Club Meeting June 2015

by Kevin Kelly

Trevor welcomed everyone to the meeting where there were 18 Members and 2 guests present.

He then responded to an email he had received from Phil and answered his questions about judging of trees at club meetings and shows.

After that Jan-Jurie did the slot "Tip of the month" and advised us all on how to weed and water responsibly for this time of the year.

Carl covered "Extreme Make-over" and introduced members to his make-over tree: Juniper Procumbens nana. He explained the problem he thought he had with it and then proceeded to restyle during the course of the evening – the result was excellent as he had opened out the tree by rewiring it and creating a jin.

Then it was up to Trevor to give a short lecture on Bonsai basics: Roots. He explained there 3 types of roots: Primary, secondary and hair roots. Basically, patterning the rhythm you get with branches. He explained roots develop at the growing tip, followed by feeder roots.

He advised the main purposes of roots are to anchor the tree, feed it and water it. One should be careful of the building up of salts from too hard water or too much fertilizer. When repotting, be careful of too many descending and thick roots. The safest way of combatting a lack of surface roots on a tree is by grafting roots onto it.

Dorothy did the judging for the evening and discussed the two trees she brought up for comment.

The main lect/dem of the meeting "Collecting from the wild" was done by Freddie, who did an excellent powerpoint presentation on digs and yamadori trees.

He started by saying we must know when to dig and to remember that some species need two to three years of preparation before removal from the ground.

He showed slides clearly indicating the length of trouble that people overseas go to in an effort to do a successful dig. He also showed and explained his backpack with all the equipment he takes on a dig.

He said that one must go to a lot of effort in finding something special in nature. Olives are actually easy to remove and that now is the right time of year to do so.

With Buddlejas one must be careful as their bark is very thin and one must take care of too bigger tree because their branches take long time to thicken up. Neatly the roots and don't chop them. If they are thick, they should be sealed.

Freddie then concluded his presentation by showing slides of and discussing a vast selection of indigenous trees.

Trevor then closed the meeting by thanking all the evening's participants.