SOLENT BONSAI SOCIETY
Keith's News
JANUARY 2022

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

Hi fellow Bonsai lovers.
From Secretary and Chairman
I hope you had a Covid free Christmas, with the New Year now upon us I hope that 2022 will be a
better year.
Many thanks for all those who attended the September, October and November Meetings. The
chairman and I were so pleased to see so many back attending and we look forward to 2022 when
hopefully we can get back to what we used to call normal but with the ever changing restrictions who
knows?
I have listed the 2022 program for Solent Bonsai Society below and what was passed for 2022
at the AGM.

Solent Bonsai Society, 2022 Programme
28th January--------Club Auction
25th February------ Repotting Workshop
25th March-----------Repotting Workshop
29th April----------- Malcolm Driffield (talk tbd)
8th May-------------Expo Bonsai UK
27th May------------ Workshop, Pruning/Wiring
2nd & 3rd July-------Chichester Bonsai Club Show
24th June------------ Talk by Amelia Williams,Bugs and Pests.
29th July -------------Pine Workshop. Please bring Trees
26th August----------Talk by Robert abd
11th September-----The Heathrow Bonsai Show
30th September-----Workshop
28th October---------tbd
25th November------A.G.M.

Fees for 2022 passed at AGM.
Anyone who paid their fees in 2020 will deemed to have paid for 2022
For Members who had not paid in 2020 or new members, there is no change to the yearly subscription
which are-: Adult Single £20, Adult Joint Membership £30, Junior £10
In AOB there was a proposal that there be no entrance fee, at meetings for the year 2022, for all
members, which was carried.
So entrance fee for 2022 meetings in free.

Meetings
The 2020 Bonsai Year starts with our yearly auction on 28th January 2022, 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. The auction at the present time should go ahead but if the Covid rules change, as with all other 2022 meetings, there may have to be changes, so if you have any bonsai trees, pots, tables, tools, etc. that you no longer want, start to get them ready for the auction, which fingers crossed, will go ahead.

For 2022 we will not be having our usual in-house show in February, with the winter, so far, being fairly mild, we will be having a re-potting evening in February and March. Don’t forget there is noTree of the Month competition for January. Other meetings to look forward to are in April will be a talk by Malcolm Driffield on a subject to be decided, and in July we have Amelia who will be giving a talk on bugs that we hopefully won’t encounter in our trees and soil.

Show Information
The Swindon show has been cancelled on 13th February 2022 and now The Trophy Show due to be held on 19 - 20 February 2022 in Belgium has been cancelled by the Belgian government.
2022 with most of the country jabbed, the future is looking much brighter so we look forward to seeing you and having a great bonsai year.

Keith

Bonsai in January
Hopefully all your bonsai trees are being protected for the winter and here is a quick generic guide to bonsai in January.
Watering
Your bonsai trees will still need watering but not as often as their growth rate has slowed right down so their water uptake has also slowed down.
At this time of year if your trees are still outside, they will be getting watered naturally by the rainfall, morning dew and melting frosts. However, monitor the moisture level to ensure your bonsai trees are not water logged as this can cause roots to rot.
If your bonsai trees are under cover check daily and water if required to keep the soil damp / moist but not soaking wet.
Any bonsai being kept indoors should be watered daily if required as they will be losing moisture due to the higher temperatures inside drying out the soil and the tropical species still tend to grow during the winter period inside.
Ideal time to water is in the morning to allow the water time to dissipate and to reduce the surface water should the temperature cool down overnight or there is a frost.
Re-potting
If the weather is mild repotting can be undertaken but avoid early repotting if you have no protection for the tree like a cold frame or green house if frosts are likely.
Otherwise prepare for repotting by checking soil supplies and also that if you are looking to change the pot that you have the correct pot size to repot into.
Feeding
Generally feeding in January is not required as broadleaves trees are dormant and conifers or evergreens have slowed down on growth during this period.
However, continue to lightly feed tropical trees that are kept indoors if they are still showing signs of growth to sustain them during this period.
Pruning
This is a great time of year to review your bonsai trees and check the structural image of the tree as well as the tracery and branch placement. Broadleaved trees are especially easy as they have for most species lost their leaves and are dormant. You can remove unwanted structural branches but remember to cover the wounds with wound paste or sealant as the trees are dormant and will not be able to respond to the pruning as effectively. Otherwise just mark the branch(es) to remove and wait till the Spring to then remove themTrimming
This is not required to either broadleaved or coniferous trees in January. However, you may still need to trim the new shoots off tropical trees that are growing indoors to control the growth and develop ramification.
Root pruning
Carry out root pruning if you do start to re-pot now as part of the re-potting process and check for soil borne pests, root rot and other root problems and address if any issues are found.
Insects and pests
Continue to check your bonsai trees over fully for pests, insects and diseases as some insects can over winter on or in your trees like red spider mite, scale insect and if you have not applied a winter pesticide or removed unwanted pests before now it is a chance to do so. Pests are also likely if the weather is mild so worth checking to avoid disappointment in the spring when buds or leaves fail to flush due to pest attack.
Moss and weed control
Hopefully you carried out pre winter preparation and addressed any weed and moss issues particularly around the trunks of bonsai trees prior to winter. If not this is again a good time to remove moss and weeds to clear the surface of the soil for improved moisture movement as well as prevent bark rot from wet moss. You can use a range of techniques including a diluted vinegar application on the bark which you apply and then around a week of two later the moss removes more easily with a light brush action (tooth brush works well).
Wiring
If wire is present on your bonsai tree check whether it is still serving a purpose and is taught and not digging into the bark causing wire marks and re-set if necessary or tighten.
Protection
Continue to maintain winter protection in whatever form you use and check your trees daily for effects of frost or snow.
Assessment
This is also a good time to photograph your bonsai trees and update their records for re-potting timings, feeding regimes, soil type etc as it is sometimes hard to keep track of what you do for each tree when you start increasing your collection. Keeping a photographic record does come in very useful over the years to see the trees development and your progress.
Shows, Auctions in 2022

Expo Bonsai UK 8th May 2022 (Confirmed
) K2 Leisure Centre, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, West Sussex. RH11 9BQ The show open to public 1000-1600, Admission £tba. Approximately 100 show quality trees along with support from a number of well known bonsai traders. If you are interested in submitting a tree for consideration please contact ebuk18@gmail.com Contact: Steve Hale 07850 771201 For more details see the website www.expobonsaiuk.weebly.com.

The Heathrow Bonsai Show Sunday 11th September 2022 (Confirmed) The Heathrow Bonsai Show, it is held at:- Bracknell Leisure Centre, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, Berkshire. RG12 9SE More information can be found at www.heathrowbonsai.weebley.com

Chichester Bonsai Exhibition 2nd & 3rd July 2022 (Confirmed) Manor Nursery, Pagham Road, Runcron, Chichester. PO20 1LJ Free Admission 0900-1700.hrs Saturday, 1000-1500.hrs Sunday


Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm; For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk January Meeting not confirmed

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm; No Meeting in January For more information 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. Next Meeting 28th January 2022. Starting at 7:30pm.

Don’t forget Bonsai is not just a plant in a pot, it’s a living art and unlike paintings and sculpture it’s a forever changing canvas.
Look forward to seeing you on 28th.
Stay Safe.
Keith

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






NOVEMBER 2021

From Secretary and Chairman
Hi members of the Solent Bonsai Society our next meetings at the
Wallington Village Hall is on
Friday 26th November 2021 is the AGM starting at 7:30pm.
You are welcome to bring your trees along and after the AGM you can discuss
them with a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit.

There will not be a Bonsai Competition this month.
There are no restrictions at the Hall except that we may have all the windows open and it is
recommended that face masks are warn in the corridor, but this is only a recommendation
and is not compulsory.
Secretary’s Report
October Meeting
At last month’s meeting we had another critique of the trees members brought along for advice or to find the way forward. It is always interesting to hear how others members see how they see the way forward for a tree which you may or may not find useful. Thinking about what we should do next year, if you have any idea or preferences that you would like to do next year please let us know, at the AGM we will set out a program for 2022.
Some of the Trees Critiqued at the October Meeting

Your Monthly Bonsai Task Guide
Bonsai in December
Winter is here and your deciduous trees should have a beautiful tracery as you can now see all the branches and twigs. While your evergreens may be starting to tone down their bright green or dark green foliage to a more dull tone. All your trees needing winter protection should now all being protected for the winter and here is a quick generic guide to bonsai in December as the colder weather has set into the UK.
Watering
Your bonsai trees will still need watering but not as often as their growth rate has slowed right down so the water uptake has also slowed down and the trees are in winter dormancy. At this time of year if your trees are still outside, they will be getting watered naturally by the rainfall, morning dew and melting frosts. However, monitor the moisture level to ensure your bonsai trees are not water logged as this can cause roots to rot. If your bonsai trees are under cover check daily and water if required to keep the soil damp / moist but not soaking wet. Any bonsai being kept indoors should be watered regularly but this will have slowed down from a daily watering. They will be loosing moisture due to the higher temperatures inside drying out the soil and the tropical species still tend to grow during the winter period inside. Ideal time to water is in the morning to allow the water time to dissipate and to reduce the surface water should the temperature cool down overnight or there is a frost.
Re-potting
If the weather is mild repotting can be undertaken but avoid early repotting if you have no protection for the tree like a cold frame or green house if frosts are likely. Otherwise prepare for repotting by checking soil supplies and also that if you are looking to change the pot that you have the correct pot size to repot into.
Feeding
Generally feeding in December is not required for either tree types as broad-leaved trees are dormant and without leaves, conifers or evergreens have slowed down on growth during this period.
Pruning
This is a great time of year to review your bonsai trees and check the structural image of the tree as well as the tracery and branch placement. Broadleaved trees are especially easy as they have for most species lost their leaves and are dormant. You can remove unwanted structural branches but remember to cover the wounds with wound paste or sealant as the trees are dormant and will not be able to respond to the pruning as effectively. Otherwise just mark the branch(es) to remove and wait till the Spring to then remove them.
Trimming
This is not required to either broadleaved or coniferous trees in December. However, you may still need to trim the new shoots off tropical trees that are growing indoors to control the growth and develop ramification.
Root pruning
Carry out root pruning if you do start to re-pot now as part of the re-potting process and check for soil borne pests, root rot and other root problems and address if any issues are found. Given that the frosts have started though avoid repotting now until the spring.
Insects and pests
Continue to check your bonsai trees over fully for pests, insects and diseases as some insects can over winter on or in your trees like red spider mite, scale insect. Pests are also likely if the weather is mild so worth checking to avoid disappointment in the spring when buds or leaves fail to flush due to pest attack. Typical pests still around include scale insect, mites, aphids and soil borne larva, vine weevil and beetles.
Moss and weed control
This should have been done in the previous months but check for any new moss forming.
Wiring
None required.
Protection
Continue to check all your bonsai trees for health over the winter and review any that are not under protection in case of extreme cold weather or snow. If there is the chance of snow then make sure the branches do not get an excessive build up of snow that could cause them to break.
Assessment
This is also a good time to photograph your bonsai trees and update their records for re-potting timings, feeding regimes, soil type etc as it is sometimes hard to keep track of what you do for each tree when you start increasing your collection. Keeping a photographic record does come in very useful over the years to see the trees development and your progress.

Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm; Meetings resumed, next meeting 13th December 2021. For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm; Next meeting is on 9th December 2021 AGM & Christmas Social. For more information 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.

Solent Bonsai Society having resumed meetings at the Wallington Village Hall
Next Meeting 26th November 2021. Starting at 7:30pm is our AGM.

Don’t forget Bonsai is not just a plant in a pot, it’s a living art and unlike paintings and sculpture it’s a forever changing canvas.
Just a thought. It’s ok if people don’t like keeping Bonsai. It’s sort of a smart person’s hobby anyway.

Look forward to seeing you on 26th, at the AGM. Stay Safe.


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




OCTOBER 2021

Secretary’s Report
Hi Solent Bonsai Society Members, after 18 months we finally had a meeting in September.
It was great to see 24 members at the meeting. We had an interesting meeting and it was great to see
many members bringing their bonsai. The meeting took the form of a critique by Robert of the bonsai
at the meeting which I hope most enjoyed.
The 29th October meeting will be another opportunity for members bring bonsais for critique, so
bring them along.
Start thinking about what we should do next year, if you have any idea or preferences that you would
like to do next year please let us know, and hopefully at the AGM in November we can set out a
program for 2022.

Keith
Your Monthly Bonsai Task Guide

Bonsai in November
Hopefully all your bonsai trees are now being protected for the winter and here is a quick
generic guide to bonsai in November as the colder weather has now arrived in the UK.

Preparation for Winter
Check all your bonsai trees for health to ensure that before they are all in good health before
the change in weather as the stronger your trees are the better chances they have of coming
through the winter in good health. Ensure that before placing them under cover or into a cold greenhouse that the leaves for broadleaves have been removed as dead leaves rot and can cause mold and fungi to build up and affect the buds for next spring.

Watering
Your bonsai trees will still need watering but not as often as their growth rate has slowed right down so the water uptake has also slowed down and the trees are going into winter dormancy.
At this time of year if your trees are still outside, they will be getting watered naturally by the rainfall, morning dew and melting frosts. However, monitor the moisture level to ensure your bonsai trees are not water logged as this can cause roots to rot.
If your bonsai trees are under cover check daily and water if required to keep the soil damp / moist but not soaking wet.
Any bonsai being kept indoors should be watered regularly but this will have slowed down from a daily watering. They will be loosing moisture due to the higher temperatures inside drying out the soil and the tropical species still tend to grow during the winter period inside.
Ideal time to water is in the morning to allow the water time to dissipate and to reduce the surface water should the temperature cool down overnight or there is a frost.

Re-potting
If the weather is mild repotting can be undertaken but avoid early repotting if you have no protection for the tree like a cold frame or green house if frosts are likely.
Otherwise prepare for repotting by checking soil supplies and also that if you are looking to change the pot that you have the correct pot size to repot into.

Feeding
Generally feeding in November is not required as broadleaves trees are dormant and without leaves and conifers or evergreens have slowed down on growth during this period.
However, continue to lightly feed tropical trees that are kept indoors if they are still showing signs of growth to sustain them during this period.

Pruning
This is a great time of year to review your bonsai trees and check the structural image of the tree as well as the tracery and branch placement. Broadleaved trees are especially easy as they have for most species lost their leaves and are dormant. You can remove unwanted structural branches but remember to cover the wounds with wound paste or sealant as the trees are dormant and will not be able to respond to the pruning as effectively. Otherwise just mark the branch(es) to remove and wait till the Spring to then remove them.

Trimming
This is not required to either broadleaved or coniferous trees in November. However, you may still need to trim the new shoots off tropical trees that are growing indoors to control the growth and develop ramification.

Root pruning
Carry out root pruning if you do start to re-pot now as part of the re-potting process and check for soil borne pests, root rot and other root problems and address if any issues are found. Given that the frosts have started though avoid repotting now until the spring.

Insects and pests
Continue to check your bonsai trees over fully for pests, insects and diseases as some insects can over winter on or in your trees like red spider mite, scale insect and if you have not applied a winter pesticide or removed unwanted pests before now it is a chance to do so.
Pests are also likely if the weather is mild so worth checking to avoid disappointment in the spring when buds or leaves fail to flush due to pest attack. Typical pests still around include scale insect, mites, aphids and soil borne larva, vine weevil and beetles.

Moss and weed control

This is the time to carry out pre winter preparation and to remove any weed and moss issues particularly around the trunks of bonsai trees prior to winter.
The aim is to have a clear surface of the soil for improved moisture movement as well as prevent bark rot from wet moss. You can use a range of techniques including a diluted vinegar application on the bark which you apply and then around a week of two later the moss removes more easily with a light brush action (tooth brush works well).

Wiring
If wire is present on your bonsai tree check whether it is still serving a purpose and is taught and not digging into the bark causing wire marks and re-set if necessary or tighten.
This is also a good time to wire Pines and Larches to set the branches over the winter and it is an easier time to wire certain species like broadleaved varieties as the leaves have fallen off.

Protection
For those trees in your bonsai collection that are more sensitive to cold weather try to provide them with some winter protection from the frosts especially if they are in small pots. The smaller the tree the more vulnerable to winter weather damage they are.
Options for protection include
ﰠUnder benches
ﰠCold greenhouse
ﰠCold frames
ﰠShade netting
ﰠFleeces
ﰠDouble potting placing on pot inside a larger pot
ﰠPot protection with fleeces, polystyrene, wooden box
Certain tree species are more vulnerable due to their sensitive foliage type or root type so protect species like Yews, Ginkgo’s, Ilex, Swamp Cypress and species with fleshy roots.
Continue to maintain winter protection in whatever form you use and check your trees daily for effects of frost or snow.

Assessment
This is also a good time to photograph your bonsai trees and update their records for re-potting timings, feeding regimes, soil type etc as it is sometimes hard to keep track of what you do for each tree when you start increasing your collection. Keeping a photographic record does come in very useful over the years to see the trees development and your progress.

An example of what you can achieve using Garden Centre material
Pyracantha From Garden centre before being styled by Robert on 4th Feb 2020
Pyracantha after styling by Robert on 4th Feb 2020
Now, October 2021
Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm; Meetings resumed, next meeting 8th November 2021. For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm; Chichester Bonsai Society next meeting is on 11th November 2021 and is preparation for winter. For more information 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
.
Solent Bonsai Society has resumed meetings at the Wallington Village Hall Next Meeting 29th October 2021. Starting at 7:30pm

Don’t forget Bonsai is not just a plant in a pot, it’s a living art and unlike paintings and sculpture it’s a forever changing canvas.

Look forward to seeing you on 29th October, Stay Safe.

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





SEPTEMBER 2021

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.
Friday 24th September 2021
Hi fellow Bonsai lovers.

From Secretary and Chairman

Hi members of the Solent Bonsai Society our next meetings at the Wallington Village Hall is on
Friday 24th September 2021.

Yes I did say our next meeting, it’s been 18 months since our last meeting was abruptly cancelled on
17th March 2020 and hopefully, at last, we can start to get back to some sort of normality.

The first meeting will be a fairly informal meeting, at which if you would like to bring a couple of your
trees, perhaps ones you would like to show us that you’ve been worked on during the lockdown, or
would like some advice on, then please bring them along, it will be great to catch up with you all again.

There will not be a Bonsai Competition this month but we may be able to put on a small display of our
bonsai.
There are no restrictions at the Hall except that we may have all the windows open and it is
recommended that face masks are warn in the corridor, but this is only a recommendation
and is not compulsory.

There will, unfortunately, be no refreshments at this month’s meeting.
We hope to see you all, on 24th September, after what has been a very difficult 18 months for us all.

Keith and Robert

Your Monthly Bonsai Task Guide


Bonsai in October

This is the time to start preparing for the winter now that autumn is here. It is a chance to review your
requirements and options for winter protection and prepare your trees. It is also a great time of year to admire
your deciduous bonsai trees as they put on a good autumnal display. Here is a quick generic guide to bonsai
in October as the colder and wet weather starts to arrive in the UK.

