Our April program on Styling, Design and Wiring was well attended, with nine individuals bringing in trees to get help with. Thanks to our own “Professor” Lee Cheatle, we were given an excellent discussion, lecture and demonstration on wiring and proper technique. With his usual humor and personal approach, “Professor” Cheatle reduced the basic skills and techniques for successful wiring to a college like course syllabus of Wiring 101, 102 and 103 covering basic and advanced techniques accompanied by demonstrations of each aspect. Following the lecture and demonstrations, attendees were provided assistance addressed to their own trees and hands on application of wire.
Our May (May 12, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.) program will be everyone’s favorite (especially the trees) Poo Poo Balls (fertilizer cakes). This is an RSVP program. As with all Mentorship activities, it is open to members only. To register, please contact me as soon as possible.
There is a slight charge for this program to cover the costs of the components for making the fertilizer cakes. This program is being hosted at the home of Scott Tice. Additional information on the program and location will be forth coming by email blast to all BSOP members and to the web page.
Plans for our June Mentorship Class for a field trip are being considered. We will be visiting either Wee Tree Farms or Telperion Farms. Hopefully details will be finalized by the May 12th class and program but we will get the information out as soon as possible.
As we begin to experience the change in weather from our wet and soggy spring toward the dryer, warmer and sunnier weather, be sure to keep an eye on your trees. The young, tender foliage has not had sufficient time to harden off and can burn very quickly on a bright and sunny afternoon or with a dry wind blowing. So be sure as you are moving them out of the sheltered environment for winter and early spring to provide some shade and wind protection.
Another Bonsai season is about to commence and our labor of love will fulfill and reward us yet again. Are you ready?