• janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16  I feel for you. Being subjected to “talking heads” TV in reception rooms is torturous enough without the added horror of the upcoming election. We have been known to turn of screens when nobody else is looking, (Right now I am deploying a “head in the sand” tactic to the upcoming election. There are so many right wing horrors emerging…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @mudlark looking at what you recommended, and then checking the one local nursery still hanging on by its roots, we don’t appear to have it -or rather, they don’t. I’ll have another look around, though, thank you.

    Also, the small ‘violets’ -for want of a better description are easy to grow, even here, strangle everything if not snipped back (I…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    That was silly of me wasn’t it! “Oh yeah, terrific photos.”  So, Puro LOOK at it before commenting on the vinca!

    My response: “euw.”

    they look kinda weedy?  So, I’ve learned all about botany today & appreciate it mudlark. Thank you.  I’m attempting to grow more bougainvillea @JanetteB & definitely, rosemary thrives in the dry do…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    How do you solve a problem like a vinca? On the assumption that your problem plants are catharanthus roseus and you grow them as annual bedding plants I was sufficiently intrigued to look up the recommended growing conditions and possible problems. In its original habitat it grew on sandy and limestone soils in woodland, grassland and…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16  @janetteB

    I have a strong suspicion that we are not talking about the same plant. The vinca minor in @pedant ‘s photo and the vinca major which lurks at the back of my shrubbery – aka lesser and greater periwinkle – are the common varieties in these parts, native to Europe and adjacent regions,  and they are low growing hardy, e…[Read more]

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    No, hang on. That would imply that I have shame…

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 I have grown Vincas, a long time ago. they did not flourish. The only plant that does flourish here, other than Bougainvillea, which other members of the family consider to be a weed, is Rosemary. My Rosemary supplies the culinary needs of the street however even my poor Rosemary shrubs are looking dry and sad at the moment.

    I share your…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @Winston indeed the pix! @pedant is a brilliant photographer & if I’m miserable about not going further afield -beyond my fence, in other words -I look at the photographs. It’s real mastery of the craft.

    Thane & Puro

  • thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @janetteB @mudlark @winston

    Did someone mention “vinca”  ??

    Part of my gardening work (motive: helps with pain relief; as the garden sits VERY close to the footpath & we have a large tuckeroo,  judiciously taken care of, – but presenting a tendency to naughtiness: it doesn’t like to share the water) was to double dig & work on my soils For t…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @mudlark I had never heard of a Coypus before so looked them up. They remind me of an Australian native the Poteroo, a Kangaroo-rat only the later are far cuter. They had one in the petting area of the Zoo and the R.2, when he was young and cute himself, bonded to it. I suspect they would make good pets.

    Your post reminds me of spring in Sweden.…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    Scrub my tentative identification above; it’s evident that my visual memory is becoming less reliable. Yesterday, working in the garden, I came across some Greater Periwinkle lurking at the back of the shrubbery – it rarely flowers, which is why I tend to overlook it. With that as a more immediate basis for comparison I can confidently…[Read more]

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  • winston replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Happy Earth Day to everyone! I hope you all got a chance to get outside and enjoy the little piece of earth that is yours. My little corner is filled with song birds and ducks and turtles and even a local beaver (we call him Justin) living in our creek. The earth is truly a marvelous place to be. We showed her our love by picking up a big bag of…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    Periwinkle certainly, but without a measure of scale it’s difficult to be certain whether greater (vinca major) or lesser (vinca minor).  Judging by the shape of the leaves alone I suspect that it is probably vinca major. The leaves of vinca minor are narrower and more lanceolate and the plant as a whole, needless to say, is smaller. One…[Read more]

  • @mudlark

    Many thanks! And here’s another(growing beneath a blackthorn hedge that backed onto a garden). A friend suggests lesser periwinkle.

    Another id mystery - possibly a garden escape

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    The way I’ve been feeling lately, Madlark wouldn’t be entirely inappropriate.

    It’s definitely not Dog Violet, although that was my first thought until I took a closer look.  Ground Ivy was the next thing that came to mind, evoking memories of my rural childhood, but considering how long it is since I last saw the latter I did check in…[Read more]

  • @mudlark (and not madlark, as I just accidentally typed and nearly didn’t spot!)

    Many thanks. Have had an alternative id of dog violet, but I think the sheen on the leaves supports your conclusion.


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