The day started to improve as I finished the last post. There, amongst the photos of cacti were a few I’d forgotten from our visit to the garden centre. More scones! There will be a slight delay before I write that up as I want to do today’s report while it’s still fresh.
First stop was the doctor where Julia picked up a prescription and I sat in the car park making notes about people and their strange ways.Then it was up to Brierlow Bar for the tea and cake and books.
We ate at the cafe (which will feature in the next post) and bought some books. It seemed rude not to.
The cactus nursery at Matlock wasn’t obvious from the road and seemed semi-derilict when we drove in. We bought some succelents and some lithops but nothing particularly exciting. One of the factors was that they don’t have spines (which is probably a good thing for members of the group) and the other, as mentioned by the lady in the greenhouse, was that they are easy to propagate. We will see.
According to several write-ups on Trip Advisor there are collections of cacti in some of the other greenhouses and an enthusiastic owner. He was pleasant enough but didn’t seem inclined to enthuse when we spoke to him.
To be fair, we were only buying the cheapest cacti, where the other people were spending much more. However, when you are buying plants for people to kill it seems foolish to spend too much.
In the end it turned out to be a good day, despite the wind and rain.
I was pleased to see Julia and her macaroons again. 🙂
It was an accident, but when I saw it I knew I had to use that link. 🙂
Julia and the macrons – loved it then – love it now. A+
Thank you. 🙂 When it came up in the search I just had to use it!
I have not tried growing cacti yet. I have been given a couple of orchids, one just yesterday, and am finding them enough of a challenge to keep happy.
Our orchids never die but they do seem to fade away over several years. This might be due to negligence and irregular feeding rather than any fault of the orchids themselves.
That’s a pretty feeble excuse for buying books 🙂
I’m a weak and feeble man. With lots of books…
A rather fancy a display of cacti but Kim isn’t keen!
They do have a few drawbacks. 🙂
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Pointless cacti seem like a good idea.
It was when they warned us some of them were barbed that we realised we needed to modify the plan.
Always a good thing when the day improves.
I always feel lucky when it happens. 🙂
I do like succulents. My lithos have blossomed before. It’s been a while since I grew any, though.
We need something easy to look after and easy to propogate. And difficult to kill…