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Notices / Re: Memories of past AGMs
« Last post by Hilary on August 12, 2020, 07:26:46 PM »
I read the articles this evening and decided to scan one of the drawings in the journal
Castello di Celsa with lemon trees
Drawing by Jacques Thompson

Miscellaneous / Re: Coronavirus situation
« Last post by Hilary on August 12, 2020, 03:23:39 PM »

The title is a bit misleading as I never found it when I went looking for it in 1967

I crossed from Poros to Galata on the mainland on one of the small passenger ferries and set out walking to find Ancient Troezen.  I was fascinated with the story of Theseus who, as you all know, was born in Troezen.
The spring scenery was glorious and the road lined with wild flowers. I passed the tower which I snapped and decided that that must be all that is left of the ancient town and returned to Galata and Poros.

Now with the help of the Internet and satellite photos I realized that I had taken the wrong road and was quite near the site of Ancient Troezen.
I also learned that the ruin I snapped is the

By coincidence there are photos of Poros and  places nearby   taken by Tasos Lada on THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY Face Book site today

There is some information about Troezen/ Trizina here

Notices / Re: Memories of past AGMs
« Last post by John J on August 12, 2020, 01:53:53 PM »
Hilary, thanks for the encouragement. I got out my Journal, reread that article and was disappointed to realise that Joanna had listed the countries members had attended from, but no mention of Cyprus, although there were 4 of us from here. If she was lumping Cyprus in with Greece that would be even more disappointing.
Anyway, I came across a few more photos from Tuscany in my archives.
Castello di Celsa, the 200 steps in the garden of the Villa Cetinale and statues outside the Uffizi Palace in Florence.
Notices / Re: Memories of past AGMs
« Last post by Hilary on August 12, 2020, 10:26:50 AM »
What a good idea . I am looking forward to seeing your photos

Meanwhile I found the article about this particular AGM in the index to the journal under A

THE AGM 2003 IN TUSCANY (1)  by Joanna Millar
AGM 2003 IN TUSCANY (2) by Allan Lover
Notices / Memories of past AGMs
« Last post by John J on August 12, 2020, 09:47:27 AM »
Taking inspiration from Hilary's postings of places she has visited in the past I looked back at the MGS AGMs that I have attended over the years.
I joined the MGS on 1 Jan 1998 but it was not until 2003 that I attended my first AGM. Prior to this I believe they had been held in the following locations:-
1995/96/97  at the MGS HQ garden, Sparoza
1998  Palma, Mallorca
1999  La Mortola, Italy
2000  Palermo, Sicily
2001  Athens
2002  California
The venue for 2003 was Tuscany and this was too tempting to ignore.
We stayed in the Hotel Due Mari, Rapolano Terme, near Siena. (1st photo).
The programme included visits to the Castello di Celsa, Villa Cetinale, the Bosco della Ragnaia. (2nd photo). The Villa di Geggiano (3rd photo), Siena (4th & 5th photos). The monastery of Certosa di Pontignano, Pienza (6th photo), La Foce, Villa Capponi, the Boboli Gardens in Florence. The last photo is of the view along the river from the Ponte Vecchio.
I apologise for the quality of the photos but they had to be scanned as they were taken before I acquired a digital camera.
Cacti and succulents / New plant
« Last post by John J on August 12, 2020, 06:05:58 AM »
Yesterday we acquired a new plant. We had driven up to Nicosia for something and took the opportunity to call in on friends and fellow MGS members, Demetrios and Sarah Michaelides, to drop off some rooted salvia cuttings we'd grown for them. In return we received a small plant of a variety of Pereskia. I think it may be P. sacharosa but I can't be certain. Looking forward to it growing to flowering size.
Miscellaneous / Re: Coronavirus situation
« Last post by Hilary on August 11, 2020, 04:52:37 PM »

The first time I was on Poros was the 21st April 1967.
The first two photos show the town of Poros and its landmark clocktower. I think the hill was covered in Prickly pear plants at the time but later photos show pine trees. The town has a few cypress trees scattered here and there

The third photo shows the view to the south and the narrow straight between Poros and the Peloponnese. Apparently, the famous lemon orchard is there on the mainland but I have never been there, another place to put on the list.

 Poros can be reached by boat from Piraeus or by a ferry boat from Galata on the mainland

Not a television aerial to be seen

The last three photos are of Poros in 2007 starring olive trees, pine trees and a cypress tree in a church yard
Perennials / Re: Geranium incanum
« Last post by David Dickinson on August 11, 2020, 09:44:13 AM »
Hi Caroline,

It was your original posting a few years ago that introduced me to this plant. I love the leaves. Happy for you that you can grow it and mystified why it won't grow for me. I said in my last posting that I have given up but....packets of seed are cheap and I could try with much more gravel in the soil. I have always sown the seed in a well draining mix but if I try with a gravel bed type mixture???

It can't be the heat here as this year's seedlings were all dead long before the hot days of summer arrived. I wonder if there is too much lime in the water?
Our Pancratium maritimum are continuing their tradition of flowering in early August.
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