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  1. 49 points
    Some carvings of mine. Hopefully they can inspire some of you to try your hand at carving After all you dont know what you can do unless you try. Im happy to provide advice too.
  2. 45 points
    I didn't want to post this straight away in the Seed and Plant Exchange due to limited seed - but here's a seed giveaway combined with a picture thread - if you want to grow any or all of these shoot me a PM with your addy and I'll try and get these seeds out to you. The T. bridgesii v "SS02" x T. pachanoi v. "Mel/vin is seed grown by my friend Mel/vin and given to me years ago - the plant in the pics is the parent plant - longer spines like SS02 but grows a bit fatter like pachanoi. A strangely beautiful and thoroughly groovy plant. The T. peruvianus monstrose (TPM) waffles between regular and monstrose growth, but the monstrose is dominant - columns start out normal and then get super weird - and the freakish qualities certainly came through the other time it was crossed - fortunately this year I have it in more crosses, and got more seed total The T. peruvianus cristata (TPC) is a new addition to the hybrid pool - large freakish peruvianus cristata - even the flower was mutant - I crossed the single fruit with Juules, SS02, and (SS02 x pachanoi) - basically I hit it with all three of those hoping one would take - the seedlings may be any one of those three fathers or a mix of them - I hit it with Juules first, then SS02 a few hours later, and then (SS02 x pachanoi) a few hours after that - maybe Juules got through the most? Who knows.. N1 is a bridgesii that is excellent in all the ways that matter - one of my fav plants and I'm totally stoked about the Psycho0 x N1 cross - those should be some seriously beautiful and badass bridgesii seedlings - probably fatter and longer spined than typical bridgesii as well, based on the parents.. The T. pachanoi "quasi-cristata" (TPQC) is a non-PC pachanoi type that grew crested after an apparent snail attack - maybe it is genetic in there somewhere and the snail attack caused it to come out, or maybe it is purely from the infection - regardless its a beautiful pachanoi though I haven't taken good care of it these past couple years.. T. bridgesii "Psycho0" is, well, Psycho0, and was sent to me by PD a few years ago - strong work m8! Here's the crosses: TPM x N1 TPM x (SS02 x pachanoi v. "Mel/vin") Mel/vin x TPM Psycho0 x N1 Psycho0 x TPM TPQC x TPM N1 x TPQC TPC x Juules, SS02, & Mel/vin Mel/vin x TPC TPM: TPQC: Psycho0: N1: SS02 x pachanoi: TPC: cheers!
  3. 40 points
    WE WON!!!!!! The Federal Criminal Code schedules have been released and not a single plant was added to them. It appears that the nearly 10,000 submissions that were made to the attourney general's department via the Happy High Herbs and GardenFreedom websites (and the countless independent submissions) caused a rethink at government. Let's turn that success into a momentum to force the same rethink at the state level. The war is not over, but people-power won this battle Thank YOU all. http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2013C00619/Html/Text#_Toc363810126 This success did not come easy. At least 6 people worked on this issue for about 3 month on a full time basis and some for a lot longer. This includes staff at Happy High Herbs, the people at gardenfreedom, and many individuals who either helped as part of the group effort or doing their own thing. Most of them prefer to remain anonymous, but I would personally like to thank all of them for their dedication to the plants.
