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Club Meeting September 2014

by Jurie van Heerden

Jurie welcomed all members to the club meeting and announced the apologies from Dorothy Franz Trevor Venables and Yvonne Romyn.

Jurie discussed 2 books that he recently purchased at Exclusive Books, they are:

  1. The Living art of Bonsai – Principles & Techniques of Cultivation & Propagation by Professor Amy Liang,
  2. Bonsai – Techniques, styles & display ideas by Peter Warren.

Jan-Jurie Loots started a talk on the root reduction of stock junipers and explained that it is important to divide the root ball into 3 sections when you removed the tree from the black bag or container.

He continued to explain to remove the bottom third of the root ball, only clean the middle third and leave the top third of the root ball for the best chance of a good recovery of the tree.

It is very important to mist the tree after root pruning and also important to keep the roots wet and not allow it too dry out completely.

The particular tree in the demonstration used by Jan-Jurie was a juniperus chinensis.

Freddie also mentioned that with yamadori stock transplanting you must try and keep as much of the growth points but you can then remove branches where need be for the best results – he also further mentioned that for best results on this particular tree its best to perform the transplanting during early spring.

Jan-Jurie stressed that you must keep the reported tree in shade for at least 4 weeks and then, over a period of 2 weeks, move the tree back into garden.

Also, it is referable too frequently dunk the tree into water once a month during summer.

The Judges choice & group discussion was run by Terry Erasmus which commented that he hope to use the session as constructive and not to be too critical.

Terry discussed a very nice saikei with stunning rock formation from Peter Bruyns with various club members which provided their input and comments.

The next saikei was from Vicky Petermann which was also discussed by the members.

The last discussed was a tree from Jan-Jurie Loots which Terry felt should have its branches more downwards to indicate age – a good discussion followed after which Terry closed the judges choice.

Peter Bruyns introduced the Saikei Lecture and explained that he thinks of saikei as potted landscapes which he finds extremely beautiful and inspiring.

He also discussed a desert scene saikei which he said was also a beautiful example of the landscape display.

He explained further that the naming in Japanese is saikei and in Chinese is penjing which translates to Tree and Land and Water and Land. Peter also displayed pictures of various penjing examples and discussed the each in detail.

He then asked the question "Why Saikei and Penjing?" and explained that it was penjing that first interested him before started his bonsai journey and the penjing landscapes had a very spiritual impression on him.

Peter discussed a penjing landscape he brought for the lecture and explained how he first made the stairway and benches from bees wax, then created molds and then finally molded the stairway and benches displayed in the penjing.

Peter explained further how you can create the impression of depth and the techniques to achieved this, he further discussed and explained concepts of depth and size and using vanishing points to illustrate the concepts. Also, how to create depth, color and texture by using sand and stones.

Lastly, Peter discussed the very famous landscape called "The Milky way waterfall" created by Qiao Honggen - also used the Lijiang river scene and an old tree over a pond scene for discussion.

Jurie closed the meeting.

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Grey marsh, black cloud...

Flapping away in autumn rain

Last old slow heron. ~ Anon

Random Bonsai Tip

When creating a cascade the root-ground level must be on a horizontal plane. This imparts the stability to the whole style. Do not tilt the tree, bend the trunk.