Jordan trip

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Umbrian

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Re: Jordan trip
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2020, 08:34:23 AM »
Getting excited about things - even something small and inconsequential- is what helps to keep us going and will be increasingly important during the coming weeks/months I feel. 😊
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« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2020, 10:17:02 AM »
Calotropis procera, Apple of Sodom, unfortunately not in flower or fruit but an interesting find all the same.
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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 #17 on: March 23, 2020, 06:05:14 PM »
My wife climbing up a slope past Iris haynei to see what other gems Oron had found for us.
Thanks to our lovely Danish friend Ulla for the 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 #18 on: March 23, 2020, 06:10:23 PM »
Another of Ulla's photos. Four members of the Cyprus contingent preparing to raid a spice shop in Madaba.
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 #19 on: March 24, 2020, 07:07:28 AM »
Clemetis cirrhosa a familiar sight in our Cyprus countryside, this one growing in the grounds of the Olive Branch Hotel in Jerash.
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 #20 on: March 24, 2020, 08:16:48 AM »
Beautiful Clematis John - and lovely to see the photo of you and Charithea and friends- thanks for sharing and bringing back memories of other excursions 😊
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« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2020, 01:57:07 PM »
Hello and apologies for taking so long to post photos.  My old computer refuses at times to open up the photos sent from my ipad to be minimized. It has taken several times before I managed these today.  John has posted  a photo of Calotropis procerabut forgot that I was given the pod by Oron to send to Chantal. He explained that the natives there use/used the hairy bits inside the seed pod as a wick to light an oil lamp. I rolled up a bit as demonstration. not as good as Oron's.
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.

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« Reply #22 on: March 25, 2020, 07:58:39 AM »
Fascinating- how lucky to have Oron as your guide whose knowledge and enthusiasm, not only of plants, is so rewarding.
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« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2020, 01:47:37 PM »
Bellevalia steporrum, not a plant that stands out particularly but this one was growing in the sand in Little Petra and had managed somehow to avoid the trampling of tourists' feet.
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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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« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2020, 05:48:50 AM »
Plants were not the only thing we were lucky enough to get a photo of on the trip.
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 #25 on: March 28, 2020, 08:11:19 AM »
A step back in time?
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 #26 on: March 28, 2020, 08:30:29 AM »
What a photo!
I have put it as my screen saver for the day
Somehow I find it very upliftting
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No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

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« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2020, 02:16:22 PM »
Not our Forum but a huge colonnaded one in the Graeco-Roman ruins in Jerash.
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 #28 on: March 29, 2020, 08:16:22 AM »
The last hotel we stayed in before having to abandon the trip was the 5 star Old Village Resort in Petra. This covered a very large area on a sloping site and the rooms were in small blocks scattered around, rather like the one in the first photo. Our room was in the block to the left of the second photo. The door to our room can just be seen over the wall of the courtyard, behind the wispy tree. In the third photo the boot outside our room was because my wife was cleaning them after a day of walking through wet sand and mud.
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 #29 on: March 29, 2020, 09:19:00 AM »
Nice to see you following the old traditions in such an ancient place - you following your interests and wife doing the dirty work🤣👍
MGS member living and gardening in Umbria, Italy for past 19 years. Recently moved from my original house and now planning and planting a new small garden.