MIDORI BONSAI CLUB NEWSLETTER
October 2016, Vol. 42, Issue 10
IN THIS ISSUE:
- President’s message
- JT’s Tree Tips
- Editor’s Note
- Board Members needed
- October Meeting Topics & Club Calendar
- 2016 Meeting Schedule
- Setup, Refreshments & formal tree display
- Northern California Bonsai Events
J T’s Tree Tips
Ready… Get Set…Its Showtime!! It should be a lot of fun. Because we cant get in the night before, we need to be at the Quinlan Center on early Saturday October 1st at 7:30 to off-load all our trees , tables, backdrops etc. before we can get in at 8 am. We Need Everybody to hit the ground running!! Please pitch in and help put up tables backdrops and skirting for the show, workshop area and vender area. Ray will have the floor plan and can direct where each table goes. Bring your trees, show stands and accent plants with a slab or small dai on the non show tables in the big room so we can place them after we set up. It will take time to place the trees and we dont’t want to run late. If you have scrolls we can use those too. Please bring in your consignment trees to the far patio after your show stuff is in. We have a great club and can get it done together with no sweat.
After the show we can start transplanting junipers and still have a growing interval before everything shuts down for the winter. This is a good secondary growing season and we shouldn’t pass it up. It’s important to have a little time after repotting to let the tree roots grow into their new soil. At this time the plants don’t have to go through the stressful summer heat so it’s a perfect time for junipers, cypress, live oaks, boxwoods, etc. By transplanting and trimming back junipers now you will not get as many brown tips as you would in the spring and you will still get some good growth in before winter.
Also your early flowering trees like quince and Ume and crabapple can be transplanted at this point. Doing it now reduces the likelihood of getting those gnarly growth-cysts on your apple family trees.
This is also a great time to put in trees for a growing ground. They get a chance to settle in for a big push in the spring.
In late October, as the deciduous trees turn color, they signal that the tree is cutting off contact with the leaves. When most of the leaves have fall color, you can defoliate the tree and cut back to the buds you want to come out in the spring. You should not get a new growth spurt. Also the tree will not bleed the way it will if you leave cut back until December or January so do it now or wait until late January/early February. Continue to fertilize this month and next. Getting into the high phosphorus type fertilizers (0-54-0) on all of your flowering and fruiting trees in later November. We already see shorter days and soon will be getting cooler temperatures.(after this blast of heat!) I will take down my shade cloth after the show as we had the autumnal equinox in late September and the days are getting shorter, and the nights longer.
This is also the ideal time to style and wire these trees. Styling is always easier when the foliage is not there to interfere with the wire. The branches should also be flexible and easy to manipulate. Later they will become more rigid and brittle. In Japan, wiring is done October through February at which time transplanting starts. We get to start transplanting earlier because of our milder climate.
Board Members Needed
Every two years our club has the opportunity to elect new board members that take the lead in organizing and running club functions. This year 2016 is another election year where at our yearly Christmas Party we hold the nominations for our newly elected board members. Many board members choose to remain in their elected positions and others choose to step down with new opportunities for other club members to step forward and fill those positions.
Having the opportunity to be President over the past years has been very fulfilling and insightful. And having active and responsible board members that take their job seriously in support of our club has made my job even easier. Thanks to those that have done so!
This year my job as President is completed, along with other openings on the board, so the call goes out for others in our club to step forward and fill those positions. In addition the clubs Secretarial position has a opening. Board Members, if there’s other positions open and I have not been informed please do so by the end of July.
Some of the board members positions need assistants that can step in for them when they are gone, so if you would like to share in that capacity please let me know sometime this month. Midori has been a great place for all of us to come and enjoy each others company and share our hobby together. A well organized club benefits everyone with great meetings that fulfill everyones bonsai knowledge regardless if your a new member or old. I have enjoy every minute that I’ve been a club member throughout the many years as Vice President and now as President. Please, if you would like to step forward and take on a position with the club let me know and we can get you started!
Jack Christiansen, President
October Meeting Topics & Club Calendar
October 6th – Proper branch development w/Peter Tea
This meeting will be a presentation by Peter Tea on developing branches on your bonsai.
September 15th – Open Workshop
Bring in your trees to work on!
2016 Meeting Schedule
|Month||1st Thursday||3rd Thursday|
|October||Proper branch development with Peter Tea||Open workshop|
|November||Using pesticides with Ryan Nichols||Open workshop|
|December||Annual Holiday Party, Election, and Auction||Pork Chop Workshop|
Setup, Refreshments, & Formal Tree Display
|Month||Formal Tree Display||Set-up & Refreshments|
|October||Seiji Shiba||George Shoptaw & Kathy Sloan|
|November||Danny Powell||Jim Wallace & Larry White|
|December||Holiday Party, no formal display||Everyone!|
Notice about Set-up & Refreshment Duty
Hello Everyone, it’s Ray Stagner, in charge of facilities. For our club meetings to be successful, it is important our members participate and share in some of the responsibilities. We ask our members to help in the monthly duties of setting up and tearing down for both first and third Thursday meetings. Members who attend meetings regularly, are asked to help. Please arrive 1/2 hour before the meeting starts. I will be there to direct you. It’s very important, if you are unable to help on the days you are assigned to please contact me (408-209-5654). As well as helping with set up, we would like you to bring snacks of your choice to both meetings. If everyone participates, our meetings will start on time so we all can enjoy the activities planned for that evening.
Northern California Bonsai Events
October 1, 2016 Cupertino, CA
Midori Bonsai Club: 55th Annual Show at the Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N. Stelling Rd, near Stevens Creek Blvd and De Anza College. Hours 10 AM – 5 PM, with demonstration by Peter Tea at 1 PM and demonstration tree raffled off. Sales area will include vendors, members’ trees, pots, and other related bonsai items. Beginner’s workshop from 10 AM -1 PM, create your own bonsai. Bring in your bonsai tree for advice from Dr. Bonsai. Cookies, Tea, and coffee provided for all in attendance with plenty of free parking available. For more information contact Jack Christiansen at (408) 280-7539 or email@example.com
October 8 – 9, 2016 Oakland, California
East Bay Bonsai Society: Annual show held at the Lakeside Garden Center at 666 Bellevue Ave. Show hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Saturday and 11 AM to 4 PM Sunday with demonstration and raffle from 1 to 3:30 PM on Sunday. Free admission and show will feature over 50 trees of various varieties and ages. For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 15 – 16, 2016 Union City, California
Yamato Bonsai Kai: 45th Annual Bonsai Exhibition and Demonstration will be held at the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church, 32975 Alvarado-Niles Road. Hours: Noon – 6 PM Saturday & 10 AM – 5 PM Sunday. Demonstration each day at 1:30 PM featuring Johnny Uchida, with Mike Baker and Tony Hayworth. Don’t miss this special event. Benefit raffle drawing each day after the demo; raffle includes the demo tree. Large vendor and plant sale area; free admission and parking. Doctor Bonsai support will be available. For more information call Tony Hayworth at 510-289-5731 or email@example.com or visit our club website www.yamatobonsai.org.
October 27-30, 2016 Sacramento, CA
Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention 39 “A Bonsai Convergence: Gather At The Rivers” Convention. Headliners: Ryan Neil and Bjorn Bjornholm. More Workshops and Seminars from: Kathy Shaner, David Nguy, Peter Tea, and others. Where: The Double Tree By Hilton 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA 95815. Hotel phone: 916-924-4900 (ask for the “GSBF Group Rate”) For more information, contact: Scott Chadd, GSBF President at: 530-622-9681 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On-line registration opens on July 1, 2016 Click here: http://www.gsbfconvention.org.