January in Mani, southern Greece

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Alisdair

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January in Mani, southern Greece
« on: February 12, 2012, 06:55:40 PM »
After a cruelly dry autumn very little was in flower in our garden. An Italian mimosa cultivar was in full flower on our arrival in the middle of the month, going over all too quickly. The late-flowering local strain of Cyclamen hederifolium still had one or two flowers to the end of the month. Yes, osteospermums, Cyclamen persicum 'Wye Peacock', Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Strelitzia regina (just starting), Jasminum mesnyi, "geraniums" (zonal pelargoniums), and of course the colour from citrus trees in full fruit. But that was just about it.
So in the lower "managed wilderness" plot, it was doubly welcome to see the few Anemone coronaria that consented to open on the sunnier days, some in good colours:
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

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JTh

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Re: January in Mani, southern Greece
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2012, 07:43:15 PM »
I have never seen a A.coronaria like the second one you show below, where did that one come from?
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Alisdair

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Re: January in Mani, southern Greece
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2012, 08:25:30 PM »
From the general area, but further south - there are some really striking colours down in the deep Mani.
Alisdair Aird
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JTh

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Re: January in Mani, southern Greece
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2012, 09:04:33 PM »
I would never have guessed it was a wild form.
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2012, 12:40:48 AM »
What a sumptuous array of colours, like in a Tragopan. It  can rival legendary ones like Babiana rubrocyanea and the wine cup Geissorhizas.

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Alisdair

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Re: January in Mani, southern Greece
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2012, 09:27:12 AM »
That flower was I think opening for the first time. On succeeding days the blue is less deep.
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

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Re: January in Mani, southern Greece
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2012, 11:01:23 PM »
Most unusual; good to see.
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I garden near Polis, Cyprus, 100m alt., on marl, but have gardened mainly in S.England