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Post by GREVILLEAJ » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:01 pm

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Sand and I took a favourite ride up to Fataga in the central mountains today and was so pleased with the timing. Fabulous visibility which is forecast to disappear tomorrow as Sahara dust invades. The largest and oldest native stands on the island of Phoenix canariensis are dwarfed at the bottom of the valley.


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Post by GREVILLEAJ » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:50 pm

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Pink China has disappeared. Couldn't stop the plant from going dormant but there doesn't seem to be anything left. Another Colocasia failure here.

But all is not lost............


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Post by GREVILLEAJ » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:30 pm

Last week on my trip up to the mountains at Fataga Sand and I came across a 'hotel' with open grounds that housed an old aqueduct and water mill in a very scenic setting. There was no actual hotel but lots of chalets nestled in coppices of Canary pines. You were free to walk around and through the grounds on a twisting and turning hiking track.

The place is called Molina de Agua and I recommend a visit here if you are on a driving tour or hiking whilst on your Canary hols.

For me, there was one special discovery about the place. After visiting and living here these past thirty years I have never seen a single colocasia growing anywhere on the island. All my attempts at trying these in a dry climate have failed so far, including my latest pink china failure. But in the centre of the grounds of Molina de Agua I stumbled across a little water feature that contained a number of aquatic plants and growing there was the first colocasia I have ever seen here.
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After seeing plenty of Alocasia here I was given proof that I should not give up in my quest to grow 'Canarian' Colocasia. I may have lost Pink China but..........


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Post by GREVILLEAJ » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:55 pm

On my return to UK a few weeks ago to put to bed my exotics for the winter, I took some pups from a few pond grown colocasia that were being transferred to the greenhouse with the intention of trying to grow them on in the dry Canary climate.

They were well on their way to dormancy when I brought them back here but after potting them up, sitting them in a little water and exposing to the still humid and warm Canary sunshine they have all restarted. icon_cheers

This past week has seen them endure dry desert winds but so far so good........
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Post by GREVILLEAJ » Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:14 pm

The last two days has seen the drying winds subside and there has been fluctuating humidity as desert air is vying for Canary air space with a moister but still warm Mediterranean drift. My young colocasia sprouts have been sheltering in some thick foliage but now they are exposed to more subdued elements. [attachment=0]rps20181210_000800.jpg[/attachment

On the left is an offset of C.mammoth and to the right an unknown purple stemmed Colocasia that was bought as Xanthosoma violacaea both showing 5 days worth of encouraging growth.
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Post by GREVILLEAJ » Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:53 am

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Have to say this example of Canarian sky painting on display at the humble local gallery this morning is an absolute stunner icon_sunny


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