Club Meeting November 2011

by Jurie van Heerden

CBK President, Yvonne Romyn welcomed all members and guests that were in attendance. Yvonne reminded all members present to send their availability to assist during the CBK Show and their competition tree names to Tony Bent. She also reminded members of the Tygerberg Bonsai show on the 25th & 26th of November 2011.

Gail Theron presented the “Tips and Cheats” talk on how to remove moss from the trunks of your bonsai trees. She commented that you could use vinegar and water to try and remove the moss but it is not as effective as using Limestone Ammonium Nitrate (LAN) and water. Gail further commented that you should be careful NOT to spill any of the LAN on the roots of the bonsai tree as it may die. You can carefully paint the LAN and water mix on the trunk of the bonsai tree and should see the moss turn brown and die.

Carl, Phil and Cindy were next to present their recent trip to the latest African Bonsai Convention that was held in Durban, KwaZulu Natal this year. Carl started by telling members that the first ABC was held in 2002, the second in 2007 and this year was the third ABC convention. This year’s convention was also attended by a small group of American guests was held in a converted convention centre of a Primary school.

Phil was next to explain how various presenters styled their bonsai material into beautiful bonsai trees and commented on how the styles of the presenters were very different. Phil also explained that he learned that you should not be afraid to make dramatic design changes to your tree to achieve results.

Cindy then presented photos taken by her during the convention of the people, how they socialized and the great bonsai trees on show. Cindy mentioned that over 3000 people attended the bonsai exhibition during the 3 days.

The Judges choice was done by Rudi Adams and he picked 2 trees, a stunning flowering Azalea by Dorothy Franz and a Red pine from Terry Erasmus. Rudi commented that Terry’s Red Pine has a great future as a top bonsai tree.

“The Story of my tree” topic was done by Francois Voges and consisted of two trees namely a Maple tree and a Mint Julip. Francois explained how the maple is the oldest tree in his collection and how his gardener by accident tore the whole apex of the maple. He has been trying to grow a new apex with mixed results but feels very sentimental towards the tree.

The second tree that Francois presented was a Mint Julip which he explained he would like to create a apex by making it into a jin. Various suggestions were put forward by the members and Francois finished by thanking all for their help.

Terry Erasmus spoke to the Kai regarding the CBK Website. He said he did not see much activity and had received little feedback from the Kai members. He encouraged all members to view the articles on the website and commented on the lack of contributions towards senior member gallery pages.

The evening was concluded with a workshop done by Freddie Bisschoff on a Swamp Cypress, Yvonne Romyn on a Sergeant Juniper and Tony Bent on a Pine.

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Sunlight dripping from tree

Slides off the periwinkle

And splashes on ground

Random Bonsai Tip

To thicken thin branches make a cut just below the branch or a bud on the branch. The sugars produced in the leaves of the tree move down to the roots through the phloem, this flow of sap is interrupted by the cut and the accumulation of sugars above the cut increases the vigour as it is used by the bud, forcing it into action. As soon as the wound heals the normal sap flow resumes.