July 2014 Newsletter

Don’t forget that for our July meeting we are having a program change. The demonstration with Roy Nagatoshi has been rescheduled for August and our meeting this month will be a workshop and swap meet—so bring trees to work on as well as trees or other bonsai-related items to sell or swap with your Conejo Valley Bonsai Society friends.

Our June demonstrator was Ryan Nichols—and what a wealth of information on how trees work and how to keep our bonsai healthy! Thanks Ryan! Ken Martin’s article on page 4 of our newsletter highlights the main points covered and would be good reference material to keep in your bonsai library.

This last week the hot weather has hit us in the Conejo Valley in full force. Keep an eye on your trees so the roots don’t cook in the small pots. You might find it necessary to set up some type of shade cloth or to move your trees under protection.

I again mention to keep an eye on your wiring (this is my problem area). Watch for the wires cutting in. Also, with the overcast mornings and extra humidity, watch for scale, mealy bug, spider mite, and other small critters.

June was the Descanso Bonsai Society’s Annual Exhibition. It was good to see many of our members attending. Al Espinoza won a 2nd for his shohin shimpaku. Congratulations Al! The first annual L.A. Bonsai Swapmeet was held in Jesse Owens Park on June 29. There was a good turnout of area bonsai enthusiasts both as sellers and buyers. The organizers were very happy with the result so I think this will be an annual program.

Don’t forget the Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention is coming up Oct. 30th to Nov. 2nd. The details and the application are online on the GSBF website and in the latest issue of Golden Statements. If you are thinking of going, have a look and maybe take advantage of the discounted early-bird registration.

See you on Thursday the 17th.

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