A to Z of plants continuation

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants continuation
« Reply #45 on: June 12, 2019, 10:32:50 AM »
With regard to today's post and the Buddleja davidii. I used some old photos as our plants had not yet begun to flower and I thought they would look a bit dull and boring. When I returned from a shopping trip at lunch time my wife pointed out that one of them had suddenly burst into bloom. So I took a photo, complete with Green Shield Bug!
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants continuation
« Reply #46 on: June 13, 2019, 06:20:53 AM »
Another buddleja, this one Buddleja madagascariensis. A rather lax plant that we have found will grow up and over everything if left to its own devices. Attractive orange-yellow flowers but with a smell that I find unpleasant while some don't seem to mind it.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants continuation
« Reply #47 on: June 14, 2019, 09:34:00 AM »
In the challenging climatic conditions prevailing in our garden many plants take a long time, years in some cases, to establish. A case in point is our Calliandra californica that we obtained 7 years ago and is not much larger now than it was then.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants continuation
« Reply #48 on: June 15, 2019, 04:55:10 AM »
We have a mature Callistemon viminalis tree that flowers well every spring, just caught the last of them.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants continuation
« Reply #49 on: Today at 07:31:51 AM »
 Carissa macrocarpa is planted outside our retaining wall and hangs over. Out there it gets no supplementary water except for what might seep under the wall when we water the succulents on this side. The flowers are pleasantly scented and if planted en masse it could make an effective security fence with its compact growth and vicious thorns.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)