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Yep, the goannas are out and about,the acacias blooming, I think its spring.

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*potted some rooted cuttings pachycereus crest, bridgesii crest, pacha crest, myrti melty monstrosa etc 

*repotted some ephedra foeminea seedlings in deep tube pots, brought some to more light (incl. my sinica), potted a couple rooted branches to an unused large container , to a large 30 liter pot with a capsicum pubescence (rocoto) that doesnt seem to be flowering) and in the ground

*potted some mandrake roots (smaller pots this year) 

*worked a bit on my delosperma bosseranum bonzais project (undug them to reveal more root and repotted )

*been pruning my biggest caapi that makes climbing vines and indeed that makes it get thicker, as I read.. 

*p.viridis is making bigger and bigger leaves, does it need high temps to root a leaf?

*anxious on my c.edulis seedlings, I wonder if I should expose to more sun as the temps are falling here... 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trying to get catha edulis, platned cottage garden mix/california poppy varieties - from Bunnings. 

 

Setting up hydroponic lights and need to get cloning chambers for humidity, so I can get my clones in coco coir happening - then I'll get all the strains ect happening.

 

Woo!

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*planted the rest of the mandrake roots and rootlets. this year I am trying smaller pots

*noted several mandrake seedlings in several pots of cacti, some of each (at least one from last year) must be a different var from what I already have (flower - fruit -seed ~  wise

*sowed a couple more seeds of this var in a big pot with some cereus monster

*carefully repotted my catha edulis seedling, I 

*spotted/killed snails by squashing

*harvested chilli 

*washed scales from my breast cacti with water-pressure

*planted a rooted cutting ephedra foeminea, changed the water in the rest, they are still fine in a bucket of water 20 days now, some cuttings even sprouting in water

*repotted a couple Setiechininopsis and an Echinocereus crest which I had negelected 

*noted my in-the-ground caapi is throwing a climbing shoot (it was about time!) 

*checked on my Delosperma bosseranum bonzais (recently transplanted, looking good) 

*eyeing on my P.viridis, thinking of cutting a leaf to try to root it, but I fear its not the best time of year to do it... 

 

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Here is a few pics of some of my favorite thing in my garden today.  2016-10-16 08.44.26.jpg2016-10-16 08.44.34.jpg2016-10-16_08.44.54.jpg2016-10-16 08.45.12.jpg2016-10-16 08.45.43.jpg2016-10-16 08.47.31.jpg2016-10-16 08.49.49.jpg2016-10-16 08.51.18.jpg2016-10-16 08.51.25.jpg2016-10-16 08.52.04.jpg2016-10-16 08.53.30.jpg2016-10-16 08.53.39.jpg2016-10-16 08.53.48.jpg2016-10-16_08.52.45.jpg2016-10-16 08.54.21.jpg2016-10-16 08.54.40.jpg2016-10-16 08.54.55.jpg2016-10-16 08.57.02.jpg2016-10-16 08.55.54.jpg 

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Repotted my new brugmansia:

 

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Fed my kratom seedling:

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i've looked at this thread heaps and don't think I've posted in it so i thought i'd start to

i work in my garden most days unless its raining heaps or stinking hot

 

 

notice that the hops from Mushfun are growing again for spring, will put them in the ground next week

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spied a super phat bunch leaves on a greenhouse grown phlebophylla

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weeded and mulched part of this garden today, pine chips make good mulch and are cheap by the uteload, our fungal friends also like to colonise and fruit in the pine chips as they decompose

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still have to weed and mulch the other end of this garden where the nightshade and the lemon balm are

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said goodbye to the mandrake for another season, will have to either move the mandrake or the plants around it before the mandrake comes back next autumn or she'll be lost as the yarrow is becoming very invasive

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these nasty little plants are late bloomers here, won't be till after xmas they flower

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decided that this trellis is where these variegated solandra will grow up, will assemble a raised garden bed at the base of the trellis with treated pine sleepers, fill it with soil and plant the solandra

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In the right picture is Kath to be seen. And seems to blossom. How tall and how old is the plant?

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9 hours ago, chronic said:

In the right picture is Kath to be seen. And seems to blossom. How tall and how old is the plant?

Hello chronic, the single stem cutting came to me from PH about 5 years ago. It is a ph f2 and approx. 1m by 1m in size. It's never had so many beautiful blossoms as this year but has never set seed. Although with so many flowers this year, there has never been so many pollinators buzzing around it - hopefully it will set seed at some point.

It lives through tough, cold winters where i live and is frost hardy ( zero degrees C at times). I'm hoping to dig a hole and plant her out this year.

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You can just make out some insect action in the last two pics.

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I put some rooted cuttings into pots. 

 

B. Caapi (yellow)

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Vendor claims P. Viridis but those leaves look awful wavy, yeah?

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Madagascar strain A. Nervosa

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yeah I think its too wavy to be a viridis. 

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The original stock is claimed to have come from the UDV Church in Brazil. I checked their website and their psychotria leaves are identical (other than level of wavy) to what I have here.  The leaf edge goes all the way down the stem to the base, which I believe is a viridis trait. But it doesn't have "claws" on the bottom of the leave, which is not a viridis trait.  Maybe a hybrid or local variation?

