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  1. sagiXsagi

    What did you do in your sacred garden today?

    ^^^^ thats a pretty good idea! c. edulis wide leaf doing great in the semi-wild new location and also budding . how long does it take for it to produce seeds? and the other good news are that the acacia acuminatas made the winter and they look pretty fine little treelets
  2. sagiXsagi

    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    my outside project is going well as well, I think I have prevented past mistakes from repeating with my visit today (weeding, marking the spots and contacting the local man that cleans the weeds of the property once or twice a year) . All plants are awoke and starting to grow or waking up. One distachya is budding. Big- more establuished plants definately seem to be doing better, especially distachya .. whatever the case, this plot is full of a veriety of weeds (many edible ones too) and I consider it essential to de-weed regularly arround the plants for the first couple years. 2 x distachya , side to side major/nebrodensis/fragilis stressed but pretty active, chiloensis.
  3. sagiXsagi

    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    Yep, its from you.. its a very characteristic piece in my collection, and I think it grows in the vain of sinica but slower ... I was thinking of up-potting it since every species reacts very good to large pots.. I think that this year it will surrender to my efforts, its waking up, I am seeing new growth ' buds'
  4. sagiXsagi

    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    Last pic is the chilensis next to the nebrodensis/major/fragilis. I have grown north american plants - nevadensis and viridis , but I eventually lost them, its seems they need something more in terms of perhaps .. soil?? I dont know.. yet... I have some good nevadensis seeds waiting to be sown... Then there's equisetina, a super stressed plant I received as gift/trade, and honestly hasnt done much since.. and I intend to transplant it a bigger pot to see what will happen this year, as it seems it too is waking up.. .. ANd there's the strange thinny but fast growing altissima, which is so different from , say foeminea . Lots of stuff to figure out.. As always if you have access to some rare ephedra species seed, PM me
  5. sagiXsagi

    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    EPHEDRA CHILOENSIS A very beautiful species, tends to be erect with some help, if grown without something to lean on , it can grow untidy. The base eventually woodifies. In the pictures, the biggest one, which I tried to tidy up by tieing it up, lol!
  6. sagiXsagi

    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    EPHEDRA MINIMA I only wanted to pull the weeds of this one, so I took it off the pot, but then I saw this so I took 2 very good tufts to make 2 new plants.. this species is slower, but once established in a larger pot and throwas suckers its more easy going , it seems. Its small size and crawling/creeping habit gives it a distinctive look. weeding can be a bit of a problem. not the most handsome species. Its worth mentioning that this plant went hermaphrodite last year with 3 male cones in an otherwise female plant, and it produced fruits and seeds.
  7. sagiXsagi

    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    EPHEDRA DISTACHYA Propably the easiest to grow. throws suckers constantly. never started one from seed. I have both males and females distachya so perhaps this year I might see some seed from my plants!
  8. sagiXsagi

    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    EPHEDRA SINICA Did some more work as all species are now awoke are waking up. Like I have said in earlier posts, sinica is more straight forward than I initially think. The bigger one is budding (it flowered last year too) but I havent got a sinica male yet. The big one also through some impressive growth last year, I expect it to explode even more this year, and I think it already shows. Its also interesting that the one I bought from ebay as a rooted cutting is willing to grow new suckers, thus me being able to produce clones of it, but the seed growns still havent thrown a sucker.
  9. sagiXsagi

    catha edulis back budding?

    is it the wide variety?? it seems the wide variety is more likely to go untidy than the narrow leaf vars. Any updates??
  10. sagiXsagi

    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    long time no see. came to leave some pictures nebrodensis base, this plant loves my climate and is an erect one. I have pruned this plant back to make it bushy, today I tied it up a bit.. playing with its shape sinica moment.. my seed growns have not yet made suckers, but the one I bought from ebay is doing them from the begining. Hoping for sinica seed this year. and last pic... down left = sinica, up left = altissima (sp from morocco) , up right = equisetina, down right = minima. Hope everyone's fine..
  11. I am reading that the film Sunstruck was made in response to the bleaker contemporaries (walkabout, wake in fright) . What's your take on it??
  12. Thanks all for recommendations, I am watching several ozzie films these days, including some of those you suggested (I watched two hands , f.e.) Snowtown was suggested some years ago in a thread here about the most disturbing films of all time. I watched it back then. It deserves the hype, so be warned. keep the (goof film) recommendations coming ! thanks a lot!
  13. sagiXsagi