Preparation for Winter
Check all your bonsai trees for health to ensure that before they are all in good health before the change in
weather as the stronger your trees are the better chances they have of coming through the winter in good
health.
Ensure that before placing them under cover or into a cold greenhouse that the leaves for broadleaves have
been removed as dead leaves rot and can cause mould and fungi to build up and affect the buds for next
spring.
The leaves should fall naturally but some species tend to hold onto their leaves longer so if they do not fall
naturally then they can be removed once they have changed colour and start to fade or shrivel.

Watering
Your bonsai trees will still need watering but not as often as their growth rate has slowed right down so the water uptake has also slowed down and the trees are going into winter dormancy. At this time of year if your trees are still outside, they will be getting watered naturally by the rainfall and morning dew. However, monitor the moisture level to ensure your bonsai trees are not water logged as this can cause roots to rot. If your bonsai trees are under cover check daily and water if required to keep the soil damp / moist but not soaking wet. Any bonsai being kept indoors should be watered regularly but this will have slowed down from a daily watering. They will be loosing moisture due to the higher temperatures inside drying out the soil and the tropical species still tend to grow during the winter period inside. Ideal time to water is in the morning to allow the water time to dissipate and to reduce the surface water should the temperature cool down overnight.

Re-potting
This is a good time to check your bonsai supplies and soils as the repotting season is coming and it is good to have sufficient supplies in stock. If you are looking to change the pot, check that you have the correct pot size to repot into.

Feeding
Generally feeding in October is not required as broadleaves trees are becoming dormant and are without leaves or shedding their leaves. You can continue to lightly feed conifers and evergreens during this period. Also continue to lightly feed tropical trees that are kept indoors if they are still showing signs of growth to sustain them during this period.

Pruning
This is a great time of year to review your bonsai trees and check the structural image of the tree as well as the tracery and branch placement. Broadleaved trees are especially easy as they have for most species lost their leaves and are dormant. You can remove unwanted structural branches but remember to cover the wounds with wound paste or sealant as the trees are dormant and will not be able to respond to the pruning as effectively. Otherwise just mark the branch(es) to remove and wait till the Spring to then remove them. This is also a good time to carve dead wood, jins and sharis now that the leaves are starting to fall.

Trimming
This is not required to broadleaved trees in October. However, you may still need to trim the new shoots off tropical trees that are growing indoors to control the growth and develop ramification. This is the best time to remove old needles from two needle pines and clean out the dead needles and carry out any structural pruning of pines.

Root pruning
None required yet as not quite the repotting season.

Insects and pests

Continue to check your bonsai trees over fully for pests, insects and diseases as some insects can over winter on or in your trees like red spider mite, scale insect. Pests are also likely if the weather is mild so worth checking to avoid disappointment in the spring when buds or leaves fail to flush due to pest attack. Typical pests still around include scale insect, mites, aphids and soil borne larva, vine weevil and beetles.

Moss and weed control
This is the time to carry out pre winter preparation and to remove any weed and moss issues particularly around the trunks of bonsai trees prior to winter. The aim is to have a clear surface of the soil for improved moisture movement as well as prevent bark rot from wet moss. You can use a range of techniques including a diluted vinegar application on the bark which you apply and then around a week of two later the moss removes more easily with a light brush action (tooth brush works well).

Wiring
If wire is present on your bonsai tree check whether it is still serving a purpose and is taught and not digging into the bark causing wire marks and re-set if necessary or tighten. This is the time to start removing, adjusting or re-applying wire. This is also a good time to wire Pines and Larches to set the branches over the winter and it is an easier time to wire certain species like broadleaved varieties as the leaves have fallen off.

Protection
For those trees in your bonsai collection that are more sensitive to cold weather try to provide them with some winter protection from the frosts especially if they are in small pots. The smaller the tree the more vulnerable to winter weather damage they are. Options for protection include ﰠUnder benches ﰠCold greenhouse ﰠCold frames ﰠShade netting ﰠFleeces ﰠDouble potting placing on pot inside a larger pot ﰠPot protection with fleeces, polystyrene, wooden box Certain tree species are more vulnerable due to their sensitive foliage type or root type so protect species like Yews, Ginkgo’s, Ilex, Swamp Cypress and species with fleshy roots.

Propagation
This is the start of the lifting season for digging trees and shrubs out of the ground in preparation to transplant them. If you are looking to collect a tree known as Yamadori then this is the start of the season to prepare trees for winter collection. This can be done by cutting a circle around the rooting area in the ground now prior to lifting the tree fully in the coming months. This is also a great time to start collecting seed in preparation for planting them up for next March in the Spring. Hardwood cuttings can also be taken in October as a method of propagating from your trees that are now not in leaf.

Assessment
This is also a good time to photograph your bonsai trees and update their records for re-potting timings, feeding regimes, soil type etc as it is sometimes hard to keep track of what you do for each tree when you start increasing your collection. Keeping a photographic record does come in very useful over the years to see the trees development and your progress

Information Notice
For all your Bonsai needs go to “Collette’s Bonsai”.
“Collette’s Bonsai” Contact Details
Collette’s Bonsai on Facebook, call 07867 688614
or email bonsaitrees@live.com
(which you must do at the present time due to the covid restrictions) or email her at bonsaitrees@live.com she is available most days from 10am to 4pm.
Shows in 2021

Please note most shows are cancelled this year, including “The British International Bonsai Show” in July and Heathrow show in October.
More show information can be found on ukbonsaiassoc.org

9&10 Oct 2021 (Confirmed), Sutton Bonsai Show RHS Wisley Gardens. Wisley Gardens, Wisley Lane, Wisley, Surrey. GU23 6QB. Adm: tba. Times:1000-1630.hrs Contact: Andy Jordan 07958.372101 Email: antique.netsuki@gmail.com www.suttonbonsaiwordpress.com

17 Oct 2021 Sun (Confirmed) Blackmore Vale Bonsai Group Auction Charlton Remembrance Hall, Charlton, Shaftsbury, Dorset. SP7 0PL. Adm: Free. Viewing Times: 0930-1100 Auction Times: 1100-1700.hrs. Contact: Geoff 01747.853475 & 07837.781744 Email: m5eay.geoff@btinternet.com www.blackmorevalebonsaigroup.co.uk

The Heathrow Bonsai Show Sunday 17th October 2021
Cancelled

Keith

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




AUGUST 2021

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

Coronavirus Newsletter No.18 Friday 20th August 2021

Hi fellow Bonsai lovers.
Hi members of the Solent Bonsai society;
great news, after many months of not
being able to meet,
we are resuming our meetings at the
Wallington Village Hall next month on 24th September 2021.

There are no restrictions at the Hall except that we may have all the windows open and it is
recommended that face masks are warn in the corridor, but this is only a recommendation
and is not compulsory.
Hopefully Newsletter number 18 will be the last covonavirus newsletter and we will get back
to some sort of normality, fingers crossed.
The initial meeting on
24th September will be a chance to get together and discuss what
members would like to do in the following months and next year, if you have any ideas let us
know.
If you would like to bring a tree along to show us or discuss what to do in the future please do.
At the initial meeting in September there will be no tea or coffee we hope to get things up and
running again in October.
There will be a change when you come in to the hall, I would like to check whether there
have been any changes to your details, and you may be asked to sign in.
Look forward to seeing you all on
24th September.

Keith

Secretary’s Report

Your Monthly Bonsai Task Guide
Bonsai in September
This is the start of autumn and you will start to notice your deciduous trees slowing down their growth rates and the leaves will be undergoing chemical changes which will end on colour changes. The weather will be cooler and with wet periods potentially.
Here is a quick generic guide to bonsai in September but for individual species you may need to adjust the guidance as well as for the developmental stage your bonsai trees are at.
Watering
Continue to check your trees daily and water as required and you will have noticed they will be slowing down their water uptake and not drying out as quickly. Therefore start to review your watering regime in line with the trees uptake and weather conditions. Water in the mornings ideally and if necessary water more than once a day.
Re-potting
None required unless emergency repotting required where the pot is damaged or there is a pest concern or drainage issue. Try not to damage the roots during an emergency repot and just place the tree in another pot of the same size or larger for the time being until the correct repotting season without root pruning or disturbance.
Feeding
This is the time to still continue feeding while the trees are active while they start to go into autumn. Organic feeds are preferable to chemical feeds including products like liquid seaweed and this can be fed daily as part of the watering regime or less often depending on the stage of development of the tree.
Ideal feeding at this time is liquid feed as the watering regime has picked up and you can feed with each watering, and the general rule is little and often.
Pruning
Continue to prune back any extension growths on deciduous trees.
Trimming
Continue to trim long extension shoots to maintain the shape through regular trimming and remove the terminal shoot in some species to aid with creating a more compact form.
Continue to prune tropical trees to maintain their shape and trim the new shoots.
Root pruning
This is not applicable at present unless any trees are being repotted but for the majority of species they should already have been done.
Insects and pests
Check for the repeat infestations of bugs and pests like green and black fly, red spider mite, scale insect, mealy bug as well as vine weevil beetles. With the change in weather insect pests can start to look for places to hide under the bark and in the soil.
Watch out for the onset of mildew and prune out any damaged leaves or treat any infestations if found. Spray with insecticide as required or once a month for pest prevention using products like SB Invigorator. Pest control is rarely necessary in September but still keep an eye out for any latent pests. Moss and weed control
Moss and weed control
Continue to keep this in check and treat or remove unwanted moss and remove any newly forming weeds.
Wiring
This is a good time to start reviewing the wire on trees if present as this should become easier to see as the tree starts to go into autumn.
Protection
None should be required currently beyond checking the trees are not becoming water logged if there is a period of wet weather.
Assessment
Continue to update your bonsai records and photograph your trees to record their progress.
Tools
This is something everyone should do each time they use their tools but often it is not easy to do depending on how often you are using your tools. However, it is good practice to clean and sharpen your tools after use and this is a good time to go through your tool kits and clean them up before the start of the pruning season.
Display areas
This is a good time to check your display areas to ensure your trees are being shown to the best advantage to get the full autumnal display possible.
Propagation
This is a good time to check any air layers for signs of drying out and to see if they are well rooted and if they are they can be separated from the parent plant and potted up. If they have not developed sufficient root then leave in situ to review next spring but ensure to continue to keep moist each month.

Information Notice
For all your Bonsai needs go to “Collette’s Bonsai”.
“Collette’s Bonsai” Contact Details
Collette’s Bonsai on Facebook, call 07867 688614
or email bonsaitrees@live.com
(which you must do at the present time due to the covid restrictions) or email her at bonsaitrees@live.com she is available most days from 10am to 4pm.
Shows in 2021

Please note most shows are cancelled this year, including “The British International Bonsai Show” in July and Heathrow show in October.
More show information can be found on ukbonsaiassoc.org

There are however some car boot Sale and Shows starting to taking place.

29 Aug 21 (Confirmed), Bonsai Shed Car Booty & Auction Wood Stock Lane North, Hill Park Rose Centre, Thames Ditton, Surrey. KT6 5HN. Adm: Free. Times:0900-1200.hrs.Demo: Will Baddeley & Nacho Salar Contact: Andrew Barber 07590.595538 Email: foodsmithltd@gmail.com

9&10 Oct 21 (Confirmed), Sutton Bonsai Show RHS Wisley Gardens. Wisley Gardens, Wisley Lane, Wisley, Surrey. GU23 6QB. Adm: tba. Times:1000-1630.hrs Contact: Andy Jordan 07958.372101 Email: antique.netsuki@gmail.com www.suttonbonsaiwordpress.com

17Oct21 Sun (Confirmed) Blackmore Vale Bonsai Group Auction Charlton Remembrance Hall, Charlton, Shaftsbury, Dorset. SP7 0PL. Adm: Free. Viewing Times: 0930-1100 Auction Times: 1100-1700.hrs. Contact: Geoff 01747.853475 & 07837.781744 Email: m5eay.geoff@btinternet.com www.blackmorevalebonsaigroup.co.uk

The Heathrow Bonsai Show Sunday 17th October 2021
Cancelled
Shows in 2022

Swindon Bonsai Society Winter Image Show 13th February 2022 (Provisional)
Grange Leisure Centre, Grange Drive, Stratton St. Margaret, Swindon, Wiltshire. SN3 4JY. It is open from 10am to 4pm Adm: £5. It is a good opportunity to buy those elusive pots, trees etc. as there are usually many traders at the show. More information can be found on their website www.swindon-bonsai.co.uk.

Trophy Bonsai Show, 19th- 20th February 2022, Belgium. (Confirmed
)
Limburghal cv, jaarbeurslaan 6, B-3600 Genk, Belgium. www.bonsaiassociation.be

Expo Bonsai UK 8th May 2022 (Confirmed)
K2 Leisure Centre, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, West Sussex. RH11 9BQ The show open to public 1000-1600, Admission £tba. Approximately 100 show quality trees along with support from a number of well known bonsai traders. If you are interested in submitting a tree for consideration please contact ebuk18@gmail.com For more details see the website www.expobonsaiuk.weebly.com.

Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Eastleigh Bonsai Society
meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm; All meetings Cancelled until further notice For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm; Chichester Bonsai Society have resuming meetings, next meeting is on 9th September 2021 and is their annual Club Auction of Bonsai Trees and Materials. Chichester also have a club show on 18th September 2021 at Manor Nursery, Pagham Road, Runcron, Chichester. PO20 1LJ 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.


Just Another reminder that Solent Bonsai Society
will be resuming meetings at the Wallington Village Hall next month on 24th September 2021.

Don’t forget Bonsai is not just a plant in a pot, it’s a living art and unlike paintings and sculpture it’s a forever changing canvas.

Till 24th September, Stay Safe.
Keith

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





JULY 2021

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends
.
Coronavirus Newsletter No.17 Friday 23rd July 2021

Hi fellow Bonsai lovers.
Many of the government restrictions have now been lifted on 19thJuly but with the rise
in the latest Covid-19 infections and the possibility of all attending members having to
isolate if only one member should have a positive Covid-19 test, it has been decided to
err on the cautious side and not resume Solent Bonsai Society meetings at the
present time, however we will be monitoring the situation and it is hoped that we will
soon be safe to resume our meetings at the Wallington Village Hall.
Hopefully now all of our members will have had one if not both of their jabs but it is so
important to still proceed with caution at all times as even if you may have had both
jabs it is still possible get positive Covid-19 symptoms, so stay safe.
I will continue to send out the monthly newsletters to try and keep you all updated on
the Bonsai situation both with Solent and the rest of the UK as best I can, so watch
this space.

Important Note.
The committee would like to let all Solent Bonsai members know that renewal of
subscription, for 2020 paid up members, will next be in January 2023.

Secretary’s Report

A Scots Pine Project for 2021 by Arthur Nash.
The pictures are of the latest bonsai project by Arthur Nash . Some 20 years or more Jock Campbell was our chairman who arranged bonsai digs in the New Forrest with the permission from the Forrest authority. They allowed the club to dig up any scot pines that were in the area that was being cleared for conservation purpose, the tree in photo’s are one of many that I dug up.
The tree has been in an old plastic pot in my garden with very little work carried out on it, I am glad to say it is the last of the New Forrest trees to be worked on, during the passing years the tree was neglected, first the second trunk died off which was a blessing as I thinking of cutting it off as it was half way up the main trunk, then the top branches got very thick and overgrown so I removed the unnecessary foliage, this encouraged the growth shown in the photos.
Now I have started I would like to get this tree into a proper bonsai pot within 2 years with a fairly defined crown and foliage pads, I will persevere with the deadwood areas which I intend to reduce and treat with lime sulphur, the long branch sticking out with healthy small foliage I intend to encourage pads to form, if necessary I can remove the whole branch if it does not suit the tree image The tree dimensions’ in the current pot are 4ft high x 3ft 4” wide
Arthur
Your Monthly Bonsai Task Guide
Bonsai in August
We are now coming towards the latter stages of summer and the trees are starting to slow down their active growth in preparation for autumn and the onset of changes to their leaves if they are deciduous. Here is a quick generic guide to bonsai in August but for individual species you may need to adjust the guidance as well as for the developmental stage your bonsai trees are at.
Watering
Continue to check your trees daily and water as required and you will have noticed they will still be taking up more water and dry out quicker in the hotter weather. Continue to maintain a higher level of watering at this stage. Water in the mornings ideally and if necessary water more than once a day. Re-potting None required unless emergency repotting required where the pot is damaged or there is a pest concern or drainage issue. Try not to damage the roots during an emergency repot and just place the tree in another pot of the same size or larger for the time being until the correct repotting season without root pruning or disturbance.
Feeding
This is the time to continue feeding while the trees are actively growing before they start to go into autumn. Organic feeds are preferable to chemical feeds including products like liquid seaweed and this can be fed daily as part of the watering regime or less often depending on the stage of development of the tree. Ideal feeding at this time is liquid feed as the watering regime has picked up and you can feed with each watering, and the general rule is little and often.
Pruning
This is the time to prune back all excessive growth on deciduous trees and start to work on removing the larger leaves on a regular basis in preference of retaining the smaller leaves forming after the larger leaves have been removed.
Trimming
Continue to trim long extension shoots to maintain the shape through regular trimming and remove the terminal shoot in some species to aid with creating a more compact form. Continue to prune tropical trees to maintain their shape and trim the new shoots.
Root pruning
This is not applicable at present unless any trees are being repotted but for the majority of species they should already have been done.
Insects and pests
Check for the repeat infestations of bugs and pests like green and black fly, red spider mite, scale insect, mealy bug as well as vine weevil beetles. With the warmer weather insect pests can start to build up numbers and are more likely to appear on the shoots and leaves and start causing foliage damage. Watch out for the onset of mildew and prune out any damaged leaves or treat any infestations if found. Spray with insecticide as required or once a month for pest prevention using products like SB Invigorator. Methylated spirits cotton buds are an effective method of removing scale insects from branches.
Moss and weed control
Continue to keep this in check and treat or remove unwanted moss and remove any newly forming weeds.
Wiring
Wiring can be started on some of the larger branches if the tree has been defoliated but otherwise it is not a good time to wire as the process can damage the foliage.
Protection
Protect from the heat of the sun if the trees have a thin bark like Japanese Beech and provide additional shade and wind protection to avoid leaf scorch or wind burn of the leaves.
Assessment
Continue to update your bonsai records and photograph your trees to record their progress.
Tools
This is something everyone should do each time they use their tools but often it is not easy to do depending on how often you are using your tools. However, it is good practice to clean and sharpen your tools after use and this is a good time to go through your tool kits and clean them up before the start of the pruning season.
Display areas
If you have trees out in display areas check that they are not drying out or getting too much sun and ensure they have shade if required as the temperatures during the day currently are fairly hot.
Propagation
This is a good time to take semi ripe cuttings from this year’s growth.
Just an update on my Japanese Satsuki azalea bonsai from last month
25th June
29th June full bloom
Information Notice
For all your Bonsai needs go to “Collette’s Bonsai”.
“Collette’s Bonsai” Contact Details
Collette’s Bonsai on Facebook, call 07867 688614
or email bonsaitrees@live.com
(which you must do at the present time due to the covid restrictions) or email her at bonsaitrees@live.com she is available most days from 10am to 4pm.

