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Another cyclamen in flower today (I'm sure there were no flowers open yesterday!); this Cyclamen rohlfsianum is a couple of weeks ahead of last year
Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on Today at 08:19:08 AM »

Corymbia aparrerinja, Ghost Tree

A stamp, issued in 1978, in a four stamp series featuring trees of Australia.

To read more about this tree go here

Corymbia, in general, is mentioned a few times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN . Today I decided to reread
CRANBOURNE by Gillian Mawrey in issue number 69, July 2012

Photographs illustrating this article can be seen here
Miscellaneous / Re: Morning walk
« Last post by Umbrian on February 24, 2020, 09:12:02 AM »
A beautiful spot John as I remember well from our one visit to your lovely Island many years ago - think I prefer the romantic version....we took a long peaceful walk in that area
soaking up the peaceful beauty.
I have a Cyclamen coum a metre or less away from a Cyclamen hederifolium. The C coum has been nibbled but the C hederifolium hasn't, apart from one leaf, which has 3 tiny holes. I think I would go for the C coum if I were a snail. It looks much tastier than the C hederifolium, wouldn't you agree?
Miscellaneous / Re: Morning walk
« Last post by John J on February 23, 2020, 05:08:02 PM »
Another sunny day, perfect for getting out and about for some fresh air after the days of heavy rain we've had lately. Unfortunately family commitments prevented us taking a morning walk but, as we need to get some excercise ready for the Jordan trip, we decided on an afternoon one. Our destination was the clifftop area above the mythical birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. The large rock in the photo is known in English as 'Aphrodite's Rock' in recognition of this event. However to the locals it's 'Petra tou Romiou', the stone of the Greek (that is Byzantine or Eastern Roman). This is in reference to the legendary giant, Digenes Akritas, who is said to have warded off an attack by Saracen pirates by hurling the rocks into the sea, the resulting tidal wave swamping and destroying the invaders ships.
It's personal choice as to which version you believe.  ;)
While I was in the UK over Christmas I saw this cyclamen plant in with hundreds of other more typical looking cyclamens. It was labelled as Cyclamen hederifolium. Trying to find which variety on the internet, I came across 'Silver Cloud' but all the photos of that show a more pointed leaf. I have no idea of the flower colour yet and it may not flower at all this year given that the corm is little bigger than a pea. Amazing how a corm that size can produce such big leaves
Bulbs (including other geophytes with corms, tubers, rhizomes etc) / Re: Cyclamen
« Last post by Fermi on February 23, 2020, 07:14:19 AM »
The first for the year is Cyclamen graecum in the rock garden,
Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on February 23, 2020, 06:52:55 AM »
Impatiens noli-tangere, Touch-me-not balsam

Yugoslavia issued this stamp in a six stamp series named  FOREST FLOWERS in 1975

We don't seem to have come across this plant in our travels, so no photo.

Impatiens, but not this one, is mentioned in several issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Today I am recommending that you read
GARDENING ON THE EDGE by Trevor Nottle in issue number18, Autumn 1999
Bulbs (including other geophytes with corms, tubers, rhizomes etc) / Re: Lycoris
« Last post by Alisdair on February 22, 2020, 01:36:07 PM »
David, I have Lycoris radiata and L. aurea in Greece, in unwatered parts of our hot frost-free garden. Both, particularly radiata, have increased well there, and I think radiata has seeded itself around slightly; I'm never there myself at their flowering time but am told that it certainly flowers.
Here I still have the parent clump of L. aurea which must be about 20 years old now, in a big box of compost under frost-free glass, where it gets some water all year (because it shares the box with allegedly Lilium wallichianum). It always flowers well, and usually sets seed.
Miscellaneous / Re: Morning walk
« Last post by John J on February 22, 2020, 11:11:17 AM »
Yesterday was a day of rain, varying between light drizzle and torrential downpours all day. This morning dawned bright and clear so I took a few photos of flowers that I haven't featured so far this year.
Teucrium fruticans 'Azureum'.
Euphorbia milii.
Phlomis lunariifolia.
Brugmansia suaveolens.
Hibiscus platanifolius.
Calliandra californica.
Medicago arborea.
Viburnum tinus.
Chasmanthe aethiopica.
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