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Re: Sydney Botanic Garden

Postby MikeT » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:32 am

Some more views of the Succulent Garden
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with more Sansevieria fischeri
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Some of the Pachypodiums wouldn't quite fit in my greenhouse
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and I wouldn't get too many of these Agaves in, even without the flower spikes
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Even more Sansevierias - S. cylindrica
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and S. conspicua
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Re: Sydney Botanic Garden

Postby MikeT » Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:14 am

Warning: some of the pictures that follow are not suitable for those of a nervous disposition. I must state that the photographer is not responsible for the cruelty to cacti seen in the following pictures. I merely record the cruelty of others.
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The Cleistocactus strausii on the left was suffering somewhat, as was the Echinopsis in the centre front.
The tiered structure was very rusty, seemed to be by design. I doubt that the dead and dying Melocacti at the front were by design
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If you thought the other Cleistocactus was bad...
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at least these had some healthy stems
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There were healthy plants
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It was disappointing to see so many dead and dying cacti. The succulent garden did have some healthy plants, and some large specimens, but the dying plants, lack of labelling on many, and many labelled only as 'species', rather coloured the whole area, and my impression overall was of disappointment rather than enjoyment.
However, to finish the Succulent Garden with some positives: some happy Pachypodiums
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Puya?
Edit: Dyckia (Thanks, Paul)
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Re: Sydney Botanic Garden

Postby MikeT » Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:30 am

..a few more in the Succulent Garden. This was labelled Sedum rubrotinctum, but looks to be S. pachyphyllum
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Euphorbia horrida looking anything but horrid
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and here's a sight I don't expect to see in my greenhouse, Pereskia aculeata with fruits
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Alluaudia procera in full leaf
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Aeonium haworthii
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Then leaving the Succulent Garden behind, still a few sights to see. The Wollemi pine, this one had a label proclaiming it to be the first one ever planted
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A cycad
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and a flowering Kalanchoe beharensis
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just a few more...
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Re: Sydney Botanic Garden

Postby MikeT » Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:47 am

Views of the city beyond. The Lindt cafe which was the scene of a shooting in December is very close to the Botanical Gardens. It puts mangled Cleistocacti and Melocacti in perspective.
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Peaceful enough last October
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Agave attenuata was a common planting in the various Australian gardens we visited
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Flowering Aeoniums in mass planting
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and another Brachychiton rupestris, Queensland Bottle Tree, with its plastic sleeve to stop wombats climbing up and eating it. Not a pest we have too much trouble with in the UK
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And finally, a reminder that the Sydney Harbour Bridge was never far away
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The Blue Mountain Botanic Garden is linked to Sydney Botanic Garden, the same trust runs both. I'll post some pictures of that next.
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Re: Sydney Botanic Garden

Postby RAYWOODBRIDGE » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:13 pm

Sydney might be a bit wet and cool in winter, for cacti in open planting Mike, a rain shelter over them and they would be fine, somewhere like Perth in western Australia and you would have no problem. sad when you see that in a Botanical gardens, and incorrect labels or poor labels is common, ( see earlier thread re Kew )

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Re: Sydney Botanic Garden

Postby MikeT » Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:02 pm

RAYWOODBRIDGE wrote:Sydney might be a bit wet and cool in winter, for cacti in open planting

Not sure about details of Sydney's weather, but it's similar latitude (South) to Southern Spain (North). The Pachypodiums and Alluaudias seemed happy, and I'd take them to be much more sensitive to cold than Echinopsis or Cleistocactus strausii, though Melocactus tends to prefer plenty of warmth. It was sad to see so many Melocactus ernestii plants dead and dying. There was only one that looked as if it could be saved - if given sufficient care
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Re: Sydney Botanic Garden

Postby Paul in Essex » Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:32 pm

More lovely pictures, thank you. :smile: Yet another botanical garden on my 'must see before I die' list. At this rate I will need to live until I am 120 if I am going to see them all!

I like the rusty steel plate very much. I do it here on a small scale, I think I will up the ante and get some more!

Your white spidery lily is Crinum asiaticum, the 'puya' is a Dyckia, although which one Heaven only knows as there are a billion cultivars.
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Re: Sydney Botanic Garden

Postby MikeT » Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:40 pm

Paul in Essex wrote:I like the rusty steel plate very much
Oh, well, each to his own :smile:

Paul in Essex wrote:Your white spidery lily is Crinum asiaticum, the 'puya' is a Dyckia
Thanks, Paul; entries updated

Paul in Essex wrote:Yet another botanical garden on my 'must see before I die' list.
Some better ones to come, when I get the pictures downsized and posted...
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Re: Sydney Botanic Garden

Postby Le Fakir » Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:35 pm

Thank's for sharing Mike, I couldn't visit it during my 4 trips to Australia... now, I have a good idea of what it looks like!
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