Shows in 2021

Please note most shows are cancelled this year, including “The British International Bonsai Show” in July and Heathrow show in October.
More show information can be found on ukbonsaiassoc.org

There are however some car boot Sale and Shows starting to taking place.

29 Aug 21 (Confirmed), Bonsai Shed Car Booty & Auction Wood Stock Lane North, Hill Park Rose Centre, Thames Ditton, Surrey. KT6 5HN. Adm: Free. Times:0900-1200.hrs.Demo: Will Baddeley & Nacho Salar Contact: Andrew Barber 07590.595538 Email: foodsmithltd@gmail.com

9&10 Oct 21 (Confirmed), Sutton Bonsai Show RHS Wisley Gardens. Wisley Gardens, Wisley Lane, Wisley, Surrey. GU23 6QB. Adm: tba. Times:1000-1630.hrs Contact: Andy Jordan 07958.372101 Email: antique.netsuki@gmail.com www.suttonbonsaiwordpress.com

The Heathrow Bonsai Show Sunday 17th October 2021
Cancelled

Shows in 2022


Swindon Bonsai Society Winter Image Show 13th February 2022 (Provisional)
Grange Leisure Centre, Grange Drive, Stratton St. Margaret, Swindon, Wiltshire. SN3 4JY. It is open from 10am to 4pm Adm: £5. It is a good opportunity to buy those elusive pots, trees etc. as there are usually many traders at the show. More information can be found on their website www.swindon-bonsai.co.uk.

Trophy Bonsai Show, 19th- 20th February 2022, Belgium. (Confirmed
)
Limburghal cv, jaarbeurslaan 6, B-3600 Genk, Belgium. www.bonsaiassociation.be

Expo Bonsai UK 8th May 2022 (Confirmed)
K2 Leisure Centre, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, West Sussex. RH11 9BQ The show open to public 1000-1600, Admission £tba. Approximately 100 show quality trees along with support from a number of well known bonsai traders. If you are interested in submitting a tree for consideration please contact ebuk18@gmail.com For more details see the website www.expobonsaiuk.weebly.com.

Other Local Club Meetings in our area
.

Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm;
All meetings Cancelled until further notice For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society
meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm;
Chichester Bonsai Society are Provisionally thinking of resuming meetings on 12th August 2021, however you should ring Enid on 01243372646 near the date to confirm. 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.

We all hope that most of our members should have had their second vaccination, we hope that we are on the way back to some sort of normality, 2021 is now looking more hopeful,
so watch this space.

Don’t forget Bonsai is not just a plant in a pot, it’s a living art and unlike paintings and sculpture it’s a forever changing canvas.

Till we meet again, Stay Safe.


Keith

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




JUNE 2021

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends
.

Coronavirus Newsletter No.16 Friday 25th June 2021

Hi fellow Bonsai lovers, just another reminder.
The government restrictions are still in place at the Wallington Village Hall.
With government restrictions still in place and “Freedom Day” put back for at least another 4
weeks, hopefully we may one day have some good news? with the vaccination rollout and
when we will be able to resume a more normal life.
I will continue to send out the monthly newsletters to try and keep you all updated on the
Bonsai situation both with Solent and the rest of the UK as best I can, so watch this space.

Important Note.
The committee would like to let all Solent Bonsai members know that renewal of subscription,
for 2020 paid up members, will next be in January 2023.
Secretary’s Report
Acer Project for 2021
In 2019 Jock very generously gave me
a trough containing a number of
Acer seedlings that had self seeded
under one of the trees in his garden.
This year on 19th March I decided to make a group planting using all the seedlings, as you may know I have a particular liking for group/forest plantings. I had a spare 22inch oval mica tray/pot which I decided to use. Originally I thought I would just have to take the seedlings out of the trough clean of some of the soil which would keep the seedlings together but it would have needed a deeper pot than I was planning to use so I had to clean of all the soil, I used a water jet to remove the soil so as not to damage the roots too much. There were 25 seedlings which I roughly sorted in to size, length and any with low branches.
Bare Rooted Seedlings
22in Mica pot Showing Drilled Hole for Wire
Having decided to separate the seedlings I drilled many holes in the bottom of the mica pot using a small diameter drill of about 2mm so that I could thread wire through to secure each of the seedlings into position (mica pots are ideal for training bonsais and are soft easily drilled). The most difficult and important thing when creating a group planting is securing each tree in position so they don’t move, so using an easily drilled mica pot for the formation of the group is ideal. Once the group has formed an intertwined root structure, you can then change the mica pot for a more suitable show pot/tray.

After I washed of the roots I sorted the trees into sizes, I then set about placing each seedling into position, which is not that easy as they tend to move and fall over. What I ended up with was a cats cradle of wire supporting the saplings.
Group wired into mica pot
My preferred group planting is a triangle with the apex in the middle. I placed the largest tree at the front middle then the next largest to the side and slightly behind the middle tree this I do with several trees each side of the middle tree, for the sides and back I try to pick trees with low branches, preferably they only need branches on one side. So looking from the front you end up with a triangle of trees with the tallest in the middle and the smallest at the back and sides, when looking from the side the group is more like a right angled triangle. The idea is that you give the group depth perception when the tall trees are at the front.
19th March 2021
Initially in the tray I put a thin layer of Acadama, then wired in the trees. Once the trees were in position I covered the roots with Acadama, which also can have a small amount of chopped sphagnum moss mixed in, then watered well and put in a shady spot.














21st June 2021, 1:05pm
The photos shows the trees after three months, every tree has survived the group planting and put on an amazing amount of growth. On 21st June I decided to give the group a rough prune as I felt that if I allowed the trees to get out of shape too much it would be difficult to get the shape back as I wanted it. So I pruned the group into roughly how I wanted it to finish. This is an ongoing project that hopefully in a few years may result in a showable group/forest.











21st June 2021, 1:26pm
Front View After Rough Prune
Back View After Rough Prune
Side View Rough Triangle
This is what I cut off
So if you have five or more trees that you don’t know what to use them for why not make up a group, as with the Acer group you could have a show bonsai in a very short time.
Keith
Your Monthly Bonsai Task Guide
Bonsai in July
Summer is now here hopefully and your trees should be actively growing and enjoying the longer daylight hours and sunshine and producing a lot of new growth. Here is a quick generic guide to bonsai in July but for individual species you may need to adjust the guidance as well as for the developmental stage your bonsai trees are at.
Watering
Continue to check your trees daily and water as required and you will have noticed they will be starting to take up more water and dry out quicker. This is now the time to really increase your watering with the leaves fully out and hardened off. Water in the mornings ideally and if necessary water more than once a day.
Re-potting
None required unless emergency repotting required where the pot is damaged or there is a pest concern or drainage issue. Try not to damage the roots during an emergency repot and just place the tree in another pot of the same size or larger for the time being until the correct repotting season without root pruning or disturbance.
Feeding
This is the time to start feeding much more regularly and heavily while the trees are actively growing. Organic feeds are preferable to chemical feeds including products like liquid seaweed and this can be fed daily as part of the watering regime or less often depending on the stage of development of the tree. Ideal feeding at this time is liquid feed as the watering regime has picked up and you can feed with each watering, and the general rule is little and often.
Pruning
This is the time to prune back all excessive growth on deciduous trees and start to work on removing the larger leaves on a regular basis in preference of retaining the smaller leaves forming after the larger leaves have been removed. It is also a good time to carry out a full or partial defoliation of broadleaved trees but only if the tree is healthy enough. Ensure that if you do a full defoliation that you place the tree in a more shaded position rather than in full sun following a full defoliation.
Trimming
Now that the leaves are present continue to maintain the shape through regular trimming and remove the terminal shoot in some species to aid with creating a more compact form. Continue to prune tropical trees to maintain their shape and trim the new shoots. Leaf cutting is also applicable for some species like maples but ensure that they are vigorous and healthy before you carry out leaf cutting and it may be more suitable to do a section of the bonsai at any one time.
Root pruning
This is not applicable at present unless any trees are being repotted but for the majority of species they should already have been done.
Insects and pests
Check for the repeat infestations of bugs and pests like green and black fly, red spider mite, scale insect, mealy bug as well as vine weevil beetles. With the warmer weather insect pests can start to build up numbers and are more likely to appear on the shoots and leaves and start causing foliage damage. Watch out for the onset of mildew and prune out any damaged leaves or treat any infestations if found. Spray with insecticide as required or once a month for pest prevention using products like SB Invigorator. Methylated spirits cotton buds are an effective method of removing scale insects from branches.
Moss and weed control
Continue to keep this in check and treat or remove unwanted moss and remove any newly forming weeds.
Wiring
Wiring can be started on some of the larger branches if the tree has been defoliated but otherwise it is not a good time to wire as the process can damage the foliage.
Protection
Protect from the heat of the sun if the trees have a thin bark like Japanese Beech and provide additional shade and wind protection to avoid leaf scorch or wind burn of the leaves.
Assessment
Continue to update your bonsai records and photograph your trees to record their progress.
Tools
This is something everyone should do each time they use their tools but often it is not easy to do depending on how often you are using your tools. However, it is good practice to clean and sharpen your tools after use and this is a good time to go through your tool kits and clean them up before the start of the pruning season.
Display areas
If you have trees out in display areas check that they are not drying out or getting too much sun and ensure they have shade if required as the temperatures during the day currently are fairly hot.
Propagation
This is a good time to take semi ripe cuttings from this year’s growth.
Information Notice
For all your Bonsai needs go to “Collette’s Bonsai”.
“Collette’s Bonsai” Contact Details
Collette’s Bonsai on Facebook, call 07867 688614 or email bonsaitrees@live.com

(which you must do at the present time due to the covid restrictions) or email her at bonsaitrees@live.com she is available most days from 10am to 4pm.
Shows in 2021
Please note most shows are cancelled this year, including “The British International Bonsai Show” in July and Heathrow show in October. More show information can be found on ukbonsaiassoc.org
There are however some car boot Sale and Shows starting to taking place
.
Cancelled Sat, 3rd July 2021, 3rd UK Bonsai Association, Cancelled
Auction / Car Boot Sale / Indoor Market. Hare Hatch Sheeplands, London Road, Hare Hatch, Reading, Berkshire. RG10 9HW. www.ukbonsaiassoc.org

Sun 18th July 2021 (Confirmed) Bedfordshire Bonsai Society Car Boot Sale Central Bedfordshire Council Depot, Clophill, Bedfordshire. MK45 2AF. Adm: Free. Times: 0930.hrs £10 A Pitch Pre-booked only. Email: bedsbonsai@hotmail.co.uk

Sun 25th July 2021 (Confirmed), Staverton Bonsai Car Boot Sale. Bradley Road, Southwick, Wiltshire. BA14 9RH. Adm: Free. Times: 0900.hrs Contact: Chris Jefferys 07954.820970 (see advert below) Email: jefferyschris@hotmail.com www.blackmorevalebonsaigroup.co,uk

29 Aug 21 (Confirmed), Bonsai Shed Car Booty & Auction Wood Stock Lane North, Hill Park Rose Centre, Thames Ditton, Surrey. KT6 5HN. Adm: Free. Times:0900-1200.hrs.Demo: Will Baddeley & Nacho Salar Contact: Andrew Barber 07590.595538 Email: foodsmithltd@gmail.com
The British International Bonsai Show 9th to 11th July 2021 Cancelled For more information visit www.bibsevents.com

Chichester Bonsai Club Show Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th July 2021
Cancelled

9&10 Oct 21 (Confirmed), Sutton Bonsai Show RHS Wisley Gardens. Wisley Gardens, Wisley Lane, Wisley, Surrey. GU23 6QB. Adm: tba. Times:1000-1630.hrs Contact: Andy Jordan 07958.372101 Email: antique.netsuki@gmail.com www.suttonbonsaiwordpress.com

The Heathrow Bonsai Show Sunday 17th October 2021
Cancelled
Shows in 2022

Swindon Bonsai Society Winter Image Show 13th February 2022 (Provisional) Grange Leisure Centre, Grange Drive, Stratton St. Margaret, Swindon, Wiltshire. SN3 4JY. It is open from 10am to 4pm Adm: £5. It is a good opportunity to buy those elusive pots, trees etc. as there are usually many traders at the show. More information can be found on their website www.swindon-bonsai.co.uk
.
Trophy Bonsai Show, 19th- 20th February 2022, Belgium. (Confirmed) Limburghal cv, jaarbeurslaan 6, B-3600 Genk, Belgium. www.bonsaiassociation.be

Expo Bonsai UK 8th May 2022 (Confirmed) K2 Leisure Centre, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, West Sussex. RH11 9BQ The show open to public 1000-1600, Admission £tba. Approximately 100 show quality trees along with support from a number of well known bonsai traders. If you are interested in submitting a tree for consideration please contact ebuk18@gmail.com For more details see the website www.expobonsaiuk.weebly.com.
Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm; All meetings Cancelled until further notice For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm; All meetings Cancelled until further notice. 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.

We all hope that the with the vaccination rollout with many of our members having had had their vaccination and many having had their second jabs, we hope that we are on the way back to some sort of normality, 2021 is now looking more hopeful,
so watch this space
.
Don’t forget Bonsai is not just a plant in a pot, it’s a living art and unlike paintings and sculpture it’s a forever changing canvas.

Till we meet again, Stay Safe.

Keith

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


It never ceases to amaze me the different colours that you can get on a Japanese Satsuki azalea bonsai



MAY 2021

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

Coronavirus Newsletter No.15 Friday 31st May 2021

Hi fellow Bonsai lovers, just another reminder.
Wallington Village Hall is closed in accordance with the government restrictions.
Hopefully we will soon have some good news with the vaccination rollout and when we will be
able to resume a more normal life.

I will continue to send out the monthly newsletters to try and keep you all updated on the
Bonsai situation both with Solent and the rest of the UK as best I can, so watch this space.

Important Note.
The committee would like to let all Solent Bonsai members know that renewal of subscription,
for 2020 paid up members, will next be in January 2023.
Secretary’s Report
The importance of repotting
I was watching a program on channel 5 (Kew Gardens: A Year in Bloom) during the program they spoke of the great storm in 1987 where millions of trees blew down across England, Kew gardens lost 700 trees. One of the trees that were affected was a very large and old oak tree called “The Turner’s Oak”. The tree is a cross between an English oak and a Holm oak. It was created in the Essex nursery of Mr Turner in 1783 and planted in Kew’s original arboretum in 1798.
Turner’s Oak Kew Gardens
During the 1987 storm the tree was literally lifted out of the earth and violently shaken before sitting back in the hole it had been lifted from. The Kew Tree Gang set about the task of cutting up and clearing the fallen trees, leaving The Turner’s Oak till last, removing the trees took three years. When it was the turn of The Turner’s Oak it had not only survived but was in fact thriving.

The Great Storm didn’t kill the tree: quite the opposite, it was given a new lease of life. Before the storm the tree had shown signs of stress, thinning of the canopy, small leaves, major dead wood throughout the canopy and lots of epicormic growth along the branches and main trunk (epicotmic growth are “suckers” or “water sprouts”, that emerge from dormant buds along the trunk and branches of a tree).
Turner’s Oak 2015
Uprooted Tree 1987
What was also surprising, after the storm had uprooted millions of trees across England, how shallow the root base of trees are.

It was decided that the roots of the Turner’s oak, had become compacted by generations of people walking under it for years, after it’s uprooting the roots had been ‘decompacted’ and had more space, air and water to help it grow. Seeing this, Kew’s staff quickly developed decompaction methods for use on other trees.

Kew is now actively using nitrogen gas to de-compact and aerate the root areas of many mature trees, as well as regular mulching from Britain's largest compost heap situated adjacent to the Pinetum (where it can be viewed from a special viewing platform) and injecting a 'soup' of mycorrhizal bacteria and fungi.
Well you may ask what this has to do with bonsai, it highlights the importance of repotting bonsai, bonsais are usually in a fairly shallow pot which if left and not repotted gradually fill with root and the soil gradually becomes depleted and compacted so depriving the tree roots of moisture and oxygen as what happened with the Turner’s Oak over many many years.
It is to late now to repot your bonsais this year but keep an eye on any trees that are not looking too healthy they may need repot next year.

During the first lockdown last year I repotted many of my trees, some of which had probably not been repotted for some years. This year it is notable how the growth has improved, especially on my repotted Maples.
Before repotting 1st April 2020
This year 4th May2021

Your Monthly Bonsai Task Guide

Bonsai in June
We are now entering early summer and your trees should be in full leaf and enjoying the warmer weather and long hours of daylight. Here is a quick generic guide to bonsai in June but for individual species you may need to adjust the guidance as well as for the developmental stage your bonsai trees are at.
Watering
Continue to check your trees daily and water as required and you will have noticed they will be starting to take up more water and dry out quicker. This is now the time to really increase your watering with the leaves fully out and hardened off. Water in the mornings ideally and if necessary water more than once a day. Re-potting None required unless emergency repotting required where the pot is damaged or there is a pest concern or drainage issue. Try not to damage the roots during an emergency repot and just place the tree in another pot of the same size or larger for the time being until the correct repotting season without root pruning or disturbance.
Feeding
This is the time to start feeding much more regularly and heavily while the trees are actively growing. Organic feeds are preferable to chemical feeds including products like liquid seaweed and this can be fed daily as part of the watering regime or less often depending on the stage of development of the tree. Ideal feeding at this time is liquid feed as the watering regime has picked up and you can feed with each watering, and the general rule is little and often.
Pruning
This is the time to prune back all excessive growth on deciduous trees and start to work on removing the larger leaves on a regular basis in preference of retaining the smaller leaves forming after the larger leaves have been removed. It is also a good time to carry out a full or partial defoliation of broadleaved trees but only if the tree is healthy enough. Ensure that if you do a full defoliation that you place the tree in a more shaded position rather than in full sun following a full defoliation.
Trimming
Now that the leaves are present continue to maintain the shape through regular trimming and remove the terminal shoot in some species to aid with creating a more compact form. Continue to prune tropical trees to maintain their shape and trim the new shoots. Leaf cutting is also applicable for some species like maples but ensure that they are vigorous and healthy before you carry out leaf cutting and it may be more suitable to do a section of the bonsai at any one time.
Root pruning
This is not applicable at present unless any trees are being repotted but for the majority of species they should already have been done.
Insects and pests
Check for the newly emerging bugs and pests like green and black fly, red spider mite, scale insect, mealy bug as well as vine weevil beetles. With the onset of warmer weather insect pests can start to emerge and are more likely to appear on the new shoots and leaves. Watch out for the onset of mildew and prune out any damaged leaves or treat any infestations if found. Spray with insecticide as required or once a month for pest prevention using products like SB Invigorator. Methylated spirits cotton buds are an effective method of removing scale insects from branches.
Moss and weed control
Continue to keep this in check and treat or remove unwanted moss and remove any newly forming weeds.
Wiring
Wiring can be started on some of the larger branches if the tree has been defoliated but otherwise it is not a good time to wire as the process can damage the foliage.
Protection
Winter and frost protection should no longer be required but shade and wind protection may be necessary to avoid leaf scorch or wind burn of the new leaves.
Assessment
Continue to update your bonsai records and photograph your trees to record their progress.
Tools
This is something everyone should do each time they use their tools but often it is not easy to do depending on how often you are using your tools. However, it is good practice to clean and sharpen your tools after use and this is a good time to go through your tool kits and clean them up before the start of the pruning season.
Display areas
If you have trees out in display areas check that they are not drying out or getting too much sun and ensure they have shade if required as the temperatures during the day currently are fairly hot. Also check for wind protection and stability of trees
Propagation
This is the time to take conifer cuttings. This is also a good time to take softwood cuttings from this year’s new growth.

