Alisdair's FB page today

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Joanna Savage

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Alisdair's FB page today
« on: October 01, 2016, 12:25:55 PM »
Hello Alisdair, i enjoyed seeing the MGS pomegranates this morning but am also wondering what is the blue flowered plant in the pots. It looks to be an interesting subject to be so showy at this time of year. Thanks Joanna

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John J

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Re: Alisdair's FB page today
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2016, 12:56:02 PM »
Joanna, I'm sure Alisdair will correct me if I'm wrong but they look to me like Ruellia simplex. Used to be known as Ruellia brittoniana, a name I preferred as I remembered it by using a trick told to me by our very own Fleur who called it Rule Brittania.
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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Alisdair

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Re: Alisdair's FB page today
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2016, 09:25:24 AM »
Thanks John, for jumping in with that. Joanna, Peter Schaar from Texas who later commented on the picture (saying he thought it was the Ruellia) said it's common there in pots. And it must be so popular there that apparently in the States it's sometimes called "Texas Petunia" - even though it actually comes from Mexico and further South.
Alisdair Aird
Gardens in SE England (Sussex); also coastal Southern Greece, and (in a very small way) South West France; MGS member (and former president); vice chairman RHS Lily Group, past chairman Cyclamen Society

Joanna Savage

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Re: Alisdair's FB page today
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2016, 06:11:18 AM »
Thank you for that information?I see that Rule Britannia is included in the MGS Seed List. My requests for 2016 have been lodged, so it will go at the head of my 2017 list.

Joanna Savage

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Re: Alisdair's FB page today
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2016, 08:47:51 AM »
My next question about Alisdair's FB page from Sparoza this morning? It is a cheerful view of the garden, very different from the drenching we are experiencing. But I am wondering what the tree is. A lovely cascading light form, could it be Casuarina or Acacia? Thanks Joanna

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John J

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Re: Alisdair's FB page today
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2016, 07:18:33 PM »
I hope Alisdair will excuse me for jumping in again, Joanna, but I think the 'foliage' you are seeing to the right of the photo is not from the tree but from a shrub to the side of it that looks like a Retama raetam.
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)

Joanna Savage

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Re: Alisdair's FB page today
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2016, 04:38:10 AM »
Thanks John, now I see the Retama. Glad to say that Ilanted one  last week.

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Alisdair

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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2016, 12:15:20 PM »
John, Thanks for answering Joanna about the Retama.
While I was away I was depriving myself of the Forum. This was because I was rationing my mobile internet very strictly to just emails and updating the Facebook page, as the mobile firms are getting around the EU's excellent control on internet data roaming charges (now restricted to 4.4p per MB, and soon to go completely) by setting a 750MB per month "normal" roaming usage limit. Anything above that and the consumer is deemed to be taking unfair advantage of the mobile company, so the charge per MB jumps to a shocking £1.07. In just the 12 days I was away, and just dealing with the Facebook and (very curtly) emails, I totted up 541MB. So only a few days more and I'd have been paying through the nose.
Alisdair Aird
Gardens in SE England (Sussex); also coastal Southern Greece, and (in a very small way) South West France; MGS member (and former president); vice chairman RHS Lily Group, past chairman Cyclamen Society