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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 20, 2013
1:09 PM

Post #9456087

It's the season for Flower Shows! Please post pics of shows you have visited or participated-in. I'll start off with a visit to Toronto's 'Canada Blooms' show, held in the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place this March. I apologize in advance for my terrible photography, and hope that everyone else has better pics.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 20, 2013
1:15 PM

Post #9456099

The Genoscape Garden had pleasing water features, including some splendid large urns (or are they vases?)

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 20, 2013
1:22 PM

Post #9456112

The 'Sensory Garden' had fragrant lilies and a fake fireplace, and hosted the Reif Estates wine tasting bar. I enjoyed a glass of sweet ice-wine here.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 20, 2013
1:32 PM

Post #9456129

There was weirdly wonderful floral art, as well as a dog-house with a "green" roof, metal flower sculptures, and a tree-trunk bench.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 20, 2013
1:38 PM

Post #9456136

The Irish Tourism garden was full of neolithic-looking stones, moss, mist, shamrocks, and flying dragons.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 20, 2013
1:47 PM

Post #9456149

In the 'Showcase' area, among other things there were fancy-leaved Begonias, a pink-flowered Medinilla magnifica, and a cruelly plaited succulent (is it Sanseveria cylindrica?)

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 20, 2013
2:01 PM

Post #9456166

The 'Sugar Bush' garden had maple syrup jars and woodland planting. The 'Chinese Culture' garden had a young gentleman dispensing tea and propaganda. The 'Swim & Spa' garden had an impressively large pool and a jacuzzi that looked like an inverted flying-saucer, coloured lights and all. The 'Magic of Teamwork' gardeners had assembled some real bedding plants.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 20, 2013
2:10 PM

Post #9456172

Last, but not least, there were plants for sale.

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rouge21

(Zone 5b)

March 21, 2013
2:07 PM

Post #9457276

Thanks for posting June. I too was at CANADA BLOOMS but I only went this time as I was given 2 free VIP passes. I am not interested in indoor gardens. I think the big advantage of this show (over others) is that it is the first of the season.
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 21, 2013
6:41 PM

Post #9457555

I agree, rouge. The main reason I went to the show was to see some foliage and flowers, because winter seems to have gone on far too long. And people weren't the only ones enjoying the early blooms. Did you see the flock of sparrows inside the building, joyfully flying from cherry tree to cherry tree in the indoor gardens, eating the blossoms?
ginger749

March 21, 2013
7:10 PM

Post #9457585

Great pictures June.
I was going to add some Pictures but I am in Summer time, so I feel that is cheating.
I do have some Alaskan winter Plant Pictures though.

rouge21

(Zone 5b)

March 22, 2013
4:36 AM

Post #9457819

FWIW the next indoor garden show in Ontario that I am aware of is in Peterborough http://peterboroughgardens.ca/Showhome.html


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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 22, 2013
5:00 AM

Post #9457839

That Peterborough link is not working for me, rouge. Not to worry, this happens to me a lot! I'll just Google it.

Kell, an Australian flower show would surely be interesting, whatever the season.
rouge21

(Zone 5b)

March 22, 2013
9:49 AM

Post #9458141

Try again June.
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 22, 2013
11:39 AM

Post #9458209

Thanks, rouge. Now it's working! Are you going to the Peterborough show?
rouge21

(Zone 5b)

March 22, 2013
1:28 PM

Post #9458279

June, I have been there in the past and I did like it. But to be honest I probably only go to the indoor shows as a diversion seeing that I do get antsy this time of year not being able to do "real" outdoor spring gardening! And given that I went to BLOOMS and bought some pruning shears and another "better than sliced bread" garden hose I think I will not go to any more.

Having said that I really enjoy going to outdoor residential garden tours through the summer.

Maybe we can set up a thread dedicated to these events.
ginger749

March 22, 2013
1:50 PM

Post #9458297

This Picture was taken in Brisvegas.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 22, 2013
2:19 PM

Post #9458326

Rouge, was the hose that you bought at the show the crinkled one that un-pleats like an accordian? I looked at that, thought it looked very strange, and was too chicken to buy one. I probably won't make it to the Peterborough show, as I Googled the route and for me it would be a 217 km journey with an estimated travel time of two-and-a-half hours, which is about twice what I am comfortable driving. I took a tour bus down to Canada Blooms!

