When I attended the BSA Show back in March I was very impressed by some of the accent planting. My favourite ones included a bronze animal element. This first one was my pick of them, two fighting hares in the long grass, displayed by Ian Warhurst.
This one was also excellent, a kingfisher in the reeds displayed by Bob Baillie.
and this one showing a frog hiding in the undergrowth, I think this one was Simon Haddon’s but I may be wrong. Can anyone confirm?
Having seen these I grabbed bought a few animals from one of the Show Traders with a view to doing something similar.
Today I was bored, this broken wing is cramping my style. We have a show coming up in September and it would be nice to include my two animals among the accents, this is what I’ve come up with.
First up is my rabbit in the long grass.
I love this one. About 20 years ago I’d have had the shotgun out for this fella but I’ve mellowed
Next was a crane, or I think it’s a crane! I wanted to do a riverside accent similar to Bob’s Kingfisher. Not as convincing as his but I think the blue pot adds the impression of water.
I decided yesterday to do a little shuffling of trees that had been collected in the Spring. Well, when I say me, I mean my two sons working under my direction.
Most where still in poly tunnels and I wanted to get them out to harden off a bit. The foliage as you can see here shows that most have responded well after collecting. There was a mixture of Scots Pine, Spruce and Larch.
I’m running rather low on space!! Had to add a few temporary benches to facilitate them.
All squeezed in! With trees visiting on holiday care it’s a tight fit!
By now you are thinking that I actually have no bonsai of my own and my garden is full of other peoples trees! You might be right!!
This one is for Valerie. Her Arakawa Maple was in desperate need of major pruning and a major repot at the Willowbog workshop back in May. As the tree was already in full leaf, we opted to defoliate, prune and repot all in one go. I decided to keep it for the Summer for some special aftercare. This is it now. I think you should be happy with this Valerie
Adam is currently gathering names and email addresses to assess where the majority of those interested live. The club will then be tailored to fit the make-up of the group. I can see study groups starting in Cork, Dublin and Galway or, at the very least, getting people in contact with each other in these areas. These groups will all be part of the one club organising events, trips workshops etc.
There’s no name yet, there’s no website yet but this will come soon. The question is:
Are You Interested?
If the answer is yes, drop an email to Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
This is it folks, now is your chance. It takes someone to step up and you have waited for many years for this to happen. Step up now and get this going. If it doesn’t happen now, how much longer will you have to wait??!!