2018 July Saturday Program-Triple Trunk Trident Maples

On a fine and heated Saturday, BSV Members gathered in East Kew to develop their skills on deciduous trees. It was a very busy afternoon and significant progress was made in the various activities.  See the gathering below.

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Victor L. led another session on growing triple trunk Trident Maples.  This session followed up plantings done last year, helped Members create new plantings and demonstrated the next stage in the process where the metal plate is removed and the triple trunk repotted.  See photos below.

Preparing for the Trident Maple triple trunk exercise.
Preparing for the Trident Maple triple trunk exercise.
Trident Maple Triple Trunk development.
Trident Maple Triple Trunk development.
Trident Maple Triple Trunk development.
Trident Maple Triple Trunk development.

Photos below show plate removal steps.

Trident Maple Triple Trunk development.
Trident Maple Triple Trunk development.
Trident Maple Triple Trunk development - removing the plate
Trident Maple Triple Trunk development – removing the plate
Trident Maple Triple Trunk development - removing the plate
Trident Maple Triple Trunk development – removing the plate

Facilities were also available to assist Members in their repotting activity.

Repotting
Repotting
Repotting
Repotting

Mark L., Victor B. and Victor L. provided assistance to Members with developing and styling their trees.  Photos of several examples are included below

Reviewing style.
Reviewing style.
Chinese Elms in development.
Chinese Elms in development.
Trident Maples
Trident Maples
Styling adjustments
Styling adjustments
Applying styling adjustments.
Applying styling adjustments.

 

2018 May Novice Training #3

A hugely successful Novice #3 beginners’ session has just been completed. Without doubt, the BSV Novice Program has to be the best value beginners’ program in Melbourne. Huge thanks to Mark Ludlow, owner of Master’s Apprentice Bonsai School and Nursery, for being our most patient and informative teacher. Also huge thanks to Victor Byrdy, BSV President, for having the vision to make such a fabulous learning opportunity available to bonsai novices.

The BSV Novice Program will be available again in three sessions during September, October and November later this year. Current cost for members is $60 per session ($80 per session for non-members). Participants receive detailed notes, two plants per session on which to apply their new found artistic skills and one on one support.

Tools and wire are available during the sessions so there is no need to rush out and buy gear. I thoroughly recommend completing this program if you are a novice. More information will be posted on this site, in due course, regarding the next program. Go forth and bonsai!!!!

Below are photos from the session.

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2018 May Monday – Pines Workshop

On a mild autumn evening, over 40 BSV members gathered to hear Scott talk about growing and maintaining Japanese Black Pines.  Scott briefly outlined the key aspects of growing Black Pines as bonsai and then proceeded to assist members with their own pines.

Scott talking about maintaining Japanese Black Pines
Scott talking about maintaining Japanese Black Pines

Some of the points made by Scott are listed below:

  • Autumn/Winter – bud selection, needle plucking, feeding, wiring and styling.
  • Spring – candle breaking and feeding.
  • Summer – decandling and energy balancing.
  • Many of these activities are focussed on balancing growth.  Scott promotes the “Goldilocks Approach” – not too strong and not too weak.
  • Needle plucking – best to work from top down and ensure plucking in the same direction of the needles to avoid damage to the branch.
  • Avoid spiking yourself by working up and under.
  • Black Pines need full sun and air movement.
  • Feed well in autumn and spring.
  • A significant time investment is required to properly maintained black pine bonsai.

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Some examples of the workshop activity are included below.

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Trees on show are displayed below.

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2018 May Saturday Program

Following the first blast of some real winter temperatures and rain, BSV Members met to work on their trees and get them ready for winter.  Heaters, hot drinks and a warm afternoon tea helped keep the cold at bay.

A selection of trees being worked on by members is included below.

 

Pine - unusual variety.
Pine – unusual variety.

Evidence of a styling plan being applied.

Pine
Pine
Desert Ash.
Desert Ash.
Pine clean up.
Pine clean up.
Kunzea variety.
Kunzea variety.

