June Meeting MBC

Lyons Bonsai

So on the 23rd of June which is also Bonfire night in Cork, we had the June meeting of the Munster Bonsai Club. A small gathering but a gathering none the less. And peter back from his honeymoon, Congratulations.

Heres the substitute room ready for the night.


Now with a few of the lads after arriving.


It didn’t take long before we moved the operation outside.


Piotr looking fine and relaxed, again 🙂


Peter tipping away.


And now some of the trees we worked on during the meeting.

Piotr’s Trident Maple


Peter’s Black Pine


Mark getting the lighting just right 🙂


Mark’s Beech grouping. Still deciding which is the front. Option 1


And Option 2. I like this one.


My little juniper got a Jin.


Mark’s Silver Birch, which he grew from seed.


And Piotr’s Little Pine. looking lovely


So it was decided that we would meet during the summer…

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20 Days to Go!!

Leinster Bonsai Club

Only 20 days left to go before the first meeting of the Leinster Bonsai Club. You can even follow the countdown in the sidebar 🙂

We hope to have a good turnout at the first meeting at Ballbriggan Community Centre on 27th June @ 7.30pm. We have quite a few people already confirmed as attending.

Owen, John and Elisa all made the trip up the the NIBS School at the end of May and have set the ball rolling for a close working relationship with both the Northern Ireland Bonsai Society and the Munster Bonsai Club all under the umbrella of ‘Bonsai Ireland’.

Are you coming to the first meeting? If you haven’t been in touch already or haven’t been in touch for a while, please let us know if you can make it. We have about 10 so far confirmed via email and Facebook Page but feel free to

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Ulster – Munster – Leinster

Bonsai Eejit

Not a pretty sight but here’s myself, Piotr and Owen, the three chairmen of the three clubs together at the NI Bonsai Society School over the weekend. Maybe early days to call Owen a Chairman to be honest but he’s the one who took the plunge and has the first meeting set up for 27th June in Balbriggan.


We had three with us from the new Leinster Bonsai Club, Owen, Elisabeth and John. They got a little taste of the benefits of being a sister club to the NIBS.


I know I harp on about it at times but friendship is a big part of bonsai for me and it’s great to get this new club link rolling.

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Munster Bonsai Club May Meeting

Lyons Bonsai

So that time of the month has rolled around again and we were not lucky enough to have acquired a room in our usual location. In the end we ended up having the meeting in my house. Which is only two mins from the original destination, which makes it easier as everyone more or less knew where to go and we saved a few bob (money) in the process. Anyway it turned out to be just four of us, and it was still quite a busy night. We had plenty to talk about and had a bit of time to get our hands dirty. Thanks to my little Hinoki. Everyone had a tree to work on, and some got a nice few haircuts.

I was gutted that i missed the workshop last month, and felt the effect of not having a regular meeting regarding bonsai. It really does give you a jolt…

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Collecting in the Hills

As usually lovely day and always something new for us

Bonsai Eejit

Sunday saw us head to a few places where Pines have self seeded from forestry areas and have never been touched. The Pines are mostly Lodgepole Pine but the bark was really nice and some had pretty decent movement. Phil managed to find a nice Hawthorn too.

Here is a some of the action from the day and some nice views around the wind farm as well.

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Saturday’s Workshop

Lovely busy day. Lots of experiences. We need more 🙂

Bonsai Eejit

Saturday saw us driving to Mark’s home where he kindly agreed to host the workshop. His large tunnel was cleared out to give us room to make a mess. Each of the people taking part picked a tree to discuss at the start and we moved swiftly on to getting some work done. Our talk from the Friday night was put into action and we had a little repotting and a lot of carving. Some major airlayering was going on in the garden too with each participant getting the chance to see and assist with the process. A key message of the day was not to do work on a tree at the wrong time. No point wiring a Larch in leaf, or a pine about to open candles or a tree be styled just after repotting. That doesn’t mean that nothing can be done though. We probably achieved more…

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Teaching, Learning, Enjoying Bonsai