4 May 2018

World Bonsai Day

Bishopsford will be hosting World Bonsai Day which promises to be an interesting, inspiring, fun-filled day involving the members of the Cape Regional Association of Bonsai (CRAB). The Western Cape clubs are bringing their “best” or most inspiring” presentation seen at their meetings over the past year, a Bonsai competition will take place, auction of a private collection of mame pots, vendors tables & lucky draws/prizes.

The competition will be divided into the following categories and we ask that each club enter at least one tree (maximum 2) per category, deadline for entries 5 May 2018:
- Under 5 years Bonsai experience
- 5 to 10 years Bonsai experience
- Over 10 years Bonsai experience
- Seasonal display (flowering/winter silhouette/best of the season)
- Out of the box/Innovative Bonsai
The best competition trees will be voted for by the delegates attending.
Certificates and a small prize will be awarded.

9.00am Registration & competition tree setup
9.30am Bonsai evaluation – Lionel Theron – ¾ hour
10.15am Baobabs – Frikkie - Blaauwberg – ½ hour 
10.45am Tea
11.15am SA Heritage Collection – Willem Pretorius - Boland
11.45am Bonsai for me – Neil Van Blerk - Oyama– ¾ hour
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Bonsai Europa report back - Carl Morrow – CBK
2pm Auction of Mame pots collected over 45 years
2.30pm Tea 
3pm Buddleja Saligna – Freddie Bischoff - Tygerberg
3.30pm Competition results & close – ½ hour

Registration is essential by email to capecrab@gmail.com to facilitate catering and seating arrangements, deadline 5 May 2018. R50 registration fee payable on registration and receipt of the EFT will confirm your seat. 
Bank details will be sent with confirmation that space is available. 
Numbers are limited and we are filling up fast. 

Refreshments are included in your registration fee mid-morning and afternoon tea/coffee and at lunchtime Boerewors rolls will be available.

1 May 2018

Bonsai Things to do in Cape Town - May


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Some showers and cooler weather are on the way. Some bonsai may have to be moved into sunnier spots or shade cloth may have to be removed.
As usual watering needs to be watched, especially if the weather is cool and overcast but no rain has actually fallen.
This is the last opportunity for feeding as with lower temperatures and shorter days plants do not take up much in the way of nutrients.
Many pests are going into hibernation but snails and slugs are active.
Do not prune deciduous plants as stimulating growth is undesirable in winter, plants need a rest period.
Too late for autumn potting and too early for deciduous trees.
A balmy month as a rule and the last chance to mix soil in reasonably dry conditions. Mosses are starting to appear remember to leave small pieces when collecting so that regeneration takes place. 

5 April 2018

Bonsai Design Workshop - Coleonema

Join our Bonsai design workshop on Sunday 8 April 2018 from 9h30 to 12h30. Our focus will be on Coleonema but bring along any other Bonsai that you wish to work on or require assistance with.

Bring trees, tools, power tools, extension cables, multiplugs, turntables and enthusiasm. No charge. Registration by email bford@cybersmart.co.za is essential as numbers are limited.

1 April 2018

Bonsai Things to do in Cape Town - April

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Early autumn and a delightful time of year; some showers may be expected. The sun is no longer so fierce and days are getting shorter.
Bonsai tend to dry out and watering is still a priority.
Fertilising has to be done diligently if bonsai are to do well and to promote autumn colours.
Pests are active and control is necessary.
Maintenance pruning may be done this month.
Nearly all evergreens and figs can be safely potted at this time of the year. Post potting recovery is usually good.
As the days get shorter and the weather is milder it is an agreeable time to be in the garden.

26 March 2018

Easter weekend trading hours

We are open everyday over the upcoming long weekend. Our hours are 9am to 4.30pm. The Two Oceans marathon will take place on Saturday with some road closures but the roads around us are open.