  4. 39 points
    Alright guys, just want to share tech that can be used to fertilize the flower of a cactus that usually needs pollen from another one to develope seed: 1. Get yourself some Cement from the DIY Store. Very fine pulver. The finer the better. But the typical Commercial grade works fine as well. 2. Get yourself a small brush and apply some of the cement dust on the Stigma of the flower on the plant that you want to produce seeds with. Also try to blow a little bit of the dust inside the flower. 3. Cement works as some kind of irritator what makes the flower create some Anti-Bodies that enable her to accept her own pollen. 4. Then wait for half an hour and brush some of the own pollen on the flower and repeat this numerous times. Now heres some additional info: Usually, there is only very few seed to be harvested but it works and the seeds are usually viable. The reason why this works is that cement consists of highly basic calciumsillicates that tremendeously raise the ph of the flower. Because there also are aminoclusters on a pollencorn that are also responsible for raising the ph, the cement has the very same effect. Because of his highly basic potential, cement is even way more effective. Basic niveau reduces the ability of the flower to abort the pollen so it accepts it. IT ALSO ENABLES YOU TO CROSS CACTI THAT ARE INCOMPATIBLE WITH EACH OTHER! Like LOPHOPHORA x GYMNOCALYCIUM, MAMMILLARIA, TURBINICARPUS ETC. Its not guaranteed that it works all the time and you have to experiment a lot but i know that it worked in some cases. Another Advantage is that genetecially, defects will be passed down to the offspring so this would be very interesting for pollen from Cristates and other mutants. But in some cases, plants can be weak or not healthy and may need additional generations of breeding in other cacti. The produced Offspring thats created with this tech is not to be seen as clones as there is a recombination of DNA going on, what enables them to cross them in with the motherplant as well. Alright guys, this is no bullshit, its working so use this info to your Advantage and create some fucking freaks. ;) EDIT: I think this Post about encluding electricity is pretty much related so i wanted to merge it with this one but it would be too messy so i just add a link to the Topic. Its called Intergeneric Breeding with Electricity http://shaman-austra...showtopic=30745
  5. 36 points
    Kia ora whanau, I was rummaging through my sketchbooks looking for one particular piece of paper, i didn't find it, but i rediscovered lots of my forgotten drawings. Since i don't really show many people my art, i thought i'd make myself a wee thread and show ya'll lovely people. This is an accumulation of the creme de la crop of my work over about three years, there are many more, but these are my faves. I am still not very good with faces or bodies so a couple of these make me cringe a little with their bung-eyes and gammy feet, but they are a marked improvement from my earlier attempts and still an important part of my learning process. Two pics are copied from the encyclopaedia of psychoactive plants, one is a copy of an Escher piece and rest are original drawings. I can't plan my drawings anymore, they kinda just happen. Hope you all enjoy This was copied from the encyclopaedia of psychoactive plants, its the agave deity And this one was from the encyclopaedia too . Escher copy Birth of caapi
  6. 35 points
    i passed through Bangkok last Saturday after About 6 weeks in Thailand,Cambodia and Lao and thought id stay an extra day to go to the amazing Uncle Chorns Cabin,i just about had a heart attack in the first glasshouse alone!!I want to really thank Kit at Uncle Chorns for letting the dumb felung in to have a look for half an hour as they were closed on saturday and i hadnt rung ahead.I saw maybe a quarter of the place i had no idea it was so big....more photos to follow this one of the small glasshouses
  7. 35 points
    just a few pics of some of my favorite freaks and rare specimens from my growing collection (more pics to come later) enjoy Eulychnia Castanea spiralis Psycho x J3 crests Lophocereus Schottii monstrose Cereus Peruvianus crest Copiapoa Hypogea 2 headed Trichocereus Pachanoi monstrose Trichocereus Pachanoi crests Astrophytum Asterias Kikko crests Astrophytum Asterias Kikko crest (lizard skin / muscle form) (possibly also variegated) Astrophytum Asterias Vtype Kikko crest (multiheaded) Astrophytum Asterias variegated Lophophora Williamsii crest
  8. 33 points
    A Garden Which Belongs To Bog Here is my little Boggy, note the monstrose bunny ears growing out of her head That'l do for now. I'll update this thread over spring and summer with any spectacular new growth or new plants. Happy "spring" everyone.
  9. 33 points
    Sasha's perspective on science in general and pharmacology in particular was what motivated me to start and persist with wandjina gardens and these forums. It was also his influence that pushed Daniel and me to lead the organisation of the Ethnobotanica conferences which started a whole cascade of developments in Australia. He was one of the greatest influences on my life not because he worked with interesting compounds, but because of how he worked with them. I feel very lucky and privileged to have had a chance to communicate with him at a time when his mind was still sharp as a tack. I am also very proud that the type of scientific thought process he inspired in me allowed me to brighten his day 11 years ago to which he replied: "Oh my, you did awaken old memories and old dreams with your letter. The rainy day is here!". Those who have read PIHKAL will know what this means I will miss him, but then again I have missed him for several years as this was just the inevitable end of the decline that started a few years ago. PS: Eclectus parrots are commonly called eccies, so we decided to call ours Sasha. He makes me smile every day.
