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Maureen Thompson's plant (Letters, Chamaerops #7), looks like an Agave I have just acquired for our front rockery from Southfields Nurseries, Grimsby.

Our new plant is just under a foot across, so assuming the one in the photo is between one and two feet across, the habit, shape and colour of the leaves and spines, and zigzag leaf edge lines on the leaf surface all suggest Agave colorata. I hope it is this species, which comes from N. Mexico, as our specimen will presumably be similarly hardy. Anthony Walker Wimbledon.

The plant in the photo is most certainly an Agave and one of the Parryi group, which would account for its hardiness. My belief is that it is A. parryi huachucensis. Further details on request. G T B Cooper - Oxford

The mystery plant in the last issue looks to me like Agave pairryi from New Mexico and Arizona. They are not easy to come by, and not often seen.
P. Yates - Derby


I always enjoy reading 'Chamaerops'. Please keep up the very high standard. I particularly liked the article in one of the early editions about the European Fan Palms, Chamaerops humilis, in the wild state, in Sardinia. It was a great thrill for me to see these same palms growing wild on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, earlier this year.

Is there any chance of an article soon on Europe's other native, the Cretan Date Palm (Phoenix theophrastii) in situ?
David Muat - Surrey.

Nikau Notice

I was very pleased to see the article on Rhopalostylis sapida - the Nikau Palm - in the last issue. I would be pleased to hear from anyone wishing to import large specimens direct from New Zealand, as I can supply various sizes and would be happy to arrange airfreight and all necessary documentation. Please write to me at 20 Vic Butler Street, Mt. Roskill, Auckland, New Zealand.
Brian Laughland

Suggestion Box

May I make a couple of suggestions regarding 'Chamaerops'? Firstly, a corner in each issue for members to list 'wants' or 'for sale/exchange' plants. Second, publish a list of members' names and addresses, so that those living in the same area can make contact?
Richard Darlow - Bamsley.

Happy to oblige on both counts - MG


Congratulations to Greville Arnold-Jenkins, EPS member and landscape gardener. His London plot, in a contest open to amateurs and professionals alike, has won the accolade "Garden of the Year 1992"

O.K. so it was a contest restricted to South London and neighbouring Surrey, sponsored jointly by a local newspaper and nursery, but this in no way demeans the achievement!

Inspired by Tresco Abbey gardens, the collection of exotic plants was both in the ground and in pots and containers on the patio. The judges admitted to being impressed by the integration of palms, cacti and exotic shrubs into the overall landscaped effect. Well done, Greville! - MG.

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I'll just steal this corner to apologise to all members who've submitted articles and letters that haven't yet appeared. I'm very sorry about this. They certainly will be published, as soon as space allows. Meanwhile, keep writing! MG.

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