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2018 40th Anniversary year
Honorary President -
Keith’s Monthly Newsletter
Here we are with the first newsletter of 2018, already at the end of January, when thoughts should be turning to re-
Equally as important as the Bonsai itself, is the container in which it is planted. Where art and aesthetics combine with the practical to make the whole, it is essential to show a complete picture.
The most beautifully styled, creatively crafted Bonsai will be less than best if, when displayed, it has been given a pot for which it is unsuitable. All that work will have gone for naught when a pot and tree have become two mismatched items.
The relationship between pot and plant as one is more important in Bonsai then in any other type of horticulturally based design, and it is vital to spend time in understanding the aesthetics of such a purchase.
Shapes and Sizes
When you see the vast range of containers available, you begin to comprehend what variety there is in growing bonsai. From the tiny, thimble-
Some have an unglazed matt finish, others are glazed with a soft natural sheen, and they mostly come in a range of soft natural shades of green, blue, grey and brown aiming to set off the tree rather than detract from it. Some are decorated. Some have hard edges, others soft curved rims.
However, it’s hard to set down rules chipped in tablets of stone. The perception of what is right is a very subjective affair and requires a certain amount of flair to hit it on the nail straight away.
Your aim is to match the container with the type of tree, and the style you have created, and you’ll want to be pleased with the overall outline you have achieved. From an aesthetic point of view, there should be a relationship between tree and pot so that it is hard to imagine the tree looking any other way.
As a rough rule of thumb:
1. The width of a pot should be about three-
2. For a shortish specimen with a good spreading canopy of foliage, the pot width should be about three-
3. Where possible, go for a pot with a depth matching the thickness of the trunk.
4. The depth from front to back of the pot need to be a little less than the depth of the tree which also helps the balance to look right.
5. This code doesn’t entirely work with a group planting, but if you can make sure the tallest tree in the group follows the three-
6. Trees should seem neither too big, nor too small for their pots.
7. Remember that your deciduous trees will look bigger when in leaf, and your choice of pot must allow for that.
8. The character of the tree must be thought about when choosing a pot. A strong, rugged specimen will look vaguely silly given a decorative pot or one that is too dainty. Instead choose a more work-
9. Oblong, oval, round -
10. For the cascade style bonsai, a special tall pot is required. The height is about two or three times its width at the top. This allows the tree to cascade unimpeded while remaining in balance and proportion to the pot. Like all other pot sizes, there are cascade pots of all heights and widths to accommodate trees of all sizes.
11. Some pots have feet -
12. Few trees are planted plumb in the centre of the pot. The position they take depends largely on the angle of the trunk and branches, the outline created by the foliage, and the general flow of the overall design, all of which help the tree reach a comfortable equilibrium within its pot. It will usually look more natural if it is placed off the centre, especially if it has a trunk that is slanting towards the middle. The best advice is to spend time trying the tree in one position after another, until your eyes tell you that you’ve got it right. No one can really tell you when this is. It’s something within yourself. And you will know only with experience. Another good idea is to thumb through books on Bonsai culture, and examine closely all the pictures of Bonsai. Try to understand why a tree looks pleasing, what kind of pot it has, why the pot enhances the tree, why the position of the tree looks right. This way, you will begin to appreciate what is in the mind of the great Bonsai Masters, and take some steps in emulating their work! There will be a good opportunity to purchase books, pots and even trees in our annual auction.
Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.
Our first 2018 meeting is on 26th January 2018
We start the year with our annual auction there will be trees, pots, tools, display tables, books, etc. for sale, so any trees, pots, books etc. you wish to move on please bring them along.
There should be a good selection of plants, books, etc. to choose from, so don't forget to bring your money, 10% of the sales goes to club funds. Friends and family all are welcome.
Our annual subscription for the year is due as usual in January (adults £20, couples £30, Juniors £10).
Our February meeting is on the 23rd and is the Solent Bonsai Winter Image show evening, this gives members a chance to show other members some of the trees that they have and 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.
Its 2018 and its the 40th anniversary 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 few pictures from our November meeting.
