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Presidents Message July 2020

Hello All,
I hope you have been enjoying the beautiful weather we have been having lately (before we get oppressed by the heat of summer). Our regular meetings will start up in August and our guest presenter will be Tony Bebb. See below for further details for the meeting. Tony has a lot of bonsai knowledge to share with us and we have asked him to discuss bonsai soils, repotting and carving. Please note that during these times we will need to practice the COVID safety regulations as outlined by the government. Please read this information in the newsletter carefully. There will be a general workshop in the morning so I encourage members attending to bring along a tree and the necessary tools to work on it in a friendly environment.
Over the next couple of months, Tony S will be setting up a photographic area at the meetings. If you would like some high-resolution images of your tree in good lighting and background, please bring it along. The photos we collect will also be considered for next year’s calendar.
Last month the Bonsai Course students came together for a full day of training under the expert guidance of Keith S. Bruce H and Keith brought many trees, stands and other display items to assist in the topic of displaying bonsai. Tony S was also on hand to photograph the student trees with proper lighting and background. Thank you to all three for the big effort they put into this day. The next Bonsai Course will be starting up soon. If you are interested, please see Keith S.
If you borrowed any library books or magazines back in February, don’t forget to bring them back. The library will be open for borrowing and is a great bonsai resource.
Contrary to what was mentioned previously, the Bimer Bonsai Market for this year has been cancelled, along with the Bonsai weekend with an International artist we had planned for November. Hopefully next year we can reschedule these events.
We will be having our AGM in September. If you would like to help in the running of the club, please consider joining the committee. We are also looking for general helpers during the meetings, so if you are interested in either, please see a committee member.
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In the garden, the warmer weather is just around the corner and is the busier time for repotting. Make sure you have your repotting materials ready so you can get straight into it when it is time. Have a look through your trees and plan which ones will need to be repotted this season. Do you have the appropriate pot for the tree? The Bimer trade table will be available with pots and other materials for your consideration.
The July tree ín the Bimer calendar was a Bauhinia Hookeri (now known as Lysiphyllum hookeri and mislabelled in the calendar as Galphinii). This is an attractive Australian native with small butterfly shaped leaves. I was very impressed with the tree when I saw it at our last annual show and sourced a tube stock for myself. I repotted mine last year and it has responded well. I have also taken cuttings that are doing well. It is always nice to find a new species to try for Bonsai that responds well to pot culture. I hope to see you at the next meeting.
AG