New!  The Amateurs’ Digest, Issue No. 6 of Volume 5 (March 1994) is now online!

The Amateurs' Digest, Issue No. 6 of Volume 5 (March 1994) is now online.
Click on the cover above to read the publication.

The Amateurs’ Digest, Issue No. 6 of Volume 5 (March 1994) is now online.  Vol. 5, Issue 6, March 1994 marks the start of year six for Marina’s print journals.

That same year, Marina published her first Caudex Booklets.  I’m therefore pleased to bring you, at the same time, the first volume of the initial two-volume set of Caudex booklets, now also online.  Look for the special Caudex Booklets menu in the sidebar to find them quickly, as they come online.


New! Marina’s very first Caudex Booklet (No. 1 of 2) is now online!

Caudex Booklet One of Two Booklets (1996)
Caudex Booklet One of Two Booklets (1996)

CLICK THE COVER TO VIEW THE CAUDEX BOOKLET.

Caudex Booklet (Booklet No. 1 of 2)

<i>pachypodium lamerei</i> by Royce D. Wood (1974)
pachypodium lamerei by Royce D. Wood (1974)
Marina launched her specialty Caudex booklets in year six of her print publication, The Amateurs’ Digest.  The Caudex booklets are addressed to collectors of mostly Caudex plants.  Unlike TAD, that was made from printers’ plates, the Caudex booklets are photocopies of Caudex articles collected from issues of The Amateurs’ Digest to that date, then folded and saddle-stitched.

There seems to be a bit of a glitch in the ISSNs.  Marina used The Amateur’s Digest ISSN 0843-8234 to cover this first Caudex booklet, but it ought to have had its own ISSN.  We’ll see what was done with the other Caudex booklets as we go along.  I have about a dozen of them, so that’s one down, eleven left to scan.

Booklet Number One features two sketches by Royce D. Wood originally published as limited-edition prints by Singers’ Growing Things in 1975.  We can look forward to more of these wonderful botanical sketches in upcoming Caudex booklets.

This is the first Caudex booklet, and the first issue in a set of two.  Subscribe and look for Caudex booklet number 2!  Here’s what Marina had to say about the Caudex booklets when she launched them:

“This CAUDEX booklet is one of two booklets (not sold separately) which are photocopies of all pages (no advertising) contained in our Caudex section in Volume 3 (when we began featuring Caudex separately) and Volume 4.  These were put together for our many members interested mainly in caudiciform and pachycaul plants who otherwise would have to pay considerably more to purchase back issues to have access to the Caudex information we provided in earlier volumes.  Even if you have our back issues, you may want to have these combined issues which have been newly paged and indexed to give you a quick and easy reference to all Caudex plants covered from when we started the special section to the end of Volume 4.”

I’ve given the Caudex Booklets a menu of their own in the sidebar, right under our logo, so you can find them quickly.

Thanks for following The Amateurs’ Digest Archive (Marina Welham’s Archive).  I’m Kathleen, Marina’s daughter, and I don’t know anything about cactus plants.


UPDATE:  8 September 2019

I have just discovered Marina’s own presentation of her Caudex Booklet No. 1 on The Wayback Machine.  Here it is.

CAUDEX BOOKLET ONE

An Introduction by Gordon Rowley
A Bit of History by Gordon Rowley

–(earliest accounts of exotic caudiciforms)

Adenia (How to Grow, Propagate, etc.)
Adenium
An Introduction by Gordon D. Rowley
Articles, Growing information and Photos:

Begonia
Begoniaceae by Clive Innes
Books
Bowiea
Brachychiton
Bursera
Caudiciforms – Growing

Caudiciforms – soil for
Caudiciforms, Difficult, soil for
Cissus
Coleus

Crassula
Cyphostemma
Dioscorea
Euphorbia
Fockea
Jatropha
Kedrostis
Mirabilis
Monadenium
Moringa
Neoalsomitre
Operculicarya
Othonno
Pachypodiums
— (3 part how to grow article covering every aspect)

Pachypodiums – Pollination, etc.

