All the succulents I purchased a few years ago are doing well. Some of the mammillaria flower every year, but this one I didn’t expect to flower until it was a lot bigger. What do I know?
Any way this flower stalk has appeared over the last few days. It’s either happy or desperate. If it manages to flower all the way I’ll update this.Then I might be able to identify it. Go here to see how much it’s grown from the original 1.5 inch pot.
Up date, (28 July)well I all ready tried to update this post once so I’m rapidly loosing interest here. I think the cactus is Echinopsis Subdenudata f Fuzzy Navel. Here are this weeks blooms. They are huge 8cm about the same size as the plant. The flower stalks are ~13cm. I think this chap was the worst off with an encounter with a ferocactus, not the one you can see next to it, and decided to go for it. I just sorry I don’t have the night flying pollinators it needs.
I think I’m going to have to rethink my storage facility when I repot some of these chaps, they are growing well.
A couple of ideas have come together to make this project something special.
Firstly, I was thinking about Spring and Green and remembered the phrase from the very end of ‘The origin of species’, by C. Darwin.
And then I was looking through some books on Bookbinding and came across something called a meander book, where you make a little book by cutting into one sheet of paper and then folding it up. The spreads of the book occupy different parts of the single page.
Putting these two ideas together would give me a series of related images where I could explore the ecology of darwin bank. Read the rest of this entry »
So I got up pretty close and personal with lots of natural phenomena building the shed, not all of it was dead. It was the inanimate patterns that held still long enough to keep my attention as I don’t have a fascinated with invertebrates.
Li is a concept from Chinese philiosophy. It’s often translated as ‘principle’ which I don’t find terrible helpful. I tend to think of Li as the thing-ness of a thing, rather than the ought-ness.
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Spring has sprung, the grass is ris. The succulents are staggering along. I repotted them at the end of the winter and they seem to have survived. One had no roots (vine weevil) and one had scale insects. They go outside in the sunny weather.
The opuntia seem to be coping the best and the Haworthia recovering from being torn inhalf. I shall have to keep feeding them and see how they grow.
On the beach at Whitstable I found some tiny pebbles, full of holes. I’d been making holes in my poor bleached papers so I went back to my sketch books to see what other holes I had observed. You can define holes in stones in a number of different ways – Ichnofacies Geodes and Vugs are just a start.
Here’s a selection of holes and ideas of holes.
on monday i was out in town with Phil. after a viewing of decadent book bindings we scooted off to find paper at Cornelissen on Great Portland Street. some time they have rolls of 10 sheets of A1 colour paper for a fiver which often find there way home with me. I was inspired to make some rock sheets and get back to my stones. On the way home i raided the paper department of Paperchase on Tottenham court road were they some times have stuff on sale – another £10 out of the wallet.