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  1. Bug Clear vine weevil killer is very effective against mealy bug, and other nasties on sarracenia. The only problem is that it is a systemic insecticide, and will kill flies going for the nectar - often before they fall into the trap. Dennis
  2. Hi I guess you will be travelling down the A30. In which case you could call in at Chris Crow's near Okehampton on the way down/back. If you wasn't to do this, PM me as I'll give you his contact email address. cheers Dennis
  3. Great stuff Stephen! Dennis
  4. Welcome back. There are quite a few members from Scotland. Dennis
  5. It is meant to be used to talk about CP related matters not covered by other forums - we won't be removing it. Dennis
  6. I'd just like to remind people that this is a forum about carnivorous plants. It is not the place for political rants nor is it acceptable to insult those with different political views to your own. Dennis
  7. Hi there are 3 CP events taking place in the South West on 17 and 18 June. 17 June, 5 to10pm - John Sirkett's open evening in Redruth, Cornwall. A fabulous collection with a vast array of plants. Home built grow areas adorn Johns' vast garden. John also grows many other plant species. Must be seen to be believed! Contact Details: Address: Care View, 46 Lanner Hill, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 6DA 17 June, 1pm - Eden Project CPS members can get free entry to the Eden Project and will get a guided tour of their CP exhibits. Please PM me if you would like to attend. 18 June, 10am to 5pm - Dennis Balsdon's Open Day in Paignton Devon. There are two 12 x 8 and one 8 x 6 greenhouses stuffed with CP's as well as numerous cold frames, mini bogs etc. There will be many plants for sale/swap and I hope that other people will bring plants along too. A buffet lunch (including pasties) will be served by my catering manager Contact Details: Address: 13 Stella Road, Preston, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 1BH Email: dennisbalsdon@blueyonder.co.uk Hope to see you at one or more of these events. cheers Dennis
  8. Hi MG often the best places for buying plants are here on CPUK or at the many Carnivorous Plant Society open days which are held each year across the country. A list of events can be seen at www.thecps.org.uk. Dennis
  9. Hi we were very pleased to get a silver gilt medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year. Here is our display. Both Nigel Hewitt-Cooper and Matthew Soper received golds! cheers Dennis
  10. Hi in addition to problems with the database (which has now be fixed) the membership secretary had to resign because of health problems. We have found a replacement but these two incidents have inevitably resulted in delays which could not have been avoided. We usually send out new members packs within a few days and consequently we don't routinely send out payment acknowledgements. A look at the events page on our website will demonstrate the how active the society is. I hope you will play an active part. cheers Dennis
  11. Hi just a reminder that the CPS AGM is being held at East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Leatherhead, KT24 6QT at 1pm on Saturday 6th May. This is a members only meeting - though you can join prior to the meeting. Dennis
  12. Hi all of this year's events can be seen at www.thecps.org.uk/events.php. Dennis
  13. Hi we are waiting for a date from Kew. I'll post the date as soon as I receive it. Dennis
  14. Hi I agree. This is not the place for politics. Neither is it the place to insult members who may have different views to your own. Please play nicely. cheers Dennis A hypocritical, condescending,brain washed sheep and guardian reader (I'll admit to the latter)
  15. Hi 95% of the peat bogs in the UK have been destroyed and the UK imports millions of cubic metres of peat each year principally from Eire and the baltic states. Having destroyed our own peat bogs we are now supporting their destruction in other countries. There are alternatives available from sustainable sources. Tim Bailey (past chair of the CPS) has been using coir exclusively and successfully for at least ten years.and has undertaken trials using Melcourt composted fine bark. The results of the trials have yet to be written up but having seen the trial plants I think they were successful too. I have been told of one commercial grower in the UK who uses a mix of composted fine bark, sand and peat for sarracenia as it is cheaper than the usual peat and perlite mix. I have been trying this mix myself for the past year without problems and will be gradually reducing the peat content over time. The UK government's current target is to remove peat from UK horticulture by 2030. CPS supports this aim as does the RHS, RBG Kew and many other organisations. I don't see this changing after Brexit and hope that it doesn't. One of the main charitable objectives of the CPS is plant and habitat conservation. Using peat destroys CP habitats. A quick google search will provide lots of scientifically backed information. Dennis Balsdon Chair, The Carnivorous Plant Society