Shows in 2021
Please note most shows are cancelled this year, including “The British International Bonsai Show” in July and Heathrow show in October. More show information can be found on ukbonsaiassoc.org
There are however some car boot Sale and Shows starting to taking place.

Sat, 3rd July 2021, 3rd UK Bonsai Association,
Auction / Car Boot Sale / Indoor Market Hare Hatch Sheeplands, London Road, Hare Hatch, Reading, Berkshire. RG10 9HW. Adm: £3. Times: 1000-1400.hrs Contact: Mark Moreland 07850.771201 Email: ukbonsaiassociation@gmail.com Auction quality bonsai 56+ , Car Boot Cars & Vans 25+, Indoor Market Traders 10+ Free parking, refreshments available www.ukbonsaiassoc.org

Sun 18th July 2021 (Confirmed) Bedfordshire Bonsai Society Car Boot Sale
Central Bedfordshire Council Depot, Clophill, Bedfordshire. MK45 2AF. Adm: Free. Times: 0930.hrs £10 A Pitch Pre-booked only. Email: bedsbonsai@hotmail.co.uk

Sun 25th July 2021 (Confirmed), Staverton Bonsai Car Boot Sale.
Bradley Road, Southwick, Wiltshire. BA14 9RH. Adm: Free. Times: 0900.hrs Contact: Chris Jefferys 07954.820970 Email: jefferyschris@hotmail.com www.blackmorevalebonsaigroup.co,uk

29Aug21 (Confirmed), Bonsai Shed Car Booty & Auction
Wood Stock Lane North, Hill Park Rose Centre, Thames Ditton, Surrey. KT6 5HN. Adm: Free. Times:0900-1200.hrs. Demo: Will Baddeley & Nacho Salar Contact: Andrew Barber 07590.595538 Email: foodsmithltd@gmail.com

The British International Bonsai Show 9th to 11th July 2021
Cancelled
For more information visit www.bibsevents.com

Chichester Bonsai Club Show Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th July 2021
Cancelled

9&10Oct21 (
Confirmed), Sutton Bonsai Show RHS Wisley Gardens.
Wisley Gardens, Wisley Lane, Wisley, Surrey. GU23 6QB. Adm: tba. Times:1000-1630.hrs Contact: Andy Jordan 07958.372101 Email: antique.netsuki@gmail.com www.suttonbonsaiwordpress.com

The Heathrow Bonsai Show Sunday 17th October 2021 Cancelled
Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm; All meetings Cancelled until further notice For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm; All meetings Cancelled until further notice. 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
.
We all hope that the with the vaccination rollout with many of our members having had had their vaccination and many having had their second jabs, we hope that we are on the way back to some sort of normality, 2021 is now looking more hopeful,
so watch this space.

Don’t forget Bonsai is not just a plant in a pot, it’s a living art and unlike paintings and sculpture it’s a forever changing canvas.

Till we meet again, Stay Safe.
Keith

Keith Hartley
Secretary Solent Bonsai Society
www.solentbonsai.co.uk
Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com
Mobile: - 07847487435
She’s back again this year,
here with four of her five cubs.



APRIL 2021

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

Coronavirus Newsletter No.14 Friday 30th April 2021

Hi fellow Bonsai lovers, just another reminder.
Wallington Village Hall is closed in accordance with the government restrictions.
Hopefully we will soon have some good news with the vaccination rollout and when we will be
able to resume a more normal life.
I will continue to send out the monthly newsletters to try and keep you all updated on the
Bonsai situation both with Solent and the rest of the UK as best I can.

Important Note.
The committee would like to let all Solent Bonsai members know that renewal of subscription,
for 2020 paid up members, will next be in January 2023.
Secretary’s Report

The other week I was in my neighbours garden looking at her plants, one of the plants she told me was a
Blackthorn, I said “I don’t think it’s a Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) but a Cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera)
as it had a brown trunk, the flowers on a Blackthorn and a cherry plum look identical but the bark of a
cherry plum is usually brown, were as the Blackthorn has a darker or virtually black bark ”.

Anyway I thought am I right in my assumption that a cherry plum has a lighter bark then the Blackthorn, so out came the iPad and on to the Internet and to see how to distinguish between a cherry plum and a Blackthorn. Having studied the Internet I can now tell the difference between a cherry plum and Blackthorn and I thought it may be of interest to our members.

The flowers of the cherry plum and Blackthorn are almost identical when looking at them. Each flower has 5 green sepals, 5 white petals, many yellow anthers and 1 green style. The sepals lie under the petals and have evolved to protect the bud before flowering.




















However, when the flower is open, if you look at the back of the flowers, on the Blackthorn the sepals (those leaf-like bits that originally enclose the flower but split apart when the flower opens) lay flat along the backs of the flower petals, or between them when fully open (see photo), whereas in the Cherry plum, the sepals are folded back (see photos).
Cherry Plum
Blackthorn
Blackthorn sepals lay flat along
the backs of the flower petals
Cherry Plum sepals are folded back




















So with this knowledge I once again took a look at my neighbours tree and found it was in fact a Blackthorn, being a young tree the bark starts off brown before turning black when older.

A word of warning when working with or coming into contact with Blackthorn.
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) is not poisonous but probably twice as dangerous. The thorns are very long and very sharp and have a habit of breaking off under the skin, they are covered in bacteria and might go septic which can cause severe infection, blood poisoning, swelling and pain, so be careful.

Keith
Top - Blackthorn
Below - Cherry Plum

Your Monthly Bonsai Task Guide


Bonsai in May

Spring is in full flow, albeit some frosts in some areas with still fairly cold nights but hopefully all your bonsai trees have come through the winter and are coping with the cold nights here in the UK. Here is a quick generic guide to bonsai in May but for individual species check out some of the other species-specific posts.
Watering
In the UK it has been a fairly dry winter so continue to check your trees daily and water as required but start to increase your watering with the buds now pushing and leaves opening. Water in the mornings ideally to avoid the colder temperatures at night. Spray any repotted trees to ensure they do not dry out. It has been a fairly dry start so ensure to water well as the leaves are developing and particularly flowering trees.
Re-potting
You should now have completed your spring repotting for most species so keep an eye on the trees your have repotted. For any trees that you are not repotting still remove the top surface and re-top dress to remove any crusting on the surface to improve airflow and drainage down through the soil. Plus clean the pots of the trees if they have got green algae forming on them.
Feeding
For broadleaved trees, start feeding any trees that are now out in leaf that you did not repot while do not feed those repotted in April / May yet, wait till the end of May. Start increasing the feeding of evergreen trees as they start to show more signs of stronger growth. Tropical trees and Evergreens can continue to be fed with a low nitrogen feed to maintain health and vigor at the onset of spring. Feed flowering trees that have not been repotted yet like Forsythia, Chamomiles, Cherry, Akebia etc. Ideal feeding at this time is liquid feed as the watering regime has picked up and you can feed with each watering, and the general rule is little and often.
Pruning
Species to avoid pruning in Spring due to potential for sap bleeding would be Acer, Betula, Carpinus, Carya, Juglans, Magnolia, Morus, Populus and Tilia.
Remove unwanted branches and look for dead branches now that you can see the new buds swelling and clean out any dead branches before the leaves fully flush. Prune back any branches that are too long to a suitable live bud pointing in the right direction. Seal any large wounds with cut paste. Younger trees that are being developed can have unwanted branches removed and for older trees check that callus wood is forming on old wounds and if necessary re-cut or carve to promote callus wood formation.
De-candling
This is the time to de-candle or cut in half the candles on 2 needle pines.
Trimming
Now that the leaves are present continue to maintain the shape through regular trimming and remove the terminal shoot in some species to aid with creating a more compact form. Continue to prune tropical trees to maintain their shape and trim the new shoots. Where too much growth is expected and buds are well advanced, removal of unwanted future twigs may be anticipated by pinching out buds now. Where density is required of foliage, pinch or remove the terminal bud to promote side buds to develop. This is also a good opportunity to check buds to see if they are viable. Leaf cutting or full defoliation is applicable for some species like maples but ensure that they are vigorous and healthy before you carry out a full defoliation and it may be more suitable to do a small section of leaves at any one time.
Root pruning
This is not applicable at present unless any trees are being repotted but for the majority of species they should already have been done.
Insects and pests
Check for the newly emerging bugs and pests like green and black fly, red spider mite, scale insect, mealy bug as well as vine weevil beetles. With the onset of warmer weather insect pests can start to emerge and are more likely to appear on the new shoots and leaves. Watch out for the onset of mildew and prune out any damaged leaves or treat any infestations if found.
Moss and weed control
Continue to keep this in check and treat or remove unwanted moss and remove any newly forming weeds.
Wiring
Wiring can be started on some of the larger branches.
Protection
Continue to protect from late frosts as it is still not very warm outside and ensure to harden off leaves before moving your trees out from a cold greenhouse.
Assessment
Continue to update your bonsai records and photograph your trees to record their progress.
Tools
This is something everyone should do each time they use their tools but often it is not easy to do depending on how often you are using your tools. However, it is good practice to clean and sharpen your tools after use and this is a good time to go through your tool kits and clean them up before the start of the pruning season.
Display areas
If you have trees out in display areas check that they are not drying out or getting too much sun and ensure they have shade if required as the temperatures during the day currently are fairly hot whist the nights are cold. Also check for wind protection and stability of trees
Propagation
This is the time to take conifer cuttings.

Information Notice
Collette has now changed her trading name to “Collette’s Bonsai”.
She is fully stocked with bonsai trees, bonsai tools, bonsai pots, akadama etc.
At the present time there is not a website but you can find her on
Collette’s Bonsai on Facebook or ring her on 07867688614
(which you must do at the present time due to the covid restrictions) or email her at bonsaitrees@live.com she is available most days from 10am to 4pm.
“Collette’s Bonsai”Contact Details
Collette’s Bonsai on Facebook, call 07867 688614
or email bonsaitrees@live.com


Shows in 2021

Please note most shows are cancelled this year,
including “The British International Bonsai Show” in July and Heathrow show in October.
More show information can be found on ukbonsaiassoc.org
The British International Bonsai Show 9th to 11th July 2021
Cancelled For more information visit www.bibsevents.com

Chichester Bonsai Club Show Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th July 2021
Cancelled
The Heathrow Bonsai Show Sunday 17th October 2021
Cancelled


Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm;
All meetings Cancelled until further notice For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society
meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm;
All meetings Cancelled until further notice. 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.

We all hope that the with the vaccination rollout with many of our members having had had their vaccination and many having had their second jabs (I had my second jab yesterday), we hope that we are on the way back to some sort of normality, 2021 is now looking more hopeful.

Don’t forget Bonsai is not just a plant in a pot, it’s a living art and unlike paintings and sculpture it’s a forever changing canvas
.
Till we meet again, Stay Safe
.
Keith

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

MARCH 2021

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

Coronavirus Newsletter No.13 Friday 26th March 2021

Hi fellow Bonsai lovers, just another reminder.
Wallington Village Hall is closed in accordance with the government restrictions.
Hopefully we will soon have some good news with the vaccination rollout and when we
will be able to resume a more normal life.
I will continue to send out the monthly newsletters to try and keep you all updated on
the Bonsai situation both with Solent and the rest of the UK as best I can.
Important Note.
The committee would like to let all Solent Bonsai members know that renewal of
subscription, for 2020 paid up members, will next be in January 2023
.
Secretary’s Report

It is with great regret that one of our members Don Moore sadly passed away on
21st March, we wish his family our condolences at this sad time.

Here we are starting our second year in lockdown, last March 2020 with the first
lockdown, little did we know what was ahead of us, it turned into a year to remember
for all the wrong reasons. This year however with many of our members having had
had their vaccination and some having had their second jabs, we hope that we are on
the way back to some sort of normality and there really is light at the end of the tunnel,
let’s hope it’s not the third wave coming towards us with a flashlight
.
When we get back together, which I am glad to say is now when and not if, it will be
interesting to see how your trees have fared during the lockdown
.
The main thing in these difficult times is that you all keep safe.
An important reminder when repotting to checking 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
What do the adult Vine Weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus) look like? 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.

With the weather is warming up and trees starting to leaf, don’t forget to water your bonsai,
with the winds we have been having they dry out very quickly.

Keith
Your Monthly Bonsai Task Guide

Bonsai in April
Spring has now sprung and hopefully all your bonsai trees have come through the winter.
Here is a quick generic guide to bonsai in April but for individual species check out some of
the other species-specific posts.
Watering
In the UK it has been a fairly dry winter so continue to check your trees daily and water as
required but start to increase your watering with the buds now pushing and leaves opening.
Water in the mornings, ideally to avoid the colder temperatures at night. Spray any repotted
trees to ensure they do not dry out.
Re-potting
You should now be coming to an end of your repotting so keep an eye on the trees your have repotted.
Review any trees that have yet to be repotted as it is a slow start to spring for some species so you could still repot in early April if it stays cool.
For any trees that you are not repotting still remove the top surface and re-top dress to remove any crusting on the surface to improve airflow and drainage down through the soil. Plus clean the pots of the trees if they have got green algae forming on them.
Feeding
For broadleaved trees, start feeding any trees that are now out in leaf that you did not repot while do not feed those repotted in March yet, wait till the end of April. Start increasing the feeding of evergreen trees as they start to show more signs of stronger growth.
Tropical trees and Evergreens can continue to be fed with a low nitrogen feed to maintain health and vigor at the onset of spring.
Feed flowering trees that have not been repotted yet like Forsythia, Chamomiles, Cherry, Akebia etc.
Pruning
Species to avoid pruning in Spring due to potential for sap bleeding would be Acer, Betula, Carpinus, Carya, Juglans, Magnolia, Morus, Populus and Tilia.
Remove unwanted branches and look for dead branches now that you can see the new buds swelling and clean out any dead branches before the leaves fully flush. Prune back any branches that are too long to a suitable live bud pointing in the right direction. Seal any large wounds with cut paste.
Trimming
Now that the leaves are starting to appear, trimming can be carried out to remove the terminal shoot in some species to aid with creating a more compact form. Continue to prune tropical trees to maintain their shape and trim the new shoots.
Where too much growth is expected and buds are well advanced, removal of unwanted future twigs may be anticipated by pinching out buds now. Where density is required of foliage, pinch or remove the terminal bud to promote side buds to develop. This is also a good opportunity to check buds to see if they are viable.
Root pruning
Species to avoid severe root pruning in Spring due to potential for sap bleeding would be Acer, Betula, Carpinus, Carya, Juglans, Magnolia, Morus, Populus and Tilia.
It is still worth checking the roots of trees that you are not fully repotting but this is more difficult if you have wired the trees into your pots as advised. If you are not seeing good bud swelling, then potentially there is an issue with the roots so remove from the pot and check for white root tips and healthy roots.
Insects and pests
Check for the newly emerging bugs and pests like green and black fly, red spider mite, scale insect, mealy bug as well as vine weevil beetles. With the onset of warmer weather insect pests can start to emerge and are more likely to appear on the new shoots and leaves.
Moss and weed control
Continue to keep this in check and treat or remove unwanted moss and remove any newly forming weeds.
Wiring
Check wires and guys to ensure they are not cutting in and this is a good time to straighten out dis-used wire, which can be re-used for training wire
Protection
Continue to protect from late frosts as it is still not very warm outside and ensure to harden off leaves before moving your trees out from a cold greenhouse.
Assessment
Continue to update your bonsai records and photograph your trees to record their progress.
Tools
This is something everyone should do each time they use their tools but often it is not easy to do depending on how often you are using your tools. However, it is good practice to clean and sharpen your tools after use and this is a good time to go through your tool kits and clean them up before the start of the pruning season.
Display areas
Subject to how you display your trees, if you are looking to bring your trees out later in Spring from their winter protection it is an ideal time to clean off your display areas or benches and disinfect them as well as re-treat with a wood preservative or relevant treatment for the material so they show your trees off once they are ready to come out.
If you have flowering trees, think about setting up a viewing of display area so you can admire these while they are in bloom and if you do bring them indoor ensure they remain in a cool room and only for a couple of days.
Propagation
Take cuttings of late starters. Pot on last year’s seedlings.

Shows in 2021
Please note most shows are cancelled next year, including Expo in April and “The British International Bonsai Show” in July. More sow information can be found on ukbonsaiassoc.ord

Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm
All meetings Cancelled until further notice. For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm;
All meetings Cancelled until further notice. 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.

Don’t forget Bonsai is not just a plant in a pot, it’s a living art and unlike paintings and sculpture it’s a forever changing canvas.

We all hope that the with the vaccination rollout, it gives us new hope that 2021 will be a better year.


Till we meet again, Stay Safe.

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



FEBRUARY 2021

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

Coronavirus Newsletter No.12 Friday 26th February 2021

Hi fellow Bonsai lovers, just another reminder.
Wallington Village Hall is closed in accordance with the government restrictions.
Hopefully we will soon have some good news with the vaccination rollout and when we
will be able to resume a more normal life.
I will continue to send out the monthly newsletters to try and keep you all updated on
the Bonsai situation both with Solent and the rest of the UK as best I can.
Important Note.
The committee would like to let all Solent Bonsai members know that renewal of
subscription, for 2020 paid up members, will next be in January 2022.

Secretary’s Report

The last meeting we had was a year ago in February 2020 it was our winter show and we had many great trees on show, the main topic of conversation was the 2020 programme, repotting, workshops with Robert, shows solent would be attending ect, there was little discussion on pandemics, many of us had hardly heard of coronavirus or covid-19, corona, for some of us, was a fizzy drink we had when we were kids.
Within three weeks the whole country was in lockdown and on 17th March 2020 I sent out an email suspending our meetings till further notice, at the time thinking we would only miss a few meetings. Well, as we know, as the pandemic worsened through the year and according to the PM, it is likely that the imposed measures will continue well into 2021. Then in November we started to hear about a covid-19 vaccine which gave us hope for the future. Now with the roll out of the Pfizer/BioNTech’s and the Oxford/Astra Zeneca vaccination, we have renewed hope that we will be able to continue our meetings at some stage, even possibly this year and with millions of people now being vaccinated there really is light at the end of the tunnel.
The good news is that many of our members have already had their vaccination.
When we get back together, which I am glad to say is now when and not if, it will be interesting to see how your trees have fared during the lockdown.
The main thing in these difficult times is that you all keep safe.

