December Meeting AGM and Christmas Social

Don’t forget our December meeting will be next Tuesday 12 December when we will have our AGM to discuss the year’s business (this doesn’t usually take too long) and then get down to the main event of eating and socialising.  Please remember to bring some nibbles to share.

The Treasurer will also be able to take any membership subs for next year.

Our 2018 programme has been sorted thanks to Andy Harris and you can find a sneak preview here. Printed copies will be available at the January meeting.

November meeting – Macaronesian Memories by Colin Walker

Aeonium arboreum/photo Ali Eminov (CC)

Our meeting on 21 November will be titled ‘Macaronesian Memories’ by BCSS President Colin Walker. We are not sure of any more details at present but as Wikipedia says Macaronesia covers the Azores, Canary Islands and Cape Verde it is very likely to be about succulents including Aeoniums and Sedums.

What could be better on a cold November evening than to enjoy an interesting talk in good company drinking tea and eating biscuits packed in a room where the heating makes it feel like July? All visitors welcome so please come along and join us.


Agave tequilana flowering update

Eddie Adams has sent the latest photos of the Agave tequilana flowering in its winter quarters at the Botanical Gardens.





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Pachycereus pringlei update

In case you were wondering what will happen to the Pachycereus pringlei which was also on the terrace at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, here are some before and after photos of it showing it wrapped up in bubblewrap and cardboard before being transported to the nursery on a trailer where it was potted up ready for its winter rest.

Most of the other cactus and succulent plants in the display were dug out and potted up on the spot before going down to the nursery.


Agave tequilana now under cover

The Agave tequilana which was outside at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens has now been moved indoors into the subtropical house. The move took all day and involved six gardeners.

October Meeting – Threatened Cacti of Mexico


Echinocereus triglochidiatus/Kerry Woods/CC

Don’t forget our next meeting on 17 October in the usual room at Winterbourne when we will be welcoming our good friend and award winning photographer Ian Thwaites with a talk on Threatened Cacti of Mexico. All visitors welcome.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Sonora Desert/billandkent/CC

Update on Agave tequilana at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

It’s that time of year when we’re all thinking of bringing our plants inside for the winter so spare a thought for the gardeners at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Eddie Adams has sent the latest pictures of the Agave tequilana which has started to flower. The plant is 5.95m tall and in the event of cold weather the plan is for five helpers to move it into the subtropical house as it is too big to fit into the barrel arch with the Agave salmiana.

Autumn Show this Sunday


Rebutia heliosa/Gill Mills

Just to remind everyone it is our Birmingham Branch Autumn Show on Sunday 1st October at the Botanical Gardens.

If you can come along and perhaps enter some plants in the Show (entries by Thursday please) you will also find lots of plants to buy and experts to give you advice regarding cultivation.

September Meeting – Gardens of the Western Cape

Kirstenbosch Fynbos/Steve Elliott/CC

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 19 September in the usual room at Winterbourne when our good friend Trevor Wray will be talking about Gardens of the Western Cape.

Trevor is a very entertaining speaker and excellent photographer so this will be a meeting not to miss. All visitors welcome.

Kirstenbosch Gardens/Steven dosRemedios/CC