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returning member from Leeds

Postby KathyM » Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:27 am

I've been a member before and joined again this year. I went to my first meeting of the year on Monday.

Some of my favourite cacti are Echinocereus, Rebutia and Astrophytums. We went to Southfield Nurseries for the first time this year and I got a nice selection of their Rebutia hybrids, as well as some Chamaelobivia, which I'd never grown before.

Some of my favourite succulents are caudiciforms and Adromischus (nothing too terrifyingly expensive; no herrei forms!) We have to bring the caudiciforms into the house for winter so I try not to get so many that they won't fit on the windowsills.

I first joined about 20 years ago I think, when I was about 11. I still have a couple of plants from when I first got into cacti, but not many. My collection has got a bit neglected over the last few years but this year I have been trying to improve it. I've divided and pruned things and bought new plants. There was a good plant sale at the Leeds meeting on Monday so that helped! We also went to the Manchester cactus mart for the first time this year too.

We have just finished repotting all our plants so I might try and take some photos over the next few days. I have been taking a lot of photos of individual plants through the year, particularly as they've flowered, so I will see if I can find some good photos to post.

My mum has joined too btw, I think she's TraceyM. We've always gone to meetings, sales, shows, etc, together so if you've met one of us you've probably met the other.

I also like to grow lots of other different types of plants such as ferns, woodland plants, a few orchids, aroids, encliandra and weird species hybridFuchsias, gingers and a few South African bulbs. My other big interest is geology. I've just finished an OU degree, so that's perhaps partly to blame for my collection getting neglected recently!
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Re: returning member from Leeds

Postby juster » Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:42 am

Welcome to the Forum Kathy, it sounds as though you have a good interest in many different plants. It's good that you can get to your branch meetings, where you can hear different speakers and chat to other enthusiasts. Look forward to seeing some photos of your plants.
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Re: returning member from Leeds

Postby Chris in Leeds » Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:57 am

Welcome to the forum Kathy I couldn't make the meeting on Monday I hope it was a good one by Martin on Peru
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Re: returning member from Leeds

Postby KathyM » Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:10 am

It was a great Peruvian cactus talk, and there was even a bonus Fuchsia photo. He had a nice selection of cactus for sale too so I got quite a few Rebutia species. I still need to fit the new plants in the greenhouse. I am trying to rearrange things so that plants are grouped by genus. I am always in awe of growers who manage to have a neat tidy greenhouse with everything logically arranged.
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Re: returning member from Leeds

Postby KathyM » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:54 am

Some newly-repotted Lithops

ImageLithops by Kathy Marshall, on Flickr

Echinocereus triglochidiatus. One of the first plants I got, about 20 years ago.

ImageEchinocereus triglochidiatus by Kathy Marshall, on Flickr

My newest plants, from Monday's meeting. On a biscuit tray!

ImageMonday's new plants on a biscuit tray! by Kathy Marshall, on Flickr

A tray of Adromischus. We've been taking a lot of leaf cuttings this year.

ImageAdromischus by Kathy Marshall, on Flickr

Some of the Southfield Rebutia hybrids

ImageRebutia 'Bobby Dazzler', R. 'Stardust' and R. 'Phoebe' by Kathy Marshall, on Flickr

Another of my favourite plants, Euphorbia obesa. We've been planting these seeds and have loads of seedlings now.

ImageEuphorbia obesa seeds by Kathy Marshall, on Flickr
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Re: returning member from Leeds

Postby juster » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:15 pm

You have some lovely plants here Kathy, all looking very happy and healthy. You certainly made some good purchases at your branch meeting - enjoy!
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Re: returning member from Leeds

Postby KathyM » Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:16 pm

I love a good plant sale!
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Re: returning member from Leeds

Postby rodsmith » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:19 pm

Lovely plants, Kathy - well photographed. You've obviously picked up the succulent bug again in earnest.
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Re: returning member from Leeds

Postby KathyM » Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:21 am

At the start of the year there was quite a bit of space in the greenhouse from the plants we'd lost over the years, so I told myself that at least I'd be able to buy lots of plants. It's almost full now though, and I still want to buy lots of plants. And there's the seed list to come.

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