Hi from Reading

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LexyBoy
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Hi from Reading

Post by LexyBoy » Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:24 pm

Hello!

I registered on the forum some time ago but as I’ve finally joined the BCSS I thought I’d actually post.

My main interest is in “exotic” plants – those that either give an exotic look in the garden, or are simply unusual, uncommon or curious. Until a couple of years ago I’d not grown any C&S since I was a nipper, excepting two which have survived since then – Agave filifera and Crassula ovata. Then my daughter bought me a cactus for Father’s Day and in trying to identify it I remembered how interesting they are, plus (most dangerously) began to read up on hardiness.

Before long the plan for my soon-to-be redeveloped small front garden went from a Mediterranean look to almost entirely succulent. My interests remain in the hardier plants (I don’t have a greenhouse) but I also have a couple of dozen Echinopsis hybrids which I love for their unashamed gaudiness. In the garden I have perhaps 15-20 species of cacti which are coming through their second or third winters now. I also love Aloe but unfortunately our winters have it in for them and only A. striatula has proven garden-worthy for me, though I have some young A. polyphylla that haven’t been troubled so far.

I’ll post some photos later.

Alex
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Chris in Leeds
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Re: Hi from Reading

Post by Chris in Leeds » Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:40 pm

Welcome to the forum there is a lot of people in the Greater London area on here but I don't know if they grow stuff outside all year
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LexyBoy
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Re: Hi from Reading

Post by LexyBoy » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:25 pm

Thanks! Many Readingites wouldn’t appreciate the Greater London label though, as I’m sure those in Leeds wouldn’t like being Greater Manchester :smile:

Some photos as promised. A bit of a random selection as it’s just what I’ve put onto Flickr (click though for more if you like).

Echinocereus arizonicus
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Agave ovatifolia
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Glad this has gone! Agave montana pretending to be a snowball.
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Two years ago, just started and looking more like a cat litter tray than a garden. I should really get a decent overall shot now, though there are still bare gravel patches.
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Re: Hi from Reading

Post by rodsmith » Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:57 am

It's looking good. I hope your plants have all escaped unscathed after the really cold spell.
Rod Smith

Growing a mixed collection of cacti & other succulents; mainly smaller species with a current emphasis on lithops & conophytum.
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