Plante suculente naturalizate in Noua Zeelanda (2007)
This is the 2007 extended version of an early article which appeared originally in March 2005 in Cactus Romania. Written in September 2007, this article is now (January 2008) somehow outdated as new information has been revealed to me in the meantime and several sites (including Rangitoto Island) were visited or re-visited over the last few months. However, there will be also an even more detalied English version available later this year.
The 2007 version was ment to appear in one of the late 2007 issues of Aztekium Journal, but for some reasons (probably due to their website due online in December 2007) it appeared online on Aztekium's website in December 2007:
This is just a short article (with self-explanatory title) which appeared in early October 2008 in Cactus Romania, and few days later on Aztekium's website, with a changed title (Alpinarium), probably more inspired but unfortunately with far less inspired illustrations; however, this brief text was not intended to be accompanied by illustrations:
Cateva consideratii despre inteligenta plantelor (2009)
This extended articleonplant intelligence appeared online on the new version of the Romanian website Cactusi.com (formerly known as Cactus Romania) on the 28th of April 2009. I hope you will enjoy it (or have at least the patience to read it to the end - some didn't):
It's all about Jazz & Art, Nature & Plants - a day at the Rakino Jazz & Art Festival 2009. Rakino is a small island in Hauraki Gulf, hence my interest in its plants and habitats. This article appeared in Cactusi.com in May 2009:
An article written in November 2008 and published in the special (international) number of Avonia 27 (2) in May 2009 with 20 illustrations, in English and in a German translation by Martin Staege. This version contains 2 extra pictures not allowed by the editor of the Journal (Dr. Jorg Ettelt) because of the limited typographical space available. The Romanian version was also published by mid October 2009 on Aztekium website.
O inflorire neobisnuita (2009) / The abnormal flowering of an Echeveria 'Imbricata' (2009) This is a short but heavily illusrtated article about the unusual (monstrose) flowering of an Echeveria 'Imbricata' in my rock garden. The romanian version appeared on ACC Aztekium's website, the shorter English version (edited by Margrit Bishofberger and Jean-Michel Moullec) on International Crassulaceae Network in January 2010: ROM s2
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Despre temperatura de iernare a cactusilor si a altor plante suculente (2009)
An article published in early December 2009 on Aztekium websitedealing with the basic knowledge about overwintering temperatures of C&S and how to understand sometimes very confusing cultural advices in this regard. There's always much more than a simple advice. This article is intended for beginners but does not provide them with spreadsheets or systematized data, but challanges them instead up to a wider understanding of these issues.
This is a short article written tentatively in early 2010 and published in Romanian on ACC Aztekium’s website in April, dealing with a subject ignored by most amateur cacti growers – how to prepare a good quality compost as an alternative to relying on commercial products easy and ready to use but not always for the good of our plants. It is not rocket science, but still the knowledge of preparing a good quality compost seem to be out of reach for many beginners.
Plantele suculente - o prezentare generala (2010 / 2011)
This is nothing original (except for the pictures - and it is a pictorial feast!) but a synthesis on a very cast topic - the succulent plants. This version is focusing on the definition of succulence, xerophyte adaptations, types of succulence, and the families where succulent plants occur, while all original material initially intended for this article was saved for later. This extended article is due to appear in April 2011 on ACC Aztekium's website:
Trying to get the names right
This is a short series of even shorter articles (by my standards, ha-ha) written for the New Zealand Cactus and Succulent Journal and published starting with May 2011, dealing with plant mames, wrong names, misnomers, impostor plants and this kind of things.
Part 2 - (2011) ENG s2
Why Ninety Mile Beach?
You might wonder whether the title of this website – Ninety Mile Beach – was a deliberate mismatch with the content; otherwise why on earth would one use this title when (except for very few photos) you can’t find anything about Ninety Mile Beach here? Truth to be said – Ninety Mile Beach is a very special place on Earth anyway and there is no need of extra emphasizing its uniqueness, however, not by me. But this fine piece of nature has also a particular meaning for me as this endless beach was few years back – in a fully unexpected way – a place of spiritual revelation and complete freedom – this is the fact I have to acknowledge. This website I have started in late 2007 has largely outgrown its original purpose and I have also abandoned some of my initial projects because of other things that have caught my attention. Oh well, that’s who I am, I guess. At this stage this website is not only mirroring my past and present points of interest – especially cacti and other succulent plants and New Zealand’s nature with focus set on coastal habitats and plant naturalization – but is also a tribute: I have truly discovered my love for nature only since moving to New Zealand. This website is not intended to be eye-catching, but to provide useful information instead. It is actually a collection of texts in English and Romanian with no particular theme – from well over 100 plant profiles to travelogues to succulent plant naturalization to my recent Rangitoto Island obsession to other texts celebrating New Zealand’s nature and habitats and pretty much anything in between - accompanied by a small but varied photo gallery, and nothing else. External links will open PDF files containing illustrated articles you can view or download for personal use. I have saved fancy website designs for later hoping that you’ll enjoy it as it is. Some texts have been already published on other websites like Cactusi.com (formerly known as Cactus Romania ), Aztekium and International Crassulaceae Website, or in magazines like Kaktusy I Inne, Aztekium, New Zealand Cactus and Succulent Journal, and Avonia; some other you won’t find anywhere else. Oh, I have almost forgot – there is one page though (I trust you will discover which one in worst case by trial-and-error) for which a minimum IQ of 10 is strongly recommended to visitors at all times (or alternatively a good sense of humour, but this rarely comes with a lower IQ). As they say - safety first!