    Banisteriopsis caapi cultivation notes and discussion

    it seems I pruned some, but not all. here is it now
  14. sagiXsagi

    Disturbing films: name some and why you list them

    ^^^ come on!! death proof?? its OK as far as I remember but disturbing?? BUMP! WAKE IN FRIGHT (1971) is pretty tight... maybe it deserves to be on the list
  15. !!!!!!!!!!THIS REVIEW IS SPOILER FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Over the years I have come to know oz through this forum initially, then from films. Last months I watched several more ozzie films, and wow they were ALL are amazing. Well I know how to chose films to watch, I have established a system many years ago, so I am sure I have seen some of the best , quality shit, yet all of them have very good atmosphere that shouts oz, which relates to both competent location shoots and what appears as pretty realistic casting / acting and fantastic scenography. Or its just me and as I am getting old and the good on-location cinematography amazes me even if the film is duller or even cliched for most people - yet ozzie films have a certain power in them, and dull would never be a way I would describe the best of the best of ozzie cinema. On the contrary. Bold, intense, powerful would be the words I would use. So you got Rolf De Heer, the more films I see of him the more I am impressed.. Well its a sad reality that no more people know this mans work, the numbers in imdb are devastating, but at least the dude seems to have been widely recognized as a pioneer by the film award circuit and film academia people. Thats really something in this weird world we live in. I have seen the following De Heer films, in the order I watched them: Bad Boy Bubby, Alexadra's project, The king is dead!, The tracker, 10 canoes. I mean come on!! Easily, he enters my short list of favourite directors that include Cronenberg, Almodovar, Solondz, Aronofski.. Each of these films is from very good to excellent to masterpiece on its own, but the films bare no resemblance with each other, both in content , genre, style, approach... But all of them are unique and original in some way and reveal a great artist that judging by the imdb numbers, is not really appreciated in Australia either.. As a major horror film fan I have of course seen 'Wolf creek' 1+2, which I found very good, and specially the 2nd part, hillarious in its more dark comedy horror piece. Also watched the wolf creek series which had also very good cinematograhy but didnt match up to the films IMO . I am sure I have seen several other ozzie thrillers / horror, some of the nature/survival kind, I remember a couple but not the names.. The depiction of life in the outback or the bush , at least in the films I saw, was gripping and very realistic. Good cinematography obviouly plays a role. Then of course you have Peter Weir, with many famous films - perhaps the most famous ozzie director with both quality and commercial films. I am sure there are interesting films of his I havent seen. But 'Dead poets society' and 'Truman show' are pretty fucking famous. I could not do a review of australian cinema without mentioning the little known horror/comedy social satire masterpiece "Body Melt", which is one of my earliest encounters with ozzie culture. I love this b-movie, almost a curiocity if you search about the artist/director Philip Brophy. Which makes Body melt make even more sense. I also saw 'Rabbit proof fence' the other day - again a fine combo of fine on location cinematography and realistic approach to a controversial subject matter. One of several films of the new wave of ozzie cinema that dealt with the dark heart of australias past. And then you got 'Wake in fright', which I watched yesterday. Wow. This was done from a canadian director, yet some might argue this is the most ozzie film of them all. This is one of the most extraordinary films I have every seen. You wouldnt expect me to say this for a 1971 film. During the years I have seen many if not the majority of the most extraordinary films covering a range of themes , genres and tones, but especially focusing on the extreme, violent, weird, darkly comedic, surrealist. This film is classed as a psychological thriller, but its actually a pretty straight forward drama. Well yeah its a thriller, or at least it looks as if it is, but even then its not thriller-like in the sense you would expect in a 70s film. Its more drama than thriller. What makes it excel is again the combination of the excellent scenography and on location cinematogrpahy with the bravery and determination of the director and actors to take it to the level they took it. Wake in fright, is exceptional in that it has several interpretations/ readings/levels. In that sense its a multigenre film, a thriller, a drama and a surrealist comedy, all at once. Sure, I must have a warped sense of humour to call this a dark comedy, but this amazing film geniously uses the isolation of the outback and the excellent tailored chacters of the mine town to drive our protagonist out of his comfort zone and along with him, us the viewers. I dont want to say more for fear of spoiling the amazing experience that this film is for those who havent seen it. I for one think this is so close to a masterpiece, that given the time it was filmed, it deserves the hype.. Its not unknown, but its not really known. At the end, this film is exceptional in that it divides, it provokes, and tells a pretty fucking awesome story while showcasing a piece of australia and mankind not often shown . It is also a film about alcohol. Never again have I seen a story dealing with alcohol overdose so realistically. Everything is amazing on all levels, and for me this film is the hype and maybe 100% times more. Deserves all the hype and then more. Understandably underrated, this is one of the best fucking films I have ever seen. And i have seen many "quality" films. I want to also mini-review "The tracker" by Rolf De heer which I mentioned earlier. This one is different and unique in that it had a soundtrack written for the film and each scene, De heer writting himself the lyrics and a singer of aboriginal descent singing. Also De Heer played alot with the narrating mediums in this film. He uses narration, then he uses the songs to imply characters traits, then he uses the songs to imply what the characters might be feeling. He also uses painting stills done for the film. Then this musical-approach more or less stops.. and like any Rolf De Heer film , you wouldnt guess where it is going, plot-twist or ending wise.. except if you already know him from Bad Boy Bubby. Before I end it, it, I know you people might suggest The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith + Walkabout which I havent seen yeah, but they're on my list.. Will definately see them. Also found 'They're a weird mob' but the lack of subtitles makes me hesitant. Here I should mention that when I first watched Body Melt, in 2002, from a VHS I bought in Berlin, Germany, a Dutch produced release of the film, I had a really hard time to understand what the hill-billies were saying in that hillarious scene. I mean, I got the central point, but hey - subtitles help us who dont speak english as our first. And then again there are so different accents.. There are some scottish films that you cant understand shit without subtitles. So yeah, thats it, if you want , suggest ozzie films for me and non ozzies who are interested in good quality ozzie cinema, Please, if you propose a film or several, say a few words about each and why we should check it out, without spoilers. Or, okey, just give us your list, mate.