Kell, what the devil is that prehistoric-looking THING!
ginger749

March 22, 2013
2:37 PM

Post #9458337

Before I tell you, I want to add a few other Colours of the same Prehistoric Plant.

Some other Canadians might know.

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ginger749

March 22, 2013
2:40 PM

Post #9458340

They do look a tad like a Pine Cone.

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ginger749

March 23, 2013
5:42 AM

Post #9458860

It is quite big.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 23, 2013
6:18 AM

Post #9458885

Stop bragging! Oh, you mean the "pine cone".
ginger749

March 23, 2013
9:54 AM

Post #9459076

Yes June, I do mean the 'Çones'.

These plants are some of the most interesting plants in the world.
They are found on many continents, generally in tropical or subtropical areas.
What’s interesting about them is that they have survived from the age of dinosaurs.
They used to dominate the plant kingdom.
What is left of them today, is a tiny amount compared to how many they once were.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 23, 2013
10:40 AM

Post #9459119

I thought you were referring to your hat.

Hmm, are these plants Cycads?
ginger749

March 23, 2013
11:34 AM

Post #9459177

Yes they sure are June.
They are all in full bloom at the moment.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 23, 2013
2:21 PM

Post #9459317

Amazing! The dinosaurs must have enjoyed snacking on them.
ginger749

March 23, 2013
3:15 PM

Post #9459377

This is my last Picture of the coloured Cones.
You must be bored with them by now.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 23, 2013
6:29 PM

Post #9459554

Not bored! I've enjoyed looking at your excellent pics. The cones are like works of art!
ginger749

March 23, 2013
7:07 PM

Post #9459587

All those last Pictures were taken in the Mt. Cootha Botanical Garden. (Brisvegas)
But this one grows right here at home.
Of cause this is the Female Plant.
Females don't have Cones.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 24, 2013
5:14 AM

Post #9459803

There's no hat to give the pic scale. Is she a big girl?
ginger749

March 24, 2013
6:43 AM

Post #9459884

The ball like thing is 20" in diameter.
This was the day the ball burst open and spread its seeds.

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ginger749

March 24, 2013
6:45 AM

Post #9459890

Close up detail of hairy ball.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 24, 2013
11:12 AM

Post #9460193

It is not so lovely when it ripens. It looks like a mouldy cabbage exploded. I hope it smells better than it looks. Did you plant the seeds?
ginger749

March 24, 2013
11:35 AM

Post #9460225

The plant was given to me when 2" tall in a pot.
Yes it does look like a tad like road kill.
And no there is no smell at all.
Every one of these red seeds will eventually grow into a new plant if not eaten by critters.


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ginger749

March 24, 2013
9:49 PM

Post #9460824

This is a Male Cone from an identical Cycad at a Car Yard in Brisvegas.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 25, 2013
5:05 AM

Post #9460935

It makes quite an impression!
ginger749

March 25, 2013
8:00 AM

Post #9461149

Yes it does.
It's almost yelling out look at me!
This is a more humble male.

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ginger749

March 25, 2013
8:04 AM

Post #9461157

This is a white one.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 25, 2013
5:32 PM

Post #9461833

I never knew there was so much variation in Cycad blooms. How are they pollinated - by wind, insects, birds, or what?
ginger749

March 25, 2013
5:42 PM

Post #9461843

I can't answer that question June.
I am an Artist who takes Pictures.

This is another Cycad that I have growing here at Home.
It is called a 'Çardboard Cycad'. (yes, it is a bloom)
God only knows where they get these crazy names.

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ginger749

March 25, 2013
5:44 PM

Post #9461846

This Picture shows a tad more of the Plant itself.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 25, 2013
6:06 PM

Post #9461872

Very cardboard-like, if you cover your cardboard in velvet! I've been trying to find some pics of strange blooms from around here, and so far all I can come up with is Pine tree flowers.

