Thank you for the compliments . I don't top water my plants. I have all the pots sitting in a large tray. If fill it up anywhere from 1/4" to an inch and let it dry a few days between waterings. At one time I was keeping it wet all the time, but had problems with some of the dormant and semi-dormant plants rotting. Letting it dry for a few days is enough to get every pot rather dry with the heat. So far, it seems to be a good compromise for the actively growing plants and the ones that are experiencing dormancy. I have problems with the dormant plants getting too dry and kicking the bucket if I remove them to their own 'drier' location. I've already tried that and lost more plants than I want to count.
It's funny that you comment on my mix. I think about every woolly is in a slightly different mix lol. I keep it simple though with either sand or perlite (sometimes both) mixed with peat. I won't be using the sand as a top dressing anymore. It's messy if water gets splashed on it and it has a tendency to turn colors (brown, black).
I totally agree with you on the Smash Mouth question. Very interesting band .