  10. 33 points
    Hey guys, Just wanted to thank everyone for there nice comments & offers to help , this is a great little community! I have had a few really rough weeks, mentally & financially but I have tried to keep positive & on Friday it payed off , I went for a drive to help a mechanic mate fix someones bobcat, it turns out the man owns a nursery & has offered me a job as a nursery manager, if all goes well he is willing to let my family move into a 3 bedroom house that is behind the nursery. It only gets better he wants to add cacti to his nursery & wants me to use my collection for propagation !! This could possibly be the new start I have been waiting for, I am starting this Monday a can't wait!! Thank you again to everyone, I can't explain how much your support & kindness has helped me :worship: :worship: . Cheers Jox
  11. 31 points
    Just warming up for the year... Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year SABers! Micro
  12. 28 points
    Started from Zelly's seed - at nearly 2 years and growing great - just starting to show their traits. These have always been outside and are currently under 30% shade cloth. (Phoenix, Arizona) http://misplant.net Lumberjack-x-Juuls Juuls-x-SS02SS01 (Edit: changed to a better photo) Kimnach Assorted Hybrid Seedlings
  13. 28 points
    My Bunning's Peru. First photo I loaded here on the 3.11.2012. Check it out now, almost 2 meters tall and such a lovely colour. -3rd Nov 2012 Getafix
  14. 28 points
    heres some pics of my 2 latest pieces. ive cast these before but this time i cast the glass around some copper nails to give them a nice single spine foe that mean look
  15. 27 points
    any thoughts on this one cactus admirers.. this came from a lot of seeds i put down including, 'Los Banos' X pallarensis SS02 X [Juul's X peruv] 'Los Gentiles' ss01 x ss02
  16. 27 points
    Legendary and all around awesome guy Nitrogen contacted me recently in regards to some serious health issues he was having with his beloved and monstrously large TPQC mother plant. Do to a recent relocation & issues beyond his control, he was more or less forced to continue nurturing and growing the plant in an indoor environment, and certain bugs & critters were gaining the upper hand. When he invited me over, I was completely blown away seeing the mother plant in person. Mere pictures cannot convey the magnificence, size & grandeur of this plant. It was totally gut wrenching to see many of the crested areas under vicious attack, to the point where some have totally succumbed to death & rot. Other crested areas are still firm, but brown and obviously dead or dying. The plant desperately needed help, but more importantly, it needed to be back outside, where predatory bugs & critters have a much tougher time attacking and killing defenseless plants. Devising a plan, we proceeded with the task of moving a 400+ pound plant and HUGE clay pot across his apartment & down flight of stairs. Nitrogen was skeptical two guys could do it, knowing full well it had taken 3 grown men and a huge effort to get the plant into his apartment in the first place. Getting it down the stairs turned out to be the easy part. Loading it into a truck for safe transport was a whole new task, ensuring the crested branches were fully supported in a laying down position. Once that was accomplished, it was all down hill from there, but in a really good way. Arriving at its new location, Nitrogen & I hashed out the next course of action. Choosing a spot, Nitrogen asked me if I had a pickax. Mystified, I asked what in the world for?? Grabbing a nearby shovel, I said my hard pan clay soil has been so thoroughly turned and composted over the years no pickax needed, and then proceeded to dig a hole. Nitrogen grabbed the shovel from my hands and dug the hole himself, amazed how easily he could dig a rather deep & wide hole so effortlessly. Once the hole was dug, Nitrogen then took a hammer & broke the clay pot away from the solidly packed root ball. At this point the plant & pot were laying on its side, still securely fastened to the hand truck. With no weight on it, the pot broke away easily. Grabbing a butcher knife, I then sliced off the compacted & matted root mass at the bottom & sides of the root ball. The next challenge was devising a method of getting the plant off the hand truck & standing it upright in the hole. Leading the way, Nitrogen said to use the hand truck to get the plant upright again right at the edge of the hole. Once that was accomplished, we then each grabbed a massive branch and threw our backs into lifting the plant & root ball into the freshly dug hole, with Nitrogen doing all the positioning for its new home. Happy with its positioning and vertical plumb, he then grabbed the shovel & proceeded to backfill the hole. Finally, he was able to do what he'd been itching to do for the last 6 months, that being grabbing a garden hose and spraying & hosing off all the bugs & critters that had been taking a toll on his plant. With so many folds & crevices in the numerous crested areas, it was just impossible to enact a treatment of the plant in any other way in getting rid of the bugs & critters. First blast it with water pressure & then invite a few nearby spiders to take up residence. No chemicals needed, just a healthy dose of Mother Nature. I'm still kicking my butt for not taking a picture of his plant, in the pot & standing in his dining room. She was a good 16" taller then, but she's so much better off in her new home. And the really great news is, the bugs & critters have gone to their personal form of hell. Protective shade cloth was tied on to protect the plant as it acclimated to its new home in full sun. Come to find out, another TPM plant I've been tasked with taking care of, originated as a cutting from Nitrogens mother plant. Yes, I think I have been totally TPQCeed Thank you Nitrogen I did manage to take a pic of his grafted Ario fissuratus 'Godzilla', and in doing so discovered a seed laying on top of the wool.