Eddies much admired Pyracantha
This year’s committee voted in at the November AGM is as follows:-
Show Manager........................Eddie Savory
Assistant Show Manager…… Vacant
Membership secretary............Lynn Stewart and Alison Fitsgerald
b. Other posts
Raffle tickets.............................Jean Blair
Auditors 1.................................Eddie Savory
Auditors 2.................................John Hughes
The Subscriptions stay the same
£20 Adult Member, £30 Joint Members, £10 Junior Member.
Next Year’s Programme
The Committee has planed next year’s program. We have firm dates for Amelia Wilson and Malcolm Driffield to give us a talk in 2018.
Solent Bonsai Society 2018 Programme. Tree of the Month
26th January Auction, Trees, Pots, Books etc. Owners Choice
23rd February Club Winter show. Bring Your Trees. No Competition
30th March Repotting Workshop. Owners Choice
27th April Speaker. Talk by Amelia Williams. (Booked) Owners Choice
25th May Workshop/Talk, Air Layering. Please bring Trees. Owners Choice
Sunday 3th June Club summer show. 10am to 4 pm
29th June Workshop, Pruning Wiring. Please bring Trees. Owners Choice
27th July Critique of Members Trees. Please bring Trees. Owners Choice
31st August Pine Workshop. Please bring Trees. Owners Choice
28th September Speaker, Talk by Malcolm Driffield. (Booked). Owners Choice
26th October Talk by Rob. Owners Choice
30th November A.G.M. & Jackie Party nibbles. Owners Choice
Please Note the Club summer show is on Sunday 3th June.
25th February sees the first show of the year at The Swindon winter image show, Solent are not showing this year as it is the turn of Eastleigh Bonsai Society, it is always a good show to start the Bonsai year with many traders selling trees, pots, etc. (for venue details see below)
Acadama and Kyodama.
At the February, March meetings we will ask Collette to bring some Acadama and Kyodama along for the members who have ordered some bags. If anyone requires Acadama or Kyodama for their repotting please let Collette know at the January meeting.
Tree of the Month
November TotM results
1st Keith Hartley with a Chinese Elm
2nd Enid Jones with her Privet
3rd Alison Fitsgerald with her Cotoneaster
1st Chinese Elm 2nd Privet 3rd Cotoneaster
The overall winner of the Tree of the Month 2017 will be announced at the January meeting.
Shows in 2018
Swindon Winter Image Show 2018
Swindon Winter Image show is on 25th February 2018, one of the best shows of the year at:-
Grange Leisure Centre, Grange Drive, Stratton St. Margaret, Swindon, Wiltshire. SN3 4JY
It is a good opportunity to buy those elusive pots, trees etc. as there are many traders at the show.
More information can be found on their website . www.swindon-
Sutton Bonsai Club Show 24th & 25th March 2018 Saturday & Sunday
Wisley Gardens, Wisley Lane, Wisley, Surrey. GU23 6QB
You pay £12.60 adult, children £6.30, to enter Wisley gardens and the Bonsai Show is free to enter.
Expo Bonsai UK 2018
Expo Bonsai UK 8th April 2018 at:-
The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB
The show open to public 1000-
Further details to follow. If you are interested in submitting a tree for consideration please contact email@example.com . for more details see the website www.expobonsaiuk.weebly.com
Wessex Bonsai Show
Solent have been invited to show at the Wessex Bonsai Show on Sunday 13th May which is held at the
Kinson Community Centre, Pelhams Park, Millais Road, Kinson, Bournemouth. BH10 7LH
The show starts at 10:30am to 5pm, the entrance fee is £3.50, Solent Bonsai Society will be represented plus numerous other societies and traders, it should be a very good show and worth the trip to Bournemouth. Wessex , Eastleigh and Solent will also be taking part in the Bellinger trophy which is held yearly between the clubs.
Eastbourne & Wealdon Show 2018
Solent will be exhibiting at the Eastbourne & Wealdon Bonsai Club show on Sunday 10th June 2018
it is held at:-
Admission: £2.50 1000-
Details can be found at the following Internet site www.eandwbonsaiclub.co.uk
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: tba, Time 1000-
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-
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.
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:-
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-
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.weebly.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
(12th February) Talk By Chris Thomas.
Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting
(8th February 2018) Enrolment & Re-
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 26th January at the Auction.
Secretary Solent Bonsai Society