SOLENT BONSAI SOCIETY
Keith's News

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

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