I would say inspired but not inspiring
Neither of those are from seed I am afraid to say but there are a few on the way
I have an Austrocephalocereus from seed sown Nov 09, which is my oldest seed grown plant, but I have a few younger seedlings that I feel I will see flowers from, before that one!!
Some of the babies, not quite a year old, sown May 2011.
This one is showing some really odd growth ^^^
I do have lots more babies but am struggling (as you can see) to find decent light to take pics in, the Lophs are dark coloured enough to take my appalling photography attempts
My OH treated me to a valentines trip to a Nursery nearby (well two hour drive but semi nearby
) which has an extensive C&S collection started in 1948! Some of the columnars were 15-18 feet tall and according to one of the staff, some had been cut back extensively but "they just keep going"
The collection was impressive with some really lovely plants and a massive variety too! All kept in an unheated greenhouse (but apparently there are 1000s more in another secret location
Anyway, I came away with these! Belated pressies but well worth the wait
C. strausii is a well rooted cutting from the mainstem of a plant that was approx. 18ft tall when cut. It is approx 6" in diameter and probably 2.5ft tall
Cephalocereus Senillis (maybe
And a freebie being thrown out, which I had to rescue, which I think maybe O. engelmannii v linguiformis
(which having read a post by A. Dean Stock, I now know to be mutant growth of the standard O. engelmannii
Thanks Dean, I am listening).
All in all a successful day was had! I shall be trying to visit the bigger collections/nurseries in the UK this year. If I have to watch the British and World Touring Car Championships, him indoors will be coming Cactihunting
There's no 12 step programme for Cactaholics...so I shall just have to get some more!!