Sedum
Testudinaria

Marina has been quoted by Wikipedia

I’ve discovered that Marina’s article, “How Dangerous are Euphorbias?“, is quoted and linked around the Internet. Including at Wikipedia.  I had already put it back online here at The Amateurs’ Digest Archive, but I’ve just added the question and answer exchange at the end, along with pictures.  Hope you enjoy it.


What’s New This Week?

Hello, everyone.  I’m back, and I’ve managed to rescue two nice articles with pics from The Wayback Machine for the “Articles Revived” page on the top menu:

1. Dream Garden Comes True by Steve Miles of Colorado, and
2. Adam’s Very Hardy Needle by Doug Rowland, UK

And, totally cool, I have discovered that we can have round thumbnails in WordPress galleries!  They work like regular thumbnails, just click on a round picture and the gallery slideshow will launch.

A new tab has been added on the top menu, far-right, “Questions & Answers” with the first drop-down dated April 9, 2001.

I’ve gone back to the old logo but added a new flower to it from one of Marina’s own plants from the hothouse window on their breakfast room.  Moved the sticky post of Marina with BB, her parrot to the sidebar with a link to that post on the photo of Marina and her bird.

Have yourself a great day.  Thank you for visiting.

I’m Kathleen, Marina’s daughter.
 


A New Journal Issue is up!  Here it is:  Volume 6, Issue 2, July 1994.

The Amateurs' Digest, Volume 6, Issue 2, July 1994. Cover.
The Amateurs’ Digest, Volume 6, Issue 2, July 1994. Cover.
Click on the cover to read the issue!

Marina and Roy Welham of The Amateurs’ Digest

There’s a cartoon at page 9 of this issue with the article, “Dual Speakers:  A Dual Solution” by Calvin J. Eichler.  The two people shaking hands are the spitting image of Roy and Marina, God knows where they found this cartoon, but it’s a real hoot, if you knew them. If you never met them, now you know.

By the way, if you need to OCR scans of documents, this is a great online free tool. I’m using it for The Amateurs’ Digest:

https://document.online-convert.com/convert-to-pdf


I Found An Amazing Photo-Enlarger

Too bad I didn’t find it sooner. But, I’m using it now, and for some of the cactus and succulent photos, a 200% enlargement really increases the detail and color. So, if you have old, little photos, this is the tool for you.

It’s at https://www.photoenlarger.com/ and it’s by Zygomatic. It’s free, and it takes about 5-10 seconds to convert a small photo into a big one. Four quality versions are offered, I always take the first.

Orthophytum saxicola
Orthophytum saxicola
Plant and Photo: Marina & Roy Welham, Canada
(c) Photograph Copyright of The Amateurs’ Digest and Marina & Roy Welham, Canada
Orthophytum saxicola
Orthophytum saxicola
Plant and Photo: Marina & Roy Welham, Canada
(c) Photograph Copyright of The Amateurs’ Digest and Marina & Roy Welham, Canada
Sansevieria bagamoyensis
Sansevieria bagamoyensis
Plant & Photo: Robert Streul, USA
Erect stems can grow up to 1.5 m tall, 2.5 cm thick, densely leafy. Leaves lanceolate, flat, 20-45 cm long, 2 to 4.5 cm across, 5 mm thick, smooth, grass green, tip brownish, hard, margins whitish or reddish.

(c) Photograph Copyright of The Amateurs’ Digest and Robert Streul, USA

Sansevieria bagamoyensis
Sansevieria bagamoyensis
Plant & Photo: Robert Streul, USA
Erect stems can grow up to 1.5 m tall, 2.5 cm thick, densely leafy. Leaves lanceolate, flat, 20-45 cm long, 2 to 4.5 cm across, 5 mm thick, smooth, grass green, tip brownish, hard, margins whitish or reddish.

(c) Photograph Copyright of The Amateurs’ Digest and Robert Streul, USA

Sansevieria cylindrica, S. cylindrica 'Striated' and S. robusta
Sansevieria cylindrica, S. cylindrica ‘Striated’ and S. robusta
Plant & Photo: Robert Streul, USA
A grouping of sansesvierias. The plant in the middle is Sansevieria cylindrica ‘Striated’. Far left is S. cylindrica with two stately blooms pushing 36 inches tall!! The flowers open only during the night so it is difficult to get a good picture. Far right in the photo is S. robusta.