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ginger749

March 25, 2013
6:10 PM

Post #9461879

That pine cone is very colour full.
I'm sure we don't bet anything like that around here.

Can you guess what kind of Cone this is ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 26, 2013
7:36 AM

Post #9462374

I have no idea! It appears to be a bit green, though, and it might look different if it ripens and opens-up.
ginger749

March 26, 2013
8:18 AM

Post #9462432

It is fully ready to spread its seed as it is.
They can weigh up to 5 kilos.

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rouge21

(Zone 5b)

March 26, 2013
9:39 AM

Post #9462590

"Dave", is there anyway you can move the last many posts to a new thread as "they" don't fit with the title of this same thread.
ginger749

March 26, 2013
10:10 AM

Post #9462617

Sorry June I interfered here on what I thought was YOUR thread.
But you did ask me to post some Pictures.


rouge21

(Zone 5b)

March 26, 2013
11:12 AM

Post #9462675

'ginger' your pictures and corresponding posts are wonderful and deserving of a title and thread all its own. What do you think?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 26, 2013
2:11 PM

Post #9462937

Guys, I don't mind that the thread topic changed from "flower shows" to "showing flowers"! Initially, I thought other folks might post flower show pics, but they didn't - yet. While we're waiting for more flower show pics, I welcome any plant pics. I have noticed that threads on Dave's Garden frequently go off-topic, and it's usually fun!
rouge21

(Zone 5b)

March 26, 2013
3:09 PM

Post #9463008

Well its your thread 'June' so you have the final call.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

March 26, 2013
3:36 PM

Post #9463037

Loved the photo's..being on holidays in Florida I missed it, well almost..got a preview thru viewing your photos.

Love the begonias..have to refrain from purchasing lillies thanks to the lily bug, destroyed everyone of them 2 years ago and last year finished what the rest..

Did you break the bank??

one of the photo's showing metal art was interesting, have many of the same pieces..perhaps it's the same artist I buy from.

Yes, getting anxious to get my hands dirty..

Thanks for sharing!

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rouge21

(Zone 5b)

March 26, 2013
4:02 PM

Post #9463080

[quote="Bettypauze"]have to refrain from purchasing lillies thanks to the lily bug, destroyed everyone of them 2 years ago and last year finished what the rest..[/quote]

I first experienced this for the first time last summer. Very frustrating. That and the Japanese beetle consuming my rose standard were the bug highlights of 2012.

I am hoping that this past harder winter will knock these bad bugs back a notch or two.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

March 26, 2013
4:20 PM

Post #9463107

They say it will be ions before its safe to plant again..I so loved my pretties!
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 26, 2013
4:36 PM

Post #9463122

My garden must live a very sheltered life, as I have yet to see any damage from lily bugs or Jap beetles. However, it has to cope with the incursions of deer, rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs, Canada geese, squirrels, chipmunks, and meadow voles. I also battle against some insect that lays eggs on rose leaves, and I have to inspect the roses on a daily basis all summer to remove voracious green caterpillars.

I did not buy anything at the Canada Blooms show! The potted perennials on sale so early won't survive in my zone - they die of shock after being coddled and forced in greenhouses all winter. I would have bought some jewelry if there had been anything exciting on display, but I only saw some "Murano glass" of dubious provenance (it looked like the sort that is sold cheaply in Italian street markets), and some uninspiring strings of beads. Those metal flowers were attractive, and I was tempted, although I'm not sure I could have gotten them onto the bus - they were big! - but the booth they were in was unattended and so I couldn't buy one. One of the aromatherapy vendors was offering a concoction of marjoram oil that he said cured snoring, and I wanted to know more. He told me to take a deep sniff of it to clear my sinuses. However, when I did so, I got an immediate sharp pain in my ears (why?) and my eyes flooded with water. No sale!

All I came home with from the show was a bag full of brocures and business cards, sore feet, and my pics.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

March 26, 2013
5:10 PM

Post #9463153

Guess it means you can contemplate the treasures you want and order ..

Each you I purchase the piece of the year, last year it was 3 Canada gueese with wings spread open..it is about 10' high..balanced with rod and rock..beautiful to see them fly when the wind is up.

