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25/08/2013 at 18:47

In all probability, this time next year I will be in my new house in Corfu! It is in almost an acre of what is at the moment an olive orchard. I have been on amazon and could not find anything relevant to a new garden. The soil is; red, but that means almost nothing. I am a gardener of average knowledge but these days unfortunately, of limited ability due to a "bad back" Any ideas?

25/08/2013 at 18:55

Olives?  

If you want to grow anthing else , I would see what the neighbours are growing. 

Check if the soil is a sand and gravel mix (probably) or gorgeous loam(unlikely).

Check the acidity or alkalinity.

25/08/2013 at 19:02

If you haven't already read them, read Gerald Durrell's Corfu Trilogy - his account of his idyllic childhood amongst the flora and fauna of Corfu.  It's not a book about gardening, but reading it will get your head set right - you will stop thinking about English country gardens etc and it will enable you to embrace the wild flowers and natural landscape of Corfu - all you need to do is to tame little bits of it around your house - when you are able and feel so inclined - the rest of the time you just sit in it - perfect for someone with a dodgy back - and when you're relaxing in the dappled shade of an ancient olive tree looking out across your acre of olive grove with the wildflowers dancing in the breeze, raise a glass of something to Dove 

25/08/2013 at 19:26

I expect grapes, bougainvillea and citrus fruits would grow there. Otherwise, takes fidgetbones advice and see what the neighbours grow. Probably more exotic than here, but may have to survive drought.

Anyway, good luck. Corfu is lovely. First went there for my honeymoon.

25/08/2013 at 19:35

Lucky you Mistertiler,

I would take my time,the olive orchard does not need to be dealt with all at once.TakeFidgetbones suggestion,look at the neighbours gardens,better still talk to them ,you never know they may give you some cuttings.

Local knowledge is best.

25/08/2013 at 22:19

A friend in Cyprus says pomegranates grow well there and are gorgeous shrubs - I expect they'll grow in Corfu too 

26/08/2013 at 16:05

Thank you all, it's certainly food for thought.Oh and pomegranates do grow here, I've picked them in another piece of land I was shown also oranges.

01/09/2013 at 16:38

Can anyone identify a tree from which I have the seed pod. I took it from a tree outside my apartment in; Gran Canaria many years ago. It is about 6 inches long and resembles a large pea pod. I still have it it sounds like a type of marracca? ( spelling)    musical instrument! I would send a picture but I have tried and tried all unsuccessfully.

01/09/2013 at 17:36

If you've got the pic on your pc, then click on the tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post and follow the instructions 

01/09/2013 at 18:29

I know that lemons grow on Corfu. When young, stayed in the youth hostel and got locked out at night. Remembered that there was a lemon tree outside our first floor window. Set off up the trunk and onto the lowest bough. Discovered that lemon trees have thorns. Never tried to climb another one since. Never got locked out either.

02/09/2013 at 18:38

 

 

Does anyone know what this shrub is? I was given a cutting 2 years ago and now it is 5 feet tall. The lady who gave it to me said  she thought it was called a Hymalayan Fuschia? But I can't find any reference to that name,

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/30422.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 

02/09/2013 at 18:43

Try Himalayan honeysuckle - Leycesteria formosa.

02/09/2013 at 18:51
02/09/2013 at 19:00

This might be useful too.

http://www.ehow.com/list_5978586_common-mediterranean-flowers.html

03/09/2013 at 13:05

Thank you very much.Another one of lifes' mysteries solved. Sorry about the spelling of; himalayan. At least I was half right. Thank you again.

03/09/2013 at 13:25

Can anyone identify a tree from which I have the seed pod. I took it from a tree outside my apartment in; Gran Canaria many years ago. It is about 6 inches long and resembles a large pea pod. I still have it it sounds like a type of marracca? ( spelling)    musical instrument!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/30445.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 

03/09/2013 at 18:24

Is it a carob pod...have seen them on my travels, I believe it may be a chocolate substitute but can't remember the detail.

03/09/2013 at 18:54

Bilje, I have just been on google and I don't think that is it, the pods on the Carob tree hang in bunches. These seemed to hang singly also if I remember correctly the leaves were similar to a Rowan tree, (mountain Ash).

03/09/2013 at 18:57

Wisteria has a pod like that. I grew some from seeds once. But I expect it's something more exotic.

03/09/2013 at 19:25

Curiosity got the better of me, and I googled carob, the leaves certainly do look like a rowan....hope someone does identify it.

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