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Perennials / Puya
« Last post by Fermi on Today at 12:32:47 PM »
This Puya chilensis was planted about 16 years ago and has only flowered twice before - this year we have 3 spikes at the same time!
First pic is from 20-08-2020 as the first spikes started to emerge.
Second is from 16-09-2020
3-10-2020 the bracts are unfurling to reveal the flower-panicles
13-10-2020 - first flowers open
Last pics from 18-10-2020
cheers
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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on Today at 07:23:53 AM »
Campanula carpatica, Carpathian harebell

A stamp issued by Romania in 1967 in a six-stamp series named
 MOUNTAIN FLORA

Campanula carpatica is mentioned in THE BLESSINGS OF RAIN:
MAY 2004 IN LAZIO
By Annemarie Kasteel
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 40, April 2005
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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on October 18, 2020, 07:08:19 AM »
Paeonia romanica, synonym for Paeonia peregrina Miller

A stamp issued by Romania in 1961 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Botanical Garden, Bucharest. There are nine stamps in the series

Paeonia peregrina is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
number 83, January 2016 in
EPIRUS, THE NORTH, THE MOUNTAINS…
By Caroline Davies
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Bulbs (including other geophytes with corms, tubers, rhizomes etc) / Re: Tritonia
« Last post by Fermi on October 18, 2020, 01:42:00 AM »
It is a lovely colour.
Hi Charithea,
in real life it's eye-burning bright! ;D
Here's a mystery Tritonia going around as Tritonia lineata 'Pink Lace' - it doesn't fit the description of Tritonia lineata on-line so it could be a hybrid
cheers
fermi
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Miscellaneous / Re: Cover Drawings of the Journal
« Last post by Hilary on October 17, 2020, 05:50:29 AM »
The cover illustration of the journal number 34, October 2003 is a lithograph by Adrian Bartlett entitled ‘Morning Walk by the Old Olive’

In the same journal there is an article by Brian Chatterton entitled
PRUNING OLIVE TREES

The photo is of an old Olive tree near Argos, Greece
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Trees and Shrubs / Re: Roses
« Last post by Fermi on October 17, 2020, 01:33:47 AM »
Rosa 'Lorraine Lee' is a well known Australian rose bred by Alister Clark using Rosa gigantea, I think. In Melbourne it flowers through the winter but up here it waits till the frosts are over. It has a sweet scent typical of tea-scented roses.
This is a climbing version that we have trained up a wrought iron support
cheers
fermi
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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on October 16, 2020, 06:13:04 AM »
Perilla frutescens, Σίσο

North Korea issued a four-stamp series in 1974 named
OIL PRODUCING PLANTS 

Perilla is mentioned in a few issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
I chose number 90, October 2017 to read COMPROMISES by Caroline Harbouri
 
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Bulbs (including other geophytes with corms, tubers, rhizomes etc) / Re: Tritonia
« Last post by Charithea on October 15, 2020, 12:20:15 PM »
It is a lovely colour.
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Miscellaneous / Re: Plants of the world on postage stamps
« Last post by Hilary on October 15, 2020, 07:08:13 AM »
Ferocactus glaucescens, Glaucus barrel cactus

A stamp issued in 1965 by Romania to celebrate
 the 45th Anniversary of the Founding of Cluj Botanical Garden 
There are 10 stamps in this series

Ferocactus
is mentioned in
GARDENING IN A SPANISH NATURE RESERVE
By Beate M. Henz
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 81, July 2015
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Bulbs (including other geophytes with corms, tubers, rhizomes etc) / Re: Tritonia
« Last post by Fermi on October 15, 2020, 12:12:32 AM »
Hi Charithea,
I hope the rains come soon for you - we have a similar anxious wait here especially since we rely on tank water for the house!
Here is the typical Tritonia crocata in bright orange - we also have some "peach" forms which are still in bud
cheers
fermi
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