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Plant suppliers / Re: Oron Peri's website
« Last post by Fermi on July 16, 2018, 10:28:39 AM »
In Australia we can only order seed  :'( (unless you have very deep pockets for quarantine procedures!) but we found out about the website a few weeks earlier and I've just received a note from Oron to say my order is on its way ;D
Miscellaneous / Re: Art in the Garden
« Last post by Pallas on July 16, 2018, 10:00:35 AM »
Charitea, your mosaic is absolutely ravishing! I love the delicate shading of the colours and the different textures of the trees and walls. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. You are a true artist.

David, I also love your lotus water bowl with the fish. I don't think it is at all kitsch, and even it if were, as long as you enjoy it, that's the most important thing. I also love the way your idea was "marinading" for some time before it all came together: the wet stones, the bowl, the fish -- sometimes, it takes time for everything to come together just right.

If you find the time, I'd be grateful for more info on the solar-powered pump, its design and how you mounted it into the bowl. Trickling water doesn't go with the waterlilies in my garden water feature (a large stone bathtub) so I have been hatching plans for a small fountain for the patio and keep being stumped by wanting to be green, ie not use electricity.

I am not very artistically gifted, so my 'art in the garden' is purchased: two cast-metal cranes, with a beautiful green patina, recently found on a Spanish second-hand/flea market/antiques website. They are perfect in the lush planting around the white stone bathtub.

The sound of trickling water in summer is so refreshing, as the Moors here in Andalucia and Arabs well knew. The Japanese also use water to evoke coolness, perhaps more the sight rather than the sound of it, and in summer it is very popular to place wind chimes to catch cooling breezes.

Sorry for rambling... it's hot!
Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on July 16, 2018, 05:20:03 AM »
Tulipa gesneriana

This stamp was issued by Turkey in 1960 in a four stamp series named

When we were in Madrid this spring there was an exhibition of tulips at
One of the beds was filled with deep purple tulips named ‘Blue Amiable’

As you can imagine there are many references to tulips in
I chose
DESIGNING AN OTTOMAN GARDEN by Nicholas Stavroulakis, I thought this article was fitting since the stamp is from Turkey
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 9, Summer 1997

Perennials / Salvia guaranatica 'Villa Devoto'
« Last post by David Dickinson on July 16, 2018, 02:03:36 AM »
Hi Charithea and John

Good to hear the the Salvias have taken for you. I posted a photo of this plant a couple of years ago without realising it was 'Villa Devoto' which is a low growing form which suckers outwards. I had it in totally the wrong spot as I was expecting it to grow taller than the plants around it. Now that I have learnt, it has been moved. After being cut to the ground with the terrible cold snap we had this year it now looks like this photo taken at dusk today. The photo of the flower was taken a couple of weeks ago. I am sure you will like yours when it comes into flower. Well worth the wait.
Miscellaneous / Re: Morning walk
« Last post by John J on July 15, 2018, 12:44:14 PM »
You are correct, Carole, it is Salvia 'Love and Wishes'. It's the one that Sonia bought for Charithea while we were in Italy in May. As you can see it has already recovered from being pruned back severely in order to fit into the hand luggage. It too is in a pot in partial shade at the front of the house, so it also gets water.
Miscellaneous / Re: Morning walk
« Last post by Umbrian on July 15, 2018, 10:42:02 AM »
If I am correct one of the flowers featured is Salvia 'Love and Wishes' ?
Mine are standing up to the high temperatures we are experiencing surprisingly well considering it is a 'soft' Salvia - not a woody based one with small leaves. Even one in more or less full sun is coping well but is not as big as those that get some relief. I should add they are all in pots and so do get water.......
Miscellaneous / Re: A BBC news article that may be of interest to the botanists
« Last post by Umbrian on July 15, 2018, 10:33:34 AM »
Came onto the Forum for a second time this morning to post about that article David!
I was most interested to read about the ' saving' of Narcissus and Daffodil bulbs that were threatened by a tiny worm about 100 years ago - can't imagine the spring garden without them.....
Miscellaneous / Re: Morning walk
« Last post by Alisdair on July 15, 2018, 07:59:50 AM »
What a collection you have, John!
Miscellaneous / Re: Art in the Garden - David's fountain
« Last post by Alisdair on July 15, 2018, 07:57:34 AM »
It's lovely, David! (And very ingenious.) Also, thanks for revealing that there are such things as small solar-powered fountains.
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