A Few More Articles have been Revived

Crests and Monstrose Plants Are My Passion By Tony Feicco, Jr., USA Added: 31 August 2019

Christmas Cactus:  Horrors … the Flowers fell off my New Plant By Marina Welham Added: 31 August 2019

Opuntia pachypus by Marina Welham Added: 31 August 2019

Commiphora humbertii by Marina Welham Added: 31 August 2019

Christmas Cactus – Will your plant flower for Christmas? Added: 31 August 2019.


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.


Here it is: Volume 6, Issue 1, May 1994. A scan of the first of the rescued journals

The first journal embed is up, I’m not sure it’s wide enough, but will adjust that another day, it’s getting late and I’m fiddling with two laptops on the free wifi in the Mall.

I’m pretty excited, I think the OCR is good. It’s better than my own OCR software, I certainly recommend checking this out (later) if you need to convert a scan to searchable text: https://document.online-convert.com/convert-to-pdf

The little scanner from eBay doesn’t do color very well, it defaults to Black and White (reason for the sale?), so the ivory covers of the journals don’t show up. You’ll have to imagine it: back and front, inside back and front: ivory.

That said, I am pleased to present the first journal scanned from the lot I acquired on eBay this month to really kick-start this web site. Here it is, Volume 6, Issue 1, May 1994, just click on the cover photo (or on the title below it) to visit the embed page:

TAD Volume 6 Issue 1 May 1994
The Amateurs’ Digest
Vol. 6, Issue 1, May 1994

You will notice there is now an asterisk (*) on the 1994 tab in the top horizontal menu at this web site. Whenever I add material to a date on the menu, I will add an asterisk to the year, so you don’t have to search all the years to see if there’s anything in them. Just go straight to the “star”.

The scans of the little 7″ x 8.5″ journals were done at 300 DPI as bmps. Each bmp is 2049 x 2534. All were then converted to PDF using IrfanView. The edges were then cleared up using the same IrfanView. The individual PDFs were linked into a single journal using PDF Tools.

The final searchable (OCR’d) PDF is hosted online in Scribd, for the purpose of embedding it here, at The Amateurs’ Digest Archive.

The final document is 100% free to read online, you can even copy snippets of text, but downloading has been disabled. I really don’t think it would be fair to have zillions of PDF copies all over the Internet being used for whatever purposes. Copyright belongs to The Amateurs Digest Archive and to me, Marina’s daughter: according to her Will, her Executor and sole Heir. Eventually, as volumes become complete, I might consider producing them in Volume groups in the form of paperbacks.

However, I see that Marina had a special issue with each volume, and I’m not yet sure what that means. Did Marina enhance one of the six annual issues and call it “special”, or did she produce a seventh issue as a “special issue”? If you know, please tell me, because if they are extra, I will have to find the special issues.

Yes, the National Library and Archives of Canada (it seems to have been denationalized lately by changing its name to Library and Archives Canada, which I reject), does have Marina’s ISSNs, after all, but they don’t show up on a direct search of their catalog, Amicus; I only found the records by way of links to the ISSN’s at Worldcat.

The copies of Marina’s journals at The National Library and Archives Canada are in preservation off-site, and this usually constitutes a serious problem for researchers, because they don’t bother to photocopy or scan them before they put ’em in the “freezer”. So, there is no copy of any kind to consult unless you take a bus to Ottawa, stand in front of the preservation facility and peer through the glass. Or have a protracted email argument with the librarians who really resent having to get things out of preservation to scan them, as I know because I’ve done it before. And their scans are not going to be publication quality and they won’t let a guest walk in and do it.

So, the National Library and Archives of Canada may not be a great place, after all, to get copies of Marina’s old journals.

I will have to keep scouring the Internet and call on friends and colleagues of Marina’s to come up with things. Notably, with special issues, CD Roms, and in the internet era, PDF booklets that Marina was dispensing. In particular, I would like to find the old CD ROMS because I presume the plant photos contained would be larger and much nicer to work with today, on this web site.

I have given Marina’s old advertisers a boost by adding their names to the TAGS on this post and on on the embed-page, so if these growers are still in business, they may get some visitors looking for them.

It may be awhile before I scan another one of these journals, because this one took hours. I’ve been at it since noon today, and it’s now nearly 21:30 in Montreal. However, I will do one every time I need a break from my regular work, which has taken a back seat to getting this basic site online, for now.

I hope you all enjoy the newly scanned, old paper issue of Marina Welham’s The Amateur’s Digest from May 1994 (Volume 6, Issue 1). Please let me know if you recognize any of the contents from her later web site, because I wonder if she re-used — pardon me: recycled — any of her paper journals when she took the magazine live.

Here’s to you, Marina!

Kind regards,
Have a great day.
I’m Kathleen,
Marina’s daughter
Montreal, Canada


A dream for the future: “The Amateurs Digest Illustrated Encyclopedia”

Botanical Illustration
Botanical Illustration

This is a real dream for the future. Once enough of Marina’s work has been recovered, an editor who knows the field, perhaps even someone who worked with Marina on her journals, perhaps several authors and editors each with a specialty, would like to collaborate to prepare an Illustrated Encyclopedia from the journals.

Botanical Illustration

I love botanical paintings and illustrations, and it would be amazing to see The Amateurs Digest Archives produce a library-quality Encyclopedia of the plants covered by Marina’s publications.

If you like the idea, please comment.

If you are a potential editor, please be in touch!

If you are a botanical illustrator, who might enjoy this project, let me know! Would love to see your work!

Kathleen, Marina’s daughter
Montreal