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May 2013

All change at the Winterbourne Arid House

The tall Pachycereus pringlei evidently enjoyed its time in the Winterbourne Arid House – planted out only five years ago it grew almost 4 ft to a height of 9 ft and is now almost touching the glass roof. Cutting it down will be a major operation… and that operation is imminent! The Euphorbia ingens […]

Coming up: May meeting

We need your ailing plants for discussion at our plant clinic this coming Tuesday, 21 May! In addition, Mark O’Connor will give a talk on cochineal farming: the use of a certain type of scale insect for the production of dye. Cochineal are commonly farmed on Opuntias. All welcome.

Disocactus phyllanthoides

Over on the main BCSS website you can read an online article on Disocactus phyllanthoides (Plant of the Month in May), written by one of our members, Mark Preston. He gives regular talks on epiphytic cacti at other BCSS branches – in fact, he will be giving a talk on Schlumbergera at the Birmingham Branch […]

Visit to Rene Geissler’s collection

Some members of the branch went to see Rene Geissler‘s marvellous collection in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, last weekend. We were made very welcome, the cake was fantastic, and yes, we all bought a few plants off Rene too. It is a great place to visit – see the photos below.

April 2013 Meeting: Cactus Hunting in Canada / Andrew Gdaniec

Interesting talk in April – who would have thought that cacti grow so near the Arctic Circle?! We had Andrew Gdaniec taking us on tour. He is a Kew Diploma student with a Birmingham past (he spent some time as a gardener at Birmingham Botanical Gardens) and bound for Gibraltar, where he is due to […]