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  1. The advice given by wholesalers to my local garden centres is to boil and cool tap water to remove temporary hardness (bicarbonates) before using on CPs. It doesn't remove calcium and magnesium sulphates and chlorides, called permanent hardness. In my very hard water area (3 mmol/litre dissolved salts), even water treated like this can kill a Dionaea in a single application. Like Amar and Stephen, I wouldn't do it.
  2. Hello Vic, Are you the Vic I met briefly @ the recent Euro Flora Open Day?

    I now have Sunday free and may be able to go to Viv's Open Day tomorrow. I have never been there before. Do I need to contact him (please give me the contact number), or just turn up?

    Kind regards,


  3. Hello Vic, Are you the Vic I met briefly @ the recent Euro Flora Open Day?

    I now have Sunday free and may be able to go to Viv's Open Day tomorrow. I have never been there before. Do I need to contact him (please give me the contact number), or just turn up?

    Kind regards,


  4. That - if I may say so - slightly tenuous Welsh connection may not be enough to save you, mobile; Your granny's undoubtedly safe, but I'd check under the bed for highly-trained, elite SAS sheep / Border Collie assassins, if I were ewe... Mind you, by that reckoning, my recent jokes have put me in mortal danger from anyone from Wyoming, California or Kansas. Any room left under the bed for an English chicken? Vic
  5. I guess you felt safe posting this, being so far from the Land of Poetry and Choirs, boyo... Cluck, cluck, cluck...! I-Spy-a-Scottish-Chicken of Letchworth
  6. It's the day for them today: Q. What d'you call a man who hides in the bushes? A. Russell. Q. What's the difference between Prince William and a pizza? A. Generally speaking, you won't find a bone in a pizza. Unlike Prince William's new wife. Vic ;)
  7. This should appeal on both sides of the Atlantic: A sheriff pushes through the swing doors into a rough Wild West saloon. Eyeing the red-eye drinkers suspiciously, he asked the room at large: "Anyone seen the Brown Paper Kid?" A poker player looks up from his hand, takes the cheroot out of his mouth and replies "Never heard of him. What does he look like?" The sheriff fidgets with his six-shooters nervously, and says "He wears a brown paper Stetson, brown paper shirt and waistcoat, brown paper chaps and brown paper boots". The poker player looks askance and says "Never seen nobody like th
  8. Is THIS the right link? I can't find any details of shipping costs; What do they charge you? Thx Vic
  9. Vic2

    Moorland Gold

    If it's only a few pots-worth at a time, try microwaving the Moorland Gold first. Add a bit of rainwater and keep it loosely covered to stop it drying out (and spattering your microwave with 'humus'). I got the idea from Adrian Slack's method of boiling up peat for Aldrovanda; Besides releasing the necessary humic acids, I found it took care of the algae for a while. Cheers, Vic
  10. Hi Folks, This is still at the blue-skies stage, but there may be a way to get Pameridea marlothii legitimately into the UK for Roridula dentata. This is rather badly needed for conservation, as the very restricted R. dentata habitat is under threat from - of all things- Redbush Tea (Rooibos) cultivation. One problem is quarantine. The bugs need to be quarantined on arrival in the UK, and the big institutions like Kew and Zoological Society of London (ZSL) can't risk their plant/animal collections. It's too expensive and difficult to use established customs facilities for a highly specia
  11. Ladies and gentlemen, something really quite important has been brought to my attention. Please see the Phil Wilson's post #194; relevant extract given at the end of this post. The CPS General Secretary states that, if you deselect Chairman Steve Cottell and Paul McKeown, your membership fee will go up by £3 per year. This is shocking electoral blackmail, intended to keep his old mates in power, regardless of the best interests of the Society and its membership. And it is almost certainly untrue, as I shall demonstrate. Phil's statement neglects to mention that: Steve Cottell does not ha
  12. Seems Phil and I were posting at the same time! Interesting thoughts, Phil. Looking forward to hearing your views on the online/postal voting proposal I put forward. Please let me know if it addresses all your concerns. Then democracy can be reality. In answer to Ada's question, IMHO Yes. The Society's constitutional Rules state that the CPS is a charity at law, and democratic elections are a key part of its Rules. The Society is not beyond the law, therefore its elections are open to legal challenge. But I certainly don't think such an approach is necessary!! But you have to define
  13. There are more than a few people who want a say, mobile, if my Inbox is anything to judge by I hope we'll get a sensible response to the voting proposal from the CPS tomorrow. Vic P.S. Someone has told me that minority elections like the CPS AGM are in fact illegal and non-binding. Electorally, 30-odd members cannot be taken to represent the views of 400. I'm looking into it.
  14. Just saying, Darren! I simply made a point as well. Nil ad hominem me quoque I would really like to hear your constructive views on the proposal for online and postal voting. Vic