Some pre-Spring blooms.

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Some pre-Spring blooms.

Post by aykhan » January 27th, 2013, 1:34 pm

Here's what's happening in my lawn. Despite the complete devastation everywhere due to a long winter I can safely say that probably the best fragrance in my garden was discovered yesterday (yes ...... better than Jasmine .... I think). This frgrance is from Osmanthus fragrans. I brought three plants last summer: Osmanthus fragrans and 2 of it's cultivars "auranticus" and "Fudingzhu". Only the original has survived and small tiny flowers opened at the tip which are so fragrant it almost knocked me over. Very tiny blooms so had to bring my nose close. I hope this can survive to become a tree one day....
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Re: Some pre-Spring blooms.

Post by aykhan » January 27th, 2013, 1:36 pm

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Re: Some pre-Spring blooms.

Post by aykhan » January 27th, 2013, 1:37 pm

Some bare root figs I've acquired are sprouting... in my greenhouse...
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Re: Some pre-Spring blooms.

Post by aykhan » January 27th, 2013, 1:40 pm

So here's my African Gardenia, Mitriostigma axillare. Flowering in the greenhouse. Bought last summer and survived. I wonder if I should have posted this in the extensive Gardenia thread which is old now. Please advise and I can repost this there if people approve.
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Re: Some pre-Spring blooms.

Post by Farhan Ahmed » January 27th, 2013, 2:08 pm

Lovely as ever.......and welcome back

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Re: Some pre-Spring blooms.

Post by aykhan » January 27th, 2013, 2:19 pm

Thanks Farhan. I've been away for a while. ...but here I am all over again :D

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Re: Some pre-Spring blooms.

Post by rafique » January 27th, 2013, 7:53 pm

Beautiful Dr Sb. Waiting to see the blooms of your gorgeous fragrant roses?
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Re: Some pre-Spring blooms.

Post by aykhan » January 27th, 2013, 8:14 pm

Ahhhhh....yes roses. I'm hoping for better blooms this year since I learnt my lesson from last year and sprayed so didn't need any butchering this year to get rid of fungus.

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Re: Some pre-Spring blooms.

Post by Munir » January 27th, 2013, 8:26 pm

Is it possible for Mr.AY Khan or someone else to mention the local common names if any, of Osmanthus fragrans & African Gardenia,since some of us may like to look for these plants. May I suggest that it may be made the normal practice to mention the local name if known,to help in procuring the item from the market.

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Re: Some pre-Spring blooms.

Post by aykhan » January 27th, 2013, 8:32 pm

I agree local names are extremely helpful and I suffer similarly as you. Some plants I thought were rare and got from overseas happened to be sold here commonly with a local name eg Radermachera Kunming sold here as Kamini. However, I do not know of the local names for both these plants. I have not seen them in local nurseries in Lahore but a search in Pattoki if you know what you're looking for, may be worthwhile.

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