Following on from last month here is another lesser known art from Japan:- Bonseki
Bonseki (盆石; lit., tray rocks) is the ancient Japanese art of creating miniature landscapes on black lacquer trays using white sand, pebbles, and small rocks. Small delicate tools are used in Bonseki such as feathers, small flax brooms, sifters, spoons and wood wedges. The trays are either oval or rectangular, measuring about 60 by 35 centimeters in size. Oval trays have a low rim while rectangular ones are flat. Bonseki scenes often depict mountains, seashores, and gardens. Small stones are used to represent mountains, shore lines or rocky islands that waves break upon. Miniature structures, usually of painted copper, are sometimes added to the work to make houses, temples, bridges, and the like.
Bonseki scenes by design are generally meant to only be temporary. Sometimes, by using special methods, a Bonseki scene can be preserved. This is called either Bonga ("tray picture") or Suna-e ("sand picture").


























Your Monthly Bonsai Task Guide

Bonsai in March

Hopefully all your bonsai trees were protected over the winter and you are starting to look forward to the onset of Spring in the UK so here is a quick generic guide to bonsai in March.
Watering
Continue to check your trees daily and water as required. Watch for buds swelling and ensure to keep trees topped up with water during this period especially for flowering trees who are coming into bloom. Water in the mornings, ideally to avoid the colder temperatures at night. Spray any repotted trees to ensure they do not dry out.
Re-potting
You should now be in full swing of your re-potting as the onset of Spring is now upon us. So with your soils sifted, pots selected and wire to the ready let re-potting commence in full if you haven’t started already.
During repotting smell the soil that the tree comes out of, check roots for dead sections and rot i.e. look for black roots and remove any dead roots.
Check also for pests in the soil and roots and remove or treat any pest problems like vine weevil larvae and mites. Prune roots dependent on the stage of root development and ensure the correct pot size if changing the pot.
Ensure that the soil mix is suitable for the tree species and that you use a range of techniques that are suitable for the tree species, stage of root development and health of the tree.
For any trees that you are not repotting still remove the top surface and re-top dress to remove any crusting on the surface to improve airflow and drainage down through the soil. Plus clean the pots of the trees if they have got green algae forming on them.
Feeding
For broadleaved trees, feeding should not be necessary yet as the leaves are still not out and do not feed until at least 6-8 weeks after repotting for all trees that have been newly repotted.
Tropical trees and Evergreens can continue to be fed with a low nitrogen feed to maintain health and vigour at the onset of spring.
Pruning
Species to avoid pruning in Spring due to potential for sap bleeding would be Acer, Betula, Carpinus, Carya, Juglans, Magnolia, Morus, Populus and Tilia.
If you haven’t carried out your winter re-structure pruning if the buds have not started to fully swell then it would be alright to carry out any branch removals to address defects but ensure to cover with wound paste.
Remove and thin out unwanted buds or buds facing the wrong direction but do not over trim or prune at this stage.
Trimming
Until the leaves appear trimming will not be required on broadleaved trees but continue to prune tropical trees to maintain their shape.
Where too much growth is expected and buds are well advanced, removal of unwanted future twigs may be anticipated by pinching out buds now. Where density is required of foliage, pinch or remove the terminal bud to promote side buds to develop. This is also a good opportunity to check buds to see if they are viable.
Root pruning
Species to avoid severe root pruning in Spring due to potential for sap bleeding would be Acer, Betula, Carpinus, Carya, Juglans, Magnolia, Morus, Populus and Tilia.
Insects and pests
Hopefully following winter treatments the pest and insects should not be a concern in March but check for scale, mealybug and red spider mite just in case on overwintering twigs in old bark wounds and treat as necessary.
Moss and weed control
Continue to keep this in check and treat or remove unwanted moss and remove any newly forming weeds.
Wiring
Check wires and guys to ensure they are not cutting in and this is a good time to straighten out dis-used wire, which can be re-used for training wire.
Protection
Continue to protect from late frosts as it is still not very warm outside and ensure to harden off leaves before moving your trees out from a cold greenhouse.
Assessment
Continue to update your bonsai records and photograph your trees to record their progress.
Collection
This is a good time to still collect trees from the wild (subject to permission) as broadleaved trees are still dormant generally and lifting trees can usually be carried out from October through to the end of March subject to avoiding frosts or frozen ground.
Tools
This is something everyone should do each time they use their tools but often it is not easy to do depending on how often you are using your tools. However, it is good practice to clean and sharpen your tools after use and this is a good time to go through your tool kits and clean them up before the start of the pruning season.
Display areas
Subject to how you display your trees, if you are looking to bring your trees out later in Spring from their winter protection it is an ideal time to clean off your display areas or benches and disinfect them as well as re-treat with a wood preservative or relevant treatment for the material so they show your trees off once they are ready to come out.
Propagation
Sow any seeds this month like Dwarf Quince, Cedar, Pine, Punica, Cypress, Sophora. Take softwood cuttings when buds are well on the move.

As I am preparing this newsletter the weather is warming up and some of my trees are already showing signs of budding up, so keep an eye on your trees as it is easy to miss a tree that needs repotting, once they have sprouted leaves you’ve missed this year and will have to wait another year to repot.

Keith

Till we meet again, Stay Safe.

Keith Hartley Secretary Solent Bonsai Society www.solentbonsai.co.uk Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com Mobile: - 07847487435
JANUARY 2021

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

Coronavirus Newsletter No.11 Friday 29th January 2021

Hi fellow Bonsai lovers, just another reminder
.
Wallington Village Hall is closed in accordance with the government restrictions.
We were hoping that we will be able to resume our meetings on Friday 30th April 2021 but
now with the ongoing situation and restrictions due to the covid pandemic,
the committee
has had to take the decision not to resume meetings until further notice.

Hopefully we will soon have some good news with the vaccination rollout and when we will be
able to resume a more normal life.
I will continue to send out the monthly newsletters to try and keep you all updated on the
Bonsai situation both with Solent and the rest of the UK as best I can.

Important Note.
The committee would like to let all Solent Bonsai members know that renewal of
subscription, for 2020 paid up members, will next be in January 2022.

Secretary’s Report

Who, at our meeting last February, would have thought that it would be the last meeting for 2020.
According to the PM, it is likely that the imposed measures will continue well into this year.

The committee has had to take the decision not to resume meetings until further notice.

With the roll out of the Pfizer/BioNTech’s and the Oxford/Astra Zeneca vaccination, it gives us renewed hope that we will be able to continue our meetings at some stage soon?
Some good news is that a number of our members have had the vaccination.
It will be interesting to see how your trees are when we all get back together.
The main thing in these difficult times is that you all keep safe.

Bonsai in February

February in the Northern Hemisphere is still classed as winter and it is a difficult month to predict the weather especially as the mild then cold conditions seem to be prevailing.

Watering
Your bonsai trees will still need watering but not as often as their growth rate has slowed right down so their water uptake has also slowed down.
At this time of year if your trees are still outside, they will be getting watered naturally by the rainfall, morning dew and melting frosts. However, monitor the moisture level to ensure your bonsai trees are not water logged as this can cause roots to rot.
If your bonsai trees are under cover check daily and water if required to keep the soil damp / moist but not soaking wet.
Any bonsai being kept indoors should be watered daily if required as they will be loosing moisture due to the higher temperatures inside drying out the soil and the tropical species still tend to grow during the winter period inside.
Ideal time to water is in the morning to allow the water time to dissipate and to reduce the surface water should the temperature cool down overnight or there is a frost.

Re-potting
This is for most bonsai enthusiasts the key repotting month, which can then go on into March as the broadleaved trees are generally dormant and have yet to start pushing new growth.
If the weather is mild repotting can be undertaken but avoid early repotting if you have no protection for the tree like a cold frame or green house if frosts are likely.
Otherwise prepare for repotting by checking soil supplies and also that if you are looking to change the pot that you have the correct pot size to repot into.
Evergreen trees should be repotted in later months as opposed to February.

Feeding
Generally feeding in February is not required as broadleaves trees are dormant.
Conifers or evergreens have slowed down on growth during this period but you could still apply a light feed that is a low nitrogen or nitrogen free fertiliser.
However, continue to lightly feed tropical trees that are kept indoors if they are still showing signs of growth to sustain them during this period.

Pruning
This is a great time of year to review your bonsai trees and check the structural image of the tree as well as the tracery and branch placement. Broadleaved trees are especially easy as they have for most species lost their leaves and are dormant. You can remove unwanted structural branches on broadleaved trees but remember to cover the wounds with wound paste or sealant as the trees are dormant and will not be able to respond to the pruning as effectively. Otherwise just mark the branch(es) to remove and wait till the Spring to then remove them.

Trimming
This is not required to either broadleaved or coniferous trees in February. However, you may still need to trim the new shoots off tropical trees that are growing indoors to control the growth and develop ramification.

Root pruning
Carry out root pruning if you do start to re-pot now as part of the re-potting process and check for soil borne pests, root rot and other root problems and address if any issues are found.

Insects and pests
Continue to check your bonsai trees over fully for pests, insects and diseases as some insects can over winter on or in your trees like red spider mite, scale insect and if you have not applied a winter pesticide or removed unwanted pests before now it is a chance to do so. Pests are also likely if the weather is mild so worth checking to avoid disappointment in the spring when buds or leaves fail to flush due to pest attack.

Moss and weed control
Hopefully you carried out pre winter preparation and addressed any weed and moss issues particularly around the trunks of bonsai trees prior to winter. If not this is again a good time to remove moss and weeds to clear the surface of the soil for improved moisture movement as well as prevent bark rot from wet moss. You can use a range of techniques including a diluted vinegar application on the bark which you apply and then around a week of two later the moss removes more easily with a light brush action (tooth brush works well).

Wiring
If wire is present on your bonsai tree check whether it is still serving a purpose and is taught and not digging into the bark causing wire marks and re-set if necessary or tighten. Application of new wiring can be applied to broadleaved trees during February if required.

Protection
Continue to maintain winter protection in whatever form you use and check your trees daily for effects of frost or snow.

Assessment
This is also a good time to photograph your bonsai trees and update their records for re-potting timings, feeding regimes, soil type etc as it is sometimes hard to keep track of what you do for each tree when you start increasing your collection. Keeping a photographic record does come in very useful over the years to see the trees development and your progress.

Grafting trees
This is the ideal time to start grafting Pines and Evergreens.

Sowing Seeds
If you plan to start sowing seeds in spring, then it is an ideal month to start the preparation of the seeds subject to their stratification requirements as some need up to 6 to 8 weeks of stratification prior to sowing.

Collecting / Lifting trees
This is an ideal time to lift trees out of raised beds or collect trees from the wild (only from approved sites though). The majority of tree species are dormant during winter so from October through to March is the ideal lifting time period.

Note, now is the time to get ready for repotting, if you require any potting compost such as Akadama, Kyodama, Kanuma etc. get in touch with Collette, don’t leave it till the last minute


Information Notice
Just a Reminder.
You may or may not have noticed that Collette’s website “Bonsai Trees Southampton” is now permanently closed, so do not use the old phone numbers or email.
Collette has now changed her trading name to “Collette’s Bonsai”.
She is still up and running and fully stocked with bonsai trees, bonsai tools, bonsai pots, akadama etc.
At the present time there is not a website but you can find her on
Collette’s Bonsai on Facebook or ring her on 07867688614 (which you must do at the present time due to the covid restrictions) or email her at bonsaitrees@live.com she is available most days from 10am to 4pm.
“Collette’s Bonsai”
Contact Details
Collette’s Bonsai on Facebook, call 07867 688614
or email bonsaitrees@live.com
Shows in 2021
Please note that there are already shows being cancelled next year, including the Auction in January, Swindon Show and Trophy in February, Expo in April and “The British International Bonsai Show” in July.

Auction Run by the UK Bonsai Association
on Sunday 31st January 2021 Cancelled
In conjunction with a Suiseki / Saikei / Mame show, it will be held at:- The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB
The show/auction is from 1000-1600hrs, Entrance fees are, adults £5, children under 16 go Free. (Exhibitors & Sellers close off date 10 Jan 21). No Traders stands at this event, just the auction. Auction contact: ukbonsaiassociation@gmail.com.

Swindon Winter Image Show 14th February 2021 Cancelled
Solent Bonsai Society will be showing at the 2021 Swindon Winter Image show on 14th February 2021, it is one of the best shows of the year at:- Grange Leisure Centre, Grange Drive, Stratton St. Margaret, Swindon, Wiltshire. SN3 4JY. It is open from 10am to 4pm. 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-bonsai.co.uk.

The 22nd Trophy Bonsai Show
, 20th- 21st February 2021, Belgium. Cancelled
Anyone hopping to go to The 22nd Trophy Bonsai Show which was to take place on 20th- 21st February 2021 in Belgium, it has been cancelled

Expo Bonsai UK 11th April 2021 Cancelled
The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB The show open to public 1000-1600, Admission £5. Approximately 100 show quality trees along with support from a number of well known bonsai traders. If you are interested in submitting a tree for consideration please contact ebuk18@gmail.com (Exhibitors close off date 31 Jan 21). For more details see the website www.expobonsaiuk.weebly.com.

The British International Bonsai Show 9th to 11th July 2021 Cancelled
The British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire. CV35 0BJ Many British & International guest artists and demonstrators will be in attendance. For more information visit www.bibsevents.com
Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm
All meetings Cancelled until further notice.
For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm;
All meetings Cancelled until further notice.
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.

Don’t forget Bonsai is not just a plant in a pot, it’s a living art and unlike paintings and sculpture it’s a forever changing canvas.

We all hope that the with the vaccination rollout, it gives us new hope that 2021will be a better year.

Till we meet again, Stay Safe.

Keith

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



DECEMBER 2020

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

Coronavirus New Years Newsletter No.10 Thursday 30th December 2020

Hi fellow Bonsai lovers, just another reminder.
Wallington Village Hall is closed in accordance with the government restrictions.
We were hoping that we will be able to resume our meetings on Friday 29th January
2021 but now with the ongoing situation and restrictions due to the covid pandemic, the
committee have now taken the decision not to resume meetings till 30th
April 2021
, with a review of the situation in February 2021, hopefully by then
we will have some good news about the vaccination rollout and when we will be able to
resume a more normal life.

When we finally do resume our meetings, hopefully on 30th April 2021, we will have to
decide on the way forward for 2021.

I will continue to send out the monthly newsletters to try and keep you all updated on
the Bonsai situation both with Solent and the rest of the UK as best I can.

Important Note.
The committee would like to let all Solent Bonsai members know that
renewal of subscription, for 2020 paid up members, will next be in January 2022.

Secretary’s Report

Who, at our meeting last February, would have thought that it would be the last meeting for 2020.According to the PM, it is likely that the imposed measures will continue well into next year.
The committee have had to take the decision not to resume meetings till 30th April 2021 and will review the situation in February 2021.
With the roll out of the Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccination a few weeks ago and the Oxford/Astra Zeneca next week, it gives us renewed hope that we will be able to continue our meetings at some stage soon?
It will be interesting to see how your trees are when we all get back together.
The main thing in these difficult times is that you all keep safe.

In these difficult times, when we can’t have our monthly meetings, our good friend Mark, from the UK Bonsai Association (UKBA), thought it would be a good idea to have a more in depth Bonsai monthly task sheet, so he asked another of Solent’s friends, Amelia, if she could write a generic monthly Bonsai guide that could be used by UKBA and other Society. The guide is intended purely as a guide and is dependent on the British climate which can be different each year and also according to where you live, so as an example if you have a warmer than usual February and your Bonsais buds start to swell then repotting may have to start earlier but if February is cold you may have to wait until March or even April.
It is intended as a starting point and that if other ideas are put forward or Bonsai trends change the guide will be revised.
The task sheet can also be found in the UKBA bulletins on their website, which is always worth looking at for updates on the ever changing Covid situation.

If you are on the internet and would like to receive the monthly bulletin from the UKBA on line, why not join, membership is free.

Keith


Bonsai in January

Hopefully all your bonsai trees are being protected for the winter and here is a quick generic guide to bonsai in January.
Watering
Your bonsai trees will still need watering but not as often as their growth rate has slowed right down so their water uptake has also slowed down.
At this time of year if your trees are still outside, they will be getting watered naturally by the rainfall, morning dew and melting frosts. However, monitor the moisture level to ensure your bonsai trees are not water logged as this can cause roots to rot.
If your bonsai trees are under cover check daily and water if required to keep the soil damp / moist but not soaking wet.
Any bonsai being kept indoors should be watered daily if required as they will be losing moisture due to the higher temperatures inside drying out the soil and the tropical species still tend to grow during the winter period inside.
Ideal time to water is in the morning to allow the water time to dissipate and to reduce the surface water should the temperature cool down overnight or there is a frost.
Re-potting
If the weather is mild repotting can be undertaken but avoid early repotting if you have no protection for the tree like a cold frame or green house if frosts are likely.
Otherwise prepare for repotting by checking soil supplies and also that if you are looking to change the pot that you have the correct pot size to repot into.
Feeding
Generally feeding in January is not required as broadleaves trees are dormant and conifers or evergreens have slowed down on growth during this period.
However, continue to lightly feed tropical trees that are kept indoors if they are still showing signs of growth to sustain them during this period.
Pruning
This is a great time of year to review your bonsai trees and check the structural image of the tree as well as the tracery and branch placement. Broadleaved trees are especially easy as they have for most species lost their leaves and are dormant. You can remove unwanted structural branches but remember to cover the wounds with wound paste or sealant as the trees are dormant and will not be able to respond to the pruning as effectively. Otherwise just mark the branch(es) to remove and wait till the Spring to then remove them.
Trimming
This is not required to either broadleaved or coniferous trees in January. However, you may still need to trim the new shoots off tropical trees that are growing indoors to control the growth and develop ramification.
Root pruning
Carry out root pruning if you do start to re-pot now as part of the re-potting process and check for soil borne pests, root rot and other root problems and address if any issues are found.
Insects and pests
Continue to check your bonsai trees over fully for pests, insects and diseases as some insects can over winter on or in your trees like red spider mite, scale insect and if you have not applied a winter pesticide or removed unwanted pests before now it is a chance to do so. Pests are also likely if the weather is mild so worth checking to avoid disappointment in the spring when buds or leaves fail to flush due to pest attack.
Moss and weed control
Hopefully you carried out pre winter preparation and addressed any weed and moss issues particularly around the trunks of bonsai trees prior to winter. If not this is again a good time to remove moss and weeds to clear the surface of the soil for improved moisture movement as well as prevent bark rot from wet moss. You can use a range of techniques including a diluted vinegar application on the bark which you apply and then around a week of two later the moss removes more easily with a light brush action (tooth brush works well).
Wiring
If wire is present on your bonsai tree check whether it is still serving a purpose and is taught and not digging into the bark causing wire marks and re-set if necessary or tighten.
Protection
Continue to maintain winter protection in whatever form you use and check your trees daily for effects of frost or snow.
Assessment
This is also a good time to photograph your bonsai trees and update their records for re-potting timings, feeding regimes, soil type etc as it is sometimes hard to keep track of what you do for each tree when you start increasing your collection. Keeping a photographic record does come in very useful over the years to see the trees development and your progress.


