Please accept our apologies that the Bonsai Bulletin is still out of date, we hope to rectify this within the coming month. Thank you for your patience.
Saw us at our first meeting in our new home. Some good points, some not so good. Whilst we received a nice welcome, the background noise present when speakers were doing their thing was a bit of a distraction, but hey.
back to the meeting:-
It was obvious to everyone there that Robert is very experienced at this, not just in his use of the grafting knife, (how many fingers has he got?) but in the effortless way in which he demonstrated different techniques to us.
explained that sometimes we graft to get the best of both worlds, be it
a strong root with a desired foliage or flower or, as in the case of fruit
trees, to control the size of the mature plant.
This is where a bud is taken from the stock plant and inserted into a
T-shaped cut in the host. This is then tightly bound.
Here two pieces are cut at an angle in a manner to expose as much of the inner bark as possible. The two are then offered together and tightly bound.
it fell to Keith to take the stage with his demonstration of air layering.
This is where a band of the outside or bark of a branch/trunk is cut away, right down to the wood (about the width of the branch). Moss is then wrapped over the "wound", and this is then wrapped in polythene (black or white). The moss must be kept damp, but if this is done, then hopefully, in a short while, depending on species, roots should emerge. These can then be severed from the mother and planted into a growing on pot. Great care must be taken, however, as these roots are very, very delicate.
I must confess that I found this book a let down. On the surface, it looks great, lots of nice pictures and drawings, but aside from these, the actual contents offer very little that is new or indeed fresh.
It does contain some nice examples of styles but (I'm trying to find the right words here) it lacks something, that spark, that little gem that takes it from being a mere manual (nothing wrong with that) to being an essential reference book. Others will disagree with me, but I can only write what I feel.
the subject of books, it has been mentioned that this section of the bulletin
should concentrate on new books.
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