vic brown

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  1. The AGM will hopefully be held on either Saturday 25th April or Saturday 9th May at Reading University. However, as I am waiting for confirmation of this from the University administrators, I am unable to to confirm when it will be. As soon as the date is confirmed I will post it on the CPS Website and the Forums. I'm sorry if this is inconvenient - I'm not very happy about the situation either, but there isn't much I can do about it. Vic
  2. Beautiful Tobias - thanks for posting the photographs and cultivation techniques; it is worth all the work that you put into succeeding with this highly desirable, yet difficult Utric. I, for one, would like to know more about your mini fridge set up - is there any chance that you could post some detailed photographs of the fridge and it's modifications? I wouldn't mind setting up a similar system myself if it isn't too expensive or difficult. Cheers Vic
  3. Burnham Nurseries in Devon are one of the UK's top orchid suppliers. I've never used their online service, but have visited their superb nursery and I can fully recommend both the quality and range of plants they sell. Vic
  4. Cindy has posted some really great photographs of what was surely the best display of Nepenthes exhibited anywhere, ever! The actual display had superb, moody lighting, which unfortunately doesn't come over at all with flash photography. I was fortunate to have been invited by Diana and Rob to help out with B.E. during the time that the Singapore Garden Festival was open to the public - none of the hard work of building or dismantling the display for me! Even though I've helped B.E. build their last two Gold Medal-winning Chelsea Flower Show displays, I still can't imagine quite how much hard work went into the planning and executing of this magnificent display - just awesome! I really must get around to editing and posting some of the 100s of photographs that I took in Singapore; here are a very small taster. Without doubt the most spectacular plant was the 'Black' N. truncata - the most magnificent CP ever displayed in my opinion. The B.E. plant had six full-sized pitchers - wonderful Incorporated in the Garden Show was the Singapore Orchid Show - stunning! This exhibit was one of my favourites. I had an unforgettably great time in Singapore, not just because the show itself was so good, but mainly because I was working with such a fantastic team of friendly and knowledgeable people who liked to work and play hard! Cindy was great at choosing local specialties to eat at the fantastic open air food market near our hotel and Will Taylor (a magnificent artist living in Sarawak - his Nep drawings have to be seen) even got me eating fish eyes one night! Yum! One of the highlights of the week was selling a Nep to Singapore's Minister for Trade with a crowd of onlookers and official photographers! I even managed a couple of mornings off to indulge in my other passion, some serious bird-watching and I managed to see my first Neps growing in habitat at the same time. OK it was only N. gracilis, but I was still thrilled. All in I had a fantastic time - thanks to Rob and Diana for making it happen and the rest of the crew for their great company Vic
  5. Pinguicula caudata is an old name for the form of P. moranensis, commonly called "var. caudata" now, but technically should be called Pinguicula moranensis var. neovolcanica along with dozens of other forms of this variable species. It is a large growing form and very tolerant of growing conditions. It will grow quite well in peat & perlite mixes as well as in other more typical Ping mixes. I wouldn't let it get much below about 4C in winter and if you are going to keep it under cold conditions, keep it dry too to avoid rot. It does very well as a houseplant on windowsills, so if your greenhouse is too cold in winter bring it indoors in early autumn. Vic
  6. I buy my Seramis from here: Cheers Vic
  7. Great pics Joel, thanks for posting. Thanks to Mike and Helen for yet another great Open Day - always a pleasure. Cheers Vic
  8. Yes, Chris sells Stan's version of this cross. Vic
  9. Nice flower Jim. I don't know which clone of P. laueana x P. emarginata you used; it could be my cross or Stan Lampard's - it depends who you got it from. However, we both used the crimson-purple flowered clone of P. laueana 'CP2' for our crosses and it looks like you used the same clone in your cross - so it is a true back cross. Cheers Vic
  10. Great pictures Christian, P. kondoi and P. laueana both have stunning flowers. Jim, are you sure that it was P. rectifolia and not P. reticulata that looked like flower #2? P. kondoi has been traded as P. reticulata before; they are either the same species or two different, similar species, with the true P. reticulata not in cultivation. It all depends on which expert you talk to! However, P. rectifolia looks far more like a form of P. moranensis and nothing like P. kondoi. Vic
  11. Great job - Thanks Bob and Eric! I have a couple of the later Newsletters, it is wonderful to be able to read the rest. Note. The link for Volume 9 takes you to Volume 1, but it is easy to work out how to change the address to get to it. Vic
  12. Thanks for all the useful cultivation advice guys. I guess I ned a new terraium if I want to cultivate most of these species. They don't like the extreme heat of my indoor, Petiolaris tank or the cold conditions of my conservatory in winter. Perhaps a lighted terrarium in the conservatory is the way to go? Thanks Vic
  13. Beautifully grown plants Matthias, well done! :) Many growers, myself included, struggle to grow most S. American sundews well. Could you tell us a little about your growing conditions? Lighting, temperature, soil mix etc. Thanks for sharing. Cheers Vic
  14. vic brown

    N. Vieillardii

    I've been growing my plant for nearly 2 1/2 years as a highlander and in my fairly typical highlander soil mix (LFS, Orchid Bark and Seramis) and it grows and pitchers well. I got it from Rob Cantley at Chelsea Flower Show 2005 and he told me at the time that it grows well as a highlander and that they grow them in their highland rather than their lowland nursery. Vic