Bradford BCSS Show

Had a pleasant hour at the Bradford show this morning and came away feeling half inspired and half overawed – the size of some of the exhibits made me realise what babies most of mine are. Everyone is always so friendly at BCSS events and very generous with advice and encouragement. Managed to keep myself under fairly strict control and only came away with 10 new plants including a Lophophora williamsii which obligingly came into bloom in the car boot on the way home.

I think the big guy on the right here is Oreocereus trollii

a Ferocactus

and the Echinocactus grusonii class

Well I always enjoy a challenge – just hope I’ve got 30 years left to nurture my little ones to these proportions.


And the Plant of the Day is…

Rebutia hybrid ‘Celebration’ from Southfield Nurseries (Cactusland)

Rebutia hybrid 'Celebration'


The other Big Ones

This is the bargain Beaucarnea – £5.99 and nearly as tall as me. A bit sparse in the greenery department but showing new growth and should come on ok if it survives the repotting.


and here is the smaller Gollum – both this and the large one came via BCSS from a collection that was being dismantled. They could both do with some TLC but will do ok I hope once they’ve settled in.

Smaller Gollum

The Cereus came from the same collection – showing no sign of growth yet this year so I think it might be sulking. When it’s happy it flowers so I hope it takes to me eventually.

Cereus Peruvianus Monstrosus