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Title: My garden today
Post by: Janet Ibbotson on March 03, 2018, 07:15:27 PM
My garden is on the North East coast of Skopelos at about 100 metres above sea level.  Today was the first real day of spring and I promised I'd try to post some pictures.   Most of the garden is not irrigated and has to survive on little attention in the summer months when we rent the house out to guests.  Hence I try to focus on shape and foliage rather than flowers.
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Umbrian on March 04, 2018, 08:04:22 AM
Well done Janet - you have some lovely planting showing how variations in form and colour, even if mainly foliage, can make a very attractive garden. I particularly like the stepped path area where one of my favourite ' backbone' plants - Euphorbia-  makes its mark and softens the hard landscaping. In the photograph it is in flower but even when not it continues to have an impact.
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Post by: Alisdair on March 04, 2018, 09:16:37 AM
Lovely pictures, Janet, and a lovely garden; thanks so much - keep them coming!
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Charithea on February 05, 2021, 09:15:32 AM
February is said to be the coldest and wettest month of the year here in Cyprus, when old men put on their woolly hats to go to the coffee shop to play tavli. This year we are having sunshine and temperatures 20+  . I want to share some of the sunshine captured in one photo and the warmth of the garden  with you  that are still experiencing Cold.... Here are some photos taken early this morning. The Buddleja madagascariensis had to be pruned because last week's storm split some of its branches. The other photo is of Iris unguicularis and the Orchids which we think are Cyprepidium.  The older plant was put out in the garden because it was refusing to flower and then suddenly it put up four stalk and it is flowering .
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Post by: Hilary on February 05, 2021, 09:57:25 AM
Great
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Post by: Charithea on February 18, 2021, 04:48:45 PM
I am posting some of our February flowers. We had lots of sunshine, then came two days of heavy downpours and now the 'the chill' has arrived.  Nevertheless there is a lot of new growth. Starting with Aloe ferox  Rosa damascena Russellia equisetiformis Limonium perezii Salvia eigii and new growth of eigii with cyclamens
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Hilary on February 18, 2021, 06:44:35 PM
All looking good
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Charithea on February 19, 2021, 10:21:14 AM
 Friday morning offerings.   Very long stemmed Australian rose, name unknown, Strelitzia reginae, Thunbergia alata, that is taking over the back fence and Ferula communis which is a common sight in Cyprus  that decorates roadsides and hilly places.
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Charithea on March 22, 2021, 06:43:20 PM
I have taken some photos today.  Ferula comunis in flower, lots of Salvia eigii , Phlomis lunariifolia and a promising Salvia, name unknown.   Seeds came  from Diomedes garden.  It is its second spring in the ground and it is growing steadily. It has such soft hairy leaves.  If any one knows its name please let me know.  Otherwise I will have to wait until it flowers to send it to Ioannis G for identification.
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: David Dickinson on March 23, 2021, 09:53:32 AM
Hi Charithea

Looking at the leaves of your Salvia, I immediately thought they were just like an arrow head. There is a salvia called the Arrow-Head Salvia - S. sagittata. I wonder if that is it? Just a guess as I have no knowledge of the plant. If it is, the flowers are a lovely blue. Oh dear, I feel another spending spree coming on. This could easily replace my Lepichinia hastata, which isn't doing so well.

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/salvia-sagittata/
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Charithea on March 23, 2021, 06:28:13 PM
Hi David.  Thank you for your suggestion and as we Cypriots say  ' Από το στόμα σου στου θεού τα αυτιά Rough translation 'from your mouth to God's ears'. The Salvia Sagittarius is amazing. To have one that might be this beautiful 'colour' is  tantalising. We have cut a leaf and compared it to the photo and they look similar. The salvia is very near the Salvia candelabrum which is getting ready to flower.
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Charithea on April 04, 2021, 03:18:07 PM
Hi everybody and a Happy Easter to those that are celebrating this event. Our grand children have gone round the garden egg hunting.  John had placed the eggs in suitable places to avoid damage to the plants.  Our Wisteria sinensis is in its glory.
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Charithea on April 18, 2021, 01:00:42 PM
Spring has definitely arrived.  We are in the 30s now.  I am posting some of our flowers that are defying the heat.
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Charithea on April 19, 2021, 10:39:41 AM
Just one photo of my now spreading Salvia 'Blue Note '.  I am unable to take a reasonable photo of our Salvia 'Cherry Pie' which is also spreading near the Blue Note.
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Post by: Umbrian on April 20, 2021, 08:25:22 AM
Lovely deep colour Charithea- a somewhat strange habit with some long stems erect but mainly spreading.....