Information Notice
Just a Reminder.
You may or may not have noticed that Collette’s website “Bonsai Trees Southampton” is now permanently closed, so do not use the old phone numbers or email.
Collette has now changed her trading name to “Collette’s Bonsai”.
She is still up and running and fully stocked with bonsai trees, bonsai tools, bonsai pots, akadama etc.
At the present time there is not a website but you can find her on
Collette’s Bonsai on Facebook or ring her on 07867688614 (which you must do at the present time due to the covid restrictions) or email her at bonsaitrees@live.com she is available most days from 10am to 4pm.
“Collette’s Bonsai”
Contact Details
Collette’s Bonsai on Facebook, call 07867 688614
or email bonsaitrees@live.com




Shows in 2021

Please note that there are already shows being cancelled next year, including the Auction in January, Swindon Show and Trophy in February, Expo in April and “The British International Bonsai Show” in July.

Auction Run by the UK Bonsai Association on Sunday 31st January 2021 Cancelled
In conjunction with a Suiseki / Saikei / Mame show, it will be held at:- The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB
The show/auction is from 1000-1600hrs, Entrance fees are, adults £5, children under 16 go Free. (Exhibitors & Sellers close off date 10 Jan 21). No Traders stands at this event, just the auction. Auction contact: ukbonsaiassociation@gmail.com.

Swindon Winter Image Show 14th February 2021 Cancelled
Solent Bonsai Society will be showing at the 2021 Swindon Winter Image show on 14th February 2021, it is one of the best shows of the year at:- Grange Leisure Centre, Grange Drive, Stratton St. Margaret, Swindon, Wiltshire. SN3 4JY. It is open from 10am to 4pm. 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-bonsai.co.uk.

The 22nd Trophy Bonsai Show, 20th- 21st February 2021, Belgium.
Cancelled
Anyone hopping to go to The 22nd Trophy Bonsai Show which was to take place on 20th- 21st February 2021 in Belgium, it has been cancelled

Expo Bonsai UK 11th April 2021
Cancelled
The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB The show open to public 1000-1600, Admission £5. Approximately 100 show quality trees along with support from a number of well known bonsai traders. If you are interested in submitting a tree for consideration please contact ebuk18@gmail.com (Exhibitors close off date 31 Jan 21). For more details see the website www.expobonsaiuk.weebly.com.

The British International Bonsai Show 9th to 11th July 2021 Cancelled
The British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire. CV35 0BJ Many British & International guest artists and demonstrators will be in attendance. For more information visit www.bibsevents.com
Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Eastleigh Bonsai Society
meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm
All meetings Cancelled until further notice
For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society
meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm;
All meetings Cancelled until further notice
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.

Don’t forget Bonsai is not just a plant in a pot, it’s a living art and unlike paintings and sculpture it’s a forever changing canvas.

We all hope that the with the vaccination rollout, it gives us new hope that 2021will be a better year.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year Till we meet again, Stay Safe.
Keith

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




NOVEMBER 2020

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

Corona virus Christmas Newsletter No.9 Friday 27th November 2020


Hi fellow Bonsai lovers, just another reminder.

Wallington Village Hall is closed in accordance with the government restrictions.
We were hoping that we will be able to resume our meetings on Friday 29th January
2021 but now with the ongoing situation and restrictions due to the covid pandemic, the
committee have now taken the decision not to resume meetings till 30th
April 2021, with a review of the situation in February 2021
, hopefully by then
we will have some good news about the vaccination rollout and when we will be able to
resume a more normal life.
When we finally do resume our meetings, hopefully on 30th April 2021, we will have to
decide on the way forward for 2021.

I will continue to send out the monthly newsletters to try and keep you all updated on
the Bonsai situation both with Solent and the rest of the UK as best I can.
I will this year be sending an email newsletter in December to keep you up to date with
the ever changing Covid-19 situation and its effect on the bonsai community.

Important Note.
The committee would like to let all Solent Bonsai members know that
renewal of subscription, for 2020 paid up members, will next be in January
2022.


Tasks for September
1. Do not feed.
2. Shelter bonsai from excess rainfall or heavy snow.
3. Remove dead leaves and keep soil surface clean.

Secretary’s Report

According to the PM, it is likely that the imposed measures will continue well into next year.
The committee have had to take the decision not to resume meetings till 30th April 2021 and will review the situation in February 2021.
We are hopeful that the vaccination rollout, gives us some hope that we will be able to continue at some stage, who knows?
It will be interesting to see how your trees are when we all get back together. The main thing in these difficult times is that you all keep safe.

Please note that there are already shows being cancelled next year, including the Auction in January, Swindon Show and Trophy in February, Expo in April and “The British International Bonsai Show” in July.

Well done Enid and Clive who predicted, along with five others, four of their favorite trees in the top ten in the UK Bonsai Association Virtual UK Bonsai Show 2020, however Enid and Clive were top over all with 14 points.
For more information and pictures of the winning trees go to
ukbonsaiassoc.org November 2020 bulletin.
Information Notice

You may or may not have noticed that Collette’s website “Bonsai Trees Southampton” is now permanently closed, so do not use the old phone numbers or email.

Collette has now changed her trading name to “Collette’s Bonsai’s”.

She is still up and running and fully stocked with bonsai trees, bonsai tools, bonsai pots, akadama etc.
At the present time there is not a website but you can ring her on 07867688614 (which you must do at the present time due to the covid restrictions) or email her at bonsaitrees@live.com she is available most days from 10am to 4pm. So if you or your family are looking for that elusive Bonsai Christmas present get in touch with Collette.

“Collette’s Bonsai’s”
07867 688614 or bonsaitrees@live.com

This is the third story of how I produced one of my Bonsai’s this time it is a blue cedar group.

The story behind this group started when I went to Lilleshall Hall National Sports Centre in Shropshire to play in the Civil Service table tennis championships in April 1997. Lilleshall had beautiful grounds and many wonderful mature trees. I particularly thought there was a fantastic group of Cedar of the Lebanon trees which formed a perfect full-size group, they were probably planted in the early 1800’s one with a girth of over 5m.















Cedar Group Lilleshall Hall April 1997
I was so taken by the trees that I thought I would like to try and recreate the cedar group in Bonsai. I decided to try and recreate the group using my favorite blue cedar trees. Some years later I managed purchased a number of blue cedar saplings from a garden centre in Titchfield.
I kept the trees for several years. I finally got around to forming the group in April 2007.















April 2007 Forming Blue Cedar Group
Having had the Saplings for a few years the tree trunks were not that flexible so I had to make the best of what I had. I decided to plant them in a fairly deep mica pot that I had, the trees being quiet tall tend to try and move when placed in the container so once I had placed the trees in the formation I thought was best, I made a latticework across the top of the pot with bamboo and drilled through the mica pot and secured the bamboo to the pot with wire, at the intersections I wired the bamboo together making the latticework very secure, I then wired each tree to the nearest bit of bamboo.














April 2007 Group in Mica Pot
I left the trees in the pot for two years, cedars have a reputation for not liking being repotted or having their roots disturbed. In April 2009 after two years in the mica pot the group seemed established so I decided to repot into a Chinese pot that I had (probably not the most suitable pot but it was reasonably deep) I used some old akadama mixed with a bit of sphagnum moss.














April 2009 Group Repotted from Mica Pot into Green Chinese Pot
I decided that the trees were too tall, so I cut the each tree back to a suitable branch whilst keeping the triangular shape of the group which I favor, the side trees were only left with one branch so I was a bit concerned that I had removed too much of the top on some of the trees.

However having removed the tops the trees seemed to have a burst into life and the branches started to fill out. Within a few years the trees were starting to look like a fairly respectable group

















3rd June 2017
Having established the group I have been trying to create lower branches by pulling down the side and back branches

In 2018 I decided the trees deserved to have a pot more suited to them. Having purchased a 22 inch group pot from Walsall Ceramics I repotted them into an akadama sphagnum moss mix (making sure the group was well wired into the pot). Once again the trees seemed to thrive on this mix.


























April 2018 Group Repotted from Green Chinese Pot to New Walsall Pot
June 2019















February 2020 Before Back trees added
As you can see in some of the photos but at the back I felt there was a need to fill in the gap with two or three small trees. I have found acquiring small suitable blue cedar trees with low branches fairly difficult to find and have been looking for them for some time, however I did find two which were suitable so in March added the two trees to the group. I removed as much soil from the group as I could but adding trees to an established group is not always that easy. I used an akadama moss mix and spread moss on the top.













March 2020 with fill in trees added to back
I was very pleased with the result of the added trees adding more depth to the group, throughout the summer I tried to keep the group, along with all my trees, well watered and feeding with seaweed fertiliser.

















March 2020
Unfortunately one of the trees did not take, fingers crossed the other is ok, so my search still goes on for small blue cedars to fill in the back.

As I have said in previous newsletters that I like groups and with this particular group,as I said at the start of this article, I had years before seen the most beautiful group of fully grown cedar trees and this inspired me for over twenty years, to try and recreate in bonsai, something that resembles the full size cedar group. I feel that I am slowly getting closer to having a reasonable group, whether it will resemble the groups of fully grown trees, I wait and see.














I will keep trying and still looking for those elusive small fill in trees. Who knows as with most Bonsai they are an ever changing living sculpture and what you set out to achieve is not always what they ends up as.

So keep using your imagination, and who knows what you will end up with?


If you have any ideas or would like to send me an article you have written that other members might find interesting, please send them to me, they can be on line or on that old fashion format hand written on paper.

Keith
Shows in 2020, All Cancelled

Shows in 2021

Auction Run by the UK Bonsai Association on Sunday 31st January 2021 Cancelled
In conjunction with a Suiseki / Saikei / Mame show, it will be held at:- The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB
The show/auction is from 1000-1600hrs, Entrance fees are, adults £5, children under 16 go Free. (Exhibitors & Sellers close off date 10 Jan 21). No Traders stands at this event, just the auction. Auction contact: ukbonsaiassociation@gmail.com.

Swindon Winter Image Show 14th February 2021 Cancelled
Solent Bonsai Society will be showing at the 2021 Swindon Winter Image show on 14th February 2021, it is one of the best shows of the year at:- Grange Leisure Centre, Grange Drive, Stratton St. Margaret, Swindon, Wiltshire. SN3 4JY. It is open from 10am to 4pm. 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-bonsai.co.uk.

The 22nd Trophy Bonsai Show, 20th- 21st February 2021, Belgium. Cancelled
Anyone hopping to go to The 22nd Trophy Bonsai Show which was to take place on 20th- 21st February 2021 in Belgium, it has been cancelled

Expo Bonsai UK 11th April 2021 Cancelled
The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB The show open to public 1000-1600, Admission £5. Approximately 100 show quality trees along with support from a number of well known bonsai traders. If you are interested in submitting a tree for consideration please contact ebuk18@gmail.com (Exhibitors close off date 31 Jan 21). For more details see the website www.expobonsaiuk.weebly.com.

The British International Bonsai Show 9th to 11th July 2021 Cancelled
The British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire. CV35 0BJ Many British & International guest artists and demonstrators will be in attendance. For more information visit www.bibsevents.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 14th December 2020. Cancelled
For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm; the next meeting is on 10th December 2020. Cancelled
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.

Don’t forget Bonsai is not just a plant in a pot, it’s a living art and unlike paintings and sculpture it’s a forever changing canvas
.
Let us hope that the vaccination rollout, gives us new hope for a better 2021.
Hope you all have the best Christmas possible.

Stay Safe – Hands - Space.

Keith Keith Hartley
Secretary Solent Bonsai Society
www.solentbonsai.co.uk
Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com
Mobile: - 07847487435
OCTOBER 2020

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

Coronavirus Newsletter No.8 Friday 30th October 2020

Hi fellow Bonsai lovers, just another reminder sorry, we have to remind you still.
It is with great regret that although the Wallington Village Hall is opening there are
many restrictions, the committee representing
the Solent Bonsai Society have decided to
suspend our monthly meetings for the rest of 2020
due to the difficulty of complying to
the many, ever changing, Covid-19 restrictions that the government and hall have
imposed on the use of the hall for the foreseeable future.
The decision was made after the hall sent the list of restrictions that had to be complied
to and whether we would be using the hall for the rest of the year but it was felt
impossible for us to commit to having meetings with the imposed restrictions.

Having already booked for 2021,
we were hoping that we will be able to resume our
meetings on Friday 29th January 2021 but now with the ongoing situation and
restrictions due to the covid pandemic,
the committee have now taken the
decision not to resume meetings till 30th April 2021, with a review of the
situation in February 2021.


When we finally do resumed our meetings, hopefully on 30th April 2021, but even this
is in doubt, we will have to have an emergency AGM to elect a committee and decide on
the way forward for 2021.

I will continue to send out the monthly newsletters to try and keep you all updated on the
Bonsai situation both with Solent and the rest of the UK as best I can.
I will this year be sending an Email newsletter in December to keep you up to date with the
ongoing Covid-19 situation and its effect on the bonsai community.

Important Note.
The committee would like to let all Solent Bonsai members know that
renewal of subscription, for 2020 paid up members, will next be in January
2022.

Tasks for September
1. Do not feed (except trees in development).
2. Shelter bonsai from excess rainfall
3. Remove dead leaves and keep soil surface clean
4. Prune trees as required
5. Protect delicate and semi-tropical species from early frost.
Secretary’s Report

According to the PM, it is likely that the imposed measures will continue well into next year.
The committee have had to take the decision not to resume meetings till 30th April 2021 and will review the situation in February 2021.
We hope that we will be able to continue at some stage, who knows? It will be interesting to see how your trees are when we all get back together. The main thing in these difficult times is that you all keep safe.
Please note that there are already shows being cancelled next year, including the Auction in January, Swindon Show and Trophy in February, Expo in April and “The British International Bonsai Show” in July.

This month I will tell you the story of a white pine.
I purchased the white pine from a former member of the Portsmouth Bonsai Society who was selling his collection in 1992. It was an informal upright style and looked at least twenty to thirty years old and grafted on to black pine which is normal as it what was probably imported from Japan. It was in a blue Chinese pot planted in a typical normal compost.














White Pine Original informal upright style
I looked after it as an informal upright for a few years but in 1999 I decided to make a radical change to the tree. I had purchased large cascade pot at a satsuki bonsai show, which look place in Plymouth in 1998, I was working in Plymouth from Monday and having driven to Plymouth on Sunday managed to get to the show just before the show closed. I quickly went round the show, even then some of the exhibitors were stripping the flowers from there Bonsai’s. At the show I found Walsall Ceramics which as you may know is one of my favorite pot makers, they still had a large cascade cream bonsai pot which I purchased at a very reasonable price.

The following spring I thought what can I do with the cascade bonsai pot purchased the previous year, that’s when I decided to make the radical change to the white pine. I removed it from the blue Chinese pot, cleaned of the soil and placed it in the cascade pot with a then normal soil mix which was 1/3 john innes number 2, 1/3 peat, 1/3 grit, I made sure it was well wired into the pot.
















White Pine 1999 changing from informal upright to cascade
As you can see it did not look much but there was plenty of foliage to style later.

I carefully looked after it and started to restyle it. In 2003 I repotted it into Akadama. Later that year, 2003, Eastleigh arranged series of classes with Nobo at the Botley Centre and invited some solent members to attend, at one of the class I took along the white pine to style the bonsai. It went well and I was very pleased with the result.


















Over the next few years I worked on the pine and it looked great.
Over the years we got to know many great Bonsai enthusiasts including Manuel from Wessex bonsai, we started to go to the Wessex Sunday workshops and at one of the workshops, I think it was in 2011, I took along my white pine to see if I could make any improvements to the tree, I had some discussions with Manuel and he suggested a change of pot. At the workshops we discussed with Mo Turner, who was a brilliant pot maker, what would be a suitable style pot for the tree, we decided on a rough cascade pot would suite it best, so a few months later Mo came along with the new pot and the following year, 2012, I repotted the tree in Akadama in the new pot.

















White pine in Walsall Pot 5th March 2012

















White pine in new Mo Pot 8th May 2012 Before Manuel restyling
I took the pine to the May, 2012, workshops, Manual offered to restyle the pine but it would take longer than the time we had at the workshop, so I agreed to let him take the tree for him to restyle, I may add there have been only a few people I would allow to take and restyle one of my trees. Well 4 months later in September Manuel brought the tree back to the workshops, he had redesigned it removing a large top branch and re wired the whole tree.



















White Pine 8th May 2012
White pine 23rd September 2012
The following month after Manuel returned the tree we had the Shocking news that he had passed away suddenly and to this day he is a much missed member of the Bonsai community.
The tree over the last few years has filled out, this year I repotted it, as with most cascade bonsai it took some time to get it out of the pot, when I finally got it out I was pleased that it had a good amount of mycelium throughout the Akadama.






















White Pine 12th April 2020 repotting
I cleaned of the old Akadama and when I repotted mixed some of the old mycelium into the mix.
This year in August I removed the old needles ready for next year’s growth.


















White Pine 26th October 2020
What does this tell you about bonsai, to me bonsai is an ever changing canvas, in this case I started with what was a very nice informal upright bonsai but is now, to me, a fantastic cascade bonsai, you may have preferred the two have left it as an informal upright but I let my imagination go and changed it to a cascade. Your trees are what you want to make of them, sometimes with a radical change you can end up with what was a good bonsai into a fantastic bonsai, so don’t be afraid to let your imagination restyle your bonsai.

If you have any ideas or would like to send me an article you have written that other members might find interesting, please send them to me, they can be on line or on that old fashion format hand written on paper.

Keith
Shows in 2020, All Cancelled

Shows in 2021

Auction Run by the UK Bonsai Association on Sunday 31st January 2021 Cancelled
In conjunction with a Suiseki / Saikei / Mame show, it will be held at:- The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB
The show/auction is from 1000-1600hrs, Entrance fees are, adults £5, children under 16 go Free. (Exhibitors & Sellers close off date 10 Jan 21). No Traders stands at this event, just the auction. Auction contact: ukbonsaiassociation@gmail.com.

Swindon Winter Image Show 14th February 2021 Cancelled
Solent Bonsai Society will be showing at the 2021 Swindon Winter Image show on 14th February 2021, it is one of the best shows of the year at:- Grange Leisure Centre, Grange Drive, Stratton St. Margaret, Swindon, Wiltshire. SN3 4JY. It is open from 10am to 4pm. 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-bonsai.co.uk.

The 22nd Trophy Bonsai Show, 20th- 21st February 2021, Belgium. Cancelled
Anyone hoping to go to The 22nd Trophy Bonsai Show which was to take place on 20th- 21st February 2021 in Belgium, it has been Cancelled

Expo Bonsai UK 11th April 2021 Cancelled
The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB The show open to public 1000-1600, Admission £5. Approximately 100 show quality trees along with support from a number of well known bonsai traders. If you are interested in submitting a tree for consideration please contact ebuk18@gmail.com (Exhibitors close off date 31 Jan 21). For more details see the website www.expobonsaiuk.weebly.com.

The British International Bonsai Show 9th to 11th July 2021 Cancelled
The British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire. CV35 0BJ Many British & International guest artists and demonstrators will be in attendance. For more information visit www.bibsevents.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 9th November 2020.
Cancelled
For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm; the next meeting is on 12th November 2020.
Cancelled
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.
Don’t forget Bonsai is not just a plant in a pot, it’s a living art and unlike paintings and sculpture it’s a forever changing canvas.

