Cape Bonsai Kai May 2013 Newsletter
From the President
Dear CBK Member,
I am sure I am not alone in being of the opinion that this time of the year in the Cape is probably the nicest time of the year. The days are not as hot; the wind does not blow as incessantly and the rain which falls more frequently makes the soil easier to work. There have been some stunning days of late and I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did. Perhaps you took a drive and enjoyed the wonderful autumn colours which are now a feast for the eyes in most neighbourhoods or maybe just had a couple friends over and chatted about bonsai on the terrace. Whatever your inclination, being outdoors and enjoying the change of season reminds us that we live in the most beautiful part of the world.
Now that growth in most trees has slowed down as they go into dormancy, you will perhaps find that you have more time to contemplate future goals for some of your trees, perhaps even a make- over. With deciduous trees this is made all the easier as the leaves fall to reveal the frame of your tree. I am studying some of my collected olives with a plan to doing some carving on them. A good idea is always to sketch out your plan before you start carving away. If you have the necessary software and skills you could play with some ideas on the computer instead.
It's also a good idea to enjoy the great sunsets we are having by going on a walk with your partner or friends and at the same time to keep your eyes open for interesting rocks, perhaps for a root over rock planting or maybe you would like to try your hand at some Chinese Penjing (Peter will be giving us some good tips on this in our next meeting).
If you would like to play a more active role in bonsai in the Western Cape now is your chance. A team of talented and dedicated individuals are tasked with organising the 2015 African Bonsai Convention (ABS 2015) which will be held in Cape Town. If you would like to be part of this working group then please speak with Hennie Nel.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting.