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A few flowers on Iochroma australe from bullits seeds, both white and blue.

 

 

 

 

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planted a bunch of Weeping Willows (Salix babylonica) I struck about 4-5 years ago on my dads place yesterday and kept one for myself... should be interesting to see how big she gets in a pot ,)

 

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Gee your game planting them out along a river mate!! Does your dad ever get weed inspectors to the property? They mightn't be so keen on it, you gotta control them in goulburn shire by law which means no propogation 

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21 hours ago, theuserformallyknownasd00d said:

Gee your game planting them out along a river mate!! Does your dad ever get weed inspectors to the property? They mightn't be so keen on it, you gotta control them in goulburn shire by law which means no propogation 

he's at the end of a private road... and no, none from Tumut Shire ever goes through here...

 

If the cows don't get them the deer probably will anyway ,)

That was my bet, I wanted to leave them in pots for a few more years...

 

...theres already a zillion basket willows, he was saddened when he lost about 15 mature trees in the floods a few years ago so this was to cheer him up a little ,)

 

pretty sure if the council and National Parks started controlling all the weeds that blow seeds onto his place he'd chop them down in gratitude

 

 

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Fair enough sounds like a different situation! They really come down on the farmers around my families property re weed control! Maybe it applies more to pastures rather than scrub I dunno! I remember huge weed erradication programs when I grew up on property's between barmedman and coolamon back in the late 90s, and Wagga council just did a massive willow eradication along its Murrumbidgee river and Lake Albert. They were choking up the waterways and lowering water quality by all accounts. 

 

That looks like a aweskme river to be able to hang out on!! All I had was damns riddled with Redfin and the occasional creek with 1/2 foot of water hahaha! 

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talk a walk  around because i been feeling lazy

saw flowers, ants fighting on cactus and a cat sleeping amongst nitro's seedlings

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King parrots have been visiting my sunflower patch each morning, just a quick visit to see if the seeds are ready. Such beautiful birds. 

That wattle on the left was germinated from seed in 2012. 

 

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Are you sure that's a King Parrot in that first pic Change ?

It looks a bit like a Black Cockatoo to me. Sometimes they have black feathers with red highlights others have yellow highlights.

 

I've had King Parrots raiding the seeds on my acuminatas every day lately.

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^Yer im pretty sure it is Sal, that angle doesnt do it justice, but it was the best shot i could get. Here is another one thats a much poorer quality due to the zooming. This morning i watched them have a battle with the local magpies. Been seeing heaps of Black cockatoos this season aswell. Normally im lucky to see a group of 6 to 8 black cockatooes, but this year they have been flying around in packs of 20+. I havnt seen any with the red markings on the tail locally, the Black cockatoos ve been spotting all have the yellow markings under the tail. 

 

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Both these girls poped open last night, fingers crossed this becomes my first sucessful polination without a pollen donor via post. 

 

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thankyou son

thankyou father

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Wow what a day! I was off to go for a drive to check some new location for some local ephedras I was told, but I see the note from post office and I knew it was the package from that awesome trade I arranged, was very excited about it, and about if they would make it alright. So went to the post-office and ended up returning home to open it so I would go out after all.. 

 

Boy what a pack! awesome packing, everything received in pristine condition 

*the highlight is a matured rooted 40+ cm Catha edulis. [i am crossing my finger about this one, but it seems such a strong plantlet, and if it was fine, rootless (!??!) several days in the post, wrapped up in as a circle, what could wrong during my mild summer? ]

*ephedra chilensis seed

*3 types of psychotria leaves , amicana viridis, shipibo viridis and tonsa alba from brasil

*and the strange seeds  of this plant I had never heard of ,     Picralima nitida

 

I love this guy!

 

I hurried to plant the catha , took some shots, but still haven't got to read about how I root psych leaves in detail, while I started reading on Picralima, then continued to read up on ephedra, one of my projects I am much excited these days, and the addition of seed from and ephedra south americas made me search into the species and what not and try and find some papers and the like and ended up using google translate to understand parts of an awesome turkish paper on mediterreanean species of ephedra after I managed to unlock it. 

 

Please feel free to give me tips on catha, rooting pshychotria leaves. I am always on the look for seeds of any species of Ephedra I can find (buying or trading) so PM me if you have a good source

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 Decided my cielo caapi vine could do with a bit of a trim, and kept a dozen or so t-sections for propagation.

 

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checked the 2x psychotria leaf cuttings I am doing with the " cut the veins in 3-4 places then place in a sandwitch of wet toilet peper" tek . at 12 days, it was a smart move, no signs of root yet. 

 

the p.albas though have all 4 rooted well in a glass of water in my bathroom some days now, the roots are nice and all around the stem but only a few mm long.. should I wait for them to get longer, plant in soil now, put food in the water? what do you think? That was quite fast I would say... 

 

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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.

alrighty then..........time to harvest and plant some to test viability, then i'll spread em around.

Much love to PH, to the pollinators, to my garden animals and to the big wiggly hd for his advice.

Ya gotta remember this cutting was grown inside the spinner tub of an old washing machine - so just go for it when it comes to gardening anything goes - just give it a go.

