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Miscellaneous / Re: Botanical Trivia
« Last post by Hilary on Today at 11:47:11 AM »
Great something to read with a cup of tea while a gale blows outside.
So while you are on the Tradescant trail what about these two?
Miscellaneous / Re: Botanical Trivia
« Last post by John J on Today at 10:28:20 AM »
John Tradescant the Elder (c 1570-1638) was a renowned gardener and plant collector. I recently came across a list of plants that he had acquired between 1629 and 1633. He had written the list in the back of his own copy of John Parkinson's book 'Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris'.
It particularly struck me as the first three plants on the list were ones that I have in my own garden today. I had not realised that the history of these plants being grown in the UK went back so far.
The plants are:
Sittissos Amarantinum (Medicago arborea).
Barba Jovis (Anthyllis barba-jovis). Tradescant was the first to grow this plant in England.
Poligolan (Coronilla valentina).
The above basically originate in the Mediterranean area. The list is quite extensive and once I have had time to study it more closely I may add other posts.
Miscellaneous / Re: Morning walk
« Last post by Fleur Pavlidis on November 19, 2017, 07:17:03 PM »
A group of non-gardeners at Sparoza last week remained unimpressed by a drift of Narcissus serotinus in 'Derek's garden'. Weird people.
Miscellaneous / Re: Morning walk
« Last post by John J on November 17, 2017, 10:05:09 AM »
Although we have had virtually no rain so far this season, and certainly nothing like the catastrophic downpours that have caused such devastation in Greece, the narcissus are beginning to make their annual appearance. I never cease to be amazed by how such delicate plants can punch their way through the hardest of surfaces, even in areas frequented by vehicles belonging to 'hunters'.
Places to visit / Re: Diomedes Botanical Garden, Athens, Greece
« Last post by Hilary on November 17, 2017, 06:54:01 AM »
Diomedes Botanical garden part 3
I quote
“Finally, a lot of aquatic and hydrophilic species of global interest grow in the continually flowing water of the 25 pools”

After the Ornamental Plants Section we moved on to look at some of the plants growing in the pools.

Nelumbo nucifera, Indian Lotus, only seed heads to be admired as it was autumn.
Lemna minor, Common Duckweed, which we were told, we are going to eat when we live in space. 

I read about both these plants on Kewscience, Plants of the World online.
However, I don’t know if it is allowed to copy/ paste their address but it is easily found
Places to visit / Re: Diomedes Botanical Garden, Athens, Greece
« Last post by Hilary on November 16, 2017, 03:45:26 PM »
Diomedes Botanical Garden part 2
Next we arrived at the Ornamental Plants Section

There is a line of trees along one side of this section, including, among others,    Ginkgo biloba, Cercis siliquastrum, Judas tree, Duranta erectum bushes, probably an Acacia farnesiana, Sweet Acacia and many other firm favourites for Mediterranean gardens. Our knowledgeable guide centered his talk at this point on the Ginkgo biloba   which fascinated everyone.

The flower beds in the lawns were rather short of flowers it being autumn. I did see a Trachelium caeruleum, Blue Throatwort which Oron, of this Forum, kindly identified also a lone Canna flower.

Growing up the pergola was a Bauhinia yunnanensis, Orchid Vine, which I was able to identify from the article by Diana Farr Louis which I mentioned yesterday.
Pampas Grass, Cortaderia selloana, dominated one of the lawns and there was a rose collection in another.

The line of ornamental trees can be seen in the photo which shows the rose bed.

I love it when there are labels and one of the rules of the garden states, I quote
“Misplacing or damaging the Garden signs or the tags identifying the plant species, besides the inconvenience it causes to visitors, is extremely costly for the Garden and troublesome to the maintenance personnel.”
Pests and diseases / Re: A problem with pine martens
« Last post by JTh on November 16, 2017, 12:45:09 PM »
We had a bad experience with pine marten in our small cabin in the mountains in Norway; they can really make considerable damage. When we came there at Easter one year, we found traces of soot everywhere, and the beds where covered with a mixture of sugar, rolled oats and cocoa. The culprit left revealing signs: there were sooty footprints on the cover of the gas stove. Martins are very good climbers and this one came down from the roof via the chimney and out through the fireplace. Now we have learnt to block the chimney damper and to leave anything edible in tight boxes. It also used the sofa as loo, fortunately, it was cold (around -20o C, indoors) so it hardly left any marks and.

We were lucky, though, one of our nearest neighbours (about 500 m from our cabin) had a visit as well, they had a 7kg cured ham hanging in one of the cross beams in the ceiling. The marten climbed up the wall, crossed the beam and gnawed the string holding the ham. It fell down with such force that two floor boards were splintered and had to be replaced.

Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that the many electronic devices on the market have more than a very limited and short-term effect, according to the Danish Pest Infestation Laboratory, the University of Aarhus, referring to German investigations. But hopefully the devices mentioned by Sisyphus were not included in the Germans’ investigations, so good luck to both of you.

Funny though, some people are trying to chase the martens, others are going to great lengths to get a glance of them. I read a blog which describes a new type of photo tourism offering a hide where you may see martens, if you are lucky; I suppose it is not for free…
Miscellaneous / Re: Morning walk
« Last post by John J on November 16, 2017, 08:27:10 AM »
Our Rosa moschata is beginning to make its grand entrance.
Plant identification / Re: mauve flower
« Last post by Hilary on November 16, 2017, 07:58:42 AM »
Many thanks, Oron
Pests and diseases / Re: A problem with pine martens
« Last post by Mikalis on November 15, 2017, 11:44:23 PM »
Hi Sisyphus
Thank you for your post, we have tried the ultrasonic devices but did not find them helpful, we tried the infrared light detector but no real success!
They are terrible
I thought of installing electrified fencing but is not practical as the marten are very good climber and a very good jumpers
Please let me know if u find a solution. Thanks
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