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Charithea on April 21, 2021, 01:32:47 PM
You are correct about the colour. It is so strong. I am not sure why it is spreading.  During the winter months it was shaded and perhaps it was stretching for the light.  This is the first time that I managed to grow it. I will wait until I get some cuttings growing before I prune it into a round shape.
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Post by: Charithea on April 21, 2021, 01:56:00 PM
I have mentioned that we have 200 plus pots in our garden.  I am now going to explain how this came about.  My sister gave us a mature Epiphyllum oxypetalum and a young friend of mine that has a wonderful garden full of pots of cactus and succulents suggested that I should try some hybrids of Epiphyllums.   We started with Epiphyllum Elektra and Epiphyllum Desert Moon.  They were easy to keep so we got some more varieties.  We now have 28 pots.  Some are hanging of tree branches and other in special wrought iron containers.  Last year the two original plants got too heavy for their support and crushed down.  Surprisingly the pots did not break because they were cushioned by the foliage, but the plants needed a hair cut.  I gave some of the cuttings away and re potted the original parents. I planted the other cuttings and now have 15 of them in plastic pots.  When our Epiphyllums are in flower passersby and friends ask for cuttings.  This year I am prepared.  I will give them the already growing ones and reduce the pots.  Our biggest problem here is the relentless heat of the summer so I grow some special plants in pots so that I can move them about in the shade when needed. Finally my seedling will be hopefully planted in the ground and take the empty pots to the Nursey for their use. I will be saving time so I can repaint my pots as they fade during the year.
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Charithea on April 29, 2021, 09:59:12 AM
I am posting the first Epiphyllum photo today.  It is Epiphyllum Candy Crush It can be very untidy .  It will look amazing when the rest of the buds open up.
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Charithea on April 30, 2021, 04:37:47 PM
Spring has definitely arrived here as our visiting Golden Oriole  has been enticing me out of bed at 5 with its calling.  Wednesday I was outside our side gate in the road in my PJ's  trying to espy the bird.  It was sitting on my cousin's Morus alba 200 meters away from me.  Thursday 6.30 it was 10 meters away from our kitchen window on the Carya illinoinensis.  I crept towards the tree and it flew and perched itself on the Melia azedarach  at the end of the garden. This morning it was on the melia again with its bright yellow feather shining in the early morning sunlight. I can not photograph it as I lack the expertise but I wanted to show how beautiful it looks so I downloaded the picture from the internet.
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Post by: David Dickinson on April 30, 2021, 09:04:51 PM
I wish I had those in my garden. They do live in some of the larger parks towards the outskirts of Rome but they never pass this way. I can hear that the bee-eaters have returned, though. They fly around the fields behind my house and their calling is a real summer sound.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_bee-eater#/media/File:Guepier_d'europe_au_parc_national_Ichkeul.jpg
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: John J on May 01, 2021, 04:22:53 AM
I heard the bee-eaters here for the first time this week too, David. They pass through around this time of year and then again at the end of the summer. They circle and swoop around above our property and the surrounding area, but never really low enough to even try to get a photo of them.
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Post by: Umbrian on May 01, 2021, 08:38:14 AM
Early starts to the day have arrived for me too with birds sitting in the Persimmon tree just outside out bedroom window and singing their hearts out earlier and earlier. One night, when finding sleep elusive, I got up about 3am and went outside for a wander and was serenaded by a sole Blackbird - beautiful. After that I managed to get some sleep before the dawn chorus arrived.
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Charithea on May 14, 2021, 02:56:16 PM
The last two days the bees have been humming in and out of the large Epiphyllum flowers.  I made a short video with the bees and  bird songs but I am not sure how to edit it and post it so I decided to take some photos instead.
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Post by: Hilary on May 14, 2021, 05:14:51 PM
What a wonderful show!
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Charithea on June 15, 2021, 06:19:52 AM
We have different varieties of Teucriums and they do well in our garden.  This one was given to me by the young nurseryman to try it out in our garden a few years ago. I found that I liked its toughness and took cuttings and now it grows on different parts of our garden.  I believe it is aTeucrium chamaedrys 'Prostratum' but if anyone thinks it is wrong please correct me.  I am also posting a photo of a Gardenia jasminoides as this year is flowering profusely.  Our other Gardenias  were recommended to us by the same young man. They have an amazing display of them.  New blood in the family business  has improved the quality of their plants. 
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Charithea on June 20, 2021, 06:41:51 PM
I took some photos early this morning of some of our bushes that have finally come of age.  They are finally producing flowers not just the odd one.  The Tabernaemontana divericata , the first photo and theHibiscus syriacus second photo get some shade during the day and their leaves don't get sunburnt and the Lagerstromia indica likewise protected part of the day by the old grapefruit tree.