This year same tetal worker has about a 4ft blue heron..guess he will be my piece for 2013.

We sure love our gardens..

I often think just how much we spend on them, would have had a healthy bank account and less work without it.
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 26, 2013
6:46 PM

Post #9463270

I don't have any garden art yet, not only because I spend all my money on plants, but also because I am not sure what artwork would look good where. My garden is very open and naturalistic, so any artwork would really stand out, and could easily look out of place. The previous owner of the property had placed black-painted plywood cutouts of herons and fishermen all around the pond, and those had to go! I prefer seeing real herons, and no fishermen. Perhaps a stone henge or a fake ruin might suit the garden, when I win the lottery. Meanwhile, I make do with mobile garden ornaments, such as deer.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

March 27, 2013
12:30 AM

Post #9463474

actually as the metal rusts it fades into the background and isn't appreciated until you happen to come across it..go for it..does become addictive! Lol
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 27, 2013
7:24 AM

Post #9463671

Ah, now I understand the aesthetics of all those old cars rusting away on my neighbour's property. There's about 10 of them - it's an art gallery!

The junk cars are a sore point. I'm not disparaging your ornaments, Betty.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

March 27, 2013
5:36 PM

Post #9464351

Understand..

Long day today, made it from Ft. Myers, Florida to Tennessee border..if all goes well tomorrow just might be home early Friday..here is hoping!

My pieces usually take 3 or 4 weeks to rust, I spray the pieces while watering the gardens, off time spray with vinegar..while in Florida I saw a piece I would have bought, artist prided himself he sprayed a finish on them and guaranteed no rust..lost a sale. Lol
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

April 1, 2013
7:04 AM

Post #9468428

Nice photos of Canada Blooms! and the cycads!
Someday I will go to Canada Blooms!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

April 1, 2013
7:15 AM

Post #9468442

Blizzard going on here today, got back from Florida and saw 2 or 3 pretties trying to peek up above the leaves..so for now, I'll just go back and look at the photo's above and dream..
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 2, 2013
5:13 AM

Post #9469475

Ginger, please, please, come back and tell us what tree the big, green cone came from. The suspense is killing me. More "show and tell" pics are welcome too.
ginger749

April 2, 2013
12:15 PM

Post #9469838

I hope Yall enjoyed your Easter Holidays.
I had a glorious 6 days at my fav. camping spot.

'Girraween National Park' has everything for the Bush Walker/Climber.

Here is a clue as to what the Giant Pine Cone really is.
“The bunyip, or Kianpraty, is a large mythical creature from aboriginal mythology.
They are said to lurk in Swamps, Billabongs, Creeks, Riverbeds, and Waterholes.
The Origin of the word Bunyip has been traced to the Wemba-Wemba or Wergaia language of aboriginal people of South-Eastern Australia.” (and that's exactly where I live, S-EA)

This is a Picture of the Tree the Cone came from.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 2, 2013
1:31 PM

Post #9469904

Is it a Bunya-bunya (Araucaria bidwillii)?
ginger749

April 2, 2013
2:15 PM

Post #9469956

Yes it is June.
That clue was a tad cryptic.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araucaria_bidwillii

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f9/A_Bunya_Araucaria_bidwillii_cone.jpg/800px-A_Bunya_Araucaria_bidwillii_cone.jpg

I wonder if the second link will work ?

ginger749

April 2, 2013
2:38 PM

Post #9469974

I have germinated over a dozen Trees from My Pine Cone.
There could have been a lot more, but I cooked them up.
They taste like the Nuts they sell on the streets in Europe.
Mine tasted best when BBQ'd.



June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 2, 2013
4:05 PM

Post #9470039

I once had a Bunya-bunya as a house plant, but it never fruited. At the time, I had no idea it was a tree. It grew larger and larger, and those sharp, prickly leaves would scratch any unwary hand that strayed into its ever-expanding space, but I refused to get rid of it. Finally, I had to leave the Bunya-bunya behind when I moved house, as I could not fit it inside my car. I sadly left it at the end of my driveway for any passer-by to take. I still feel guilty for abandoning it.
ginger749

April 2, 2013
5:46 PM

Post #9470133

They don't get the fruit/cone till they are 30 years old or 200' high.

