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  • Birthday 11/22/1945

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  1. If you shake sarracenia flowers they will self pollenate. Bees will normally pollenate flowers but you won't know what hybrid will be produced (ie you won't know who the dad is) unless you take contraceptive methods to get a specific cross.
  2. Hi attached is a list of CP events in the UK from July onwards that haven't been cancelled yet. In view of the current difficulties (understatement) it is probable that some or even all of these events may be subsequently be cancelled or re-scheduled to later in the year. These events will be listed shortly on the CPS website at Any changes will be reflected as they occur. The commercial growers will be going through a particularly difficult time but all will continue to operate on-line shops so please support them if you can. Hope you and yours are well. Dennis 2020 CP Events.xlsx
  3. It was also thought to have an aphrodisical affect on cows (but not apparently bulls!). It was also a constituent in "My Ladies Delight" a drink from the middle ages. It was also used to curdle reindeer milk. Dennis
  4. Hi again the RHS has now said that all their shows scheduled to take place up to the end of June are cancelled. They will take a view on shows after June as government advice progresses. Their gardens will remain open but events in the gardens up to the end of June are also cancelled. This includes the Specialist Society show in May which the Society was going to attend. At the moment the CP weekend at RHS Wisley in July has not been cancelled. I am contacting those who have told us about their open days to see if they are planning to cancel/postpone. I'll keep you informed. Dennis
  5. Hi it is normally - but we are not living in normal times. It is probable that all RHS Garden Shows will be cancelled this year, it is possible that RHS gardens and RBG Key will close for the duration of the pandemic (meaning our CP weekends and Kew visit will be cancelled) and that similarly it will prove impossible for members to host open days - particularly if you are ancient like me. Th society's AGM and end of season meetings are also likely to be cancelled or postponed. As a society we will follow government guidance and we will keep members informed as and when the situation becomes clearer. Dennis
  6. Hi a list of open days, meetings, talks, society CP weekends at RHS gardens, society attended shows and commercial nursery attended shows will be in the next edition of the newsletter which will be distributed this month. Details will be shown on the website shortly too. Dennis
  7. Hi again Priscilla from memory both you and your partner showed in PayPal as having paid a subscription which is why you both received a new member's pack. Your partner's membership was subsequently cancelled. You can contact me directly on [email protected] if you have a query rather than publicly on this forum. best regards Dennis Balsdon Membership Secretary
  8. Hi Priscilla the list of trustees/committee members is shown on the Society's website ( Some of us actively post on CPUK which is funded by the Society. We have a number of vacancies on the committee which we are looking to fill and always welcome new volunteers. Please contact us via the website and tell us about yourself and where your interests lie. It is not necessary to have a large CP collection, to have expertise in CP cultivation or to be a botanist. For most positions it is only necessary to be enthusiastic and be willing to contribute to the achievement of the Society's objectives. best regards Dennis Balsdon (Past Chair and Meetings Organiser, current Show Secretary and Membership Secretary)
  9. Hi the winter edition of Planta Carnivora (the journal of the UK Carnivorous Plant Society) was mailed yesterday to members in the UK and overseas. Please PM me If you are expecting one and it doesn't arrive. Dennis
  10. Hi the CPS has two publications: Planta Carnivora which tends to include all the science based articles but also reports on visits to cp sites in the UK and overseas, descriptions of new cultivars and other items of general cp interest. The main point is that they must be high quality and possibly peer reviewed articles. The editor is Dr Martin Cheek of RBG Kew. The other publication is the Newsletter which is aimed at providing information to members on what is happening in the Society, shows, meetings, CP weekends, open days and other events, successes and failures, growing conditions, media and equipment etc. The editor is Richard Bunn. The editors will welcome articles and you can contact both via the Contacts page on the website ( to obtain advice and guidance. Dennis
  11. Hi Jonathan The Eden Project took 300 at the original clearance a couple of years ago. The Dorset Ecology Group removed 100s. Others have gone to people who attended the clearance. Those that I removed have either been given away or sold in aid of the CPS Plant and Habitat conservation fund. I still have a few left if you'd like to pop down to sunny Paignton. There may be another clearance in September if you'd like to join in. Dennis
  12. Hi my understanding is that decades ago antho free, white topped leucos became known in the UK as Schnell's Ghost after Don Schnell (the revered US CP expert). It was never a registered cultivar as far as I know. Dennis
  13. Hi I know of two CP enthusiasts who live in Palmerston North. If you give me your email address I'll contact them for you. There used to be a NZ Society but it closed a few years ago. Dennis
  14. Hi Dan. You should try to go to Paul McKeown's open day in Watford on August 3rd. Hthe CPS website e has a superb collection including many rarities. Details on the CPS website ( under events. Dennis
  15. Hi just a reminder that my open day is on Sunday July 7th from 10am to 5pm at 13 Stella Road, Paignton, Devon TQ3 1BH. Lots of plants for sale in aid of the CPS Conservation Fund with 25% off for CPS members. Refreshments and light lunch provided. cheers Dennis