May Meeting – Mini Judges’ Course

Our May meeting featured Cathy & Bill Darbon coming and giving us a mini judges’ course.

BCSS Birmingham May Meeting - Mini Judges Course

Branch Announcements:

  • The René Geissler visit was reportedly a success with good plants at good prices and more importantly CAKE!
  • The deadline for show entry form submission is fast approaching (Thursday 24th May). Remember 1 plant entered gets you free entry to the Gardens.
  • Gill has raffle tickets for the National Show draw (The proceeds fund conservation projects).
  • There will be a free coach to the National show organized by Coventry Branch which will leave from Rugby. Talk to Derek for details and to indicate interest so the numbers can be worked out in advance.
  • National Show tickets will be £5 or you can buy through your branch at a discount if you can get organized (10 for the price of 9)
  • Most show classes are sponsored so there is a chance for prizes.

BCSS Birmingham May Meeting - Mini Judges Course

The Mini Judges’ Course
Bill started off with a discussion of the details of setting up a show – venue, food & refreshments (BACON BAPS), organization – branch & committee, show judge schedule approval, getting prize cards, Guide to Shows (9th Edition).

  • NAS – Not According to Schedule
  • Show managers can move plants
  • stewards – watch public and protect plants (inlcude a liability protecting clause in your show details)
  • start on time!
  • be aware of plant naming differences in the guide
  • pot sizes are based on inside of rim
  • number of plants = not less than
  • be aware of stoleniferous plants that appear to be more than one but are not.

 

 

BCSS Birmingham May Meeting - Mini Judges Course

Criteria

  • Maturity – 5pts
  • Difficulty – 5pts
  • Grafted – natural looking is OK. check rules may be downjudged
  • Presentation – wipe pots
  • Dormant plants won’t be judged
  • Plant Groups – variety versus similarity? It depends though variety shows greater grower ability
  • Evidence of Flowering – no longer matters
  • Pests – ask the steward to remove it.

BCSS Birmingham May Meeting - Mini Judges Course

I didn’t catch who won the judging competition. Probably because I was busy laughing at my own negative score. Ouch!

May Show Schedule has been updated

There have been some minor changes to the May Show Schedule.  Please download the latest version:

May 2012 show schedule v2

 

 

 

CactusWorld – Online • Pictures from the North West Cactus Mart

CactusWorld – Online • View topic – Pictures from the North West Cactus Mart.

The North West Cactus mart was yesterday and there are some photos up on the forum for those of us who couldn’t make it. You may need to register on the forum to see them (it is free and you really should anyway as it is a great resource)

 

Now THAT’S a spike in sales: Business is booming for Britain’s biggest cactus grower as hosepipe ban takes its toll on ordinary garden plants

'People are buying more indoor plants for their homes and conservatories because they're struggling to keep plants alive in their gardens,' said Linda Goodey (above), who runs Cactusland with her husband Bryan

Britain’s largest cactus grower has seen a spike in sales as the hot weather and hosepipe bans threaten to wipe out ordinary garden plants.

‘People are buying more indoor plants for their homes and conservatories because they’re struggling to keep plants alive in their gardens,’ said 60-year-old Linda Goodey, who runs Cactusland with her husband Bryan.

‘We’ve also noticed a growth in sales that matches the increased popularity of conservatories.

Daily Mail

April Meeting – Plant Auction.

Meeting preamble:

Next month is Cathy and Bill Darbon giving us a mini judges’ course*. For this they need us to bring in lots plants of the following classes:

1) Mammilaria 1 plant 7 inch pot maximum
2) Astrophytum 2 plants 5 inch pot maximum
3) Strombo or Pediocactus 2 plants 3.5 inch pot maximum
4) Any Cactus 2 plants 5 inch pot maximum
5) Aloe 1 plant 7 inch pot maximum
6) Haworthia 3 plants 3.5 inch pot maximum
7) Crassula 2 plants 4.5 inch pot maximum

*Note that the course is mini not the judges. BCSS Birmingham prides itself on not being heightist!

If you are interested in going on the road trip to Rene Geisller’s Nursery on the 6th of May get in touch with Arthur, Stuart or Derek to add your name to car pooling arrangements as either a driver or passenger.

Remember to get propagating for the show plant sales (Show is May 27th). 25% goes to branch funds and is an important part of our finances.

The auction was interesting but I think that maybe the branch collectively suffers from a lack of space in members’ greenhouses.

You want this Gasteria hybrid
BCSS Birmingham Branch Auction

Be afraid of this cactus! Very afraid!
BCSS Birmingham Branch Auction

Video flashbacks

MEXICO-IN-THE-MIDLANDS aka CACTUS STORY

GENERAL SIR OLIVER LEESE’S CACTI

Alcatrez. Not so bad actually!

Succulent Gardens at Alcatrez.

 

Bamboo, Succulents and More: The gardens of Alcatraz, part 2.

March 2012 Meeting Show Bench.

March Show Bench

March Show Bench

May Annual Show schedule [updated]

Our Annual May show is just around the corner (May 27 ) and the schedule is being printed and will be distributed at the next meeting but if you want an early look here it is:

May 2012 show schedule

May 2012 show schedule v2

Cactus Folk album | Wills | Fotki.com, photo and video sharing made easy.

An interesting collection of old photographs of people who were/are active in the cactus and succulent community.

Cactus Folk album | Wills | Fotki.com, photo and video sharing made easy..