Broward Bonsai Society
The following commentary is from "Bonsai News", a monthly publication of the Lake Charles Bonsai Society in Louisiana:
Peter’s presentation emphasized the need to focus on what needs development now vs. what needs development later. He noted that this tends to come down to issues of thickening and division. Peter pointed out that we often get ahead of ourselves and counterproductively work on aspects which will need to be removed because we put the cart before the horse. When we emphasize thickening to develop taper that is necessary to sell the story that this is an ancient tree, then we are on the right track. This involves letting branches grow out to develop good thickening near the trunk, and then pruning those branches back after the thickening has occurred in order to develop the ramification or division.
Peter also discoursed on the importance of the proper sun exposure for the type and developmental stage of the tree, proper soil to promote growth, repotting intervals, and fertilization. For example, a soil mix which is too wet will result in slow growth which retards the development of our taper and ramification. A dry mix with rapid draining tends to produce faster growth. This healthy environment helps to develop good rootage, both surface roots and feeder roots.
Peter’s approach is deceptively simple, and it is easy to think you understand it and then proceed to violate those principles as we fall back into old, bad habits with our bonsai training.__________________________________________________________
PRESIDENT's NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2014
Broward Bonsai Society will have a workshop on accent plants on August 23, 2014 at the Flamingo Garden's classroom. The cost to participate will be $5 and includes a pot and plant material.
...read more (includes articles on and links to images of kusamono and complementary plants)
Bonsai by Thomas Grimm
It’s a small tree that sits on my veranda,
swaying in the breeze to a poetic stanza.
I water it daily and twice when it’s hot.
I promised it love when first it was bought.
I pluck faded leaves and shape all its branches.
I am careful with its feed. I don’t take any chances.
I share time alone with this little green guy,
sipping my coffee on the veranda outside.
So many times I speak under my breath,
like I know he is listening, unlike the rest.
When others are racing and running to and fro.
I sit and sip and watch bonsai grow.
A thought like a seed seems to root in my mind.
If one gives me pleasure two would be really fine.
Then three and then four until room for no more,
and I’ve a little green forest outside my front door.
The Bud Shafer Memorial Bench
at the Jim Smith Bonsai Gallery, Heathcote Botanical Gardens: Bench provided by donations from the Broward & Gold Coast Bonsai Societies.
A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a person perfected without trials.
(information provided by the Central Florida Bonsai Club)
“Art of Bonsai” sponsored by
Class Schedule: ***
January 10, February 7,
March 7, 28, April 11, 25, 2015
(***for more information click on 'class schedule' above)