November 2014 Gold Country Bonsai Club Newsletter.

The Twisted Wire

The Official Newsletter of the Gold Country Bonsai Club

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 From the Bench of the President

I hope you all had a chance to attend the Golden State Bonsai Federation’s convention held October 30th to November 2nd. The trees on display were amazing! The seminars by the 3 headlines were very educational and the trees participants took home from the various workshops were outstanding. Our Scott Chadd was co-chairman of the convention, Greg McDonald was co-chair for the main tree display and Paul Holtzen was chair of the stone exhibit. They all did a great job, kudos to all three.                                                             Note: In the “Gallery” section I have added pictures (thanks Don VanDyke) of some of the trees displayed at the GSBF convention, please take a look.

Fall has finally come to our area.  Deciduous trees are showing us there beautiful colors.  A great time of the year to enjoy our trees.

Trees we can work on this time of year are black and red pines. If you cut candles in the June/July time frame than we can begin the bud selection process.

This is the last month you can work on deciduous trees. You can begin to remove dead leaves and do some light pruning.

For more information on what can be done this month, see Tips and Techniques by Scott Chadd further down in the newsletter and Peter Tea’s November Write-Up located under “categories” on the club’s webpage.

I am in the process of finding the club a new meeting place.  Our current meeting room at Burke Junction is very small and does not allow enough space to work comfortably on our bonsai.  I will keep you all informed on my progress. I intention is to have a new meeting place for our January meeting.

One last final note, the GCBC Annual Christmas Party will be held on Thursday December 18th at Sue Holm’s house from 6:00 to 9:00pm.  This will be a potluck with the club supplying the meat and attendees bring a dish to pass.                                                                                     RSVP me at; paulvan9653@gmail.com

A Very Happy Thanksgiving to All!

 

 

Tips & Techniques

Tips and Techniques by Scott Chadd

 

This is one of the busiest times of the year for those of us who grow and care for bonsai. The sun is lowering in the southern sky, the days are very short, the temperature is getting colder and things are generally wet. When this is combined with the wind and the conditions affecting your bonsai the care regime becomes increasingly complex. Here are a couple of hints:
Deciduous Bonsai
Begin by looking closely at each bonsai and removing all of the spent leaves. See if you have scale insects living on your bonsai; they may seem dry and pop off pretty easily but they are overwintering and need to be removed. Check for biting wires if you have placed wire to style in the time frame from August till now. Check to see how fast your pot is draining. If it is slow mark the tree to be repotted this winter or early spring. Because we have so many trees we have begun our repotting already and will continue to do this until early April of next year.
Move your material into full sun, such as it is. Place a small object under one side of the pot so that it is tilted slightly; this will let the rainwater run off more quickly. Prepare all of your repotting materials (soil, wire, screen, work area, place to put old soil, ground pruners and branch pruners) and make sure all your tools are sharp and clean.
Conifer Bonsai:
Black Pines can be cleaned up and styled from now on but should not be repotted until next spring when it begins to warm up. If you have White Pines they can be repotted from late December well into next spring. Junipers can be repotted once the days begin to warm up, usually March/April. Although it is not uncommon for us to experience a nice and warm week or two in December. Look closely at your Junipers if they seem to be getting a grey or washed out looking. This can often be a result of mites. Treat with oil and a systemic pesticide. Pines and Junipers can be lightly pruned (cutting of small branches and shoots) and wired from now on. Do not make large cuts until Spring because major open wounds invite bad things to crawl into your bonsai. Make sure that if you need to make larger cuts (1/4″-3/8″ branch) that they are very clean and sealed up good with cut paste or latex paint.

 

Gold Country Officers and Board Members

Officers

President – Paul Vandlik – paulvan9653@gmail.com                                    Vice President – Linda Gartner – lagartne@micron.com                    Secretary – Bolet Salvador – bolet@lotusbonsai.com                    Treasurer – Sue Holm – theholms2013@gmail.com

Board Members

Don Van Dyke – don.a.van.dyke@sbcglobal.net                                             Paul Holtzen – pbholtzen@sbcglobal.net                                                        Scott Chadd – scottchadd@lotusbonsai.com                                                  Pat Flynn – ptflynn@sbcglobal.net

Heard From The Bonsai Stand by Bolet Salvador

Hear ye, hear ye!!!

November 22, 2014 (Saturday),  Black Pine Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. $65/person.                                                                       Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

November 23, 2014 (Sunday),  San Jose Juniper Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. $150/person. Includes tree and pot.                 Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

November 27, 2014 (Thursday), NO CLUB MEETING!                     HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!!

December 6, 2014 (Saturday),  Fresno Bonsai Society 7th Annual Bonsai Yard Sale, 736 West Browning. Everyone is welcome to buy, sell or trade. Sales include pre-Bonsai, finished trees, pots, supplies, stands, books, suiseki and accent plants. Lunch will be available. Contact Ralph Schroeder at ralsch@sbcglobal.net or Peter Schaffert at peterschaffert@gmail.com

December 13, 2014 (Saturday), Create Your Own Bonsai Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. Bring your own pot and tree or buy from our nursery. Bonsai design will be based on tree and pot selection. Soil and wire are provided. $65 plus cost of material.                   Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

December 14, 2014 (Sunday), Better Bonsai Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. Participant will bring 2-3 of their Bonsai to the workshop. The focus will be on styling, wiring, pruning, repotting, proper care and culture of each tree and season. Solutions to pest and disease problem will be covered. We will discuss each Bonsai; make decisions about its future and take decisive action to advance the design. Wire and sil are provided as needed. Limited to six (6) students. $65                                                                                                         Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

December 20, 2014 (Saturday), Trident Maple Forest Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. 10-20 trees that are 8-15 years old will be placed in a shallow tray. Dynamic with great fall colors. $175           Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

December 21, 2014 (Sunday), Better Bonsai Workshop at Lotus Bonsai Nursery. Participant will bring 2-3 of their Bonsai to the workshop. The focus will be on styling, wiring, pruning, repotting, proper care and culture of each tree and season. Solutions to pest and disease problem will be covered. We will discuss each Bonsai; make decisions about its future and take decisive action to advance the design. Wire and sil are provided as needed. Limited to six (6) students. $65                                                                                                         Contact bolet@lotusbonsai.com to register or for more information.

December 26, 2014 – January 2, 2015, California Aiseki Kai: 25th Anniversary Exhibition of Viewing Stones Show at the Botanical Center of the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA. Hours are 10:30am – 4:30pm each day (closed New Years Day). Free parking to the event.                               For more information go to http://www.aisekikai.com or contact hutch@aisekikai.com.

Note:  Addition events are listed under “Events” on the website header.  Click on it to open it up and take a look.

2014 Meeting Calendar and Agenda

November: No Meeting in Celebration of Thanksgiving.             December: Annual Christmas Party at Sue Holm’s House

HELP WANTED
The staff of Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) publication Golden Statements Magazine is in need to fill the following positions:
  • Treasurer
  • Subscriptions Manager
  • Part Time Assistants
For more details on duties and special perks, contact George Haas, Past Editor of Golden Statements Magazine, 707-762-9154 or gwhaas@comcast.net

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