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Bonsai Society

2018  40th Anniversary year

Honorary President - Peter Chan

Keith’s Monthly Newsletter

Chairman Tips.

 Styles Part 4

Literati - Bunjingi

The literati style of Bonsai is said to have been inspired by early Chinese scroll drawings of trees on mountains. These highly impressionistic drawings had a certain poetic lyricism about them and were often quite abstract in image. Yet if we look at the European Scots pines there is a striking similarity to those scroll drawings so maybe the origins of this style are not as contrived as we are led to believe.

In essence the style is highly linear and less demanding in that there should be a significant taper in the trunk. Its meandering can vary from an almost straight line to the most torturous of bends, and I tend to liken the style to a leisurely stroll into the clouds.

Because it is so linear in form the spaces circumscribed by the trunk in its progression from roots to apex are vital to the overall design and there spaces should be firmly encompassed by the trunk.

One of the most common faults with the literati style is that the foliage clouds are often far to heavy in their visual mass for the visual weight of the trunk, radical leaf pruning or needle removal may be necessary to redress the balance. Always understate the balance of foliage.

Although the literati style is usually associated with coniferous species and in particular with pines and junipers, some deciduous species can be used for this style.

Cotoneaster, flowering cherries, hawthorns, azaleas, tamarisks and even willows can be considered.

Literati Bonsai are mostly grown in shallow circular pots with convex sides. This is to grip the compost and prevent the rootball from toppling out of the pot.

Broom Style - hokidachi

There are several variations of the broom style bur in every case the trunk is straight with well-spread roots. In some instances it may divide into two upper trunks which in turn divide into two more (known as major branches), which in turn divide again - so there is a mathematical progression of one, two, four, eight, sixteen etc. Each of these divisions reduces in caliper until a fine tracery of twigs remains. Alternatively there may be a single trunk line with a series of upwardly inclined branches emanating from it. Another variation is to have several branches around the trunk at approximately the same height, and so on.

The style when seen as a silhouettes may be tall, rounded, spreading or squat and is usually structured in a highly symmetrical manner. It is a reflection of the forms most commonly seen in parks and lining streets and is best suited to deciduous trees, particularly the zelkova, beech, hornbeam, stuartia and Chinese elms.

Simplicity in the form is the essence of this tree and as such it is amongst the most sophisticated of Bonsai styles and like the formal upright style is amongst the most difficult to create in its classical state.

Because of its simplicity in form it is often thought of as being visually boring and consequently is not as popular as perhaps it deserves to be.

Broom style Bonsai are always grown in shallow pots which can be circular, square, hexagonal, oval or rectangle and can often have scalloped corners.

 Solent Bonsai Society

40th Anniversary Year 1978 - 2018

Honorary President Peter Chan

 Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

The next Meeting on 29th June 2018 is a Workshop, Pruning, Wiring. Please bring trees to work on or for advice.

Solent will have a display the Rose and Sweet Pea Show at the Church of the Resurrection, Drayton, PO6 2AP on Saturday 23rd June and is open from 1.30pm to 4.00pm, entrance fee 50p, accompanied children free. For information please see me.

Salisbury Bonsai Show

On 1st July Solent will have a display at the Salisbury Bonsai Show (see show section for details)

Chichester Bonsai Club Show 2018

Solent will be exhibiting, 7th & 8th July 2018 at Manor Nursery, Pagham Road, Runcron, Chichester. PO20 1LJ

The Meeting on 27th July Critique of Members Trees. Please bring Your Trees.

Solent Tree of the Month

May TotM results


       1st Sean Nutbeam, Juniper        2nd Enid Jones, Ginko                       3rd Arthur Nash, Pyracantha

Shows in 2018

Salisbury Bonsai 30th Anniversary Show 2018

Solent will be exhibiting at the Salisbury Bonsai 30th Anniversary Show 1st July 2018

Salisbury Auction Centre, Netherhampton Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire. SP2 8RH

Admission: £3, Time 1000-1630 hrs. Show will be opened by Chris Thomas.

