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by Troppoz
Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:31 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Victoria amazonica
Replies: 12
Views: 1268

Re: Victoria amazonica

otorongo wrote:I've seen those in Iquitos, Peru, in the Belen district with floating houses on the river.
Now that would be a sight! Believe it or not thats on my to do list, see these plants in the wild on a canoe on the Amazon. :mrgreen:
by Troppoz
Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: buttress roots
Replies: 15
Views: 1630

Re: buttress roots

Maybe you could try making a willow room but somehow in reverse to create the buttressed effect. Instead of willow you could use mulberry or even Spanish laurel grown into long and unbranching plants, plant them in a circle and then weave them into shapes to resemble buttressed roots rising up to a ...
by Troppoz
Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:08 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Victoria amazonica
Replies: 12
Views: 1268

Victoria amazonica

Ive always been intrigued by this impressive waterlilly, only ever seen it once at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens in their tropical atrium. Never thought Id be growing it but I had the fortune of obtaining some seed from Thailand and have had 2 germinate so far icon_cheers I found them on Ebay and che...
by Troppoz
Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:30 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Indoor Plant I.D.
Replies: 14
Views: 895

Re: Indoor Plant I.D.

Its a cultivar of Anthurium andreanum, not hardy at all for you guys but I did see photos of someones garden who used them as summer bedding under Dicksonias to great effect. A bit hardier is Anthurium scherzerianum, I grew this outdoors under cover in Wagga Wagga in NSW through winter (frosts to -8...
by Troppoz
Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:04 am
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: What do you know about PODOCARPUS species?
Replies: 21
Views: 1877

Re: What do you know about PODOCARPUS species?

Kris just found this distribution map if you are interested, you can see the Northern Territory population I referred to as an outlier in the central northern part well away from the wet Queensland coast. The region is called Arnhem land after the homeland of the first Dutch to explore the region an...
by Troppoz
Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:37 am
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: What do you know about PODOCARPUS species?
Replies: 21
Views: 1877

Re: What do you know about PODOCARPUS species?

We have a few native Podocarpus in Australia and I would imagine Tasmanian species like P. alpinus and P. lawrencii would be potentially hardy, as would many NZ species. Lovely trees and nice soft foliage and are a favourite tree of mine. Here in the tropical north a relictual population of Podocarp...
by Troppoz
Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:16 am
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Your daily weather blog -June 2011 onward
Replies: 6417
Views: 172717

Re: Your daily weather blog -June 2011 onward

A cloudy start today with a shower of "Blood Rain" this morning (Sahara sand mixed in) which gave everything a nice dirty coating, then sunny this afternoon... A very good fertiliser I hear, apparently without Sahara sands many Mediterranean islands would be very barren. While Im here this is the D...
by Troppoz
Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: Crocodiles in slow-mo
Replies: 7
Views: 554

Re: Crocodiles in slow-mo

Oh, that hook... :lol: Actually you are getting confused, look closer...you are failing to distinguish 2 different animals. If you look again you will see the metal hooks are attached to wire rope so there is no chance of that snapping at all and the hooks have a non catch construction. That sequenc...
by Troppoz
Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:37 am
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: Crocodiles in slow-mo
Replies: 7
Views: 554

Re: Crocodiles in slow-mo

Where's the hook? Just a piece of jute tied in a knot, a croc's stomach would digest that within an hour!

As far as ethics, that's not really relevant, its just an admiration of an incredible animal's power and grace...
by Troppoz
Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:08 am
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: 2014 Australian heatwave
Replies: 10
Views: 1062

Re: 2014 Australian heatwave

Just seen the Australian open tennis coverage on the BBC news. Playing tennis in 42ºC doesn't sound like fun at all! Apparently one player saw an elf skipping across the court...just before he collapsed icon_aaargh http://au.sports.yahoo.com/tennis/news/article/-/20742504/fainting-vomiting-as-aussi...
by Troppoz
Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:07 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Cold hardy fruits bananas project.
Replies: 20
Views: 1026

Re: Cold hardy fruits bananas project.

Dave the Tomtato isnt a hybrid of any means, its just a tomato scion grafted onto a potato rootstock probably by cotyledon grafting. OK, my mistake then, but I'm sure Michael Perry was asking for other fruit combinations to work on and used the term 'hybrid'. So we still have the true unnatural hyb...
by Troppoz
Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:55 am
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: Crocodiles in slow-mo
Replies: 7
Views: 554

Crocodiles in slow-mo

Came across this awesome video shot by an Irish tourist in Australia using slow-mo footage which shows the surprising elegance and grace that these formidable animals possess. Was filmed at Crocosaurus Cove, an aquarium here in Darwin where you can be lowered into a tank with a massive crocodile: As...
by Troppoz
Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:05 pm
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: 2014 Australian heatwave
Replies: 10
Views: 1062

Re: 2014 Australian heatwave

I must admit Ive been enjoying the cooler weather. Its nice to wear shorts and a tshirt but wanting to put something more on. The usual stories have been circulating about people digging out tracksuits and fluffy socks and having endless cups of hot soup. Im not that bad but my dogs and cats are fee...
by Troppoz
Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:26 am
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: 2014 Australian heatwave
Replies: 10
Views: 1062

2014 Australian heatwave

Inland and southern Australia is in the grip of a week long heatwave with many centres recording temperatures well into the 40s! Adelaide reached 45.1c today after hitting 42c yesterday, with 45c forecast for tomorrow, 46c for Thursday and then down to 40c on Friday before a cool change brings it do...
by Troppoz
Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:47 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Cold hardy fruits bananas project.
Replies: 20
Views: 1026

Re: Cold hardy fruits bananas project.

Dave the Tomtato isnt a hybrid of any means, its just a tomato scion grafted onto a potato rootstock probably by cotyledon grafting.

So is there nowhere is sunny Spain or Greece where edible bananas fruit outdoors? I know they are grown commercially in Israel using stone mulch to raise soil temps.