News round-up for May and June

Whilst the stalls at the NEC are being put up for Gardeners’ World Live I thought I’d give you a brief update on what’s been happening over the last few busy weeks. We’ll be at the NEC from tomorrow, Wednesday, 12 June, until Sunday, 16 June. Do come and find us if you have a ticket for the show, we would love to meet you.

Our last branch meeting brought us two short talks – one was quite unusual, as it dealt with the use of the dyes harvested from cochineals that feed on Opuntias in particular; the other talk provided a nice snapshot of a member’s collection from a while back. We also had two plants of the month that couldn’t have been more different: a small 4cm pot-full of Conophytum chrisocruxum, some of which in flower, and a large specimen of Disocactus macranthus. The latter plant featured in the June 2012 BCSS Journal – it grew from a cutting Mark received from Paul Bond. It is a deliciously scented plant and most possibly a Disocactus hybrid. The table show was well supported too.

Talking of large plants – the tall Pachycereus at Winterbourne was taken down in late May, a few days before our Annual Show – I have been told that there are some pictures which document the whole operation, and I shall post those here once I have received them. The plan now is to root the top of the plant. Once it is rooted and stable in a pot it will go on display again.

We had a quiet Annual Show – but still with a decent number of good plants on display:

And we are now looking forward to our next branch meeting on Tuesday, 18th June, which will be a plant sale. All welcome!

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