Greg Allan

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  1. ‘who's ranting moronic political views now? It was the little people who fought wars in the past,our grandparents and their friends,who's guts and bravery made this country what it was.’ Of course many of our forebears demonstrated astonishing courage (and no short amount of ability) in previous wars- I’m not aware that any participant in this discussion has doubted this, nor given even the slightest hint of ingratitude for their sacrifices. I am, however, at a loss as to how you think that having had a grandparent who fought in one of the world wars is somehow a substitute for know
  2. Possibly, yes, although, as you said in an earlier post, the CPS is utterly unlikely to alter government policy, so it may well be that the most expedient solution for a society such as the CPS is to bow to the inevitable rather than waste time and resources flogging a dead horse. I didn't say that this is actually what motivated the CPS to adopt its stance, just that it was a pragmatic reason why such a position could be adopted. As for the Brexit stuff, in (admittedly way overdue) deference to those who want to use this thread to discuss the use of peat, I will write a response in the o
  3. The main pragmatic reason is that the peat ban seems very likely to happen, regardless of whether or not the CPS opposes it, so it is probably in the best interests of growers if the CPS promotes peat-free growing so that, as far as possible, people are not caught out if and when peat is no longer available. Interestingly, there has been a recent discussion on this topic on Facebook. In particular, Stephen Morley, who is based in the North, swears by peat-free substrates (although I do not know about the economic implications of switching to his preferred substrates). Of course experts
  4. Great plants! Are they as blue in reality as they look in the photos?
  5. No, I didn't grow the Nepenthes from seed, although I have raised a couple from TC which were tiny when I got them. I think that a lot of Nepenthes growers raise when without peat, though. I agree that the CPS is most unlikely to be able to exert any significant influence. As for the reason for the existence of the CPS, I presume that it is essentially to act in the best interests of the hobby. It seems that, even if one does not accept the scientific case for the peat ban, there are fairly compelling pragmatic reasons for the approach that the CPS has adopted.
  6. So it appears that Brexit will indeed have no effect on the impending peat ban. I wonder whether there is anything else for which the EU has been erroneously blamed by the ill-informed (the Human Rights Act, anybody?). Nope, surely not... As far as the peat issue is concerned, a few points spring to mind: 1) I don't think that the argument for a blanket ban on the use of peat in horticulture is especially convincing. It may have to be that measures should be taken to ensure that that its use is restricted to niche users such as ourselves (maybe the price of peat ought to be raised a
  7. Damn those pesky leading economists, elite scientists, university professors and political commentators with their cogent, fact-based arguments and sharp analysis! These enemies of the people have robbed me of my critical faculties! In future, I shall demonstrate my independence of thought by forming my opinions on the basis of instructions issued in the editorials of the Sun and the Daily Mail. As per the peat argument, I am certainly no expert (heaven forbid) on the environmental regulations relating to peat, but my understanding is that the domestic measures go further in this respect
  8. Great point, and so eloquently put! On a more serious note, in future, please do try to control your impulses to broadcast your moronic political views.
  9. I take it that you've not been following the news since the fateful result came in! The markets are in turmoil, the main political parties are in meltdown, there is clearly no coherent exit strategy, the UK is on the brink of breaking up, we are very likely to end up with an unelected prime minister (at least until such time as a general election takes place) and, furthermore, the result seems to have unleashed a spate of racist and/or xenophobic attacks on foreign EU nationals. Still, we have 'got Britain back' from the 'unelected officials'. The Brexit supporters must be so proud! F
  10. Might it not have been prudent to have researched such matters before voting to plunge the country into economic crisis? Just the sort of ludicrous hyperbole that got us into this mess. To stay on topic, yes, of course it will be bad for our hobby. But that's the least of our problems now.
  11. I think that sticky-leaved CPs are grossly under-studied as a whole. I noticed a few years ago that Drosera latifolia (formerly ascendens) has tentacles which move rapidly enough for the movement to be perceived with the naked eye. I suspect a lot of species have tentacles which move far more rapidly than is commonly appreciated. I am also beginning to have serious doubts as to whether all Byblis can properly be described as wholly passive carnivores. Byblis gigantea seems to me to possess some kind of ability to draw prey to its epidermis (although I have not observed the method). Byblis
  12. Hi Mike, I am planning to come with wife and kids. Greg
  13. Hi Siggi/Dan, I recall looking into this a while back with my own plants. I think that I observed this effect in , amongst others, D callistos and, surprisingly, D pulchella, as well as D scorpiodes. Many species are available in the UK, especially in gemmae season in the autumn. Also, lots of gemmae will be available from foreign growers in the autumn.
  14. I am in the process of converting my lowland tank, which contained a few Neps, petiolaris complex Drosera and annual Byblis, into a highland tank. I am able to accomodate the Drosera and Byblis in a much smaller warm tank, but I am unsure as to what is best to do with the lowland Nepenthes. I have a fairly large N bicalcarata (at a guess, 60-70cm leafspan, with decent pitchers), a large N ampullaria 'Cantley's Red', a fairly large hybrid involving N globosa, and several small N rafflesiana specimens. The options for each are the following: try on a windowsill; try in the highland set up (min w