Alberto Castillo
Thu, 12 Jul 2007 10:27:30 PDT
Hello Karen: 
                I read with great interest your posting to PBS. Have been wondering if your Iris is Hermodactylus tuberosus or the ubiquous Moraea (Gynandriris) sisyrinchium. 
                Are you interested in some Iris serotina from Spain I wonder? It seems you have several gems in your collection.
                As for Ethiopia, its Flora is far from complete, so anything you happen to find will be exciting. Gladioli by the heap is what comes to the mind first.
All the very best
Alberto Castillo
Ezeiza Botanical Garden
> From:> To:> Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2007 19:45:54 +0100> Subject: [pbs] Introduction> > Hi Guys,> > > > This is my first post so an intro is appropriate I think. I live in the> easternmost part of England and garden in what is usually the driest part of> the UK on a very sandy soil, half a mile from the North Sea. My garden is> mostly very sheltered so I benefit from the warning effect of being near the> sea without suffering too much from those Siberian easterlies that hit us> occasionally for a week or so.> > > > I grow a lot of Mediterranean plants which survive very well in the free> draining soil, examples are an eight foot olive tree, Pittosporum tobirum,> lots of Cistus and Halimium, and lavender both English and French. I lust> after traditional blowsy herbaceous borders but can't achieve them on such> poor soil sadly. > > > > I have a great weakness for Echeverias and Agaves most of which have to be> found space indoors or in un-heated cold frames over the winter. I have> travelled a lot in Europe and have snaffled seed from various places which> is how I have fallen into growing more bulbs.> > > > I have a very happy Urginea maritima from Crete growing in the open in> almost pure gravel (collected as a grapefruit sized bulb which had been> dislodged by road works - honestly it's true, I have a witness) producing> three flower heads each year now - despite the trip's botanist being very> negative about it's chances. This year's triumph was to flower Iris xiphium> from seed collected in Andorra five years ago and two of my five bulbs> flowered a deep indigo blue, much nicer than those wishy washy blue> florists versions. I have lots of Anemone pavonina in pots grown from seed> collected in the Peloponnese - scarlet, shocking gorgeous scarlet ! not> those pretty pink and blues you get mostly in the islands. I also have three> pots of unidentified somethings collected on the southernmost point of the> Matapan peninsula on the same trip. An iris of some sort I think but what ?> My current bet is on Iris tuberosa but they are being real buggers and have> refused to flower so far.> > > > I am going on a trip further afield than usual in November, three weeks in> Ethiopia, travelling about the country from high elevations to low. Is there> anything I might find there that would be worth keeping an eye out for?> > > > I used to post in the uk.rec.gardens newsgroup a lot so hi to anyone who> knows me from there - I see Rodger Whitlock continues being very helpful to> everyone.> > > > Finally I'd like to thank all you guys for posting such fabulous photos on> your wiki. I have spent many a happy lunch hour at work browsing the pics> and drooling. > > > > Karen Mountford> > _______________________________________________> pbs mailing list>>>
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