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Miscellaneous / Re: What is it 85?
« Last post by JTh on September 25, 2017, 09:31:19 PM »
You gave it away too soon, Fermi.
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Miscellaneous / Re: What is it 85?
« Last post by John J on September 25, 2017, 08:55:05 AM »
Hi Fermi, I guess you guys down there haven't spent a summer getting your brain cells fried by 40+ temperatures.  8)
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Miscellaneous / Re: What is it 85?
« Last post by Fermi on September 25, 2017, 07:45:01 AM »
Looks like something Sandra would be cross not to know ;)
cheers
fermi
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Miscellaneous / Re: Botanical Trivia
« Last post by John J on September 25, 2017, 06:53:18 AM »
The cover photo on yesterday's MGS Facebook page is of an Echium. Apparently these plants were once thought to discourage snakes. Also it seems that drinking the root in wine was considered to be effective against snake bites. A bit of a drastic way of finding an excuse to have a quick tipple to my mind!  :-\
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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on September 25, 2017, 05:55:51 AM »
SILENE
Silene burchellii

Another stamp issued by Ruanda Urundi in  1953 in a series named INDIGENOUS FLORA

To see photos of this plant and to read about it go to
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123370

The photo is of Silene colorata growing at the Ancient port of Lechaion, Korinthos Greece.

Silene seems to be a very common wild plant and there are many references to different silene in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, but not Silene burchelli.

Since I found a reference to Sparoza I thought I would point you to issue number 66, October 2011to the article
SPAROZA AS AN EXAMPLE:
A GARDENER’S WORK…. by Fleur Pavlidis
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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on September 25, 2017, 05:52:31 AM »
Thanks for the photos of Tecoma stans showing its 'proper' colour
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Miscellaneous / What is it 85?
« Last post by John J on September 25, 2017, 05:29:34 AM »
Perhaps something gentle to stimulate the grey cells following the incredibly hot summer we have just endured? Any takers for this?
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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by John J on September 25, 2017, 05:18:05 AM »
Hilary, a couple of photos of our Tecoma stans and Tecoma stans 'Orange Jubilee' taken yesterday for comparison.
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Hi JTH,

I can see why you might think it is an ordinary honey bee from the last picture I posted. Here are 2 photos that I took today while the bee was taking a well earned rest and having a feed. If it is a honey bee that is a little deranged, that would be good, as once it dies the other insects will be able to come back.
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Wildlife in the garden (birds, butterflies, and how to attract them) / Re: Welcome or not?
« Last post by JTh on September 24, 2017, 08:42:23 AM »
Are you sure it`s  not an ordinary honey bee?  It certainly does not look like any carpenter bee I have seen. If it's a single specimen with behavioural problems, I wouldn'y worry, they don't live that long; working bees have a life span of five to six weeks during the  active season
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