March Club Meeting

Yet another month has passed, and another bonsai club meeting. We met in the usual place as we always do and had small enough numbers with 5. But all in all it didnt matter there was plenty of chat and craic about everything Bonsai.

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We then had a talk about everyones trees individually against are great backdrop. Will have to get a proper one for the next meeting and some decent lighting. I hear blue is the colour to go with 🙂

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Pruning Deciduous Bonsai

Latest Video from Graham W Potter of Kaizen Bonsai. Thought it would be good to post and share for us newbies trying to figure out techniques to prune our deciduous trees.

Flowers and New Additions

Just getting a chance to update my blog now as i have been working the last 7 days in a row. I wanted to take some photos of the flowers in my garden and my two new additions i got from The Cork Association for Autism. I picked up a small pine, not sure if its scotts and a birch. They have quite a nice collection of plants and small trees for sale and were very reasonable.  And the best part the money goes directly to The Cork Association for Autism, which is a great cause. Thanks to Lisa and Emma from the Horticultural team for there help. I will definitely be returning again to pick up more material.

Anyway here are some photos of a few flowers in the garden.

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And my new little Pine

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And the little Birch

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And new little growth

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Bonsai Ireland Munster Club

Just an update on whats happening with the new club for Munster. We have the date set for Friday the 20th of September. The meetings will take place in Cork as that is the area with the most people interested so far. This could alternate in the future. The venue is still to be confirmed, but will be confirmed in the next two weeks. I have a list of people interested so far and myself and Piotr will be in contact over the next two weeks. If you are interested and would like to join or have a friend or family member which you think would be interested don’t hesitate to contact us. Below is a flyer which Piotr made while on holidays, dedication or what 🙂 These will be seen around Cork and surrounding areas. Anyway all the details are below to get in contact or you can contact me also through this blog or email at lyonsbonsai@gmail.com . About time we will have a community of entusiasts to meet, share ideas and knowledge, do workshops and just have a craic.

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Learning the hard way about defoliation

On defoliating a maple wrongly i discovered the adverse affects it can have on a tree. I thought I could remove all the leaves of the tree whilst in the start of summer, not realizing their was a proper way to carry out this procedure, and that there were guidelines to follow. This is something I am becoming aware of pretty quick in Bonsai, that there is a specific procedures for specific trees at specific times.

I was not aware that the tree needs to be in full health before this procedure can be done. Also when defoliating trimming the petioles was the right way to go. Not trimming branches as i did with most of the tree (this was a big mistake as I didn’t do the relevant research as to what was the right procedure to carry out) Something I would most definitely be doing from now on.

Now even as disastrous as this may sound, I have three new buds emerging. Also The branches that suffered die back had very long internodes and was something i wanted to address anyway. So in the end i am hoping this Acer can come on over the next two months and regain vigor and strength for next year.

Heres a look at one of the new buds on the Acer

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The Lesson here for me was not to carry out something i had yet to research. Even though this is a learning tree and a learning curve, it is a good lesson to learn early on in my journey.

Hope this may help other beginners with a simple lesson. Read, research and read again to gain knowledge before carrying out any procedure.