How to grow succulents – recent podcast

Didiera madagascariensis by Peter McKiernan on FlickrCC
Sedum burrito by Ezequiel Coelho on Flickr CC
Aloe comptonii on the road to Baviaanskloof 2015 / by Geir K Edland on Flickr CC
Notjustrocks by Barbara Eckstein on FlickrCC

In an intriguing podcast, Alys Fowler explores the allure of succulent plants to flower arrangers, whilst Jane Perrone visits the tropical nursery at Kew Gardens to marvel at the wide variety of succulents that are being propagated at Kew.

Succulents are fashionable plants these days, many of them easy to keep on a bright windowsill. This podcast is a brilliant introduction to some basic aspects of their cultivation, their habitats, and their potential as a decorative object in the house or garden. Well worth listening to!

NB: The images above show some of the plants mentioned in the podcast: Didiera madagascariensis / by Peter McKiernan on FlickrCC (top left); Aloe comptonii on the road to Baviaanskloof, 2015 / by Geir K Edland on Flickr CC (top right); Sedum burrito / by Ezequiel Coelho on Flickr CC (bottom left); Lithops amongst gravel and larger stones 7 by Barbara Eckstein on FlickrCC (bottom right) – perfect for the ‘desertscape in a pot’ mentioned as an idea for a windowsill arrangement.

As found in an East London florist shop: the succulents for all seasons…

Check @toasttravels blog on how to make a Herb and Succulent Wreath by us! (Link in our profile). #toasttravels #graceandthorn

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PS: This is the direct link to the tutorial on how to create a Christmas wreath using succulent plants: http://travels.toa.st/2015/11/13/herb-succulent-wreath-tutorial-grace-thorn/

Contacting our branch officers

Please be aware that currently branch email addresses are not working as they should. We hope to fix the issue in due course.

Coming up: October meeting

Little Karoo - Haworthia viscosa habitat / by Martin Heigan on Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Little Karoo – Haworthia viscosa habitat / by Martin Heigan on Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

We will be looking at Haworthias this month – “Haworthias wild and tame” to be precise. And for that we welcome back Dorothy Minors, who gave a brilliant talk on her travels in Mexico just a couple of years back.

This is on 20th October, usual time and place.

Haworthia truncata hybrid at the San Diego Cactus and Succulent Society Winter Show / by Reggie1 on Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Haworthia truncata hybrid at the San Diego Cactus and Succulent Society Winter Show / by Reggie1 on Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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