Aloe marlothii

For those of you who came to this week’s meeting and saw the fascinating talk by Andy Harris with the photographs of Aloe marlothii in the wild, here is one from Eddie Adams of the plant about to flower at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

January 16 Meeting – Andy Harris South African Adventure – KwaZulu and Natal

Flora and fauna KwaZulu and Natal/photo Maureen Barlin (CC)

Come and be transported to the warmth and beauty of South Africa for the first meeting of 2018 on 16 January and enjoy our own Andy Harris tell you about his South African Adventure in KwaZulu and Natal.

During the usual tea-break we will have a mini AGM to bring you up to speed on anything that was missed due to the December AGM and Social being cancelled due to the adverse weather.  This will also be the last meeting that the Treasurer can take membership subs for 2018 as they have to be sent by the end of January.

Drakensberg Mountains/photo Jon Connell (CC)


We have decided to cancel Tuesday night’s AGM and Social due to the adverse weather conditions.  We decided to make the decision today in case people didn’t pick up the message in time.

We hope to have a quick recap of what would have been discussed at the AGM during the tea break at the 16 January meeting when our own Andy Harris will be talking about his South African Adventures: Limpopo and Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Best wishes to all for a very happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.

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