Coming up: August meeting

We have a change to our schedule of talks for August and September – a straight swap.

So in August, we welcome John Foster to our branch, with his talk on showing and judging cacti and other succulents – for instance at our Autumn Show. John has judged our show in the past, and his idea is to give some insight into what might make a good show plant.

If you have any plants you might like discussed please bring them along! This is on 16 August, and the slides from the 1996 National we will see on 20 September.

Autumn Show – schedule

Birmingham Branch’s Autumn Show will be held in the Botanical Gardens on 2 October. It’s still a while, but we already have the schedule ready and available here.

Coming up: July meeting

Coryphantha robustispina var. scheeri, Alkali Lakes ACEC, northeast of Dell City, Otero County, New Mexico, 21 Jul 2014 / by Patrick Alexander on Flickr CC

Coryphantha robustispina var. scheeri, Alkali Lakes ACEC, northeast of Dell City, Otero County, New Mexico, 21 Jul 2014 / by Patrick Alexander on Flickr CC

This month we will be looking at the genus Coryphantha – Kathy and Keith Flanagan kindly agreed to travel up to Birmingham to introduce us to this interesting group of plants, this coming Tuesday, 19 July. Usual time and place – do come along!

Gold at BBC Gardener’s World Live

The branch achieved a Gold Medal for their stand at this year’s BBC Gardener’s World Live. Here is a photo of the stand – we’re in the Floral Marquee this year.

BCSS Birmingham at BBC Gardener's World Live 2016

BCSS Birmingham at BBC Gardener’s World Live 2016

Grand days out at BBC Gardener’s World Live

For the first time specialist plant societies represent themselves in the Floral Marquee at BBC Gardener’s World Live, vis-a-vis the fabulous displays of various well-known exhibitors.

We will have a stand again, with around 100 plants, all lovingly prepared, to demonstrate the variety in cacti and other succulents. We will happily advise on cultivation, treatment of pests, plant propagation – and if you bring along a photo of that cactus you had for 30 years wondering what it might be, we will try and identify it for you.

BBC Gardener’s World Live runs from 16 to 19 June at the NEC in Birmingham, with plenty of nurseries selling cacti and succulents too.

Coming up: June meeting

Notocactus roseoluteus / by Kakteenklaus on Flickr (CC)

Notocactus roseoluteus / by Kakteenklaus on Flickr (CC)

We are looking forward to welcoming again BCSS Chairman Alasdair Glen, this time with a talk intriguingly entitled “The Whole Blooming Year”. This will be on Tuesday, 21 June, 7.30pm in the Horticultural Training Centre at Winterbourne House and Gardens, on the University of Birmingham main campus.

Coming up: April meeting

We are looking forward to a talk on lesser known mesembs – John Watmough, who runs the plant exchange scheme of the Mesemb Study Group, will introduce us to the weired and wonderful members from a diverse group of succulents, of which Lithops and Conophytum are probably the most widely grown.

The talk is this coming Tuesday, 19 April, at 7.30pm – usual meeting place at the Horticultural Training Suite, Winterbourne House and Gardens, Edgbaston Park Road.

A word on our table shows…

We still have them, but we are no longer prescriptive in which type of cactus or other succulent you bring along.

It would be nice to see more plants being brought along to meetings, and we hope that opening up the monthly show might encourage more of you to do just that… after all, we are all curious to see what each of us grow!

Coming up: February meeting

Lithops dinteri subsp. multipunctata flowers / by Martin Heigan on Flickr (CC)

Lithops dinteri subsp. multipunctata flowers / by Martin Heigan on Flickr (CC)

This will be on finding Lithops in the field – a look at flowering stones in their South African habitat.

We are very pleased to have our branch member Roy Earle give this talk! On Tuesday, 16 February 2016, usual time and place.

January meeting – this Tuesday

Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California / by Rebeca Anchondo on Flickr

Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California / by Rebeca Anchondo on Flickr (CC)

Just a quick reminder of our upcoming meeting on Tuesday – we will be looking at slides of habitats in Baja California.