Coming up: September meeting

Agave utahensis var. eborispina

Agave utahensis var. eborispina  / by Juan Ignacio 1976 on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

It is TODAY, Tuesday, 15 September, and we are looking forward to welcoming Geoff Bowman with a talk on “Agaves large and small”. Geoff is the National Collection holder of Agaves.

If you have received the September journal you will have noticed that splendid Agave utahensis var. eborispina on the title… this month’s meeting offers the opportunity to find out more about these plants from one of the UK’s foremost growers of Agave.

We meet as usual from 7pm at Winterbourne. All welcome.

No May show next year

At the last committee meeting it was decided to drop the Annual Show from our schedule of branch events. The May exhibitions tend to clash with other cactus events in the region, but we will continue with the Autumn Show – do bring your favourite plants along on Sunday 4 October, and don’t forget we have regular table shows at our meetings as well.

Autumn Show

We now have the schedule for the autumn show available – please find it here. As before, we will hold the show at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which is different to our meeting venue. Directions can be found in the schedule; and as always you will gain free entry to the gardens on entering one plant to the show.

This is on Sunday, 4 October.

Coming up: August meeting

5 juillet 2013 - Pterocactus tuberosus

In August we will be looking at the various groups of smaller opuntiads: cold tolerant and rewarding plants for a collection, although they have a reputation for sometimes being a little shy to flower, and glochids and spines mean that repotting them never is a pleasure…

We are pleased to welcome back Tony Roberts, who is vice-chairman of the Tephrocactus Study Group, for a talk on the smaller Opuntioideae – and how to grow them properly: Tuesday, 18 August, usual time and place. All welcome.

Coming up: July meeting

Watrous Gulch, Colorado. By John B Kalla on Flickr (CC CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Watrous Gulch, Colorado / by John B Kalla on Flickr (CC CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

We are very pleased to be able to welcome Alan Phipps to our branch, with a talk entitled “Colorado Colour”. It is more an appreciation of the country and its landscape by a seasoned US traveller, although a few plants will also feature so I hear.

As always, we meet in the horticultural training centre at Winterbourne House and Garden, on Tuesday 21 July, 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Do come along!

Colorado River / by Wolfgang Staudt on Flickr (CC)

Colorado River / by Wolfgang Staudt on Flickr (CC)

Maroon Bells, Colorado / by Michael McDonough on Flickr (CC)

Maroon Bells, Colorado / by Michael McDonough on Flickr (CC)

Catch up

There is some catching up to do on previous meetings etc. – meanwhile, though, we have some more photos from the NEC to share.

Derek Castle and Arthur Tomkins at the BCSS Birmingham stand

Derek Castle and Arthur Tomkins at the BCSS Birmingham stand during Gardeners’ World Live

Award of Best Exhibit in the Seeds of Knowledge section

Award of Best Exhibit in the Seeds of Knowledge section

Arthur receiving the bowl from TV gardener Jim Buttress

Arthur receiving the bowl from gardening royalty: Jim Buttress, no less

Coming up: June meeting

We are looking forward to a talk by Mike Stansbie on cactus identification. Mike is Secretary of  Shows Committee in the BCSS, and he did send me a brief description of what to expect:

The talk is one which I was persuaded to give at the Judges` Course, giving a simple resume of the features to look for in identifying the various cactus genera.  The main idea was to help with the identification section of the Judging Test but quite a lot of those not at all interested in judging have found it to be helpful.

This coming Tuesday, usual time and place – all welcome.

Branch success at the NEC

BCSS branch at NEC won Best Exhibit award in the Seeds of Knowledge section at GWL 2015

BCSS branch won Best Exhibit award in the Seeds of Knowledge section at Gardeners’ World Live 2015

BCSS Birmingham stand at NEC 2015

BCSS Birmingham stand at NEC 2015

Detail of display

Detail of display

A huge Thank You to Arthur Tomkins for masterminding this year’s exhibit at the NEC!

BCSS Birmingham at the NEC

The branch will be exhibiting at Gardeners’ World Live again this year. Come and find us and see our plants – we will be happy to answer your cactus questions!

We’ll be in the Seeds of Knowledge section in the Gardeners’ Know-How Zone.

Annual Show this Sunday

Coryphantha andreae

From 11.00 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, B15 3TR.

The show will be judged by John Foster. Three cactus nurseries will be selling plants: Tony Irons, Stuart and Jane Riley, and Richard and Sheena Drane.

Deadline for submitting entries for the show is by the end of today – please download the show schedule for more information.