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Miscellaneous / Re: Morning walk
« Last post by Umbrian on January 20, 2020, 08:33:51 AM »
Thanks for the information John - very interesting plant I had never seen or heard of - pretty colour.
You are so lucky having technical help so at hand - my grandchildren are wizards too the UK.......the generation gap in that area gets ever wider with each year and I have rather given up hope of ever mastering more than the very basics. :)
Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on January 20, 2020, 06:54:43 AM »
Ilex canariensis, Small leaved holly, ACEBINO

One of a five stamp series issued by Spain in 1973

Sorry no photo

Although there is no mention of this plant in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN there is a reference to ilex
Go to issue number 40, April 2005 and read
Miscellaneous / Re: Morning walk
« Last post by John J on January 19, 2020, 10:18:57 AM »
It's Fagonia cretica, Carole, a rambling perennial that scrambles through bushes as well as along the ground. It grows at low altitudes, especially close to the sea and clifftops. It's native to the North African coast from Morocco to Egypt, the Alicante area of Spain and the Mediterranean islands of Crete, Malta, Cyprus and the Balearics.
She takes some good photos. I'll have to get my technical adviser (her 13 year old brother) to see if he can download some of them from her camera to my computer for possible posting on the Forum.  ;)
Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on January 19, 2020, 08:58:01 AM »
Dracaena Draco, Canary Islands dragon tree, DRAGO

Spain issued a 5 stamp series in 1973 depicting plants found on Madeira.
The names of the plants printed   in the catalogue I use for reference sometimes differ from the names printed on the stamps. I am going with the names printed on the stamps for this series.

The article I am recommending for the first stamp in this series is in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 53, July 2008.
By Stella Harding and Megan Toms

You can see photographs here
Miscellaneous / Re: Weather
« Last post by Umbrian on January 19, 2020, 08:36:18 AM »
Our beautiful, warm sunny days have come to an end at the moment and some welcome rain fell yesterday. Despite the cold nights, that accompanied the warm days, I still have an assortment of summer flowers surviving alongside winter and early spring subjects such as  Coronilla glauca.  Salvia Costa Rican Blue is the star of the show in that area with flowers on lower branches still bravely opening.  Some plants obviously just don't know what to do however as the snowdrops are only just poking their leaves out of the soil.
(My total count of flowers in Christmas Day was 29 - a record since we have been in Italy)
Miscellaneous / Re: Morning walk
« Last post by Umbrian on January 19, 2020, 08:11:55 AM »
What is flowere number 3 John?
Hope your assistant's efforts were pleasing.....
Miscellaneous / Re: Morning walk
« Last post by John J on January 18, 2020, 04:00:39 PM »
The day was overcast and cold but we needed some fresh air so headed up to one of our favourite local spots, the Ancient Stadium on the cliffs at Kourion.
We found a few flowers braving the weather, including our first mandrake of the season. It was also an opportunity for my assistant to try out her new camera.
Miscellaneous / Re: Cover Drawings of the Journal
« Last post by Hilary on January 18, 2020, 06:28:54 AM »

The cover of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 8, Spring 1997 seems to be anonymous
The drawing is by Derek Toms who provided most of the illustrations of the first journals.

His obituary is in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 33, July 2003
Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on January 17, 2020, 07:22:26 AM »
Pinus pinaster, Maritime pine, PINO NEGRAL

This stamp was issued by Spain in 1972 in a 5 stamp series.

Since we are surrounded by Pine trees you would think I would have put a name to them by now. But no, I am entirely ignorant of the proper name of the trees in the backyard, down the center of one of the main streets of Corinth and in the forest on the way to Epidaurus

These photos were taken on the way to an archaeological site next to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, in Athens. This area is the site of Roman baths and is very little visited

I found an article set in Spain which mentions Maritime pines (Pinus pinaster)
By David Bracey in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 47, January 2007.
Plant identification / Re: What is this please? Confirmed by Oron as Firmiana simplex
« Last post by Umbrian on January 16, 2020, 08:43:09 AM »
Hi David, my Firmiana simplex never did produce flowers but continued to grow well and was an interesting addition to the garden. Whether it is still going strong I do not know...
I have only returned once, briefly, since we left sold the property and was saddened to see that the garden was rather neglected - couldn't bear to linger.....
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