Frozen Succulents


From the Isle of Wight County Press Online, we find out that the Ventnor Botanic Garden had trouble with a recent freeze.

A split pipe, by the garden’s main water tank, resulted in a number of succulents becoming encased in ice — a casing which, ultimately, became their tomb.

At the entrance, a couple of the giant barrel cacti have split and the sap inside has turned into a much larger volume of ice forcing a gentle explosion, if there is such a thing….

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“We will just have to wait and see what lives and what dies and act accordingly.

“But for the moment, at least for a few days, we have been able to enjoy the beauty of beschorneria, dodonea viscosa purpurea and popsicle set in ice and the beautiful but sadly deadly massed succulent display.”


    
    
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