wish to move on please bring them along.
There should be a good selection of plants, pots, books, etc. to choose from, so don't forget to bring your
money, 10% of the sales goes to club funds.

Next month’s meeting, on February 22nd, is the Solent Bonsai Winter Image show, this gives
members a chance to show other members some of the trees that they have, discuss and get
advice on their trees, so please bring them along, it's always a great evening that everyone enjoys.
Don’t forget bring along family and friends, all are welcome.


Secretary’s Report
2019 as we start the 41st year of The Solent Bonsai Society we look forward to an exciting year and it will not be long before our Bonsai's start springing into life again, which is always an exciting time of the year.

I would like to thank Jackie and Lynn for the excellent nibbles at our November meeting.

Just a couple of pictures from our November meeting.

















Enid’s festive Bonsai
Arthurs Suiseki display


This year’s committee voted in at the November AGM --
see here

I would like on behalf of the membership to thank Jean Blair for her help over the years running the raffle.

Shows comming up in 2019 --
see here

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 11th February 2019, “Styling by Committee” on a yew tree, members jointly making the decisions as work progresses! Also group discussion of the styling or options for any trees that are brought in.

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Thursday 14th February 2019. Enrolment & Re-potting workshop – tips for beginners from Senior 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 on the
Friday 25th January, at the Auction.

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