Notices for Users of the Albums

1. New Albums and some changes


The latest genera Albums added to the Operation Wildflower Site are the ones on Metalasia, Brabejum and Bauhinia. This means that photos and stories of plants belonging to these genera already on the Site have been moved from the more general Albums called Shrubs and Trees into their own new Albums under Genera. 


There is a genus Album in every case where enough material has been accumulated to warrant a stand-alone grouping of photos and stories. There are now more than 160 such Albums on genera of South African plants. The biggest ones (most photos) belong to the genera Crassula, Euphorbia, Pelargonium and Aloe. Keep watching, more will be added! If there is no genus Album yet on the plant you are looking for, check under Types or the Search Box.


In order to access all items on a plant of interest, the Search Box should be used, entering the botanical name of the plant. Most photos and stories on a particular plant are likely to be posted under Genera, (or if there are only few of them, in the conglomerate categories under Types). Habitat, Regions or Parks and Gardens may also contain some material on a species searched for, showing in the list generated when using the Search Box. The latest Parks and Gardens Album is the one on the Quiver Tree Forest.


2. Want to talk about an Album Item?


There is a new way of communicating with the Editor of this Site regarding any of the Album Items.
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Please ensure that the Album Item concerned is clearly identified. Type its exact title as well as the Album Name in the Subject Line of your email. Please also state your name.


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The Succulent Garden is Hotting Up!

 Give them a sunny position, keep the dogs (and children) out, unless your chosen plants have thorns to do that for themselves.  They’ll keep their part of the bargain by looking good in their corner of your garden!

Yes, a small cutting handed over the garden fence, sometimes even just one fleshy leaf and you have a start.  A little care, a sandy site with the minimum of watering and your new living partner is on its way!

The world is becoming warmer due to the carbon habit of humans.  Drawn-out drought lies ominously in our future.  The aloe and its succulent brethren like the sun and the dry conditions, in fact they eagerly await our desert destiny in their botanical hearts!   They are key to the hot gardens of tomorrow!

So, discover and plant the many attractive and socially responsible succulent plants that adorn the world’s growing deserts of Saint Everywhere!  You’ll be loved by the water authorities and bring hope and comfort to the people around you who won’t like what they see of the emerging world we’re promised!  If gardeners can’t save the world from bulldozers and global warming, they can at least make the latter days aesthetically pleasing!

The succulent is winning spectacularly already against the leafy water gluttons of the southern hemisphere.   Africa is growing desert like never before in human times.  Australian cities have biting water restrictions after many years of drought and the succulent is already replacing softer options where people care to garden with enthusiasm.

Succulent gardens can be big, because they’re easier to maintain, small as a window sill, thrive on diverse soil types including the poorer sandy soils where other plants may battle.  They can follow you upstairs into the smaller flat, to the balcony or inside where a tiny or unexpectedly flashy flower can make your day!

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