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Author Topic: Sunday morning at Olive and Len Trevor's - Part 1.  (Read 777 times)
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« on: January 08, 2012, 07:41:24 »

Olive's and Len's private garden in Brisbane today (in high summer and 32C or 90F) with a number of forms of Alcantarea imperialis.

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A couple of Alcantarea 'Silver Plum' which I understand is a select clone of Alc. imperialis v. purpurea (Alcantarea imperialis v. rubra in New Zealand) and has been know by and sold with a variety of names including Alcantarea 'Purpurea' and Alcantarea imperialis v. discolour.

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Different forms of Alcantarea imperialis v. rubra

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Alcantarea Skotak clone

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A trio of Alcantarea 'Devine Plum' (Alc. vinicolor x Alc. 'Silver Plum') showing the different leaf form to that of the 'Silver Plum" in the foreground.

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The three advanced Alc. 'Devine Plum' gifted by Melissa Dilling to Olive who provided the Alc. vinicolor for the cross.

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A pair of variegated Alcantarea extensa as a teaser for Part 2, in which we will see close-up and smell a whole lotta flowering Alcs.

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Cheers
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2012, 07:46:34 »

Your having much better weather over there John...we've had nothing but rain all year!

What a treat of alcantarea, great collection...bring on part 2!

Cheers, Andrew.
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2012, 08:04:53 »

Ditto....fantastic albo extensa pics John !

Cheers, Graeme
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2012, 09:13:16 »

Andrew, I believe you have just coined a very fine collective noun for Alcantarea - a murder of crows, a parliament of owls and "a treat of alcantarea".

Very hot and predicted to get hotter here.  This time last year our horrendous 2011 flood peak was less than a week away - my school had more than two metres of water through it and took five months to rebuild - but my part of Brisbane has had barely a drop since.

Graeme, you ain't seen nothin yet.  Olive and Len run a wonderful commercial brom nursery on Brisbane's near north side and I managed to get some pics before a very large crowd created gridlock with their SUVs in the plant pick-up area.

Part 2 coming soon,
John
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2012, 11:16:00 »

Nice shots John,

I'm looking forward to part 2 as well.

Rick
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2012, 17:20:31 »

Thanks for the show John. I just love Alcanterea's. Those albo extensa's are mouth watering. I can only dream of owning a variegated Alc. someday. look forward to round 2 of your photo's.

Craig.
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2012, 20:01:19 »

Hi everyone,

John - That's a wonderful collection of photos that really do justice to Olive and Len's great collection of alcantareas.

During the past few years I've heard a lot of good reports about their great nursery and wonderful private collection, and have very much wanted to see it, but unfortunately, health problems prevent this.  However, thanks to you, your great photography and the wonders of electronic technology you've been able to bring some of it to me and for that I'm very grateful and I look forward in anticipation to seeing part 2.

Thanks for sharing.

Al the best,Nev.
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2012, 04:10:47 »

It has given me great pleasure Rick, Craig and Nev to give something back to three guys who are so regular and generous in your contributions to this wonderful forum.

As apparently variegated Alcantarea don't produce variegated seed, Nev and I will hope we can watch the pair of you grow beautiful variegated grass pups and wait to see if you have the nerve to do radical surgery and produce stunning regular pups.  I have to admit that I have a bright cherry-red Alc. vinicolor higher on my wish list.

Cheers,
John
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