Author Archive | Martin Smith

Cactus flowers 2018

This summer has been very hot and the greenhouse has been up to 50ºC at times, this has suited the cacti and the basil very nicely so there are a few cactus flowers to show off.       Above left: Astrophytum capricorne              above right: Mamillaria grahamii       Above left: Parodia subterrania      above right: parodia microsperma       […]

Tote bags

I have just started making a new range of tote bags, from linen and cotton       these are 100% linen, sizes 17 inches square or near that, not all of them are the same size and they are only available in small batches. Cotton, one only left, size 15 x 17 inches. Cotton, two available, […]

The allotment 2018

It has been a fairly warm start so far this season, so  some things are coming on quite well       above, yellow courgette and on the right verde courgette             above, various quashes, I am trying 3 sisters with some of these, and will update later in the season finally for the moment, the […]

Cactus in the greenhouse

Here are some pictures of some of the cacti and succulents I have grown and flowered over the years     astrophytum myriostigma v. nudum                 astrophytum capricorne the 2 of them together, both from seed about 1997      notocactus ottonis                                                  notocactus scopa     echinopsis eyriesii, very short spines                    echinopsis multiplex     parodia subterrania                                               parodia microsperma v. […]

Credit card pouches

These small leather pouches are credit card size, the fit easily in the pocket, and are closed with velcro. A good selection of colours and decorations available. They will hold all standard size cards, and folded currency notes as well.

Multicoloured shirts, made to order

I want to make it clear that all my shirts are hand made by myself, I don’t employ any third world sweatshops or use any forced labour. I carry a small stock that are generally the “one size fits all” which will fit anyone whose maximum circumference does not exceed about 46 inches or about […]

India 2009, New Delhi

New Delhi, the administrative capital of India has a lot of interesting places for you to see, for me one of the best was the Crafts Museum, which has a number of resident craftspeople and lots of amazing things that they produce, from pottery to calligraphy. Also seen here are some traditional large terracotta pieces […]

India 2009, Madurai

I was lucky to go to India for a second time in 2009, here are some pictures from Madurai, famous for the Meenakshi Temple which dates back to before the time of Alexander the Great.

The greenhouse in october

The cacti will not be watered till next spring at the earliest and the soft plants will be brought back inside fairly soon. Due to a rather cool damp summer the jalapeños are not at all hot, though they look good, hot peppers need hot weather and lots of sun to work properly. The regular […]

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