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 on: Today at 08:43:03 AM 
Started by Hilary - Last post by John J
I hate to be controversial but, as with Paphiopedilum (another of the Lady's slipper orchids), the Lady in question is actually Aphrodite. The cypri in Cypripedium refers to Cyprus, the birthplace of Aphrodite and hence in Greek mythology she is often called the Cyprian. For confirmation look up William T Stearn's explanation.

 on: Today at 07:43:29 AM 
Started by Hilary - Last post by Hilary
Cypripedium calceolus, Lady's slipper orchid

Talking about Lady's slipper orchids this stamp was issued by the Royal Mail in 1998 in a series named ENDANGERED SPECIES

The text is from the presentation pack.

Determined to find some reference to Lady's slippers in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN I found one in issue number 73, July 2013.
In the letters section at the back of the journal there is a letter by Dimitri Manthos about plants named after saints and other religious associations.
I quote from the letter
There are many plant names incorporating the word ”Lady’s”, referring to Our Lady, The Virgin Mary, e.g.Lady's slipper orchid etc.

 on: Today at 07:14:12 AM 
Started by John J - Last post by John J
During the winter on a visit to a Garden Centre that I frequent the owner mentioned that he had been offered a few species of water plants for selling. He wasn't sure about accepting them as he didn't know how they would fare in Cyprus, so I volunteered to trial some for him. One was a Pontederia cordata and the photos show the first flower opening. The pond is in full sun all day and you can possibly see how the leaves suffer from scorching in the heat, and it's only May. When the temperature ratchets up by 10 degrees or more they're really going to burn I'd say.

 on: May 27, 2017, 11:46:09 PM 
Started by David Dickinson - Last post by Caroline
Hi David

I will describe my experience to see if it is of any help.  First, I don't think root disturbance is a worry (although I can understand why you would treat your surviving seedling with caution).  I moved a similar seedling - they pop up often -this autumn, and it seems to be doing fine. My original plant of Geranium incanum was looking very sad by the end of the summer (dry spring, wet late summer).  It had a thatch of dead leaves and I thought it was on the way out.  But I trimmed it back heftily, and it is now looking delightful, fresh green foliage and a few flowers. 

I can't comment on the cold, as we might have one degree of frost once or twice in winter. I am right by the sea, which helps.   Smiley



 on: May 27, 2017, 01:20:26 PM 
Started by David Dickinson - Last post by David Dickinson

As far as I can see this plant has only been mentioned once on the forum, by Caroline October 02, 2015, in "Plant of the Day". I was really taken with the foliage and got a visitor to bring one over from the UK last summer. It produced 4 (I recall) flowers and then died right back having never really grown much. The extremely cold winter finished it off completely. I brought one back myself a month ago and it is already dead. Caroline notes that it is very resilient where she is.

Evidently one of the flowers from last year must have produced seed. A seedling has sprung up in a vase which contains a frost-victim succulent. So now I have a dilemma. Is it that Geranium incanum doesn't like root disturbance? Or being moved? For the moment I am going to leave it where it is and simply cut the Crassula ovata down to ground level. But any advice on where I have gone wrong to date would be gratefully received.

 on: May 27, 2017, 08:03:32 AM 
Started by Alisdair - Last post by Alisdair
This topic has been moved to Moderator's Forum.

 on: May 27, 2017, 05:16:38 AM 
Started by Hilary - Last post by Hilary
Heurnia zebrina, Owl Eyes


In 1988 South Africa issued a series of stamps, named SUCCULENTS, designed by Hein Botha.

There are 15 stamps in all and I have 14 of them. To have 14 stamps of a 15 stamp series must have taken some care and planning by the person writing to me.

There is plenty of information about this plant here

Succulents in general are mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN quite a few times 
I have chosen TMG number 71, January 2013,
KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDEN by Margaret Johnston for you to read

 on: May 26, 2017, 09:27:11 PM 
Started by Mikalis - Last post by Mikalis
I am a new member joined recently
I live in Crete and having great deal of problem with martens, they climb up the fruit trees eating the fruit breaking the new shoots! I wonder if any members have a solution to this.

 on: May 26, 2017, 07:14:07 AM 
Started by Hilary - Last post by Hilary
Dietes grandiflora, Large Wild Iris, Fairy Iris

A stamp issued by South Africa in 1974

Read all about it here

Dietes grandiflora is mentioned a couple of times in
 Once more I point you to the latest issue of our journal number 88, April 2017 and to the article written by Valerie Whittington 

She writes

We saw banks of Dietes grandiflora in many places – even though these flowers also last but a day, new flowers open over an extended period. I would love to have some in my garden

I see that a photo of Dietes iridioides was posted  on the MGS Facebook page this week,by coincidence I already had this post prepared of Dietes grandiflora

 on: May 25, 2017, 10:03:46 AM 
Started by Joanna Savage - Last post by Alisdair
Quite agree, Joanna. Far from being pretty-pretty, this is a bold departure from the usual design. It's based on a Gozo limestone quarry, colonised with Maltese native plants just as in many derelict Mediterranean quarries. It was very brave of James to push ahead with such an uncompromising design. This is the picture we put on the MGS facebook page - as you can imagine, there were quite a lot of comments (not all of them complimentary).

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