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by Paul in Essex
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Travelogues
Topic: La Gomera mid February
Replies: 4
Views: 100

Re: La Gomera mid February

Thanks Liz. If you don't mind I will PM you for a few more details.
by Paul in Essex
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Travelogues
Topic: La Gomera mid February
Replies: 4
Views: 100

Re: La Gomera mid February

Lovely pics. I need to go back - where did you stay?
by Paul in Essex
Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Rarepalmseeds.con
Replies: 7
Views: 424

Re: Rarepalmseeds.con

I knew them quite well 10 or more years ago. A fair few pictures of their agave, yucca etc on the site are mine but I don't have anything to do with them these days. Once upon a time they were one of the best online seed retailers as they were palm seed specialists. These days they appear to have bi...
by Paul in Essex
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Greenhouse V Polytunnel
Replies: 17
Views: 1003

Re: Greenhouse V Polytunnel

They look brilliant!
by Paul in Essex
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: CITES query please Solved
Replies: 7
Views: 520

Re: CITES query please Solved

The commonest feral agave in Portugal is A. americana and feral mesemb is Carpobrotus edulis, both of which are destroying the habitat by out-competing native plants - so you'd probably be doing the Portuguese govt a favour. :lol:
by Paul in Essex
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Essex Succulent Review
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: Essex Succulent Review

Just keeps on gettng better! I don't know how you do it Sheila.

Lovely to see Melissa and Keith's garden in print and in detail. I've been visiting them and watching the garden develop for the past 15 years or more.
by Paul in Essex
Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Columns
Replies: 12
Views: 1118

Re: Columns

Here is a pic from 2017 of my main columnar cactus plants. Trichocereus terscheckii both large (around 15ft) and small. A brace of splendid T. pasacana (7ft and 5ft) and a double headed T. poco that you can just about see the top of. Some lovely Soehrensias, too. Since taking the pic there is a thir...
by Paul in Essex
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Own soil mix for Cacti and Succulents
Replies: 13
Views: 1049

Re: Own soil mix for Cacti and Succulents

I've always used sharp sand in my potting mixes and outside beds. I believe there is a lot of confusion over terminology as I have sometimes seen sharp sand sold as builders sand - which is a name more usually used for fine or bricklaying sand, used for mortar mixes. That is the stuff to avoid. Shar...
by Paul in Essex
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Cacti & Succulent Outdoor Raised Bed Project
Replies: 26
Views: 2069

Re: Cacti & Succulent Outdoor Raised Bed Project

What I discovered to my cost is that any covers must have VERY substantial frames that are EXCEEDINGLY well attached to the ground and - MOST importantly - have sufficient space at the ends and bottom of the sides for wind to pass through (yet still keep the worst of the weather off - a tricky balan...
by Paul in Essex
Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Top dressing for succulents
Replies: 51
Views: 5396

Re: Top dressing for succulents

I'm just puzzled as to the need for a synthetic material in which to grow cacti, but then I'm merely a newbie who knows nothing. I would suggest it is a matter of accepting the advice and experience of people who have been using it successfully for a long time and not just coming out slugging becau...