(c) Photograph Copyright of The Amateurs’ Digest and Robert Streul, USA

Sansevieria cylindrica, S. cylindrica 'Striated' and S. robusta
Sansevieria cylindrica, S. cylindrica ‘Striated’ and S. robusta
Plant & Photo: Robert Streul, USA
A grouping of sansesvierias. The plant in the middle is Sansevieria cylindrica ‘Striated’. Far left is S. cylindrica with two stately blooms pushing 36 inches tall!! The flowers open only during the night so it is difficult to get a good picture. Far right in the photo is S. robusta.

(c) Photograph Copyright of The Amateurs’ Digest and Robert Streul, USA

Sansevieria kirkii var pulchra
Sansevieria kirkii var pulchra
Plant & Photo: Robert Streul, USA.
Robert Streul: Sansevieria kirkii var pulchra flowers are beginning to open and if they would only open all at the same time, this would be way beyond spectacular. I took a tape measure tonight and held it just above the inflorescence and it measures 12 inches from flower tip to flower tip. Now I completely understand why people go gaga over the flowering of this species. The flowers open only for one day but there are many more to come.
(c) Photograph Copyright of The Amateurs’ Digest and Robert Streul, USA

You can really see the full effect of some of these enlargements if you look at the image above in the carousel over here:

https://theamateursdigestarchive.wordpress.com/gallery/#jp-carousel-1192


Check out the Gallery, Tons of New Pictures

Triumphantly, I have just rescued quite a lot of photos from The Amateur’s Digest that are scattered in the Wayback Machine.

Marina’s original web pages are a standard menu to which articles and pictures of plants were added over time. When the Wayback Machine takes a snapshot of a web site, it usually doesn’t copy the whole thing.

So, in order to find missing photos in The Amateurs’ Digest site, I have to scroll year by year and month by month through each standard menu page in the Wayback Machine in search of versions of each page where the Wayback captured images it missed in other snapshots.

Tonight, I found a lot of “missing” pictures. Very happy. I’ve also moved all the gallery pics onto one continuous page. Check out the Gallery now.

Thanks for visiting. I’m Kathleen, Marina’s daughter, and I don’t know anything about cactus plants, I’m just the web girl.


I’ve Started A Top-Menu Tab Called “Articles Revived” And I’ve Put Up A Few Items

I love the cute sub-tabs, but I think I’ll eventually have to move these titles onto a single page, under the main tab, for easier access. I’m also not dating them, except where a date or a partial date appears in the text of the article. I can’t easily tell the date when they were published originally, because the Wayback Machine copies these pages on dates of its own.

So far, the following articles from Marina Welham’s The Amateurs’ Digest have been revived:

Marina’s Original Welcome Page to The Amateurs’ Digest

Suitability of Various pH Values for Plants

The New Plant

How Dangerous are Euphorbias?

Please Help Me Save My Grandma’s Jade

To Water or not to Water – That is Always the Question and … Major Requirements for Succulent Plants

How to Send Succulent Plants by Mail ― What To Do When You Receive Plants From Others ― and Moving Your Entire Collection

Crests and Monstrose Plants Are My Passion

Notes on Growing Welwitschia mirabilis (Hook.E) From Seed

Tips And Tricks For Growing Succulents

―  Thanks for visiting. I’m Kathleen, Marina’s daughter, and I don’t know anything about cacti or succulent plants. I’m just the web host. Have a great day!


Marina Welham hand-feeding BB, her beloved parrot, an African grey

Marina Welham hand-feeding BB, her beloved parrot, an African grey
Marina Welham hand-feeding BB, her beloved parrot, an African grey.

I just had a wonderful gift by email from someone who knew Marina in the year or so before she died.  Marina didn’t like having her picture taken, but she allowed this one so long as her face was not in the viewfinder.

This is the last known photo taken of Marina Josephine Welham, Editor of The Amateurs’ Digest at 8591 Lochside Drive off Bazan Bay in Sidney, North Saanich, British Columbia.


At the same time, let me add photos of Marina’s home greenhouses, found at a realtor’s page for the sale of the property at 8591 Lochside Drive.