Connaught Bonsai Club?

Bonsai Eejit

Could it be that we could now bring bonsai into the last clubless Provence in Ireland?!

Nearly 3 years ago I, on behalf of the Northern Ireland Bonsai Society, helped start the Munster Bonsai Club and a year year the Leinster Bonsai Club. Both are still going strong. Cork and Dublin are the main anchor cities for these clubs and therefore offer a good population in which to recruit new members.

The hard part of bringing coverage to all of Ireland was always going to be the wild west! Connaught lacks the population density of the rest of Ireland but what a place to go hunting yamadori 🙂 I have contact with a few bonsai enthusiasts over that way in Galway and Sligo but never anyone willing to give setting up a club or study group a go…… until now 🙂

I’ve been contacted via my blog by Tim, who not…

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Bonsai Ireland

After some technical difficulties bonsaiireland.com, the Hub for all things bonsai in Ireland, is back up and running. If you are already a member, check back in and get involved or follow the blog. If this is news to you then why not sign up to the site and join one of the groups listed … Continue reading Bonsai Ireland

NIBS Bonsai School

  The second NIBS Bonsai school of 2015 is upon us soon. Saturday 6th June 10am to 5pm. There will be the usual sales and swap area for those members wanting to pick up a bargain and we have a packed session for you to enjoy. Tea/Coffee and biscuits provided all day. For those attending for the first … Continue reading NIBS Bonsai School

Create A Companion Planting For Your Spring Bonsai Show

Valavanis Bonsai Blog

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Its show time and the time for spring bonsai shows is rapidly approaching. In order to complete the presentation of your bonsai an appropriate companion planting, suiseki or figurine is often utilized next to the tree. Formal bonsai display requires study along with fine taste, which is a lengthy topic. Rather than to attempt to cover the theory, design and background of bonsai display, I’d like to present a quick and easy solution to creating an instant companion planting, which may enhance the presentation of your bonsai for your bonsai show.

Perennials are often used as companion plantings for bonsai. There are almost an unlimited number of different perennial species which are suitable for bonsai companion plantings. Dwarf or low growing plants work best. Often, when pot bound the foliage reduces in size and is more delicate. Pot bound companion plantings usually dry out quickly so keep many of them in a…

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Spring Watering Tip-

Michael Hagedorn

There are a lot of things we might say about watering bonsai. I’ve tried a few times on this blog to mention some of them. Some are hard to make sense of in words, but as ever I’m willing to try. This one is about watering recently repotted trees.

At post-repotting time we need to be awake to one change-up, and that is that the interior soil mass (the part that was returned to the pot) may dry out much faster than you’d think.

  • If that interior area is full of fine roots, it will dry out fast after repotting.

DSC_1145 This pine is beginning to develop a solid mass of soil and roots, and this is the area that we’ll take our moisture ‘read’ from when deciding when to water. When dry, it will look very light colored compared to the surrounding new soil.

If you cut all the fine…

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Monday Night Club Night

Tomorrow night, Monday 28th July, is our next meeting of LBC and we are back to Balbriggan Community Centre. This club night will be the start of our workshop format. We ask that members bring along a tree for display, critique or styling. When we come to meetings, we all want to see bonsai 🙂 … Continue reading Monday Night Club Night

Date of Next Meeting

We have confirmed the date of our next meeting as Monday 28th July at Balbriggan Community Centre. We have moved from the Friday night to avoid the Bingo 😉 We hope to see you all there again and we know of a few folk who couldn't make it last month who will be joining us … Continue reading Date of Next Meeting

One Sleep Until Meeting

Yes, it's finally here, after months of planning and waiting, we are now ready for the first meeting of the Leinster Bonsai Club. It's in Balbriggan Community Centre and if you are unsure where that is, here are a few maps, click image for bigger picture or just google it youurself 🙂   When you … Continue reading One Sleep Until Meeting