A Canary Twitter

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Post by GREVILLE » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:53 pm

This twit is going back to the Canaries tomorrow just in time to escape the forecast deluge for the holiday period icon_cheers Leaving behind my long-suffering plant-hating No.1 son in charge of the green brigade :mrgreen:


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Post by Yorkshire Kris » Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:15 am

GREVILLE wrote:This twit is going back to the Canaries tomorrow just in time to escape the forecast deluge for the holiday period icon_cheers Leaving behind my long-suffering plant-hating No.1 son in charge of the green brigade :mrgreen:

Lucky so-and-so. :mrgreen: Have a good break and bring back some sun please, I have forgotten what it feels like.


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Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:34 am

GREVILLE wrote:This twit is going back to the Canaries tomorrow .....
I'm well trained at carrying suitcases........................ icon_thumleft

Is it a week or two weeks we're going for ....... :D


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Post by Trudytropics » Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:49 am

icon_sunny Have fun in the sun Greville.
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Post by GREVILLE » Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:40 am

Thanks all icon_thumright You''ll be as brown as me when I get back - from rust :lol:


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Re: A Canary Twitter

Post by GREVILLE » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:41 pm

'Popped over' to Lanzarote as we've never been before. It's much more desert-like than Gran Canaria. Amazing volcanic terrain.

Three exotics stand out in full flower. The poinsettas, both the miniature 'florists' ones and the bigger (non-stunted) wild ones. Nearly all the bird of paradises are in bloom and the swan-necked agaves are reaching for the sky.


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Re: A Canary Twitter

Post by kata » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:25 am

You''ll be as brown as me when I get back - from rust
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Oh those Agaves are quite something.....have fun Greville!
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Post by GREVILLE » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:41 am

Desert Garden on the north side of Lanzarote is brilliant. It's not shown off in a wild landscape setting. More as a large amphitheatre built from the volcanic rock with all the terraces planted up as 'zones' of Opuntia, Echinocereus etc. The more spectacular planting such as the giant seguros are all on the 'stage' at the bottom.

If this appears to be an artistic creation you'd be right. The most famous resident was Cesar Manrique and he built it. His influence is everywhere here.

Took some pics but the camera's juice ran out :x Hope to load what pics I did get later.


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Post by GREVILLE » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:44 am

Cheers, Kata.

They had some Agaves at the garden, but there are fewer succulents and more Cacti here.


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Re: A Canary Twitter

Post by kata » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:14 am

Thats ok Greville,

You have to see them in situ to appreciate the enormious size of the flowers. I called them 'Swan's necks.... :lol: I did buy one off ebay, small plant but it takes 10 years to come to those size flowers.

I gave it away, not waiting 10 years for a flower.... :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

You could get the same effect with Foxtail Lillies if you bend them....hahaha!

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Post by Dave Brown » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:20 am

Been to Lanzarote 3 times over 30 years, and every time I'm glad to get back to my exotic garden. There are just so few exotics on the island, as no high mountains, and therefore no rain, therefore no water :roll: Black vulcanic ash rock is used to cover the ground, as this gets colder than the air at night, through radiation, forming condensation. This keeps most Cacti happy, but isn't enough for many succulents.

Fine if you love Desert holidays, or stay on the poolside or beach, but generally pretty boring for exotic lovers after the first few days. Madeira and North sides of Tenerife, or Gran Canaria are much more interesting, IMO :)
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Post by Dave Brown » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:24 am

kata wrote:
I gave it away, not waiting 10 years for a flower.... :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

You could get the same effect with Foxtail Lillies if you bend them....hahaha!

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Agave attenuata rosette dies after flowering. I grow them for their beauty as a plant, if you must have flowers every year you'd best buy bedding plants :wink:
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Re: A Canary Twitter

Post by kata » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:28 am

Thats why I gave it away, not my scene except to see them in Tenerife.

I may do some Foxtail Lillies next season as a change.

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Re: A Canary Twitter

Post by GREVILLE » Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:12 pm

This is definitely not a Canary island for an exotic garden tour. The Cactus Garden is still worth seeing as it is 'different'
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Re: A Canary Twitter

Post by GREVILLE » Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:25 pm

Thought I'd throw in a little weather blog:
Gran Canaria 20, 21.22 December Sunny 24c icon_sunny
Lanzarote 22nd December Sunny 23c
23rd Sunny 24c
24th Sunny 24c
25th Mostly cloudy 20c
26th Cloudy, Windy, light showers 19c
27th Sunny, windy 21c
28th Sunny 22c

Not meant to incite you to jealously - more something to look forward to :D


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