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  1. WoodDragon

    Seeking brugmansia cuttings

    Heh, I was going to put up a similar post myself tonight as I'm rebuilding after having to part with a large part of my collection years ago - you beat me to it! If you're in Tassie I have an unnamed double white (possibly this) that I could pass on immediately, and probably a Maya in a few months. I have a very small Burnt Orange but I doubt that it'll be big enough to prune until next summer. I may have some sanguinea seeds, but I'll need to dig around the leaves to see if the flowers set now that 'I have another one nearby... if there are any other Tasmanians here with brugs I'm desperately searching for Clementine, Mathildenwalzer, and Culebra. The Dancer would be nice but I doubt that it's down here. As an aside, I note that yesterday Yamina took down all their brug pages. That was a bit upsetting - I was hoping that they'd restock, because they were the only nursery that imports to Tassie and that had Culebra in the past...
  2. WoodDragon

    I'm back - again...

    And welcome back after your hiatus too, Tv2.0. I'm sure that we can both make it stick!
  3. WoodDragon

    I'm back - again...

    Great to see your name here too, A. It feels almost as if I didn't disappear! And as if to celebrate my return, I have clouds of whitefly descending on one of my young brugs. The buggers seem determined to ruin my night garden fun...
  4. Hey all. I've been trying to find seeds of Zaluzianskya ovata and Zaluzianskya capensis (night-scented phlox) through the usual horticultural channels but with no luck - neither species appears to be currently available in Australia. If any of the clued-in community on the Corroboree has any leads I'd love to hear! There is another Zaluzianskya species in the country though - Z. divaricata. Once again it doesn't seem to be available in the nursery trade or through home gardener channels, but it's listed as naturalised in the southwest of WA around Perth, and in SA around Adelaide. If there are any members who live in one of those areas and have come across the plants, I'd be very happy to reimburse them for their troubles getting a sample of some seed. Cheers, Woody. https://florabase.dbca.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/7113 http://www.flora.sa.gov.au/cgi-bin/speciesfacts_display.cgi?form=speciesfacts&name=Zaluzianskya_divaricata
  5. WoodDragon

    I'm back - again...

    Hey all. After really enjoying the Corroboree over ten years ago I slipped off the radar once my kids came along and I became the primary care-giver, but I tried to kick-start my presence a few years ago just before I lost my home computer. Since then I've had a replacement (couldn't use my VPNed work one because NSFW...) and I'm finally getting around to relaunching here. If any of my old buddies are around - hi! And if there are any newer Tassie members who might like to get in touch - hi, too! There are a few plants that I'll be posting about soon - looking, or to pass on, so watch these spaces... It's so bloody good to be back.
  6. WoodDragon

    Trump Watch

    I'm assuming that these have not been posted before (I'm still catching up...): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi38HMIvRpGgMJ0Tlm1WYdw All his own words, but exposed for their shallowness by the simple expedient of adding sass. And for extra chuckles:
  7. WoodDragon

    The Ocean Is Broken...

    Whitewind. The phenomenon about which Monbiot is speaking is that of shifting baselines. It's briefly summarised on Wickedpedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shifting_baseline and exemplified here: http://esciencenews.com/articles/2009/02/17/historical.photographs.expose.decline.floridas.reef.fish.new.scripps.study.finds http://www.psmag.com/environment/fish-stories-the-ones-that-got-away-3914/ And Shortly's on the button - we were passing the point of FUBAR about the turn of the millenium. It just takes a while for spaceship Earth to manifest the change in its course.
  8. WoodDragon

    Mandrake cultivation discussion

    Hey mutant. Aside from my germination notes above I posted somewhere about my cultivation experience with mandrake, posssibly at AE. To date I grow them from seed rather than from root cuttings, and they're easy to grow as long as you give them what they need in terms of soil and temperature. Mine woke up after winter solstice, and they're doing well. I leave them to their own devices, and the snails are a pain, but the roots look to be putting on size nicely. I have not dug any up, and probably won't for a few years yet - my interest is as a collector and hopefully when they decide to flower, as a source of seed. Unfortunately the labels were removed so I haven't figured out which are officinarum and which are the turks (I still have my autumnalis in the fridge), but there is a subtle difference in leave shape so when I get some time I'll try to ID them properly and post some photos. I'm hoping that flowering might be the easy way out!
  9. WoodDragon

    thai eggplant seed wanted

    Hi all. It's been many, many months since I've been circulating, mostly because I've had an awful year with getting thoroughly shafted by someone I trusted, having family and friends die, and getting caught up in the ARPIS debacle in July. It's spring though and I'm right-side-up again, and one ray of light that remains from my shafting earlier in the year is that I was introduced to Thai eggplants and their unique place in green curries. I'm keen to track down seeds with which to grow my own and rather than start a new thread I thought that I'd resurrect Coin's old one from ten years ago. I'm after both the Solanum melongena cultivars such as 'Thai Violet Prince', 'Thai Yellow Egg' and 'Thai Round Green'; and also Solanum torvum, the turkeyberry or pea eggplant. I'd be especially interested in Solanum torvum 'Puangyok'. If anyone can help I'd be very grateful. Now that I'm back in the saddle I'll be checking PMs much more regularly. Cheers guys.
  10. WoodDragon

    Any Tassie member?

    I've heard that all the best people live in Tassie...
  11. WoodDragon

    4 x grafts up for grabs

  12. WoodDragon

    Stapelia Thread

    Yeah, staps, huernia, hoodia... They're straightforward to germinate with a pre-soak and good coarse river sand with a bit of potting mix. The biggest thing to be wary of is too much nitrogen - they can make do with bugger all, and too much can knock them over, especially when they're young.
  13. WoodDragon

    Silicon Valley Reportedly Full of Stoners

    Nooo! Say it isn't so!
  14. WoodDragon

    Anyone ever used program called R for statistics

    Ob, I might have to corner you some time and see if you can push me up the R learning curve. It's one of the most popular programs in my field, but I've avoided it because I'm a non-scripter, and Minitab, SPSS etc almost always came up with the goods. I have a few nuts though that I think R would crack, so maybe it's time for me to jump into the deep end...
  15. WoodDragon

    What weird things do you collect

    Gawd, we're all the same! Plants: columnar cacti, epiphytic cacti, ascelpiads (when they're not being nicked), orchids, bromeliads, carnivorous plants, giant bamboos, fruit trees, weird and wonderful solanacea (still looking for Mandragora caulescens), hoyas, pachycauls, salvias, medicinals, wisterias... and on and on... Books by the thousands Gems, shells, feathers Crystal balls (biggest is 200mm diameter) and other arcana (I would love to pillage Dumbledore's study...) Music (CDs by the thousand) Oil lamps and candle lamps Yixing clay teapots (favourite is my cobalt blue Cycle of Life) Fish fossils, and especially fossil shark teeth (Very) rare chicken breeds Broadheads Colonial tools Shakuhachi Antique botanical prints That's for starters...