Cape Bonsai Kai February 2012 Newsletter

From the President

Dear Bonsai Members

It was so nice to see so many members attend on one of the hottest evenings. We all tried to get a bit of a wind from one fan. A very big thank you to all that brought trees to make this fantastic display. I missed some of the talks as there were 20 trees to judge and make comment about. All the trees were nicely potted, not one weed, stones and moss were well placed and the standard of trees surprised me. The lecturers put so much effort into what they were doing and the history of trees going so far back and they are still going well was amazing. I would like to ask a few members to volunteer to take down the minutes of the meetings so that it can be shared throughout the year. Look at your news letter so you can get the idea as it is pretty basic. Don't forget any serious problem or lesson or funny story you have please let us know either for a little talk or to put on the website. Even though there are world wide websites there are so many things that are not written about and it is giving back to your club to educate others in this way. I am starting to sound like a preacher but not having trees any longer I have started seeing and thinking what is missing!!!!!!! The work shop on Saturday at Dorothy's house was really that. All the trees brought by members were designed, wired and pruned. It was quite a serious business deciding from all the input what to do but each one made the decision and achieved the desired effect. Well done!


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Random Bonsai Tip

To improve branch ramification one can defoliate deciduous trees in summer. This method should only be used on healthy, strong trees in their later stages of development.