A to Z of plants

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John J

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Re: A to Z of plants
« Reply #30 on: April 18, 2016, 08:42:08 AM »
Cynara scolymus
Globe artichokes grow and produce every year without assistance before they die down.

Cyperus papyrus
Grows in our pseudo-tropical area, with shade and some irrigation.

Now for D:-

Delphinium staphysagria
Mediterranean native. Original seeds obtained from Sparoza. Self seed every year and appear in the most unexpected places. Very architectural as they can reach up to almost 2m in height in certain conditions.
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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
« Reply #31 on: April 18, 2016, 08:43:47 AM »
Dicliptera suberecta
I can't remember whether this was obtained from Sparoza or the garden of Forum Moderator, and good friend, Fleur. Whichever, the original plant has produced several offspring from cuttings.

Dietes bicolor
Beautiful, rather un-iris-like flowers.
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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
« Reply #32 on: April 18, 2016, 08:44:41 AM »
Dietes grandiflora
Beautiful, rather more iris-like flowers.
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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
« Reply #33 on: April 20, 2016, 07:23:19 AM »
Draceana marginata 'Tricolor'
Rescued house plant, planted out.

Drimia maritima
Wild plants rescued from a housing construction site.

Duranta erecta
Mature bush.
Also D. erecta 'Sweet Memories' which has deeper blue flowers.
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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
« Reply #34 on: April 20, 2016, 07:24:32 AM »
Moving on to E:-

Echeveria agavoides

Echinops backebergia

Echinops oxygona

Echium candicans
Spectacularly architectural when in flower, but short-lived. We take cuttings every year as back-ups.
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
« Reply #35 on: April 21, 2016, 04:36:36 PM »
Eleagnus angustifolia
Sweet scented flowers. Fruit an acquired taste, consistency of cotton wool.
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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
« Reply #36 on: April 21, 2016, 04:37:59 PM »
Epiphyllum anguliger

Epiphyllum oxypetalum
Extremely large, powerfully-scented flowers that open at night.
We also have three hybrids but they haven't inherited the scent.
'Desert Moon'
'JT Barber'
'Elektra'
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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
« Reply #37 on: April 21, 2016, 04:39:15 PM »
Eremophila glabra
Tough Australian native that endures full sun for much of the day with no supplementary water.
Also E. maculata 'Aurea'.

Eriobotrya japonica
Sweetly scented flowers open Dec/Jan to be followed by juicy loquats.

Eriocephalus africanus
Another very drought tolerant shrub, this one from South Africa.
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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
« Reply #38 on: April 21, 2016, 04:40:43 PM »
Eschscholzia californica
Prolific self-seeder.

Euphorbia acanthothamnus
Very drought tolerant plant, obtained from MGS garden Sparoza.

Euphorbia dendroides
Another very drought tolerant plant from Sparoza. Summer dormant, in fact looks like dead sticks, don't be fooled it will come back.

Euphorbia milii

Euphorbia veneris
Fairly common Cyprus endemic.
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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
« Reply #39 on: April 24, 2016, 06:39:03 PM »
Euryops pectinatus
Thanks for the reminder, Fleur, as I had overlooked these on my recces.
Mixed results. One growing strongly while others appear to be struggling.

Falkia repens

Farfugium japonicum
Obtained last Nov as a curiosity. In a container as it needs to be kept moist. Slugs and snails love its fleshy leaves.

Ficus carica
What can be said about the common fig except that ours is not irrigated but still fruits well.

Gardenia thunbergia
We have found gardenias in general to be extremely temperamental and sensitive beasts. This one, however, is surviving in the ground in a shaded, sheltered position.

Gaura lindheimeri

Gerbera jamesonii
Assorted colours.
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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
« Reply #40 on: April 25, 2016, 12:20:40 PM »
Hello H:-

Haageocereus versicolor

Hamelia patens
Two small bushes that have taken time to establish but seem to be settling down.

Hardenbergia violacea

Haworthia attenuata

Haworthia coarctata

Hedychium coccineum 'Tara
Grown in semi-shade in improved soil as they can be both greedy feeders as well as thirsty ones in growth. Spectacular, scented flower spikes.
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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
« Reply #41 on: April 25, 2016, 12:23:43 PM »
Hedychium gardnerianum

Hedychium greenii
All ginger lilies acquired from a specialist nursery near Newark, Notts, UK.

Helichrysum italicum

Helictotrichon sempervirens
Small grass plant obtained from a speaker at the MGS AGM in Ischia in Oct 2015. Survived the winter, waiting to see how it fares in the summer.

Hemerocallis fulvia
Reliable flowerers.
Also H. 'Wild Horses' and H. 'My Reggae Tiger'.
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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
« Reply #42 on: April 26, 2016, 01:51:27 PM »
Hibiscus mutabilis
Flowers open virginal white before blushing pink, finally turning scarlet as they drop.
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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
« Reply #43 on: April 26, 2016, 01:52:20 PM »
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Assorted colours. Very sensitive to cold.
Also H. rosa-sinensis 'Cooperi' a compact plant with variegated foliage and smaller, more delicate red flowers.

Hibiscus syriacus
Two plants that are growing slowly but flower well.
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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
« Reply #44 on: April 26, 2016, 01:53:05 PM »
Hibiscus tiliaceus
Two plants deliberately kept low rather than being allowed to become trees. Surprised at how relatively drought tolerant they are considering their origins. The common names of; Sea Hibiscus, Beach Hibiscus and Coastal Hibiscus give a clue.
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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)