This Tree grew out in a big Cow paddock.
Then the developers moved in and subdivided the land into 10 acre blocks.
A bitumen road was built right around this Tree.
We all complained but no one cared.
And yes you guessed it, it caught disease.

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 2, 2013
6:36 PM

Post #9470194

It is indeed sad that developers all over the world see no value in living trees, just cut them down, or injure their roots so they die. Then, when no trees are left, they call their development something like "Evergreens" or "Shady Woods" to attract buyers. At least with a 10-acre lot, trees can be planted. The individual lot size of housing developments in and around greater Toronto is now so small that the house takes up most of the land, leaving no room for the home owner to plant a decent-sized tree if they wanted one. That's one reason I live out of town. There are still woodlots and forests in my neighbourhood.
ginger749

April 2, 2013
6:45 PM

Post #9470207

This was a before and after Picture I presented to our Government as evidence.

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ginger749

April 2, 2013
6:48 PM

Post #9470212

This dark stain appears to be the problem coming up from the roots.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 2, 2013
7:08 PM

Post #9470237

What was the Government's response? Was the developer fined? Has a replacement tree been planted?
ginger749

April 2, 2013
7:24 PM

Post #9470259

The State Government wiped their hands of the whole thing.
As a small body of residents, we could not afford to fight it in Court.

I will go up there tomorrow and take some Pictures and see if they planted anything NEW.

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 2, 2013
7:32 PM

Post #9470267

That's sad. I do hope that a new tree has been planted, or has sprouted, in that area.
ginger749

April 2, 2013
9:24 PM

Post #9470353

It is a tiny roundabout purpose built to go around that Tree.
30 years is a long time to wait for a new one to replace it.

This was Her in her former glory.

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ginger749

April 4, 2013
6:34 PM

Post #9472186

Well I went up and took these Pictures today of where the Bunya Pine used to be.
There are now 9 New Houses within one of the Pictures.
But all they have planted is some Wild Bushy Grass where the Tree used to be.

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ginger749

April 4, 2013
6:37 PM

Post #9472189

Looks a tad like a 'Lawn Cemetery'.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 5, 2013
6:33 AM

Post #9472531

Can you sneak into the "cemetery" and plant something?
ginger749

April 6, 2013
7:10 PM

Post #9474154

Council would have it out in a heartbeat.

This is the Fruit/Seed from the Green Pine cone.
They taste delicious.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 7, 2013
7:06 AM

Post #9474497

I assume the husk comes off before you eat the seeds! Are they edible raw, or do they need to be cooked?
ginger749

April 7, 2013
1:24 PM

Post #9474894

They taste terrible raw.
I roast them on My BBQ.
They taste much like Chest Nuts.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chestnut

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ginger749

April 9, 2013
6:16 PM

Post #9478131

Talking of 'Lawn Cemetery's'
This is the one in Copenhagen where 15 generations of My Family rest.
I rather like the simplicity of a big lawn area.
Here in Ozz, Cemetery's are a total mess.
Untidy and unkept.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 10, 2013
5:56 AM

Post #9478547

I'm impressed that you know where 15 generations of your family are buried. Goodness knows where my lot are!

I have not visited any Canadian cemeteries, but from what I have seen from driving by them, they seem tidy and well-kept. Even the little rural graveyards that formed around now-vanished churches are looked-after by some organization.
ginger749

April 10, 2013
8:05 AM

Post #9478690

I planted 12 of the Bunya Nuts at first.
After 2 weeks I dug one up to see if they were growing.
When cut in half for science sake I found this growing progress.
I wonder if anyone has ever sacrificed a Nut to discover this ?

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ginger749

April 10, 2013
8:08 AM

Post #9478697

This was after cutting each half in half.
The actual Plant is a silver Colour.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 10, 2013
10:12 AM

Post #9478847

Very interesting! I guess the plant does not need to produce any chlorophyll until the shoot has emerged into daylight, and so conserves energy by growing without coloration while below ground. How many weeks did it take for the other Bunya nut sprouts to reach the surface?
ginger749

April 10, 2013
12:00 PM

Post #9478962

About one more month.