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Charithea on June 25, 2021, 10:48:42 AM
A tale of two sites.  I have planted Salvia leucantha in different locations, one site is shaded most of the day by an enormous  avocado tree and also gets a bit more water when the vegetables get watered, the others are just outside the kitchen window because I wanted to see them when in flower first thing in the morning.  They do well in early spring and in late autumn but as you can see in the photo they suffer during the hot months.  All these Salvias were cut down in the end of winter.
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: David Dickinson on June 25, 2021, 11:24:50 AM
Salvia leucantha is normally an autumn/early winter flowerer for me. We must have had a very sharp frost one night during late winter as many plants were cut to the ground in February. One of them was S leucantha, Just next to it is a S leucantha 'Midnight' which wasn't affected. The new growth of the S leucantha is trying to flower just now whereas 'Midnight' isn't.  Perhaps, flower-wise it is a species that benefits from being cut back in spring?
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Umbrian on June 26, 2021, 07:46:27 AM
The small 'midnight' you gave to me was cut back in the autumn and well protected through the winter it being a young plant . It survived well, still fleeced when the late frost struck. Now it is making good progress but this early extreme heat has slowed it down as is the case with many things I find. I am resorting to the odd bucket of water in some cases😕
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Charithea on July 07, 2021, 03:21:26 PM
Here are some photos of some of our Clerodendrums.  Our Clerodendrum trichotomum var. fargesii has not flowered yet .First is C. x speciosum, C. chinense and C. bungei starting to open up.  Last year the latter did not do well.
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Fermi on July 10, 2021, 05:36:04 AM
Well done! We have no hope of growing those in our garden, Charithea! Too dry in summer and too cold in winter I think.
It's mid-winter here but there are already bulbs coming into flower:
1) white hoop-petticoat Narcissus
2) deep yellow hoops
3) Acis tingitana, the Moroccan Snowflake
4) Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye Giant' (the badly named "Summer Snowflake"!)
5)  Galanthus elwesii
6 & 7)  four-petalled Galanthus elwesii
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Charithea on July 13, 2021, 03:46:16 PM
Fermi, you definitely bring back cooler days with your flowers. We forgot what it is to have cool weather. Regarding the Clerodedrum. It took a long time to acquire the Clerodendrum chinense.  The Nurseries did not stock it any more. It was in gardens in Cyprus in the late fifties. I knew I would be able to grow it here because I remember visiting a garden in my childhood and what impressed me the most was its perfume.  Lucky for us the Forum was around and when I lamented about it Mike Hardman brought us two sticks in a pot. They apparently were available in his area. The sticks prospered but always suffered badly in the summer with the flowers browning quickly. We replanted the original in different areas in the garden until we found the right spot.  Under our trees which have matured and provide more shade. The two  Clerodendrum x speciosum were given to me by a friendly  Nursery owner a few years ago as a pacifier. He promised to find me a Clerodendrum ugandense now called Rotheca myricoides but was unsuccessful. Once more the Forum played its role. David Dickinson got me one from Italy. It takes a lot of my time keeping it alive but I am happy to report that it will soon re-flower. Thank you Mike and David.
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Fermi on July 14, 2021, 07:11:21 AM
Thanks, Charithea,
cold and wet here today so we are missing the warm weather!
It's good to know that the Forum helps in finding and sourcing plants, something that seems to be becoming harder rather than easier.
Here are a few more flowers in our garden:
1) The very common Narcissus tazetta hybrid known locally as "Straws"
2) This is a seedling Grevillea which appeared a few years ago. It is similar to G. rosmarinifolia but not as prickly
3 & 4) A yellow Bidens which is flowering even better in the winter
5) a more colourful hybrid Bidens
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Fermi on July 19, 2021, 11:39:28 AM
A few more from our winter garden:
1) Muscari inconstrictum
2) Lonicera fragrantissima
3) Jasminum nudiflorum
4) "Double Roman" Narcissus, another old tazetta hybrid
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: My garden today
Post by: Umbrian on July 20, 2021, 08:10:53 AM
Hope you are enjoying the wonderful perfume from the Lonicera.
In his latest blog ( The Gardenist) Michael McCoy thinks the shrub is 'ugly as sin' but 'Heavenly scented' and whilst I must agree it is not perhaps the most beautiful of subjects during the summer months I can forgive it once the flowers appear and make winter work in the garden a pleasure. It is very tolerant of pruning and so can be kept to a pleasing shape without loss of flowers I have found. In a big garden just let it grow and be rewarded with even more scent