Unsung Heroes , Journal 12, Spring 1998

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Hilary

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Unsung Heroes , Journal 12, Spring 1998
« on: September 18, 2022, 06:01:29 AM »
JOURNAL 12, UNSUNG HEROES

The heroes, of course, are the members of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY who give their free time to write articles, draw pictures of flowers to be included in the Journal of the society, or even translate articles from other languages into English
   
THE PRESIDENT’S LETTER
Many subjects are mentioned in the letter, THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY stand at BBC Gardeners World Live in Birmingham, a list of the various chapters of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY, plant sales at Sparoza, excursions and the list goes on

The illustration on the facing page of the President's Letter is of The Moorish Palace of La Galiana based on a photo supplied by Heidi Gildemeister and drawn, presumably, by Derek Toms 

Back issues are available from the Secretary at 8 Euros per copy including postage.
mgssecretary@gmail.com


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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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Re: Unsung Heroes , Journal 12, Spring 1998
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2022, 05:31:59 AM »
JOURNAL 12, UNSUNG HEROES
BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATIONS IN GREECE AND THE
 FLORA GRAECA
By Polly Morris

This article is about botanical drawings in Greece from the Bronze Age until modern times and in particular about John Sibthorpe’s the Flora Graeca.

In this article I quote
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They set out in Spring 1786 …..On Mount Olympus they discovered Clematis viticella

Polly Morris also included a couple of drawings to illustrate her article, one of which being of Clematis viticella 

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to go to an exhibition in Athens about the Flora Graeca and John Sibthorpe.
I scanned some flower drawings from the information leaflet of the exhibition and some information then sent them off to my e mail friends
Now after much searching I have managed to find both the photos and the blurbs

I quote from the leaflet accompanying the exhibition
 
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  'The Flora Graeca, a book about the hidden treasures of Greek flora, reflects the richness and diversity of the natural world of the Mediterranean. In the late 18th century, the often-forgotten beauty of the natural environment that surrounds us, prompted John Sibthorpe, young professor of botany at the University of Oxford, to explore Greece in order to create a monumental botanical "Bible."
The majestic ten volumes of the Flora Graeca contain 966 watercolours drawn by the superb Austrian artist Ferdinand Bauer


The frontispiece shows the hill of Acrocorinth

1 Flora Graeca, Apargia tuberosa synonym of Leontodon tuberosus L.
Known to most of us as Dandelion.
2 Cistus
3 Mandragora officinarum, Mandrake
4 Nerium oleander, Oleander
5 Periploca graeca
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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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Charithea

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Re: Unsung Heroes , Journal 12, Spring 1998
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2022, 10:20:48 AM »
Thank you again Hilary for all these beautiful drawings and the very interesting story behind them.
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.

Hilary

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Re: Unsung Heroes , Journal 12, Spring 1998
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2022, 05:17:10 AM »
I am amazed that there are so many articles that I have not referred to in the past

Glad you are enjoying reading about them

Do you have all the Journals going back to the first one?
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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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Re: Unsung Heroes , Journal 12, Spring 1998
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2022, 05:20:15 AM »
JOURNAL 12, UNSUNG HEROES

LEUCOPHYLLUM by Philip McMillan Browse

The photograph, taken by Lucinda Willan, is of Leucophyllum frutescens which grows in the Phrygana at Sparoza
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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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Re: Unsung Heroes , Journal 12, Spring 1998
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2022, 05:45:34 AM »
JOURNAL 12, UNSUNG HEROES
SOME FAVOURITE PLANTS
By Sue Goumas

The plants in this article as described by the author as
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“the workhorses of the garden”

I searched my archives and found photos of some of the plants mentioned in the article, or their near relatives.
Salvia, Phlox, Verbena, Aptenia and Lantana
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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

Hilary

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Re: Unsung Heroes , Journal 12, Spring 1998
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2022, 04:53:33 AM »
JOURNAL 12, UNSUNG HEROES
FILLING THE GAP by Duncan Ackery

The article is about Sollya fusiformis and how useful it is as a climber

The drawing of Sollya fusiformis (heterophylla), Australian blue -bell creeper, is by Derek Toms

I am afraid I don't have a photo of this pretty flower with its pale blue flowers

For those of you who have old copies of the Journal you can read
MY GARDEN IN THE ADELAIDE HILLS by Margaret Paterson
Where I quote
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“Another native climber which is a favourite of mine is Sollya heterophylla (Native Bluebell)”

THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 21, July 2000

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No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
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Hilary

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Re: Unsung Heroes , Journal 12, Spring 1998
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2022, 05:03:07 AM »
JOURNAL 12, UNSUNG HEROES
ANEMONE
Anemone coronaria – Ranunculaceae
By Freda Cox
I have both a postage stamp depicting this flower and a photo

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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2022, 06:05:14 AM »
JOURNAL 12, UNSUNG HEROES
A TASTE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
By Paola Gugliemi

An article about food in the traditional Ligurian way
I tried cooking PASTA WITH COURGETTES and it looks as if it will be a summer favourite
Here is the recipe
PASTA WITH COURGETTES (4 persons)
320 gr pasta
4 courgettes
1 small onion
2 cloves of garlic
Salt
Oil
Parmesan cheese
Fry the onion cut into small pieces and the garlic in the oil in a large frying pan.
Add the sliced courgettes, salt, and cook over a medium heat.
Meanwhile cook the pasta an abundant salted water.
When cooked, al dente, strain and add it to the courgettes, stir for a few minutes to let the flavours blend.
Serve with a lot of parmesan cheese.

For fun I took photos of the ingredients and finished meal.
 
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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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Re: Unsung Heroes , Journal 12, Spring 1998
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2022, 05:55:07 AM »
JOURNAL 12, UNSUNG HEROES
A GARDEN ON MY MIND
 By Virginia Scaretti

This article is about musings about carpets of flowers in the wild and the difficulties of creating a garden

I was quite at a loss on which photos to use with  this post

In the end I decided to share with you some photos, taken a few years ago,  of a wild garden by the sea near Corinth. Unfortunately, since then  a lot of debris was collected from the town beach and dumped there after the storm Zorba.
 However, I am quite confident that Mother Nature will reclaim the area to its former glory in good time
 
I couldn't miss adding a photo of Acrocorinth dominating the area and a photo of the submerged Ancient harbour of Lechaion
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Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

Hilary

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Re: Unsung Heroes , Journal 12, Spring 1998
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2022, 05:21:40 AM »
JOURNAL 12, UNSUNG HEROES
 Australian Plants: A Guide to their Cultivation in Europe

This book is reviewed in the BOOKS section at the back of the Journal and there is a drawing by Rolf Rose of Leptospermum lanigerum from Australian Plants.

I don't have a photo of this plant but I do have a scan of a stamp from New Zealand of
Leptospermum scoparium
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No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
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Hilary

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Re: Unsung Heroes , Journal 12, Spring 1998
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2022, 07:07:40 AM »
JOURNAL 12, UNSUNG HEROES

AN THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY SEED EXCHANGE
By Derrick Donnison-Morgan

I don't know when the seed exchange was taken over by Chantal Guiraud but it is going strong.
I have received my ten packets of free sends, because I am a member of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY, and hope to plant them next week
You can read about the seed exchange here

https://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/seedlist.html
MGS member
Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care