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 on: April 23, 2017, 05:27:20 PM 
Started by Umbrian - Last post by John J
I realize that I am a couple of years or so out of date with this thread but perhaps better late than never. Smiley
We've had our 'Hot Lips' for several years and it regularly produces a combination of the colours mentioned, all-red, all-white or bi-coloured. I read somewhere that it was to do with the time of year and the temperature but I've never found any correlation between the two.

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 on: April 23, 2017, 05:14:49 PM 
Started by John - Last post by John J
Hilary,
I'm a little late on this one, been away and still trying to catch up. Here in Cyprus the Melia is known as 'mavromata' (dark eyes), 'paskalia' is given mainly to the lilac as it flowers around Easter.

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 on: April 23, 2017, 04:55:59 PM 
Started by Umbrian - Last post by Umbrian
Thanks Fermi- we seem to be of the same mind.......wonder if anyone else has other ideas......if not I shall feel quite proud at having dredged this name from the far depths of my memory......even simple names seems to escape me at times these days Smiley

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 on: April 23, 2017, 03:42:12 PM 
Started by John - Last post by Fermi
White Cedar also occurs naturally in northern Australia: https://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/interns-2008/melia-azedarach.html
but can become a weed outside its usual range. It's used quite a lot as a street tree and in gardens in Melbourne and other parts of southern Australia
cheers
fermi

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 on: April 23, 2017, 03:18:04 PM 
Started by Umbrian - Last post by Fermi
It looks like Corokia cotoneaster to me,
cheers
fermi

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 on: April 23, 2017, 09:51:05 AM 
Started by John J - Last post by John J
On opening the blinds this morning was greeted by a mass of flowers on one of our Epiphyllums.

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 on: April 23, 2017, 08:52:48 AM 
Started by Umbrian - Last post by Umbrian
Can anybody identify this plant for me? It was given to me by my young helper who saw it at a small nursery she visited that was full of unusual plants. It is in a small pot and the growth is very "twiggy" I think the shape of the leaves might be a clue- the new ones are a bright shiny green but appear to darken considerably when older - white/ grey on the underside. I did think of Corokia as I think I detect a spine on one piece of the lower growth but the shape of the leaves did not seem to fit....

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 on: April 23, 2017, 06:28:38 AM 
Started by Hilary - Last post by Hilary
Narcissus incomparabilis

This stamp was in the series GARDEN FLOWERS issued by Poland in 1964.

The Blacksmiths’ Needle, which stands on the Quayside in Newcastle upon Tyne, was made to commemorate all the blacksmiths who had worked in shipyards and factories on the Tyne.
Since one of my ancestors, apparently, was a blacksmith I thought I would add this photo of metal daffodils, one of the many objects on the needle.
The Quayside is now a very pleasant and interesting walk,
 
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Blacksmiths’ needle 1996
Blacksmiths Needle - Members of the British Association of Blacksmith Artists 1996
Location - Promenade
Materials - Forged Steel
Commissioned by - TWDC
The Needle is conical in form with six sections. Each section contains objects, which relate to one of the senses including the sixth. The objects were made in public “forge-ins” with a mainly maritime theme. The work was inaugurated in May 1997 by Evelyn Glennie, the percussionist ringing a bell which hangs inside the needle.

Narcissus are mentioned many times in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
Today I have chosen issue number 67 January, 2012   for you to read.
TO WATER OR NOT TO WATER?
WATERING PRACTICES AT SPAROZA by Caroline Harbouri

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 on: April 22, 2017, 02:41:32 PM 
Started by Charithea - Last post by John J
My wife's latest pride and joy, a Salvia indica grown from seed. The seeds were obtained from the MGS Seed Exchange.

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 on: April 22, 2017, 02:36:05 PM 
Started by Daisy - Last post by John J
A little over a year ago my wife posted a photo of a newly acquired rose that was labelled as 'Andreanna's Parfum'. I have been unable to find any info on roses going under this name. However, the plant has flowered again this year and the photo does not come close to doing justice to the velvety look of the petals.

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