Stay Safe – Hands - Space.

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


SEPTEMBER 2020

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

Coronavirus Newsletter No.7 Friday 25th September 2020

Hi fellow Bonsai lovers, just another reminder sorry, we have to remind you still.
It is with great regret that although the Wallington Village Hall is opening there are
many restrictions, the committee representing
the Solent Bonsai Society have decided to
suspend our monthly meetings for the rest of 2020
due to the difficulty of complying to
the many, ever changing, Covid-19 restrictions that the government and hall have
imposed on the use of the hall for the foreseeable future.

The decision was made after the hall sent the list of restrictions that had to be complied
to and whether we would be using the hall for the rest of the year but it was felt
impossible for us to commit to having meetings with the imposed restrictions.

Having already booked for 2021, we hope that we will be able to
resume our meetings
on Friday 29th January 2021
and that by then the situation regarding covid-19 will
have settled down but even this is looking doubtful now after the government
announced on 22nd September that the imposed regulations may be in place for the next
six months.

When we finally do resumed our meetings, hopefully on 29th January 2021, but this is
now in doubt, we will have to have an emergency AGM to elect a committee and decide
on the way forward for 2021
.
I will continue to send out the monthly newsletters to try and keep you all updated on the
Bonsai situation both with Solent and the rest of the UK as best I can.

Important Note.
The committee would like to let all Solent Bonsai members know that
renewal of subscription, for 2020 paid up members, will next be in January
2022.


Tasks for September
1. Water when required.
2. Feed with high potash fertilizer.
3. Remove any wires cutting into bark.
4. Remove old needles on pines.
5. Prune and shape deciduous trees after leafs fall.
6. Protect fruit from birds.
7. Feed flowering trees with high potassium fertilizer.
8. Evergreen may be repotted, do not feed newly potted trees.

Secretary’s Report
I can’t believe that this is the 50th newsletter that I am sending, who would have thought a few months ago that a pandemic would put a stop to our meetings and all things Bonsai. According to the PM, it is likely that the imposed measures will continue well into next year. We hope that we will be able to continue at some stage, who knows? It will be interesting to see how your trees are when we all get back together. The main thing in these difficult times is that you all keep safe.
Creating a group from unpromising material.
In March 2017 I assisted Robert, who was giving a talk to Wessex Bonsai Society, at the evening they were selling some of Dave Turners trees that were being sold for their club funds, amongst the items there were a number of forsythia cutting, they were various shapes and sizes. At the end of the evening some were left that no one wanted so I asked if I could have them all, there were ten in number so I gave them £20 for them all. We managed to find a space in Robert’s car for them which was full of Roberts’s trees, table, show stands etc. So, what can you do with cuttings that will never make a show tree?
You can see that they are not very good shapes
Well as you may or may not know I like group/forest plantings, I had a spare oval mica pot so in May 2017 I started to create a forsythia group, note they had leaves so I was carefully with the roots. First I did a rough group layout to see where they should be placed in the group, usually small at sides and back, largest in front, this formula creates depth when looking from the front.
Rough Group Layout
Planted in Mica Pot
Having decided how I wanted the layout I planted them using an akadama grit mix. The following year Robert was invited back to give another talk to Wessex BS, which I again assisted, I took the forsythia group back to show them what they could have done with the cuttings as they were in full flower.
Forsythia in flower March 2018
Forsythia October 2019 in New Pot
Forsythia take well from cuttings and when I pruned the group I pushed the pruned pieces in at the back and sides of the pot most of which took, they helped fill out the back and sides. Forsythia have a nice leaf so they look good when the flowers have finished, note the 2020 leafs have turned more autumnal much earlier than last year.
Forsythia in flower March 2020
Forsythia September 2020
Within four years a quite respectable group has been produced
from not very promising cuttings and I hope year by year the group will improve.
I hope this will encourage you to look out some of those unpromising material and trees that you may have and create interesting groups next spring, they can be started in a seed tray or any spare container you may have and who knows in a few year you could have show group.
If you have any ideas or would like to send me an article you have written that other members might find interesting, please send them to me, they can be on line or on that old fashion format hand written on paper.

Keith
Shows in 2020, All Cancelled
The Heathrow Bonsai Show Sunday 18th October 2020
Cancelled
Solent’s last bonsai show of the year is The Heathrow Bonsai Show, it is held at:- The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB. More information can be found at www.heathrowbonsai.weebley.com


Shows in 2021
Auction Run by the UK Bonsai Association will take place on Sunday 31st January 2021
Please Note. The Auction is now in doubt hopefully, conformation in the next newsletter In conjunction with a Suiseki / Saikei / Mame show, it will be held at:- The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB
The show/auction is from 1000-1600hrs, Entrance fees are, adults £5, children under 16 go Free. (Exhibitors & Sellers close off date 10 Jan 21). No Traders stands at this event, just the auction. Auction contact: ukbonsaiassociation@gmail.com.

Swindon Winter Image Show 14th February 2021
Solent Bonsai Society will be showing at the 2021 Swindon Winter Image show on 14th February 2021, it is one of the best shows of the year at:- Grange Leisure Centre, Grange Drive, Stratton St. Margaret, Swindon, Wiltshire. SN3 4JY. It is open from 10am to 4pm. 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-bonsai.co.uk.

The 22nd Trophy Bonsai Show, 20th- 21st February 2021, Belgium. Cancelled
Anyone hoping to go to The 22nd Trophy Bonsai Show which was to take place on 20th- 21st February 2021 in Belgium, it has been Cancelled

Expo Bonsai UK 11th April 2021 The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB The show open to public 1000-1600, Admission £5. Approximately 100 show quality trees along with support from a number of well known bonsai traders. If you are interested in submitting a tree for consideration please contact ebuk18@gmail.com (Exhibitors close off date 31 Jan 21). For more details see the website www.expobonsaiuk.weebly.com.

The British International Bonsai Show
9th to 11th July 2021 The British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire. CV35 0BJ Many British & International guest artists and demonstrators will be in attendance. For more information visit www.bibsevents.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 12th October 2020. Cancelled
For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm; the next meeting is on 8th October 2020. Cancelled
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.

Don’t forget Bonsai is not just a plant in a pot, it’s a living art and unlike paintings and sculpture it’s a forever changing canvas.


Stay Safe – Hands - Space.


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

AUGUST 2020

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.
Coronavirus Newsletter No.6

Friday 26th August 2020

Hi fellow Bonsai lovers, just a reminder.
It is with great regret that although the Wallington Village Hall is opening there are many
restrictions, the committee representing
the Solent Bonsai Society have decided to suspend
our monthly meetings for the rest of 2020 due to the difficulty of complying to the many, ever
changing, Covid-19 restrictions that the government and hall have imposed on the use of the
hall for the foreseeable future.

The decision was made after the hall sent the list of restrictions that had to be complied to and
whether we would be using the hall for the rest of the year but it was felt impossible for us to
commit to having meetings with the imposed restrictions.

Having already booked for 2021, we hope that we will be able to resume our meetings on
Friday 29th January 2021 and that by then the situation regarding covid-19 will have
settled down.

When we resumed our meetings, hopefully on 29th January 2021, we will have to have an
emergency AGM to elect a committee and decide on the way forward for 2021.

I will continue to send out the monthly newsletters to try and keep you all updated on the Bonsai
situation both with Solent and the rest of the UK as best I can.
Important Note.
The committee would like to let all Solent Bonsai members know that renewal of
subscription, for 2020 paid up members, will next be in January 2022.

Secretary’s Report Tasks for September
1. Trim growth and remove old needles on pines.
2. Water when required
3. Feed trees with low or zero nitrogen fertilizer.
4. Protect fruits from birds.
5. Remove any wires cutting into bark.
6. Wire new growth into desired position.


See my Bonsai story
>> here >>

It is always interesting to hear other members Bonsai journey. With these difficult time if any member would like to email or send me a photo or photos of their trees, even with a write up on the photo and possibly your journey in bonsai or if there is a topic that you would like some information on, I will try and put them into future newsletters.


Shows in 2020, All Cancelled
Community Woodfair Show on Saturday 5th September 2020 Cancelled
The Heathrow Bonsai Show Sunday 18th October 2020 Cancelled
Solent’s last bonsai show of the year is The Heathrow Bonsai Show, it is held at:- The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB. More information can be found at www.heathrowbonsai.weebley.com

Shows in 2021
Auction Run by the UK Bonsai Association will take place on Sunday 31st January 2021 In conjunction with a Suiseki / Saikei / Mame show, it will be held at:- The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB
The show/auction is from 1000-1600hrs, Entrance fees are, adults £5, children under 16 go Free. (Exhibitors & Sellers close off date 10 Jan 21). No Traders stands at this event, just the auction. Auction contact: ukbonsaiassociation@gmail.com.

Swindon Winter Image Show 14th February 2021
Solent Bonsai Society will be showing at the 2021 Swindon Winter Image show on 14th February 2021, it is one of the best shows of the year at:- Grange Leisure Centre, Grange Drive, Stratton St. Margaret, Swindon, Wiltshire. SN3 4JY It is open from 10am to 4pm. 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-bonsai.co.uk.

Expo Bonsai UK 11th April 2021
The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB The show open to public 1000-1600, Admission £5. Approximately 100 show quality trees along with support from a number of well known bonsai traders. If you are interested in submitting a tree for consideration please contact ebuk18@gmail.com (Exhibitors close off date 31 Jan 21). For more details see the website www.expobonsaiuk.weebly.com.

The British International Bonsai Show 9th to 11th July 2021
The British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire. CV35 0BJ Many British & International guest artists and demonstrators will be in attendance. For more information visit www.bibsevents.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 14th September 2020. Cancelled
For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk
Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm; the next meeting is on 10th September 2020. Cancelled 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.

Don’t forget Bonsai is not just a plant in a pot, it’s a living art and unlike paintings and sculpture it’s a forever changing canvas. Stay Strong, Stay Alert, Stay Safe.

Keith

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


JULY 2020

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.
Coronavirus Newsletter No.5


Hi fellow Bonsai lovers, It is with great regret that although the Wallington Village Hall
is opening there are many restrictions, the committee representing the
Solent Bonsai
Society have decided to suspend our monthly meetings for the rest of 2020
due to the
difficulty of complying to the many, ever changing, Covid-19 restrictions that the
government and hall have imposed on the use of the hall for the foreseeable future.
The decision was made after the hall sent the list of restrictions that had to be complied
to and whether we would be using the hall for the rest of the year but it was felt
impossible for us to commit to having meetings with the imposed restrictions.
Having already booked for 2021, we hope that we will be able to resume our meetings
on
Friday 29th January 2021 and that by then the situation regarding covid-19 will
have settled down.

When we resumed our meetings, hopefully on 29th January 2021, we will have to have
an emergency AGM to elect a committee and decide on the way forward for 2021.

I will continue to send out the monthly newsletters to try and keep you all updated on the
Bonsai situation both with Solent and the rest of the UK as best I can.
At the present time, I have been informed that it is not definite, even into 2021, that the Swindon
show on 14th February 2021 will be held?

Important Note.
The committee would like to let all Solent Bonsai members know that
renewal of subscription, for 2020 paid up members, will next be in January
2022.
Secretary’s Report
Tasks for August

1. Growth will be slowing down in August, start to reduce your feeding schedule, use low or zero nitrogen fertiliser, especially on pines.
2. Keep watering daily.
3. Protect delicate trees and rock plantings from extreme heat.
4. Trim back this year’s growth on pines where candles were not pinched earlier.
5. Trim back overlong new growth on all trees, be carefully trimming flowering trees, leave areas that may produce flowers the following year.
6. Remove some or all fruit from overladen trees such as crab apple and cones from coniferous trees such as pines and Larches, this is done because producing fruit and cones draws a great deal of energy from the tree. 7. Remove any wires cutting into bark.


I received an email from a past member of Solent who is selling part of his collection, he has had an interesting journey in Bonsai.
Email as follows.

Dear Keith In the dim distant past, about 1985, I was a member of Solent. The sec then was called Mac, I believe. I have put below my bonsai journey and this is prompted by my wish to pass on some of my collection to younger hands. My health now is not as good as when I started my collection back in the 1970's! I have more photos and a website, which is currently private, though I can grant viewer rights by person. If I make sales through this I'm more than happy to donate 10% to club funds, which I'm sure will be most welcome. I hope you can use this in your newsletters.
Regards Nigel Heath 07775 706801
Nigel's bonsai journey.

Hi I'm Nigel and I started growing bonsai trees in 1975! I was 25 then and had been given a very simple book by my mother for my birthday.

I read the 45 pages or so in no time at all and concluded this would be a great hobby to start now, and really enjoy when I got to retirement. By which time my trees would hopefully be more than just twigs in pots.

Armed with the simple bonsai book I started my search for material to work on, or potensai as it is officially known. I didn't have to look far. In my own back garden, which was just outside Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, there were seedlings of cherry, ash, birch and even I think an acorn just sprouting!

These got planted into whatever pot like object I had to hand, and my early collection of twigs lived in catering cans! They grew a bit rusty on the outside, I guess a bit of paint before I left them to the elements may have improved their outside appearance, but would have made no difference to their usefulness as starter pots for no cost.

The important thing for anyone just starting out is to choose pots or receptacles that will hold enough soil and enough water to keep your twig growing happily. Drainage holes are also a necessity to avoid drowning the tree. Willows will survive this as may Alders, but most trees like some air around their roots.

I also discovered early on that roots will happily grow through drainage holes and into the soil beneath! This can make it tricky to root prune your trees if you discover they have developed a tap root two foot long anchoring tree and pot to the ground.

For many years I have used various forms of tray beneath my collection, filled with pea shingle of various sizes. This has always had a useful side benefit of acting as a water reservoir beneath the pots and provided a micro-climate for them in hot weather. Plus you can easily prune off any roots that have escaped the pot.

Having quite quickly amassed 20 or so potential trees in my tin cans my next task was just to keep them watered and wait for them to give me some clue as to their preferred direction of growth. Would they like to be 'windswept?', 'broom?', 'root over rock?' Or just natural? While I waited, somewhat impatiently (callow youth) I kept my eyes open for further material, which I found in friend's gardens, by the roadside, in woods, on disused ground, in fact just about everywhere. All my collection is sourced from gardens, roadsides, the occasional wood, cuttings or seeds. Mostly deciduous and all species which grow happily in our climate all year round.

I kept a simple exercise book, in which I wrote the date and place of acquisition, the species, if known, and anything else relevant or possibly not. I still have the book with many of the entries crossed through as my early experiments refused to put up with me and died off.

It was quite early in my hobby when a new magazine came out just for bonsai enthusiasts like me, Bonsai magazine, published by Colin Lewis. It was a quarterly publication and I devoured it avidly. Full of pictures of proper bonsai trees and with stories on collecting, training and even exhibiting trees. I have every copy of this. from the very first one, now out of print, through to number 56, when the magazine got taken over by European publishers and its character changed.

Well all too soon retirement arrived and as I considered what I want to do in retirement the prospect of playing with my tree collection was no longer as appealing as it was from 40 years ago. True some of my trees are much more than twigs in pots. Many of them, if not all of them still have plenty of work left in them for someone with more appetite and energy than me.

I am therefore selling part of my collection (about 20 pots worth, some single trees, some multiple or groups). Some 40 - 60 years old, some younger. Not only trees, but bonsai magazines and books, pots and trays.

I want to do this in a personal way, matching the tree to its next custodian/artist. Some of them I won't part with unless the money is right. So some are expensive, some are cheap and some are in the middle. A percentage of sales revenue will go to the club funds.

I have photos, origin when I can remember where I found them, and a potted history, as befits all potted trees! These are collated on a private website, to which I can grant viewer access by person. I live in Totton and the trees can be viewed safely in my garden.

My email is nigelrheath@gmail.com

















As an example:-
English Oak, aquired from a garden in early 2001.
Probably 10 years old at acquisition.
In a composite pot:- length 385mm, width 280mm, depth 110mm.
Tree height 540mm, girth 200mm, spread 340mm.
Nigel

If you are interested in his Bonsai trees please contact him.


I am repeating the following on behalf of the UK Bonsai Association in case you missed or want to enter the Virtual Bonsai Show.

This is an appeal from the UK Bonsai Association for Bonsai Enthusiasts to Enter the Virtual Bonsai Show 2020.
The following is from the UK Bonsai Association Website.
Virtual UK Bonsai Association Show 2020
Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic we are immediately launching this Virtual Bonsai Show.
Please send us your entries, pictures can be taken in your back garden or at a show anytime between 1Jan19 and 20Sep20., as we receive the entries they will be posted on the monthly bulletin and added to the website immediately.
All UKBA members can vote for their favourite trees from 1st Oct till 11th Oct 20.

Guidelines for the Virtual UK Bonsai Association Show
ﰠEntries anytime between 1Jan19 and 20Sep20.
ﰠBe a UK resident and a UKBA member.
ﰠThree entries per member per year only.
ﰠHave owned the tree for at least 2 years.
ﰠColour photo with neutral uncluttered background with jpg format.

Please email your photo with the details below to markmoreland@live.co.uk
Details to accompany photo:
ﰠSpecies: common name and (Latin name).
ﰠOwner: name (your name won’t be mentioned, we will replace your name with a reference number)
ﰠOrigin: Country
ﰠStyle:
ﰠHeight: of tree (Top of the pot to apex): cm / inches. both please!
ﰠPot: Name of pot maker
ﰠStand: Name of stand maker
ﰠHistory: In no more than 100 words explain journey and history of tree.
ﰠDate of picture taken:
More information can be found on
www.ukbonsaiassoc.org/uk-virtual-bonsai-show


Shows in 2020, All Cancelled

Shows in 2021

Auction Run by the UK Bonsai Association will take place on Sunday 31st January 2021
In conjunction with a Suiseki / Saikei / Mame show, it will be held at:- The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB
The show/auction is from 1000-1600hrs, Entrance fees are, adults £5, children under 16 go Free. (Exhibitors & Sellers close off date 10 Jan 21). No Traders stands at this event, just the auction. Auction contact: ukbonsaiassociation@gmail.com.

Swindon Winter Image Show 14th February 2021
Solent Bonsai Society will be showing at the 2021 Swindon Winter Image show on 14th February 2021, it is one of the best shows of the year at:- Grange Leisure Centre, Grange Drive, Stratton St. Margaret, Swindon, Wiltshire. SN3 4JY
It is open from 10am to 4pm. 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-bonsai.co.uk.


Expo Bonsai UK 11th April 2021 The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB The show open to public 1000-1600, Admission £5. Approximately 100 show quality trees along with support from a number of well known bonsai traders. If you are interested in submitting a tree for consideration please contact ebuk18@gmail.com (Exhibitors close off date 31 Jan 21). For more details see the website www.expobonsaiuk.weebly.com.

