BSV February Workshop

The February meeting of the Bonsai Society of Victoria was a workshop night with many trees getting some serious attention and great assistance from experienced bonsai artists.  Examples of some of the trees on display or being worked on are included below.

Coastal Tea Tree Group
Rock detail in group

Trident Maple over rock
Trident over rock detail
African Boxthorn – Lycium ferocissimum
Juniper – after serious bending

February Saturday Styling Review

Coastal Tea Tree Group

BSV members had the opportunity to review a wide range of developed and developing trees at the new venue in East Kew.  A selection of photos are included below.  Members are reminded that there will be a focus on Australian native plants at the Saturday review in March.

Mugo Pine detail
Mugo Pine
Coastal Tea Tree Group
Red Pine
Coastal Tea Tree

Coastal Tea Tree Detail

Japanese Maple getting hands on attention

Juniper styling alternatives

Desert Ash being adjusted


Natives Demonstration at New Venue

The January meeting of the Bonsai Society of Victoria focussed on native plants and included both a demonstration and discussion about the wide range of native plants presented by members.  There was a great attendance from BSV Members who were given an interesting discussion on growing native bonsai.  This information will help them to successfully grow more native plants.  It was the first Monday meeting in the new venue and was well attended by members.  If you need directions to this new venue, see the earlier post for details.

Growing natives can be a very rewarding activity for BSV members and while there are differences from the more traditional bonsai varieties, there are also many similarities.  For example, while native plants can often survive arid conditions in the wild, when potted as bonsai their water needs can often be greater than the traditional bonsai varieties.  There are also characteristics of some native varieties that need special attention and many society members are already successfully growing these varieties.

A selection of photos of display trees and tree detail are included below for your information.

Callistemon-Little John – After Demo
Callistemon-Little John – Before Demo

Coastal Tea Tree-Leptospermum laevigatum

Qld Box – Lophostemom confertus
Melaleuca rhaphiophyllus
Yellow Gum – Eucalyptus leucoxylon

Kunzea ericoides – Burgan

Coastal Tea Tree – Leptospermum laevigatum
Prickly Paperbark – Melaleuca styphelioides

Sticky Wattle – Acacia howittii