Several of the leaves in the top right and top left are very wavy: http://udvusa.org/

 

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Santo Daime seems to be using the same cultivar.  So, now I am less sure than I was when I went to bed.  LOL  

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That could be.  I just unpacked it.  I will keep an eye on it.  Either way, it's going to stay. :)  

I was just going all CSI on the background pic at the church site.  Zooming in I don't see any claws on the backs of these leaves either.  While there are a few wavy examples, most here are not. 

 

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well, I should not pose as a viridis expert, I just have one plant and I think vridis is not curly like that. maybe I was too hasty to tell my shitty opinion. 

 

I got my viridis as seedling with stem and all from a leaf from the awesome member thunderhorse around automn or winter something, now its a proper plant which is btw putting out a branch... noticed today... 

 

What are those things on each leaf pair? is this bract leaves?  

 

And while we are at maintaining a P.viridis in a non tropical climate, what do you think the minimum temps are for it to survive? I am seriously considering to check if it can withhold my mild winter in a protected spot outside.. 

 

after many years of not doing much with actual plants apart from mandrake, doing mostly things cacti, I have specimens of caapi (two in the ground, 4 have started climbing but I prune them back ) , ephedras, viridis and catha, all of which I wanted to try to cultivate, so, its should be an awesome year. 

 

my e.novos unfortunately died, but I am inclined to try again. 

 

 

 

 

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I think your opinion is fine.  We share it, in fact.  I would put odds on this being P. Viridis at 5% tops.  It doesn't match any literature I have turned up, outside of some of the leaves on that one church site.  I will spin again, and keep this one to boot.  

 

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Today I murdered my dog in the backyard

 

I fucken should have, I spent all day yesterday mulching the garden & when I woke up this morning with a fucked back  I hobbled out the back & I saw my mutt had destroyed everything I'd done. He'd dug huge craters everywhere and now the mulch and the soil is mixed together and spread everywhere, just like every other time I've tried to mulch something.  I could tell he'd done something, the second I saw him he put his head down and skulked away. He knows it's wrong but he just can't resist, for some reason he's compelled to destroy everything I ever do, he has done since he was a pup.

 

I've even mulched cactus with fist sized stones stacked 10 inches deep thinking they'd be safe, but not with this fucking thing. He dug that up too and mixed soil in with them and now grass grows through the whole lot and it's nearly impossible to get rid of the grass because it's wrapped around stones.

 

The electric fence is coming back out of retirement which will make it a nightmare to mow and maintain but hearing that fucking mutt yelp when gets his first boot from it will be worth all the hassle.

 

I might even set up a webcam with some motion detection software so I can catch him getting zapped on video and watch it every time I need a laugh

 

 

 

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Electric fence!? Brutal!! How about a walk around the block or fetch!! Tire that fucker out man!! I got a 1.5yr old staffy and feel your pain... 1mth ago she knocked down a table with $700 worth of rare succulents on it and then thought the table looked comfortable enough for a nap...

 

now she she gets dragged behind my longboard for an hr a day!

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I'm sure that would work for a normal dog Dude, it never has for this fucking thing. The more attention and exercise it gets the worse it's behaviour will be that night. Taking him out for a walk or letting him inside will guarantee a trail of destruction overnight.

He's 6 now and he's still as mad as a cut snake. He never settled down and got out the destructive puppy stage. He's cost me over $5000 in damages and my sanity.The stress he's caused me has taken years off my life.

The biggest mistake I ever made was bringing that fucking thing home.

I'm going back out to hose the whole area down so he gets a fucking good shock. That will make him think twice the next time he gets the urge to dig my nexus patch up.

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today i dug 4 4be3ft holes 7ft deep and then put sharpened bamboo stakes in them. I covered them with hessian and leaves and then cracked a beer

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* I chuckled at watering down the area* ...feelin for ya Sal:wink:

 

Starting chopping up some cactus, potted up some skullcaps, and getting ready to finally move some tomatoes out (after frost smashed my last two efforts:angry:)

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It seems like the dog remembered the significance of the red & white string and he didn't go anywhere near it.  It's been over 18 months since the electric fence was running and he still knows what it's all about. I can hear the generated pulse, so maybe he remembers that too.

 

When I wasn't maintaining the garden he'd occasionally dig a small hole there - less than 2 feet in diameter and less than a foot deep, but as soon as I show interest in it and look after it the holes turn into 3-4 foot diameter craters up to 2 feet deep. I can't work out what goes through his mind. If he thinks he's helping why does he hide under the steps or skulk away with his head down when I first see him the next day after he's dug the garden up ? If he's just bored why does he focus on the area I've worked on that day and ignore the rest of the yard (where he normally digs his overnight craters) ? If it's boredom why does his destruction get worse when exercise him and give him lots of attention ?

 

I know scent plays a big role and animals are attracted to freshly turned soil but I've been building no-dig gardens for 15 years and I almost never dig anything. I just pull the weeds & mulch it.

 

Is it the mulch ? I've even scratched up a patch of soil and mulched it on the same day I've weeded and mulched the garden to see what he'd do. He ignored the test patch and destroyed the whole fucking garden just like he always does.

 

He knows it's wrong but he's compelled to destroy everything I do, 

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