  17. 27 points
    Hey everyone, Here are the latest photos (hot off the press) of my Trichocereus. They've been moved into the sun, and mostly weeded, and once I've fertilized them - then we can sit back and enjoy the sun. :)/>/>/>/>/>/> We'll begin with a sunset from the farm. The sun "setting" is just a sun-rise from another perspective. ;P Here's the eight-pupper bridgesii I talked about. There's another pup on the other side too. Really weird. I'm guessing it had some BAP exposure? If not, then this plant could be a bushy brancher. These are the bigger columns; growing doggedly. Peruvianus 'Martin' on the left fore, the bent one is a Pachanoi 'NZ Yowie', 3rd to the left is my vigorous Ecuadorian Pachanoi (my favourite clone of Pachanoi so far), on the far right is a Peruvianus (presumably hybrid) that grows quickly and fatly. 2nd Bridgesii to the left rear might be distinct enough to get a name, and if it keeps growing like that - I'll call it 'Nailbat' (it was seed-grown by bit). Centre Peruvianus is 'MB' clone. This is a nice bridgesii hybrid, long yellow spines (has the ordered spine-layout of a bridgesii hybrid), and a blue coat. My Peruvianus 'MB' clone. Really dark blue, wonderful spines - it's a real fetcher. The pale color is because I've taken it out from under the shade of the Cyprus tree and it's a bit shocked my the full-sun. Some more plants chilling out. The smooth pachanoi on the right was my first plant, and all this growth here was grown by me (this was a cutting from the original). The back left plant is a distinctive Peruvianus clone that I'm waiting to 'blue-up', as it's got fantastic golden spines - it was sold as variegated too, but none has shown yet (if it was true). Pach 'Omar' x Peru. The cross was done by Hellonasty (thanks again good sir), and the seedlings are all wonderful. The tallest three were potted up the earliest, and as you can see benefited greatly. They also fell off the deck and got wasted up from a 3m fall, but came back strongly. The plant on the far right was originally grafted to a Selenicereus, and was the biggest originally. But once it transitioned to its own roots, it was quickly overtaken - - it looks like the derp of the group, so I'm hesitant to invest much more in grafting as a result. Some seedlings from early last year. Mostly SS hybrids, each pot is a different cross. Growing really well, and just about to take off in these pots (full sun). Sadly (for you guys) there's nothing funky from this lot, and they'll all normal - albeit exciting plants. Under the tree I. These have almost all come from cuttings, and are the Trichocereus with larger areoles (mostly). Peruvianus 'Martin' apparent in front right. Couple wildseed-sourced bridgesiis growing in the back. Some macros in there too. Some mutts as well. Under the tree II. Another view. :)/> Two fat tersceckii are easy to spot. There's a T. Candicans in the middle I think?, Chiloensis, Taquimbalensis and Werdermannius at the back. SS02xBridgesii hybrid on the far right. Some Qat babies. Getting used to near full-sun. Some leaf curl and such going on, but otherwise they're doing well. I'm worried about winter though. ;o Assorted Trichocereus from above. :] In the foreground, you can see just the tops of both of my Terscheckii open-hybrids. They're very fat, areoles are not circular, little squat yellow spines in the shape of Tersceckii but the length of Pachanoi. Some bridgesiis in the middle, and some of my better Pachanois on the middle right. You'll be able to notice a square pot with a plant that is curving - that was my attempting at side-rooting, and persuaded me to never ever ever waste my time with it in a pot again. :P/> It was put in that pot at least 2 years ago. The longneck herd from afar.
  18. 26 points
    This might seem a bit random, but I just want to say a big thanks to all the members here who have made me feel so welcome since I joined about a year ago. I was at a critical point when I joined up, been through some major crises since, and didn't really feel like I belonged anywhere, caught between worlds. People here have been so friendly, helpful and even though I've met very few of you face to face, I feel like I have made some very good friends. Random gush over...