This is one of the Bunya Pines I have grown from seed.
It is now 8' tall after 4 years.
It was planted straight into the ground.
The ones in pots are still only 3' high.
They always grow much faster straight in the ground.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 10, 2013
7:39 PM

Post #9479468

Two feet every year is a fantastic growth rate! Did you just plant one seedling in the ground, or do you have a grove of them?
ginger749

April 10, 2013
7:52 PM

Post #9479481

Unfortunately I only planted this one.
My passion is Poincianas and they take pride of place.
I just love the Red Flowers and the Canopy they create.
The Hoop Pine by My Front Gate drives me cracy with all the Pine Needles.
Give Me Poincianas any time. ^_^

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 11, 2013
5:59 AM

Post #9479736

Do Poincianas bloom year-round, or do they have a specific season for flowering?
ginger749

April 11, 2013
9:26 AM

Post #9480050

Here in Brisvegas they Flower for 6 weeks in December-January.
As you travel further south they Flower later and later.
I will try to dig up a Picture from last years Flowering.

ginger749

April 12, 2013
3:17 PM

Post #9481729

I am totally disappoint looking for a Good Poinciana Picture.
This is the best I can do.
I will need to wait 8 months before I can take a whole lot of Pictures with this Tree in Flower.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 12, 2013
5:01 PM

Post #9481849

I will try to remember to remind you in 8 months time, but you may need to remind me to remind you to take the pictures.
ginger749

April 12, 2013
5:30 PM

Post #9481876

You said you like Trees with gnarly trunks.

Here is one you have probably never encountered before ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 13, 2013
5:22 AM

Post #9482186

Ooh, that one is smooth! Smooth-barked trees - such as beech - look like skin over muscle to me. I don't think this is beech, though. It might be something with aerial roots that have joined together, such as a climbing fig?
ginger749

April 13, 2013
5:53 AM

Post #9482220

Climbing fig is very close.
This is closer to the ground but same Tree.

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ginger749

April 13, 2013
5:55 AM

Post #9482221

Back of Tree.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 13, 2013
9:47 AM

Post #9482438

Is it a Moreton Bay fig (Ficus macrophylla)?
ginger749

April 13, 2013
12:44 PM

Post #9482627

No it's not a Moreton Bay Fig.

They notoriously kill other Trees.
And that's why they are hollow up the middle.
That's where the host Tree used to be.
The first Picture shows that really well.

ginger749

April 13, 2013
2:03 PM

Post #9482694

This is a wider angle but not as much detail.
Every other Tree in this Picture is Camphor laurel (Cinnamomum camphora)

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ginger749

April 13, 2013
6:55 PM

Post #9482996

I see this is only the second Thread of yours to reach 100 Posts.
I feel honoured to have made Post #100 here.

This Ficus Tree is only ½ kilometer up the road from Me.

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 14, 2013
4:57 AM

Post #9483274

I still don't know what kind of fig it is! I give up.

Nice pic for your "avatar", Kell, but it's a shame the image isn't as sharp as it should be. I think several DG members have already complained to Admin about their avatar pics being fuzzy, but you might want to add your voice.
ginger749

April 14, 2013
10:14 AM

Post #9483550

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strangler_fig

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 15, 2013
5:20 AM

Post #9484416

Aaah! Strangler fig - I should have known that!
ginger749

April 19, 2013
2:57 PM

Post #9489894

Do you know what type of trunk this is ?

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 19, 2013
5:40 PM

Post #9490084

Have all those zig-zag marks been caused by some kind of larvae eating the tree underneath its bark? I've seen those sort of marks on American Elm trees attacked by borer beetles (which carry Dutch Elm Disease). I'm not sure what the tree is in your pic, though.
ginger749

April 19, 2013
6:08 PM

Post #9490107

You guessed it without knowing it.
It's a Zig Zag Gum. (Eucalypt)
I will try to find a link that describes why the Zig Zag marks are there.

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June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

April 24, 2013
5:48 AM

Post #9495388

I'm waiting patiently to find out about the zig-zag marks. Are you there, Kell?

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