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sowed ephedra chinensis (older and newer seed), old c.edulis and fresh ephedra foeminea and ephedra fragilis, in the same sowing tray as cold shocked mandragora hyoscyamus and atropa seed. 

 

at the first seed tray, the "turbina mix' seed surprised me by sprouting in good rates and fast, not what I remember from corymbosa. I didn't expect that. Hmmm 

 

potted 2 out of 4 rooted p.alba cuttings, they will be staying in the bathroom for a while. 

 

 

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Cleaned out the plant cemetery er, RFB and rescued the last few ayawaskial and psychotrial organisms into some nice big cactical pots along with a hefty vanilla mosspole inverted for a break from the ole routine...

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tossed a few virola nuts in , a few of them squished to mush but some are still amazingly enough, looking like they just got freshly cracked from their husk/kernel... no sprouts on any of those little buggers...

 

bit of a spray down with the mangrove mister...

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so far survivors of the RFB include : 3 clones of psychotria - 2 via 2016-12-27 16.01.08.jpg2016-12-27 16.01.20.jpgfloridian source..

and the Uwe2016-12-27 16.01.29.jpg clone via german source..,

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checked the 2x psychotria leaf cuttings I am doing with the " cut the veins in 3-4 places then place in a sandwitch of wet toilet peper" tek . at 12 days, it was a smart move, no signs of root yet. 

 

the p.albas though have all 4 rooted well in a glass of water in my bathroom some days now, the roots are nice and all around the stem but only a few mm long.. should I wait for them to get longer, plant in soil now, put food in the water? what do you think? That was quite fast I would say... 

 

they'd've (alba) happily waited if you wanted them to i reckon ...

and the viridis might happily have you wait a fair bit longer than the alba .. probably about 4-9 (maybe more) times longer than alba going by feel i reckon too ..

just keep 'em moist and humid mate..

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and the Uwe2016-12-27 16.01.29.jpg clone via german source..,

 

 

 

 

Uwe= chronic :angel:

 

 

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took a walk around to look at a few things this morning before it gets too hot today

 

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first solandra flower, bit munted from the hot weather

 

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some of the pleb trees have flower buds on them

 

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cebils are growing well, plan to plant these out in autumn

 

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^^^

amazing work dude, congrats! are the plebs going to the ground as well? what are pics 3,4,5 in the first group of them? pic one should be a Leonotis I think

 

We are having some winter here, the good old type when you get days with a couple hours below 0 C , so I am mildly worried for any damage to the cacti on the roof  - fortunately they were/are not very wet, didnt see any signs of stress to the easily stressed Pachycereus marginatus crests which is stressed by both extreme sunlight and frosty winters.. I also got my bridgesii crests and Browingia hertlingiana exposed there. 

 

Well I took my new born mandragoras (two new strains) outside, which might not be the best idea with this cold, but I said 'what the heck, they are winter plants' . 

 

ephedras dont seem to mind the cold, well excluding the e.foeminea cuttings that didn't survive and died some time now - e.sinica seems to turn yellow as a reaction to cold, while foeminea and fragilis seems to sometimes go glaucus and purple, but I am not sure if this is due to cold. 

 

I also want to note that 6-7 month seedling  c.edulis is coping pretty well in a place with filtered light that gets 10 C temps at night - pity this place is very narrow place that cant fit big pots. 

 

The P.viridis now in the protected spot dries quite fast (I remembered comments on how much water is likes as a plant) and is side to side with my newly potted c.edulis rooted cutting for which I am very excited :)  - Watered them 

 

 

 

 

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Planted some chili seeds, pink banana seeds in my heated propagator and under a small led fish tank light. Hopefully I'll have a better luck this year only 2  Chili plants survived last year. 

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amazing work dude, congrats! are the plebs going to the ground as well? what are pics 3,4,5 in the first group of them? pic one should be a Leonotis I think

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers Sagi, that's means a lot comn from you, you sexy cactus cunt, you.

 

phlebs are going in the ground in Autumn on a slope that's well drained and gets some good winter sun, creating a little phleb walk so they will be planted either side of a path that will be cut into the slope.

ive some phlebs already planted out on a slope that is a levy for a dam, small ones, they are doing quite well.

these big ones in pots were the first ones I got and I felt I needed to 'understand' these trees and what conditions they need before planting them out.

 

after speaking to the man that collected some of the cebil seeds that are now little trees from a Forrest in South America I will be planting them out in spring, after the cold weather, so it's another winter in the green house for them just to make sure they will not burn down to nothing in the cold and wet weather over winter.

 

Pic 1, yes, leonotis, was here when we got the place, some other quite interesting plants were growing here as well.

Pic 3 and 4 are atropa belladonna, some lovely black fruits on them atm.

pic 5 are horse radish, not really an ethno but like wasabi and chilli some interesting heights can be reached.

my partner has said he will make some horse radish sauce if I dig up some of the roots which I will do.

 

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Love fresh seed!!

 

M. hostillis @ 4 days (well 5 including.the over night soak) :-)

 

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