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Cape Bonsai Kai September 2015 Newsletter

From the President

Trevor Venables

Dear CBK Member,

The signs of Spring are emerging and many trees are well into leaf, particularly the Elms. Potting of most deciduous trees is well in hand and evergreen trees can soon be potted.

Preparations for the ABC 4 are proceeding and the Organisers will be requiring assistance with various tasks.

All Clubs have been requested to provide volunteers to man the exhibition area for the days of the Convention.

Four volunteers per day are required and Cape Bonsai Kai has been allocated Friday 23 October for duties.

As we have 16 members registered for the Convention, volunteers for duty for the day are requested. Lunch will be provided and attendance at the tree critique session is included. Please contact me if you can assist on the day.

At the last meeting Peter Bruyns provided a most interesting demonstration on group plantings and we look forward to seeing the results of the extensive slate planting in due course. Thank you Peter for all your preparations and the presentation.

The next meeting will showcase Elms and we look forward to, as always, a thoroughly professional presentation by Freddie Bischoff who does wonders with ramification of elms.

Not to be missed - see you at the meeting.

Bonsai greetings

Cheers,

Trevor

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Random Bonsai Tip

So much time is spent on striving towards perfection in the foliage area of trees but little contemplation goes into the area around the nebari. Consider planting your tree at different heights in the pot which might enhance the existing taper and roots. If your tree lacks roots use moss mounded in such a way to suggest underlying roots, or you can even use sticks of similar appearance to the wood of the tree as 'fake' roots until you are able to coerce roots to fill the void. Use appropriate gravel to complete the scene.