The strong growth on this  Kunzea is being trimmed.  Thought to be ericoides species but there is some doubt and further research is in hand.

Pine
Pine
Chinese Elm - "Seiju"
Chinese Elm – “Seiju”

Expert advice is that this small elm is now ready for fine tuning and re-potting in a bonsai pot.

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?

 

2017 December Saturday Workshop

Best Wishes to all for Christmas and the New Year.  We look forward to seeing you in 2018; maybe with a new tree or two.

The December Workshop was the last one for 2017 and all tables were full as Members worked on a wide variety of trees.  Restyling, trimming, defoliating and chin wagging about trees, life in general and plans for Christmas.  Despite all the talk, great progress was made on many of the trees and examples are shown below.  In some cases showing changes made during the day.

 

Azalea - before
Azalea – before
Azalea before cut
Azalea before cut
Azalea - after cut
Azalea – after cut
Pine - before adjustment
Pine – before adjustment
Pine - initial adjustment
Pine – initial adjustment
Pine - more adjustment
Pine – more adjustment
Fig - twisted trunk
Fig – twisted trunk
Callistemon
Callistemon
pine
pine
Juniper - restyling
Juniper – restyling
Peppercorn in development
Peppercorn in development
Cedar
Cedar
Black Pine
Black Pine
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Fig haircut
Fig haircut

2017 November Saturday Workshop

With the arrival of warmer weather, Members were very focussed on managing spring growth.  A group of  Members were being introduced to some of the basics of bonsai by Victor and Robert.

Novice class
Novice class
Novice class guidance.
Novice class guidance.

Air-layering is a great technique for improving your trees or quickly developing advanced trees.  November/December is a time that suits air-layering on most varieties of trees and experts were on hand to guide members through the air-layering process. See examples below.

Air-layering assistance
Air-layering assistance
Air-layer all wrapped up.
Air-layer all wrapped up.
Copper Beech
Copper Beech
Copper Beech air-layer.
Copper Beech air-layer.

Other trees under development at the workshop are included below.

White Pine
White Pine
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper being repotted.
Juniper being repotted.
Olive
Olive
Pinus radiata
Pinus radiata

2017 July Monday Workshop

The BSV Monday meeting in July was a workshop aimed at fine tuning trees for the BSV Show in October.  Many trees were subject to intensive activity to style and or fine tune.  A few examples are included below.

White Pine
White Pine Trunk
White Pine
White Pine
Chamaecyparis obtusa nana gracilis
Chamaecyparis obtusa nana gracilis

 

Several Member’s trees were also on display including a few with flowers.

Prunus mume
Prunus mume
Prunus mume
Prunus mume
Buxus harlandii
Buxus harlandii
Prunus
Prunus
Dawn Redwood
Dawn Redwood
Cedrus deodara
Cedrus deodara

2017 July Sat Workshop, Children’s Day & Grafting Masterclass

The Saturday workshop in July was bustling with activity.  In addition to working on their trees, members could also participate in the Children’s Day activities or join the Grafting Masterclass.

The Bonsai Society of Victoria organised the Children’s Day activities to introduce and share our interest in bonsai by enabling our members to work with their children and grandchildren to create a bonsai together.  Every child attending was shown how to make a bonsai with a plant and pot provided.  The wonderful bonsai created were for the children to keep and enjoy for many years to come.  Several examples of work in progress are included below.

Children's Day Activities
Children’s Day Activities
Children's Day Activities
Children’s Day Activities
Children's Day Activities
Children’s Day Activities

Many thanks to Peter for running the Grafting Masterclass in Max’s absence.  Peter took participants through the basics of grafting crab apples on to a different root stock.  See examples below.

Grafting Masterclass
Grafting Masterclass
Grafting Masterclass
Grafting Masterclass
Grafting Masterclass
Grafting Masterclass
Grafting Masterclass
Grafting Masterclass

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