  19. 26 points
    Hi all, well after working around the garden for the last month, things are starting to come together. I still have some re-potting & organizing to do but I would like to start showing you all my garden. A special thanks must go out to 2Deep for giving me some help . I hope you like Exposed to the elements Euphorbias Cactus (cereus, echinocactus,myrtillocactus,oreocereus,parodia,pilosocereus,polaskia,stenocereus,trichocereus & others) Echinopsis (unknown random spp, crosses) Greenhouse (astrophytum,blossfeldia,haworthia,lophopora,mammillaria,pachypodium,selenicereus,stapelia,trichos,seedlings & others) Mammillaria's Pachypodium's Lophophora's (grafted,hardgrown) Seedlings (astros,lophos,melos,turbs) If you have any questions or what to see a more detailed photo of a plant please ask, these photos are just from a distance to give you an idea of my garden & don't show everything clearly. I also have a grow room with hundreds of seedlings & grafts but I only take photos on my phone & they come out funny because of the light in there, you will have to imagine it for now until I can borrow a camera . Thanks for looking, I will add more photos in the future. Cheers Jox
  20. 25 points
    Hi Guys, just saw that its Psycho0´s Birthday so i thought it would be appropriate to post a small reminder about the friends and members we loved and lost! Psycho0, Wandjina, Chemical Shaman and all the others that gave us the gift of sharing a short part of their lifes with us! You know, life is short and this should remind us to live every moment to the fullest and to never take the great people that you have the joy to be around for granted! We are all just one breath away. Take care of you guys and girls out there! bye Eg
  21. 25 points
    I had a few unexpected windfalls lately, and having already bought a bunch of new toys I decided to put some of the money to good use before I spend it all on hookers and blow. So, I am offering a $300 'research grant' to help any small study or project that may be stalled due to lack of funds (doesn't have to be "research" as such). I realise that won't go a long way, but perhaps there are some smaller projects that have run short of money before they could be completed, or people who have access to cool labs but no cash, or something. Also I'm treating this as a kind of trial run, if it goes well I might look into some kind of fundraising effort for larger projects. My idea was this: people post their proposals here, saying what the money will be spent on and what the aim of the project is. For eg, maybe people could use money to go towards… *materials or equipment for analysis purposes *plant stock for hybridisation project *small print runs *materials for propagation greenhouse …etc, etc. People can use the "like" button to vote for the proposals they approve of. I will also take "likes" as votes of confidence that you believe that member can be trusted. This will not be democratic, I reserve the right to pick any project I find particularly awesome. I will give strong preference to anything which benefits the community - whether materially (eg. seeds, plants) or in the form of interesting new information (eg. whether or not native plant X contains compound Y). This grant is based on the idea that your results - whether positive or negative - will be made available to the community in an appropriate way. And I know this will probably trigger some shitfights, but if a project is redundant or unfeasible in some way, please let me know about it, preferably by PM so as not to clog this thread up with arguments (remember if you make it tedious to read this thread, no one will read it and so no one will see your ideas and vote for them!). Posts which contravene forum rules should be reported directly to mods. I won't set a deadline until I see how fast proposals come in, but I'm thinking you'll have at least a month. You can make multiple proposals, just write them up as separate posts to allow the voting thing to work properly. (I'm making this all up as I go along so keep checking this opening post for changes to conditions, and please be patient with me while I learn)
  22. 25 points
    Admin, Can you please have a look at the following link. This has the code for enabling us to post soundcloud players in our posts in the creative section. This will make it alot easier for us to share without diverting people to another site. Thanks in advance http://blog.soundcloud.com/2009/07/28/soundcloud-player-in-forums-5-step-guide-for-soundcloud-bb-code/ Please like this post if you agree this is a good idea, I have been trying for this for quite a while now.....
  23. 24 points
    4th trip to the Andes (2014). I found these in the flower market in Lima, for me the quintessence Pachanoi. Here is the visual document:
  24. 24 points
    I have named two clones: These are both named in honor of our passed members Wandjina and Chemical Shaman. Here are some pictures: TPM X (SS02xPach) Chemsha clone- Chosen to represent his avatar which I think of everytime I think of him. I think this one looks like the head of the Alien from the Aliens movies, the way it's spines come out remind me of the aliens teeth and the protruding extra set of jaws from inside it's mouth. And: A TPM X N1 The Penny clone AKA Wandjina And this one reminds me of Penny because of the resemblance to a cockatoo's crest. Of which the sulphur crest was her totem animal. I have called it the Penny clone and not wandjina clone as to distinguish it from wandjina gardnes for future generations.
  25. 24 points
    Visited my friend's garden in the weekend. He started collecting at the same time as me, about 3 years ago. There is were lotsa plants in there so i really couldnt capture every one, so here's what grabbed my attention. Variegated euphorbia lactea cristate Mammilaria 'Fred' Copiapoa sp Larryleachia cactiformis Euphorbia symmetrica
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