Tim Bailey

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  1. Dear all. An update on the ICPS 2016 Conference. Please note: you do not need to be a member of The CPS or of any other cp society to attend the Conference. Best wishes Tim ICPS Conference 2016: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew London Please note: the ICPS dates originally proposed have now changed. The Conference will now take place 5th to 7th August (Fri-Sun). A field trip to Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, is planned for Mon 8th August. There are no restrictions on numbers planned for this trip. The CPS expects to run a field trip between 10th and 12th of August.
  2. Hi Steve Sorting out a cover with Stew at the moment and as you say not yet posted on the Redfern site. Cost, please don't hold me to it, I'm guessing will be around £19.99. Cheers Tim
  3. Nice one Elvis I'm a frequent visitor to the New Forest and Dorset bogs. Keep an eye out for the forthcoming book on the Carnivorous Plants of Britain and Ireland (native and non-native cp's), which all going well will be available from late autumn via Redfern. We cover all the 13 native species (plus hybrids, etc), most of which can be found in The New Forest and Dorset, and will be as image rich as possible including shots of the amazing habitats they live in. The only plant I failed to locate and photograph for the book was U. ochroleuca. Cheers Tim
  4. Be careful chopping Sphagnum moss in this way. Sphagnum can contain the fungus spore Sporotrichosis, which can be inhaled in the very fine dust generated with this way of processing and is not a health condition you would want to catch. As a general rule wearing plastic gloves and a face mask is recommended when handling Sphagnum moss. Lots of stuff about this on websites, including the ICPS (Barry Rice). If chopping in this way then you can reduce dust by adding a small amount of water, though add too much and it will not mill very well. Do it outside and also wear a mask, etc. Best wishes
  5. Hi ada Poorer soil mixtures? Would hope others in different parts of the country,etc will replicate some of the comparison trials and feed into the project as beyond our resources to do this alone. Over the winter I'll finalise the mixtures, plants, growing conditions, etc., and share to help enable this. Tim
  6. Cracking stuff to see your plants growing as well as this!! Been caught up in a million and one things recently, which have steered me away from the Forum for a while. Got our experimental polytunnel (The CPS) up now for our comparison peat-free/sustainable medium trials, which will start in the spring. Just in the process of connecting some guttering and water-butts. Will have to try some shaving myself based on this. Will also soon have a peat-free cultivation draft up on the CPS website. Look forward to seeing some more of the same, and will post pictures of the trials as next season pr
  7. Cracking stuff to see your plants growing as well as this!! Been caught up in a million and one things recently, which have steered me away from the Forum for a while. Got our experimental polytunnel (The CPS) up now for our comparison peat-free/sustainable medium trials, which will start in the spring. Just in the process of connected some guttering and water-butts. Will have to try some shaving myself based on this. Will also soon have a peat-free cultivation draft up on the CPS website. Look forward to seeing some more of the same, and will post pictures of the trials as next season pro
  8. For what it's worth this late into the thread, I just sent a plant parcel off to Germany today and they happily accepted it and charged me just under £7. I told them it was a plant with trepidation having read all this first. Best wishes Tim
  9. Totally echo that! Great three days, a great credit to all involved and a massive thanks to all our French friends who put together an event that will be long remembered. The quality of plants on sale (and on display) was also extremely good and a lot of people went home very happy, including myself. Can't wait until the next EEE. Tim
  10. I think the best way to face critics is to be proactive on the subject. If trials the CPS and others do show that for some species that peat is still essential then we can support that position from a place of strength, particularly for species conservation. It's impossible to defend something without evidence to the contrary. As can be seen from a few posts already experience with peat-free ingredients is mixed and evidence is very subjective. The CPS trials will be comparative and will help improve our evidence base either way on the subject. As a Society (with my Chairman's hat on) we will
  11. Hi Adam Agree with all your comments. We will have to start off with Sarracenia, VFT and some of most commonly grown Drosera and to build from there as we will have limited resources. Over time we will add a larger number of more specialised genera/species. We will also need plant donations. At the moment I'll be using divisions from my collection, Ian Salter's and a few from Dennis Balsden. One of the mixes will be coir and 'sustainable' Sphagnum as I share a similar view, in particular by helping maintain a suitable pH for one. You can add VFTs, which in places grow in quartzite sand w
  12. Should have added that typical soft water is around 140-300 microS/cm (approx. 70-150 TDS) to make more sense to people, unless I need correcting?
  13. The tests on coir will include pH and EC as we will need to differentiate between washed and unwashed coir. Can include TDS. FYI the Fertile Fibre Organic Coir has a pH of 6.4 and a EC of 240 microS/cm (last analysis they sent me) Difficult to go beyond this re very lack of money available, but open to further suggestions.
  14. Not at the moment mobile, but one to consider along the road! Tim