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Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Oct 11, 2015 9:32 PM CST
What an interesting Tropaelums you have Ursula! I could never imagine a Tropaeolum existing in such unusual colours! What a nice gift from nature! Smiling
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
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Mutisia
Oct 11, 2015 9:59 PM CST
Thank you very much for your kind comments, Myriam.

In the wild, it is not usual that two or more Tropaeolum species grow on the same spot, so they keep more or less their original colours. When you grow them in the garden, close to each other, bees do the miracle to obtain these special colours. These colours 'happened' when I still lived in the big city and all my Tropaeolums grew very close to each other on the same balcony. Some of the hybrid seeds I grew came from a Japanese gardener.

Unfortunately, none of these beauties are still alive Sighing!

Now I live in the woods for almost 6 years and here they lived for me one or two more years. Had I known that, I would have kept the seeds I collected ...... Well, the draught and the rodents did the rest.

This year, the only hybrids I have come from T. brachyceras, in different shades of yellow and brownish. I have some unlabeled pots that were eaten by the rodents (they even dug the tubers!). This is an area where we have many wild gowing T. tricolorum and T. ciliatum (they bloom at different times), but where I took the pictures I posted for T. tricolorum, there is no plant at all this year.

It would be interesting to see if one can pollinate these tuber-Tropaeolums with the Ecuadorian annual species (T. majus & minus), but ours start blooming in late winter and the others much later.

I enojoy the pictures you took on your trip to Brazil!
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Ferns Native Plants and Wildflowers Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Frogs and Toads Plant Identifier
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bonitin
Oct 11, 2015 11:57 PM CST
Thank you Ursula!
You have such interesting plants from Chile!
I feel for your loss of your beauties! Sad

Living in the woods is something I envy you for, though it also brings its problems like the rodents devouring your precious tubers! Rolling my eyes.
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
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Mutisia
Oct 12, 2015 12:29 PM CST
bonitin said:Thank you Ursula!
You have such interesting plants from Chile!
I feel for your loss of your beauties! Sad

Living in the woods is something I envy you for, though it also brings its problems like the rodents devouring your precious tubers! Rolling my eyes.



Living in the woods takes 2 things:

1. being retired
2. having a wonderful friend with a hughe estate in a paradise like place, offering you to build a cabin and live there Green Grin! (no other of his friends live here)

Yes, it is hard getting used to the idea there are hundreds of rodents around you and that you can do noting to keep them away ......

All in all, I hope I can live here until my very last day Lovey dubby
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Ferns Native Plants and Wildflowers Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Frogs and Toads Plant Identifier
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bonitin
Oct 12, 2015 8:59 PM CST
What a wonderful friend you have Ursula! Smiling
I still have a few years to go before I can retire..
but I'm also dreaming of moving to a warmer place in the woods.. Rolling my eyes.
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
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Mutisia
Oct 12, 2015 10:15 PM CST
Yes, he's a wonderful friend and a Veterinarian as well (big heart for animals and nature). I sincerely hope you will find such friend.

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