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Fruit and Vegetables / VICIA FAVA
« Last post by Hilary on Today at 06:58:01 AM »
Vicia fava, broad bean, κουκιά

Seen growing in the Royal Botanic Garden, Madrid in April 2018.

My old neighbour used to grow a few of these plants every year among the wild flowers and perennials which used to flower in their turn

Broad beans are mentioned in
THE BALANCE OF NATURE IN A MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
by David J. Bracey
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 75, January 2014
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Miscellaneous / Re: Coronavirus situation
« Last post by Hilary on June 04, 2020, 04:40:03 PM »
JUNE YELLOW FLOWERS numbers 1-6

1 Genista sphacelate, Ancient Nemea, Corinthia, Greece
2 Acacia karroo, Ancient Agora, Athens, Greece
3 Eschscholizia, Corinth, Greece
4 Koelreuteria paniculate, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
5 Lantana, Athens, Greece
6 Dianthus caryophyllus, Corinth Greece

All photos taken between 2009 to 2014. Some of the flowers I remember very well others I don't remember at all
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That's lovey John and an amusing comment re the name! I bought a lovely one the other year 'Kate's White' - it only had  one flowering stem last year and this year nothing although the plant has increased in size and looks healthy. Such are the trials of gardening.
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Miscellaneous / HOUSE PLANTS
« Last post by Hilary on June 04, 2020, 07:39:36 AM »
I remember being told, years ago, that architects are trying to bring the garden into the house
Over the years I have had several houseplants, some more successful than others. When we moved here I was thrilled to have a windowsill at last where I could have a selection of small cacti.
House plants have come and gone , mostly the type of ' we are going visiting so we have to take a present with us '
One of these was this Bromeliad, I think it came wrapped in fuchsia pink shiny paper which I tore off in a manic fashion , What was the florist thinking? 

Bromeliad
A plant given to me by one of my friends on the occasion of my annual, after Christmas, coffee morning.
I am afraid it succumbed to my care of lack of care and is no more

Bromeliads are mentioned in
AGM 2018-THE POST AGM TRIP TO VALENCIA by Valerie Whittington
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 95, January 2019
Photographs illustrating this article can be seen here

http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/95-valencia.html

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A few years ago we acquired bulbs of a couple of Hemerocallis hybrids, with the fanciful names of 'My Reggae Tiger' and 'Wild Horses'. After flowering the first year the Tigers never returned. However the Horses, despite being designated as Wild, seem to have become domesticated.
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Miscellaneous / Re: Coronavirus situation
« Last post by Hilary on June 03, 2020, 03:29:55 PM »
ORANGE FLOWERS IN JUNE numbers 1-3

1 Dahlia and Osteospermum, Tripolis Rest Stop, Arcadia, Greece
2 Gladiolus, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
3 Orange / pink rose, Corinth Greece
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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on June 03, 2020, 06:24:12 AM »
Saturnia pavonia, EMPEROR MOTH

A stamp issued by Guernsey in 1997 in a four-stamp series

Moths in general are mentioned in
GOING NATIVE : GARDEN DESIGN FOR WILDLIFE
By Melissa Hamilton
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 85, July 2016
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Miscellaneous / Re: Coronavirus situation
« Last post by Hilary on June 02, 2020, 04:01:25 PM »
RED FLOWERS IN JUNE 1-3
After that short drive in the car and the wild flowers we saw back to the archives.
 I don't have many photos of flowers in June  but there is plenty of time to go out and find some, a walk around a village is required next Sunday  I think

1 Lobivia silvestris, we used to have a pot of this on the balcony
2 Brachychiton acerfolius, A tall lanky tree growing in the pavement of one of the main streets of Corinth, Greece
3 Aloe mitriformis, A plant we still have but I potted up the offspring and threw the mother away as it got too big for the trough.

I now need to re-pot the re potted as they are too crowded, a job for the autumn 

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Bulbs (including other geophytes with corms, tubers, rhizomes etc) / Re: Nerine
« Last post by Alisdair on June 02, 2020, 12:06:04 PM »
You took the very words out of my mouth, Carole!  ;)
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Bulbs (including other geophytes with corms, tubers, rhizomes etc) / Re: Nerine
« Last post by Umbrian on June 02, 2020, 07:38:15 AM »
Very pretty - worth waiting for :)
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