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    Post by Guest on Tue 10 Jun 2014, 7:19 pm








    My first uploaded images...hope this works!!  :)



    This last photo shows a small collection of cacti and succulents. The top shelf has a number of Stapelias and there is a wonderful story behind this!
    I have recently become fascinated with Stapelias but could find none in any of the local nurseries and all that was available was to buy seeds online (which I have done!).
    A few weeks ago I was with my wife in a local nursery to find out if the owner could get me some Stapelias from his supplier. I was told that due to the 'unpleasant fragrance' of the flowers the supplier had stopped getting them!  :lol2:
    The only other customer, a middle-aged spanish woman, was standing nearby waiting to be served and, having heard my conversation, spoke to my wife.
    My wife turned to me and told me that this woman lived nearby and that if we followed her home in her car she would happily give me several Stapelia cuttings from her patio garden!!!
    A small miracle!!!!   :smile:
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    Post by Joy on Mon 30 Jun 2014, 11:33 am

    Great story re the stapelias, Sanctuary, you were indeed very lucky. I have two stapelias which we were originally given as "payment" for laptop repairs.  :lol3: These were new plants for me & I was thrilled when I found out what they were. The giver had no idea what they were called!! Our two are stapelia leendertziae & gigantea both of which smell like stale wet mops beloved by flies.  :giggle: 

    What a fantastic array of thriving plants you have!!!  :bravo:  I noticed a lovely Pony Tail or a beaucarnea recurvata in the third image as well as in other pics draceaena fragrans massangeana "Happy Plant" & even an aechmea fasciata "Primera" all of which we have in our patio garden. There are probably other plants we have in common. You have done well with the space you have available. 

    Many thanks for your post & for sharing your wonderful plants with us.  :smile:  My apologies again for haing not seen these posts.  :blush2:  :sorry:
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    Post by Guest on Thu 03 Jul 2014, 8:08 pm

    Hi there!
    No apology needed. I used to run a football forum many years ago so I know how time consuming it can be!!

    Look forward to spending more time here.   :)
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    Post by granny on Thu 03 Jul 2014, 8:23 pm

    :smile: Thanks so much for posting the pictures of all your great plants.  I am so jealous of your green thumb!! :yes:  Plants look at me and run. :laugh:    Your plants all look so nice.  Love the flowerpot with the face.  I love pictures,  hope you post more soon.
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    Post by Guest on Thu 03 Jul 2014, 8:55 pm

    Hi Granny!!

    Plants look at me and run" .... 

    That made me chortle!!  :lol2:

    Joy, I was in another local nursery a couple of months ago and sadly it was clear they were not really looking after their plants and upon strolling around I found the 
    draceaena fragrans massangeana "Happy Plant"  out of it's pot and dumped in a dustbin!!

    I 'rescued it' and it seems to be recovering very well in it's new home!  :smile:

    This is a photo of our Ficus Elastica Tricolor.

    It was the first plant we bought and like most of it's type, had a single trunk. After a year some of the lower leaves had brown edges and looked sad and my wife, in her wisdem, decided to remove several of them. We now had a long trunk with 4 leaves at the top!!     :o 




    Last spring (2013) I removed the growing tip in the hope it would branch out .. and boy did that work!!! It branched out in 6 places and looks great!  :excited:


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    Post by Joy on Fri 04 Jul 2014, 8:22 am

    You certainly did well with your dracaena fragrans massangeana "Happy Plant".  :cool3:  These aren't cheap plants as a rule.   Fortunately they can tolerate some drought so that time in the bin wouldn't have done it too much harm. It appears the people who run that nursery have brown thumbs. We tend to blame ourselves when we buy a plant & it eventually turns up its toes & dies on us but usually it is the way it was treated before we bought it that's the cause.  :aargh: 

    Your ficus elastica tricolour is a plant I'm not familiar with although we did have a plain ficus many moons ago. It looks stunning & you should be proud of how well it has done. Yes, some plants do need to be pruned to help make them look their best & your instincts were correct with this plant. Good work.  :cool4:
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    Post by Guest on Fri 04 Jul 2014, 8:23 pm

    Joy, to be honest...having been born and grown up in the UK most of my life I grew up with the notion of 'a rubber plant'... the colloquial name for ficus. That's all you ever see or get in the UK regarding this 'plant'.
    To my shame I was completely unaware they were in fact TREES!!!  :whistle:   :laugh:
    When I moved to Spain I saw a couple of huge trees in the village square..... "RUBBER TREES", I exclaimed to my wife!!!     :donald:
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    Post by Joy on Sat 05 Jul 2014, 10:26 am

    Yes, Sanctuary, rubber trees are indeed enormous when left to grow naturally & can attain a height of 30 metres.  :lol2:  The ones in rubber plantations are kept smaller.  We have a couple of huge rubber trees growing on the river (tidal estuary) bank in our small town. Many people, here in Oz, used to have true rubber plants as house plants which is probably how they became naturalised on the river bank as dumped plants. They do love water even if it is salt water it seems. 

    These rubber trees look very similar in shape to our native fig (ficus) trees with their shape & size. The Moreton Bay fig tree ficus macrophylla is very popular as a park tree around the world now. The little potted ficus I had was a true ficus & was very pretty.  :love: 

    Just to give you an idea of how big they grow here is a pic of a Moreton Bay fig tree I took from our car as we were travelling at 100kph. Didn't manage to get all of it into the frame though.  :lol!: 
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    Post by Guest on Sat 05 Jul 2014, 7:37 pm

    WOW!!!!!!!!!    :omg:
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    Post by Joy on Sun 06 Jul 2014, 7:05 am

    Big sucker, isn't it?  :lol2:  Great shade trees.

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