A complementary group

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A complementary group

Postby Liz M » Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:07 am

It should be a group of plants between three and seven, that could be similar species or extremely different, similar colours, strange shapes or a pleasing similarity. You choose but it has to look good.
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Re: A complementary group

Postby rodsmith » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:12 pm

I'll have to get my thinking cap on. We're running out of time - and no entries so far.
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Re: A complementary group

Postby rodsmith » Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:35 am

I may be stretching Liz M's concept but I have chosen three photos of the same plant over the eventful years of its life. I grew this Mammillaria hahniana from seed in 1975 and over the years it grew into a large plant with numerous large bodies. In the winter of 2011/12 it was hit by frost and there was significant damage to many of the tubercles; so much so that I decided to be ruthless (and gain a bit of room in the greenhouse) and discard most of the plant. I cut off the least affected body and re-rooted it. The three photos show the plant in its flowering glory in 1984, massively grown in 2011 and this morning.

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M. hahniana - May 1984


Mammillaria hahniana 23 March 2011.jpg
M. hahniana - March 2011


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M. hahniana - 20 April 2017
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Re: A complementary group

Postby Chris L » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:46 pm

Here is my entry.

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Re: A complementary group

Postby Tony R » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:28 pm

Very good, Chris, I like it!
I hope Liz gives you a bonus point for putting your group between a 3 and a 7 :wink:
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Re: A complementary group

Postby Liz M » Mon May 01, 2017 7:48 am

Sadly, I must have set a too complicated subject, as there have been few entries. I thought a group of plants would make an interesting change. Rodsmith is my choice as the winner, as his pictures are sharp and the closeups give you a good look at the subjects..
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Re: A complementary group

Postby rodsmith » Mon May 01, 2017 10:42 am

Thank you Liz. It's a pity we didn't get a few more entries. I'll set an easy one for May. :wink:
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