2018 January Monday – Fig Demo & Workshop

In the first meeting for 2018, Tien from Bonsai Sensation conducted a brief demonstration on growing figs for bonsai followed by a workshop for members to work on their figs and seek guidance if necessary.  Over 40 BSV Members were very engaged in the demo and the workshop and there was a real buzz in the air as they got down to work.  Below are a few photos of Tien demonstrating with figs.  It was interesting to see how quickly Tien trimmed his trees.

Tien discussing figs
Tien discussing figs
Tien trimming a fig
Tien trimming a fig
A trimmed fig.
A trimmed fig.

Tien focussed his demonstration of developing fig bonsai with good nebari and taper.  He covered repotting, trimming of roots and branches and defoliation.  He reminded all those present that the tree doesn’t want to be a bonsai so we need to regularly trim the longer shoots.

See examples of Tien’s work below.

Fig
Fig
Fig trimmed by Tien
Fig trimmed by Tien
Applying movement to a small fig.
Applying movement to a small fig.

Examples of figs being worked on by members.

Fig
Fig
Fig
Fig

Photos of bonsai on display are included below.

Black Pine, Japanese Winterberry, Kingsville Box & Chinese Elm.
Black Pine, Japanese Winterberry, Kingsville Box & Chinese Elm.
Fig
Fig
Trident Maple
Trident Maple
Ficus watkinsiana
Ficus watkinsiana
Fig
Fig
Fig
Fig
Fig
Fig
Fig
Fig
Small Fig Group
Small Fig Group
Coastal Tea Tree
Coastal Tea Tree

2018 January Workshop

The first Saturday Workshop for 2018 was very productive with much activity focussed on trimming, defoliating and revitalising developing and existing bonsai.  We also had two visitors from Europe who are spending time in Melbourne and took the opportunity to join us.  It was great to hear about their experiences in the European climate and we are sure they learnt a lot about the Melbourne climate and the tree species that do well here.

Two visitors from Europe with Victor.
Two visitors from Europe with Victor.

Photos of a  selection of trees and the results of some of the days activities are included below.

Native oak - recovering well.
Native oak – recovering well.
Cassinia - major encouragement for back budding!
Cassinia – major encouragement for back budding!
Chinese Elm
Chinese Elm
Cedar needing treatment.
Cedar needing treatment.
Coprosma
Coprosma
Stone Pine
Stone Pine
White Pine - lovely short needles.
White Pine – lovely short needles.
Fig
Fig
Fig
Fig
Fig Group doing well after a recent BSV demonstration.
Fig Group doing well after a recent BSV demonstration.
Murraya - before
Murraya – before
Murraya - after. Maybe remove LH branch?
Murraya – after. Maybe remove LH branch?