My Reflections of 2019
Well here we are again it's the AGM our last meeting of the year. With Christmas looming next month, we can reflect on another Solent Bonsai Society’s very successful year.
January meeting. Our yearly auction was again a great success with plenty of bargains and as usual was run with great humour by Clive and Robert.
UK Bonsai Association Auction 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, it was very successful and we will probably be showing again next year.
February The Swindon show, Solent 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.
February meeting was the clubs fifth winter image show, John Hughes won the Chairman’s Cup and Enid Jones was presented with the Tree of the Month overall winner trophy for 2018. I hope everyone enjoyed the evening.
February, for the second year Solent started the monthly workshop at Roberts, those who attended were well looked after by Lynn and Robert with Tea, Coffee, cake and biscuits and we all got a lot of work done over the next few months.
March meeting. Another successful repotting evening, it was great to see so many members bringing trees for repotting and advice on their trees and thanks to Robert, Collette and other members for their help.
April meeting, was a workshop at which we looked at last year’s air layering’s severed and gave some advice on members trees.
May. 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. All three clubs had fine displays. Wessex was the successful winners this year.
May. On Sunday 26th May Solent had a display at the Eastbourne & Wealden Bonsai Show. Robert, Eddie, Arthur and I attended the show. We had three large trees were a Hornbeam raft, Satsuki Azalea and Potentilla plus two accents
May meeting, many thanks to Robert for the second talk on accent plants and to those who brought along some of their accent plants, I think it was a great display.
June meeting was a pruning and wiring workshop with many members bringing trees to work on.
June. Solent Bonsai were invited to show at Havant GC on 15th June and Farlington GC on 22nd June.
Eddie Savory and Clifford Roe put on an excellent display at Havant, Robert and I put on the displays at Farlington.
July on 7th and 8th July the Chichester Bonsai show. 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. There were seven Societies with displays.
July meeting was our summer 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.
August meeting was a pine workshop with useful advice from Robert, Collette and other members.
September, once again Solent put on a bonsai display at the Woodfair Chandlers Ford on 7th September which was hosted by Amelia, we will be there next year on 5th September 2020, it's an interesting show worth a visit next year.
September meeting was the concluding part of three talks from Robert on Bonsai presentation and displaying. For those who were lucky enough to be at all the three talks, I think you will agree that displaying Bonsai is truly an art in itself and we are so lucky to have Robert, who has an incredible knowledge of displaying Bonsai, he can also put on a magnificent display himself which we are all privileged to see.
October. We attended the Heathrow Bonsai show, report in this newsletter.
October meeting was a workshop and winter preparation, weather was not very good, thanks to members who brought along trees.
November AGM, come along for updates and news for next year.
We had a great 2019 and 2020 looks like another exciting bonsai year, action in January, February winter show, workshops and shows Solent will be attending.
I can’t wait for spring, the best time for Bonsai when the new shoots start to break.
Roll on 2020.