Demonstrations by Malcolm Driffield (our speaker in September)in the morning and Paul Finch in the afternoon. Judging by Peter Chan. Hot and Cold refreshments available all day. There will be a number of traders.

Details can be found at the following Internet site www.salisburybonsaisociety.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Club Show 2018

Solent will be exhibiting, 7 th & 8th July 2018 at Manor Nursery, Pagham Road, Runcron, Chichester. PO20 1LJ

Free Admission 1000-1700.hrs Saturday, 1000-1500.hrs Sunday

Great Sunday lunch (you have to book).

This is a great show and is a good opportunity to show your trees as there is a very large display area for each club. If you would like to show a tree/trees please let Rob or I know, have a go.

Wallington, Fareham Village Fete on Saturday 14th July 2018

Solent Bonsai Society will be showing at the fete. It takes place at Wallington Water Meadows in Standard Way, Fareham. from 1:30pm to 4:30pm Admission Free.

29th July 2018 Sunday Staverton Bonsai Table Top Sale

There is a bonsai car boot sale on 29th July at Staverton Club the address is

39 Staverton, Trowbridge, Wiltshire. BA14 6PA which will have many trees, pots, etc for sale

Community Woodfair Show on Saturday 1st September 2018

Solent and Eastleigh Bonsai Society's have been invited to bring some indigenous bonsai to the show.

The show is not a bonsai show but a show that promotes woodcrafts etc. and should be worth a visit in September, it is held at:- Zionshill Copse, Local nature reserve, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh. SO53 4SJ

The Heathrow Bonsai Show 21st October 2018

Solent’s last bonsai show of the year is The Heathrow Bonsai Show on 21st October 2018,

it is held at:-

The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB

The show open to public 1000-1600, Entrance fees are, adults £3, children under 12 go Free.

This is an excellent show and well worth attending, there are 38 clubs exhibiting bonsai and viewing stones, 25 traders. All Day Refreshments available.

More information can be found at www.heathrowbonsai.weebley.com


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 9th July 2018 Japanese/Chinese/English Styling. Paul


Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on

Thursday 12th July 2018 Post Exibition Review Talk by Don Ellis (Chairman)

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 29th June at the workshop

Keith Hartley

Secretary Solent Bonsai Society


Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com

Tel: - 02392640985

Mobile: - 07847487435

Secretary's Report

At the May meeting Rob and Collette gave an in-depth talk on air layering, I hope you all found it informative, it’s one of the best ways to create bonsai’s for free.


Solent Show report

It was with great pleasure, at our summer show, that Jim was made an honorary member of the Solent Bonsai Society and presented with his red badge as he approaches his hundredth birthday. Some of our newer members may not know Jim, for many years he was a stalwart member of Solent and as he approaches his hundredth birthday it was with great pleasure that we made him an honorary member of our society and as the great day approaches we along with the Queen will be

wishing him a happy birthday. I believe that Jim and Jean may be the first couple to have achieved red badge status in our society, once again many congratulations.

Thanks to Jackie for her food and all her helpers for the wonderful job they did all day at the show. The show went well with a steady flow of people throughout the day. There were over 70 trees at the show, from acers to zalkovas, well done all who participated.

It was a fun day, to see pictures of the trees on display:-   go to SUMMER SHOW >>>>>

Eastbourn Show Report

For the third year Solent had a display at the Eastbourn Bonsai show but this year we failed to win best Society, it was won by Sussex . We tried a different display this year with a variety of styles with trees provided by Eddie, Arthur, Rob and I.

Solent Display at Eastbourn

Rob had trees in the Eastleigh display along with Paul and Brenda, I managed to dip my toe in the Eastleigh display with a small ginkgo.

Chichester were also well represented with a great display, we all had a very enjoyable day.

Eastleigh                                                                                     Chichester