SOLENT BONSAI SOCIETY
Keith's News
MARCH 2020

CORONAVIRUS


Hi all members and friends of Solent Bondai Society.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and its effect it has on Solent Bondai Society.

As per the government advice, from this month, including the 27th March meeting, we have suspended meetings of the Solent Bonsai Society until further notice and hopefully more settled times. Just in case I miss someone if you are in touch with anyone you know is not on the internet can you please let them know that SBS meetings are suspended.

I am still hoping to send out our monthly newsletter to keep you updated on our situation, and we will try to give some advice on what you should be doing with your bonsais each month.

The knock on affect, even if we manage to have our meetings later in the year is that the program for this year will inevitably be changed i.e. speakers will not be able to come so expect changes to the program throughout the year.

The Expo Bonsai Show scheduled for 5th April is cancelled. It is possible, if not probable, that other bonsai shows that have been promoted for this year may be cancelled, so if you were planning to attend a show then it would be worth checking it is taking place, a good source of information is the UK Bonsai Association website ukbonsaiassoc.org .

I hope at the present moment that you are all well and if you are self isolating yourself then it is an ideal time to get out into the garden, weather permitting, and look after your Bonsai, repotting, weeding the pots, don’t forget watering if the sun actually shines (they soon dry out even with all the rain we’re having), so plenty to do and next year our trees should show the benefit of our self isolation.

So in these strange and difficult times expect change and hopefully we can get back to normal in the near future.

Keith

Keith Hartley

Secretary Solent Bonsai Society

Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com

Mobile:- 07847487435

www.solentbonsai.co.uk














FEBRUARY 2020

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends
.

February 28th, Meeting 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. This is a free evening so don’t forget bring along family and friends,
all are welcome.

23rd February is the first show of the year , The Swindon Winter Image show, Solent are
not showing this year, but it is always a good show to start the Bonsai year with many
traders selling trees, pots, etc.

The meeting on the 27th 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

January Meeting Auction Report

Once again the January auction was a great success, there were 69 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 Arthur 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 £1180 total sales and the club, with the 10% of sales and donations, added an amazing £120 to club funds.

UK Bonsai Association Auction Report
On Sunday 31st January 2020, at the Auction Run by the UK Bonsai Association. At the auction there was also a side show of Mame (very small bonsai), Suiseki (viewing stones) and Saikei (Japanese Tray Landscapes). Robert displayed Mame , Arthur and I Suiseki, Paul Saikei.
















Robert's MAME display














Arthur's Suiseki
Keith's Suiseki
Along with Paul's Saikei was David Penny who will be speaking at our September meeting.
We look forward to David’s talk . Below two examples of his Saikei














The auction run by UK Bonsai Association was well attended with over 100 lots. There are many pictures from the auction on the UK Bonsai Association website (ukbonsaiassoc.org )

Keith

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 9th March 2020. Workshop. Eastleigh Bonsai Society meet at:-
United Reformed Church Hedge End, 14 St John's Rd, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 4AB
If you need any more information about Eastleigh BS please talk to Robert or myself.
For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society go to www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on 12th March 2020. 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 28th February ,
At the Solent Bonsai Winter Image Show

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

JANUARY 2020

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends .

The 2020 Bonsai Year starts with our yearly auction on 31st January 2020, 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. Don’t forget there is a Tree of the Month competition for January.

Please Note, Sunday 26th January 2020 is the Auction Run by the UK Bonsai Association which is before our first meeting of 2020, and is in conjunction with a Suiseki / Saikei / Mame show. Robert will have a display of Mame and Arthur, Eddie and myself will be showing some of our Suiseki stones.


Next month’s meeting, on February 28th, 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. This is a free evening so don’t forget bring along family and friends, all are welcome.


Secretary's Report

Well here we are starting the 2020’s. We at the Solent Bonsai Society, look forward to an exciting year and it will not be long before spring, when we start to see the new buds springing into life again on our Bonsai's, which for me is the best time of the Bonsai year when you can start to plan the next stage for each of our bonsai trees.

This year's Committee
>>go to Contacts>>

This year's Meetings
>>go to Program>>

This year's Shows
>>go to Shows>>



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 10th February 202 0. Repotting Workshop.
Eastleigh Bonsai Society meet at:-United Reformed Church Hedge End, 14 St John's Rd, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 4AB
If you need any more information about Eastleigh BS please talk to Robert or myself.
For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society go to www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Thursday 13th February 2020 .
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 Friday 31st January, at the Auction.

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