The British International Bonsai Show 9th to 11th July 2021
The British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire. CV35 0BJ Many British & International guest artists and demonstrators will be in attendance.
For more information visit
www.bibsevents.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 10th August 2020. Cancelled
For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm; the next meeting is on 13th August 2020. Cancelled
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.

This year, with the pandemic, it is a right off for bonsai clubs meetings and shows so I hope the newsletters are a reminder about bonsai and that there will be life after coronavirus and
as Captain Tom would say ‘Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day’
and the late great Vera Lynn song ‘We’ll meet again, but We know Where, but don’t know when’,
hopefully soon. Stay Strong, Stay Alert, Stay Safe.


Keith

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




JUNE 2020

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

Coronavirus Newsletter No.4

Hi fellow Bonsai lovers, as we are now in our fourteenth week of semi lockdown,
although the guidelines are slowly being eased; we are still unable to hold our
meetings for the foreseeable future. I hope you are all well and managing to
cope in these strange and difficult times.

Tonight’s meeting, 26th June, is Cancelled


Solent Bonsai Society Summer Show Friday 31st July 2020,
The show is cancelled
(if there are any changes to the lockdown guidelines it will be a casual meeting only).

Important Note.
The committee would like to let all Solent Bonsai members know that renewal of
subscription, for 2020 paid up members, will next be in January 2022.



Coronavirus (Covid-19) and its effect it has on Solent Bonsai Society.
As per the government instructions 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.

Keith


Secretary’s Report

Tasks for June
1. Protect delicate trees from hot sun.
2. Continue feeding with balanced fertiliser.
3. Thin out and reduce overcrowding on dense evergreens branches.
4. Trim deciduous trees, (I usually remove over large leafs).
5. Check for pests and diseases and treat accordingly.
6. Rotate trees for even light.
7. Water all trees thoroughly each day, don’t allow trees to dry out completely.


My Bubble family
The Fox Imitation of the Sphinx.
What a big mouth you have I said to the fox’,
‘the better to eat you with said the fox’















Junior is nearly as big as dad
Always on the alert
This is an appeal from the UK Bonsai Association for Bonsai Enthusiasts to Enter
the Virtual Bonsai Show 2020.

The following is from the UK Bonsai Association Website.
Virtual UK Bonsai Association Show 2020
Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic we are immediately launching this Virtual Bonsai Show. Please send us your entries, pictures can be taken in your back garden or at a show anytime between 1Jan19 and 20Sep20., as we receive the entries they will be posted on the monthly bulletin and added to the website immediately. All UKBA members can vote for their favourite trees from 1st Oct till 11th Oct 20.
Guidelines for the Virtual UK Bonsai Association Show
ﰠEntries anytime between 1Jan19 and 20Sep20.
ﰠBe a UK resident and a UKBA member.
ﰠThree entries per member per year only.
ﰠHave owned the tree for at least 2 years.
ﰠColour photo with neutral uncluttered background with jpg format.

Please email your photo with the details below to markmoreland@live.co.uk
Details to accompany photo:
ﰠSpecies: common name and (Latin name).
ﰠOwner: name (your name won’t be mentioned, we will replace your name with a reference number)
ﰠOrigin: Country
ﰠStyle:
ﰠHeight: of tree (Top of the pot to apex): cm / inches. both please!
ﰠPot: Name of pot maker
ﰠStand: Name of stand maker
ﰠHistory: In no more than 100 words explain journey and history of tree.
ﰠDate of picture taken:
More information can be found on www.ukbonsaiassoc.org/uk-virtual-bonsai-show
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 13th July 2020.
Cancelled
For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm;
the next meeting is on 9th July 2020.
Cancelled
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.

This year, with the pandemic, it is virtually a right off for bonsai clubs meetings and shows so I hope the newsletters are a reminder about bonsai and that there will be life after coronavirus
and as Captain Tom would say
‘Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day’ and the late great Vera Lynn song
We’ll meet again, but We know Where, but don’t know when’, hopefully soon.
Stay Strong, Stay Alert, Stay Safe.

Keith

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






MAY 2020

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.
Coronavirus Newsletter No.3

Hi fellow Bonsai lovers, as we are now in our tenth week of lockdown, although
some of the guidelines are slowly being eased; we are still unable to hold our
meetings for the foreseeable future. I hope you are all well and managing to
cope in these strange and difficult times.

Tonight’s meeting, 29th May, is Cancelled

Solent Bonsai Society Summer Show Friday 31st July 2020, The show is cancelled
(if there are any changes to the lockdown guidelines it will be a casual meeting only).

Important Note.
The committee would like to let all Solent Bonsai members know that renewal of
subscription, for 2020 paid up members, will next be in January 2022.


Coronavirus (Covid-19) and its effect it has on Solent Bonsai Society.
As per the government instructions 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.

Keith
Secretary’s Report
Tasks for June

1. Selectively pinch out pine candles.
2. Feed trees with balanced fertiliser (see Chairman’s chat).
3. Trim long growth on deciduous trees.
4. Pinch out extending shoots on evergreens.
5. Defoliate or carry out leaf removal on appropriate deciduous trees, (I usually remove over large leafs).
6. Check for pests and diseases and treat accordingly.
7. Protect delicate trees from hot sun.
8. Remove any old azalea flowers along with all seed pods that were at the base of the flowers.
9. Prune trees which flowered earlier.
10. Water all trees thoroughly each day, don’t allow trees to dry out completely.
Steve Gainey, His Journey in the Art of Bonsai
BONSAI JOURNEY
Hi everyone, hope you are staying safe and well and coping in these challenging times. I thought I would share some of my idle musings on my state of mind as a Bonsai enthusiast (its surprising how lock- down affects the mind).
Being in the Merchant Navy I have been an off/on member of the club for about 25 years. During this time I have accumulated 40 trees (and lost a fair few along the way!) and read numerous books, listened to countless lectures and tried to follow the wise words from other collectors. But as you know in the end it’s the “doing” that counts.
And this is where I have to own up and say as far as Bonsai is concerned, I’ve been a wimp!
That doesn’t mean I’ve not split trunks, produced jins, bleached, defoliated, experimented with soil types, fertilisers, air layering, moss seeding, and various other techniques.
When I say wimp, its all about properly pruning and shaping and wiring a tree. I bought my first Bonsai from Chelsea Flower show some 35 years ago (little acer) and that got me hooked. But as with most beginners I was really worried about doing the right thing and above all, not to kill the expensive little thing.
I purchased a few more trees and had a small collection but I still had that mind set to do as little damage as possible. I’ve now realised that this is a dangerous and limiting way to be a Bonsai devotee.
Over the last few years I’ve decided this approach has been handicap and the enjoyment of Bonsai comes with experimentation and taking bold decisions. So, I’ve pruned harder and instead of mulling over if that branch needs to be wired, chopped, removed, I’ve taken the decision (sometimes taking a deep breath). And on the whole my trees have definitely benefited from this less cowardly approach. As long as the tree is healthy it can survive almost anything you throw at it (don’t throw things at your bonsai, that’s silly).
Anyway you get my point, I know bonsai can be expensive to source and I’m not advocating a
gung-ho approach but instead just enjoy the decisions you make, whatever they are. Things can grow back (sort of).
I’ve include a few pictures of my trees. The Hawthorn has been an informal upright, a windswept, a semi cascade and now a cascade!
Stay Safe, regards
Steve
Many Thanks Steve, trees look great, it is always interesting to hear other members Bonsai journey.
With these difficult time if any member would like to send me a photo or photos of their trees, even with a write up on the photo and possibly your journey in bonsai or if there is a topic that you would like some information on, I will try and put them into future newsletters.
Don’t forget Bonsai is not just a plant in a pot, it’s a living art and unlike paintings and sculpture it’s a forever changing canvas.
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 8th June 2020. Cancelled
For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm; the next meeting is on 11th June 2020. Cancelled
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.
So from one isolationist to all our other isolationist members and once again in these strange and difficult times, hopefully we can get back to normal in the near future.
Look forward to seeing you all sometime.
Stay Strong, Stay Alert, Stay Safe.

Keith

Keith Hartley
Secretary Solent Bonsai Society
www.solentbonsai.co.uk
Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com
Mobile: - 07847487435
My lockdown companion family has grown; there are now nine cubs + mum and dad.
















APRIL 2020

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.
Coronavirus Newsletter No.2

Hi fellow Bonsai lovers, as we are now in our fifth week of lockdown I hope
you are all well and managing to cope in these strange and difficult times.
This month’s meeting on the 24th April, should have been a Talk on Acers
by Malcolm Driffield. But as we all know is Cancelled
Cancelled The next Meeting, on 29th May, is a Talk by Paul Eslinger.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and its effect it has on Solent Bonsai Society.
As per the government instructions 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.

Keith
Secretary’s Report
Tasks for May
1. Late frost can still be a problem during May, protect delicate trees if frost is forecast.
2. With the prolonged period of full sun and windy days that we have experienced, this can be a
problematical to our bonsai, particularly for maples, scorched leaves look unsightly.
3. Water regularly, they need water most days with the sun and wind we have experienced.
Pines may need regulating to avoid long needles.
4. Feed trees regularly, at least twice a month for trees not repotted or root pruned.
5. Keep an eye on trees that are wired, the wire may be cutting in due to rapid spring growth, carefully
remove wire if necessary.
6. Remove dead flowers from flowering Bonsai.
7. Once the flowers have died the flowering bonsai may be repotted.
8. Trim or pinch Long shoots on deciduous Bonsai, see Chairman’s chat.
9. Finger pinch or cut soft growth on larches, if you pinch out the rosette from the new growth early
this prevents brown tips which you get when cutting longer extensions.
10. Finger pinch Vigorous junipers to keep new growth compact.
11. Clean bonsai trunks carefully.
12. Check for pests and diseases and treat accordingly, aphids are already a problem on my maples.
May is Always a busy month looking after your Bonsai.
With these difficult times if any member would like to send me a photo or photos of their trees, even with a write up on the photo or if there is a topic that you would like some information on, I will try and put them into future newsletters.
To start the ball rolling Clive has sent me some photos of some of his trees.



































Crabapple
Elm
Silver Birch Raft
Japanese Hazel
My Experience repotting a White Pine
This year due to the lockdown and the good weather, over the last few weeks, I have repotted many of my trees, some of which should have been repotted some years ago. One in particular took my attention and started me thinking. It was this Japanese Cascade White Pine.



















It took me over an hour to get the pine out of the pot (good example of repotting more frequently)
Photo1. When I finally got the pine out, it amazed me how much Mycelium there was and in the roots
Photo2, you may also note that the top 3 inches of akadama was very compacted so water was not getting much below the first 3 inches, although the root structure looked fine. The dry roots were packed with Mycelium.
Mycelium is what I have always called the white fungi that you see but in fact Mycelium is the fungus filaments of Mycorrhiza. Please note, this is only a brief look at what is a very complex subject, I hope it will give a small insight into the relationship between bonsai trees and Mycorrhizas and why it is so important to all bonsai trees

Why are Mycorrhiza so important to bonsai?
Mycorrhiza
(mykes = fungus, rhiza = root) is a partnership (symbiosis) between fungi and the roots of plants. Most bonsai live in symbiosis with several mycorrhizal fungi (ectomycorrhiza, endomycorrhiza, VAM mycorrhiza). Such a symbiosis is vital for most bonsai tree species. The mycorrhizal fungus provides the bonsai tree with nutrients and water better and strengthens its resistance against wood-destroying fungi. In return, the tree provides the fungi with sugar. Mycorrhiza develops automatically after repotting a bonsai into a mineral bonsai soil such as Akadama, Kanuma or Kiryu.

Mycorrhiza Basics
Most people don't know about Mycorrhiza and the important role they play in a tree's ability to feed itself. Here's a quick introduction.
Some 70-90% of plants on earth will form a symbiotic relationship with Mycorrhiza fungi. The fungi colonize plant roots and act as an extension to the roots to search out and absorb water and nutrients from the soil - especially nitrogen and phosphorus. In exchange the tree provides sugars to the fungus that it uses to grow. The area covered by the fungus filaments (Mycelium) is much larger than the tree's roots -which may be 3-4 times as large. This means a much larger area of soil can be searched for nutrients than if only the tree's roots were involved.
The fungus filaments (Mycelium) first penetrate the roots as shown in Fig1. Or they may grow sheaths that wrap around the outside of the tree's roots Fig2.













Fig.1 – How the Mycelium attach to roots.
Fig.2 Example of fungal sheath around roots
The other end of the Mycelium filaments absorb water directly. When it encounters mineral salts, or rocks it can produce enzymes and even acids to turn those minerals into water soluble versions that can be transported back to the tree roots. Some mycorrhizal fungi attack dead plant material, such as leaf litter in a forest - or the fir bark sometime use in our bonsai soil mix, the fungi are directly causing decay in this case.
The green parts of the tree use the water and minerals plus photosynthesis to produce sugar and more growth in the tree.
As much as 30% of the sugars produced by the green leaves, needles etc. are delivered to the mycorrhiza for its growth.













Fig. 3 Flow of sugars (small dashes) from root to fungus and water and nutrient (larger dashes) from fungus to the root.
Fig.4 is what roots and mycorrhiza actually look like. You can see the roots as the tan lines. The much finer, while lines are the mycorrhiza filaments (Mycelium).











Figure 3 Flow of sugars
Figure 4 – Roots and mycorrhiza filaments.
Figure 5 – Mycelium filaments, magnified 500X.
Fig.5 is a magnified view of the Mycelium tips, which search for and break down the nutrients. The very fine filaments connect to larger ones, which are often cross-connected to other filaments so that if one breaks the nutrients will continue to flow.

How This Works in Bonsai Soil
When we apply organic granular fertilizers to the top of our bonsai soil small amounts are dissolved every time we water. When we use a liquid fertilizer we are applying mineral salts that are dissolved in the water that we water with. Much of these salts will be lost as the water drains out the bottom, but some will be retained by the Bonsai soil used such as akadama, Kanuma, fir bark, even within the space between the soil particles the Mycelium can collect these nutrients.
Because our bonsai soil often contains fir bark, nutrients within the bark can be accessed via decay and, as in the soil of your garden, the soil and rocks can be broken down, although that will be slower than grabbing nutrients from the fertilizer salts. That's why it's important to fertilizer constantly, so that minerals are available for the Mycelium to collect and exchange with the roots and so the tree can grow.
Things to Watch For
Mycorrhiza can grow very rapidly. Over time there can be so many filaments that the flow of water through the soil is impeded. This seems to happen a lot with pine trees. Sometimes the soil has broken down into fine particles, but other times it's simply that there's too much mycorrhiza. In either case the tree will need to be repotted. Reuse some of the old soil when repotting. Also, collect some of the mycorrhiza filaments from the old soil and add it to the new pot.
If you have a tree that isn't growing as well as you think it should, maybe it needs more mycorrhiza. Transfer some soil from a healthy tree of the same species, e.g. pine to pine, juniper to juniper.
Adding Mycorrhiza to Your Soil
Some mycorrhiza spores will simply find your tree as they drift thru the air. You may also "seed" your soil by transplanting some mycorrhiza from another tree of the same species. This is especially easy to do with pines because the mycorrhiza is very visible.




















I think with my pine, the Mycorrhizas in Photo 2 and 3 must still provide the roots with food, even though the roots did not seem to be getting much water. Photo 4 after repotting.

This is only a brief look at what is a very complex subject, I hope, as it did for me, gives a small insight into the relationship between the bonsai tree and Mycorrhizas and why it is so important to trees root systems, and why it also so important to wire in all repotted bonsai, to stop any movement of the tree, when you realize how dependant on and how fragile the Mycelium that are attached to the root structure of all bonsai is whether it is a pine, maple, oak, beach etc. in fact all bonsai rely on Mycorrhizas with very few exceptions.

Much More information on this complex subject can be found on the internet such as https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mycorrhiza and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mycelium
Figures 1, 3 and 4 - The Magic of Mushrooms, first shown on BBC TV Four, can be found on YouTube, in which Professor Richard Fortey delves into the fascinating and normally hidden kingdom of fungi, it reveals a remarkable world that few understand or even realise exists - yet all life on Earth depends on it. Figure 2 - Fungal Biology, 4th Edition (textbook) by J.W. Deacon, University of Edinburgh, School of Biological Sciences. See chapter MYCORRHIZAS
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 11th May 2020.
Cancelled
For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on 14th May 2020.
Cancelled
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.
So from one isolationist to all our other isolationist members and once again in these strange and difficult times, hopefully we can get back to normal in the near future.
Look forward to seeing you all sometime.
Stay Strong, Stay Safe.
Keith
Keith Hartley
Secretary Solent Bonsai Society
www.solentbonsai.co.uk
Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com
Mobile: - 07847487435












My lockdown companion
MARCH 2020

CORONAVIRUS


Hi all members and friends of Solent Bonsai Society.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and its effect it has on Solent Bonsai 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



Secretary's Report
April Tasks
1. It is too late to repot most deciduous trees in April except for some beech, hornbeam and oak trees.
2. It is now time to start repotting pine trees.
3. Shelter newly potted trees and protect from frost if possible.
4. Feeding schedules may commence it’s a good time to add a sprinkling of bone meal to your pots but do not feed newly potted or flowering trees. Leave newly potted trees for about three weeks then add a sprinkling of bone meal.
5. Try to avoid rain or water contact on flowers.
6. Don’t forget to water, in the last few days it has been warm and windy I have had to water every day.
7. Rotate trees for even light
8.
Solent Bonsai Society club show report
Despite the bad weather on the evening of our Winter Image Show, we had a good 25 members to display their trees. It was very nice that this year one of our oldest members, Jock, won the Chairman’s Cup and one of the newer, younger members, Kathryn, won the cup for the Best Group. The standard and presentation of the trees was good. Club shows are a good time for all standards to be shown and enjoyed. It is only by taking part that we really learn how to do things.
See results and pictures at
2020 Gallery Winter Show

Swindon Show Report
As usual the Swindon Winter image show was a terrific show to attend, with many outstanding trees some of which are probably the best in the country and possibly the last show for the foreseeable future.
Some of the show winners
















Best Native Tree - Hawthorn
Best Mame Display
Best Evergreen Tree - White Pine
Best Deciduous - Chinese Elm
Best Tree/Pot Combination
Acer Palmatum 'Kiyohime'
Best Accent - Fungus
Best Shohin Display
Best Club Display - Bristol Bonsai Society















Best Shohin Tree - Silverberry
RHS Banksian Medal - Juniper
It was a very well attended show with at least a dozen traders selling pots, trees, etc., by the end of the show most of the traders had very little left, especially the pot traders, it seemed that nearly every pot in the show had been sold. I think I only brought ten pots this year?
Although Solent were not showing this year we were well represented by our Chairman Robert who had been asked to put on an Shohin display

















If you would like to see many more pictures of the fantastic trees on show at the Swindon 2020 Winter Image show go to
www.swindon-bonsai.co.uk
Robert's Individual Display
Eastleigh's Club 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 13th April 2020. Cancelled
For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on 9th April 2020. Cancelled
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.

So from one isolationist to all our other isolationist members and once again in these strange and difficult times, hopefully we can get back to normal in the near future.
Look forward to seeing you all sometime.

Keith

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



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