June 2014 Newsletter

Our May meeting was a workshop. We were all busy working on our trees. Ann Lofquist and Frank Greenway collaborated on the niche display; Ann provided a shohin semi-cascade juniper which Frank complemented with a waterfall suiseki (a Japanese viewing stone).

Our June meeting will prove to be an interesting evening. Ryan Nichols will be discussing bonsai soils and the science of growing bonsai. We have all worked on trees, styled and wired them, tenderly cared for them—only to see them die because of poor health of the roots or poor soil. This is an important part of our bonsai care that we quite often fall down on. Last October Ryan spoke at the Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention and there were many compliments.

I would like to remind everyone that this year we will have our 11th annual bonsai show. As in the past, the show will be at the Gardens of the World. This reminder may seem early—the show is the weekend of October 4 – 5—but the summer passes so fast that we don’t think about preparing for our show trees. Check out your collection and give this some thought now. This weekend is the Descanso Bonsai Society’s annual show, both Saturday and Sunday. There are club member items for sale as well. They offer plants as well as other bonsai item, so if you need plants or anything else, please check it out. These spring shows are great to see. Take in as many as you can.

The 1st Annual L.A. Bonsai Swapmeet will be held Sunday June 29th at the Jesse Owens Park from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. See ad, page 5, for details. If you would like to sell or buy, check it out.

With the morning overcast weather, watch your watering: too much or too little can be a disaster. The June gloom tends to do this. Also, it is a good time to check your trees for scale and aphids. And watch your wiring!

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