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Post Re: What's your plant of the moment?
Thanks Adrian and Kev!
Just now things are starting to move,little buds. Some sunny days too. I have to hit the botanical gardens soon,bring back trophy pics. :wink:


Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:46 pm
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15th January and the Rhopalostylis is continuing to put out a new leaf. Must be because we have no double glazing and an open fire and it's near the front of the house. :D

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Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:40 am
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Post Re: What's your plant of the moment?
In case you wondered what it would look like to pick Namwa (?debatable) banana's fresh off the tree on January 24th.

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Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:21 pm
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The wife picked a Meyers lemon from our backyard. These have a sort of cult following as primo Lemons.

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Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:37 am
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Post Re: What's your plant of the moment?
Aloe vanbelinii. In summer,leaves turn orange.

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I picked this off the banana plant green,let it ripen indoors. Might be Namwa. It was ok..so,leaving the rest to ripen yellow on the plant. Compare to store bought full sized nanner.


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Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:47 pm
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Post Re: What's your plant of the moment?
It must be cool to pick your own fruit off your tree's Stan it does not get fresher than that.
I have nearly over wintered banana's here a few times but Februrary always finished them off ironically this year I believe they would have made it.


Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:25 pm
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Post Re: What's your plant of the moment?
Thanks Kev. Yet its for fun. Its not a replacement for the grocery marts. I say that because some boards get angry that my yard productions isn't like..the tropics.
I can tell bay areans that after all this rain and spring cold...Guava's planted last summer,Pink,Yellow and Red..look fine. Mango Baileys Marvel - looks fine and is 8'. I'm hoping to say 12' by end of summer. Maybe 10' if it has many fruits this summer.That really slows down height.
I still though want to plant a plum!. You cant beat yard grown stone fruits. Again,for fun.


Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:26 pm
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Post Re: What's your plant of the moment?
Plums we can do here we have a nice Victoria plum tree, Pear tree and a couple of Apple tree's my Mum and Dad grows Damsons are they a fruit used over your way?


Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:18 pm
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I rather recommend damsons over plums, much better tasting. I had one, but had to fell it, well it's roots were a goner after being attacked by voles!

Do damsons grow in your area, Stan? I bet, like so many of the Prunus tribe, they 'd need some cold to fruit!?


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Dictionary fail, instead of damson (Prunus domestica subsp. insititia) I meant to write Zwetschge (Prunus domestica domestica). There seemingly doesn't exist an english translation for the term "Zwetschge".



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Pick any of the (latest) winterbloomers!


Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:10 am
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I had always assumed Zwetschge was an old word for plum. Anyhow, Zwetschgenwasser is one of my favourites!!!


Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:06 pm
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Nope, it's actually a different type (some say a subsp.) of fruit, smaller, lengthier but with a stone easily loosening from the flesh. It's more aromatic, too. But the best thing is, they hold up better, when cooking or baking them, unlike plums and are thus equally suitable to get eaten fresh and to get further processed. There are several cv of Z. around.

As for the brandy I prefer Marillenbrand (from Apricot).


Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:35 pm
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The only Plum I ever wanted (Or know about) are the Santa Rosa plums. They have a short season...that just figures since they are to me the best tasting. The best only come off the backyard tree. Even those from farmers markets are picked too soon. SRP, has a "crunch of skin" when you bite it,the flavor ambrosial. I got so caught up in exotic plants..I never planted one for myself. My parents had one in their central valley home. When I was young... :wink:


Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:34 pm
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Mainly Jackie's orchids flowering indoors at this time of year and the customary Christmas Amarylis.

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Outside Oemleria cerasiformis strangely on Stan's topic is commonly called Indian Plum.
This is a very early starter and has very fragrant tiny flowers...love it!

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The woodies in the fernery are starting up Veratrum is making an entrance as is this Cardamine a crug buy.

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Love the Ypsilandra thibetica

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Hmm not a very clear shot sorry..

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Scilla messeniaca MS38

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Ochagavia carnea

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All these pictures taken today 7th March 2017


Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:08 pm
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Kev, very interesting colors on the Miltonia cross.

Right now Ophrys tenthredinifera is doing its thing:

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Oh that's so lovely Tom. I had no idea that Ophrys could be pot cultivated. I thought they needed some kind of organism present in the soil to survive. Clearly not. It's a stunner.


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