A to Z of plants continuation

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants continuation
« Reply #75 on: July 08, 2019, 06:41:53 AM »
The genus Euphorbia must be the most diverse in the Plant Kingdom with regard to the size, shape, etc of the plants that comprise it. Today's Euphorbia flanaganii couldn't be more different to yesterday's E. dendroides.
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"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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« Reply #76 on: July 09, 2019, 06:40:22 AM »
One of the most useful too John with many varieties providing year long structure and interest in the garden with minimal care.
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« Reply #77 on: July 09, 2019, 06:49:05 AM »
Exactly, Carole, one of them being Euphorbia milii (not for nothing known as the Crown of Thorns) that needs little or no attention. It has slotted into the role usually occupied by cactus and succulents.
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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« Reply #78 on: July 10, 2019, 06:15:04 AM »
Another unusual variation, Euphorbia trigona.
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"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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« Reply #79 on: July 11, 2019, 05:12:52 AM »
Regular readers of the Forum will perhaps be aware of my particular interest in Cyprus endemics. Today we have one that is, I'm pleased to say, fairly common in the Troodos range, Aphrodite's Spurge, Euphorbia veneris.
As it is not currently in flower I had to resort to posting an old photo.
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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« Reply #80 on: July 11, 2019, 04:48:36 PM »
A bright  photo to start the day with. Do you know which month the photo was taken?
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Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

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John J

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« Reply #81 on: July 11, 2019, 06:39:17 PM »
Hilary, I don't have exact information on this particular photo but from experience of their flowering pattern I'd say it was probably April, a couple of years ago.
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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« Reply #82 on: July 12, 2019, 11:11:33 AM »
Acquired around 4 years ago as something of a novelty plant Farfugium japonicum 'Aureomaculatum' is planted in the shade of a mature tree and given extra water every so often.
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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« Reply #83 on: July 13, 2019, 06:56:55 AM »
Obviously not in flower now but such an unusual one that I couldn't resist resurrecting an old photo. The bulbs of Ferraria crispa were obtained from good friend and Forum Moderator, Fleur, last year.
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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« Reply #84 on: July 14, 2019, 06:57:02 AM »
Many people find gardenias to be temperamental and difficult to grow, as did we until we found a local nursery that grafts them onto the rootstock of a wild variety. Gardenia thunbergia is native to South Africa and not prone to the problems experienced by others of its clan.
The first photo is of Gardenia thunbergia, the second is G. jasminoides in a container, and the last of G. jasminoides 'Radicans' in the ground.
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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« Reply #85 on: July 15, 2019, 06:58:33 AM »
Gasteria carinata var verrucosa, an interesting little plant, if only for its name.  8)
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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« Reply #86 on: July 16, 2019, 05:31:37 AM »
The fairy wands of Gaura lindheimeri wave in the breeze in front of a wild Verbascum sinuatum.
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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« Reply #87 on: July 17, 2019, 06:21:49 AM »
Gynura procumbens, sometimes known as Longevity Spinach, has a multitude of claims made regarding its ability to combat a wide range of diseases, etc. I first heard about this plant a few years ago from a man who had survived a very serious medical condition and was following a regime of only eating healthily, growing his own food organically and researching everything he could find about plants such as this. We acquired 2 plants and intended to follow the recommended action of eating 2 or 3 leaves a day but in the usual daily rush we often forget! :-[
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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« Reply #88 on: July 18, 2019, 06:09:50 AM »
Hamelia patens is native to the Americas, sub-tropical and tropical regions, so they will take the heat but do benefit from supplementary watering. Apparently their fruit is a small berry that is edible but our 2 plants have never produced any. Perhaps this is due to the fact that they are pollinated by humming-birds and they are in short supply in Cyprus. :D
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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« Reply #89 on: July 19, 2019, 08:51:11 AM »
The ever popular Helichrysum italicum and ever useful H. petiolare, good for ground cover, cascading over walls or down slopes.
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)