Aylestone Show 31Aug and Meeting Report 1 Sep 2015

City of Leicester Horticultural Show, Aylestone

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WBC won the show’s Lord Mayor’s cup – the Brighton Gardens of Greeting Trophy – for best non-competitive trade stand, which we hold for a year. Unfortunately, taking pictures of exhibits at the Aylestone Show is rather disappointing. The sulphur lighting in the hall bathes everything in a strong yellow hue and in spite of filtering, the pics cannot do justice. Above is an overall shot of the main stand.

As an aside, for the first time, we made a point of displaying a few trees in training showing wiring techniques. Also a constructed timber box housing a Japanese larch with root over rock in development, as follows.

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The trees in training generated additional interest and questions from the public for an explanation of the processing involved.

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The Cotoneaster root over rock above, on the main display, shows what can be achieved after a period of training and development – the finished result.

September Meeting

14 members attended including a new recruit – welcome to the Club Steven. The evening’s topic was wiring. As summer fades out and autumn approaches, there is not a lot that can be done at this time of year but some trimming and wiring mainly on pines, larches and junipers and some deciduous. Azaleas and fruiting trees tend to be a bit more brittle and should be left to the spring before bud development. The meeting room was again packed with members and their trees of various species and sizes. Mike concentrated his demonstration on basic wiring for raw material to start shaping and the neater, finishing off work for display trees. Basically we looked at getting light into trees to promote strength; anchoring the wire by doing two branches in sequence; the ratio of wire twist along the branch; the gauge of wire to use; and joining thinner wire for fine work on ends before turning tips up. Also how to wire bends and forks, and whether to wire over or under for a situation. A lot to take in, especially for beginners and probably one of the more daunting tasks until confidence grows with practice. We all learn from our mistakes.

Relocation: During the meeting it was put to members that a possible two new locations had been found. We have to move home because the fire station is refurbishing and will lose its community room where we currently meet. The new location is to be Syston Rugby Club as from January 2016.

Greenwood’s ‘Bonsai Bash’ 12-13 Sept, Arnold, Nottingham, NG5 8PR:

This month Greenwood’s hold their annual event which is FREE and makes a good day out for the experienced and beginners alike – see http://www.bonsai.co.uk. Members will be supporting the occasion and most seem to be going on the Saturday. Contact Mike if you require transport to attend.

Next Meeting: Tues, 6 Oct 7.30pm at normal venue.  A new venture when we shall be holding a Tree Surgery – Help My Tree’. Bring along those problem trees and make notes from advice given. Mike is not expected to be working to put trees right, as he needs to be able to get around and see everything. Members are expected to take away the advice and put the information to good use on their own trees.  It will also be an opportunity to purchase tools and materials from Mike who will be running down his stocks after moving to a smaller home and work is taking him in a new direction.  He may or may not bring pots. However, if you require a particular item, let Mike know in advance so he can purchase for you through the trade and bring to the meeting.

November is AGM time – so put it into the diary please. A time for review, possible changes and new ideas.

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