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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Monday, September 27, 2021

Oh we TRIED HARD to have Jacarandas and Roses

 For several years we tried so hard to grow Jacarandas from seeds...
They did grow well but then once in a while a bad frost came and killed them.


In this short video from October 31, 1994 you can see our attempt in growing Jacarandas...
That dream never came true in our garden!
Still LOVE their blossoms and wherever we encountered them, we admired and loved them.

16 comments:

  1. Guess since the jacaranda is a tropical tree, the conditions just weren't right for it to thrive. I've been quite surprised over recent years to see people have the most beautiful roses here. I certainly wouldn't think they'd do well in the desert. You've obviously been able to grow so many beautiful plants and bushes and trees and have really improved your property over the years.

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      The Jacaranda is not quite tropical as they grow in Spain, in Australia and in Mexico in locations where also frost can occur. But it depends on the age of the young tree. If hardened enough, they seem to make it.
      Oh, our best images of blooming Jacaranda are from South Africa in Pretoria... 💞
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Cuando se dispone de tanto espacio , hay gastante sitio para plantar diferentes especies. Una vez sembradas, lo hay qu procurar es dedicarles esos especiales cuidados que cada planta necesita.

    Me ha gustado el vídeo que has grabado y sobretodo, los refejos que se pueden ver en las limpias aguas del estanque.

    Besos

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      Muchas gracias e incluso nuestro estanque ya no está tan claro de todas las hojas que caen en el estanque, se ha vuelto verde. Es muy difícil mantener un óptimo para todos los arbustos y árboles. Puedes disfrutar de las Jacarandas en España.
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  3. Such a shame that a freeze would kill these gorgeous plants, Mariette. Your home is gorgeous, by the way!
    Blessings!

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    1. Dearest Martha Jane,
      Well, it is above all a freeze for young and still tender young trees. They lack the hardened outside for protection. If we had had the vinyl fence between the living room and storage below balcony, they would have survived. Harsh northern winds dry them out and kill even more than low temperatures. But at least we tried hard and would have so loved having them! Our home is a golden mist now and with an aluminum aged copper roof. Still waiting for having our exterior painted again.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. You have a beautiful home, Mariette.

    It must be really disappointing to lose your Jacarandas to the bad frost.

    Happy Tuesday!

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    1. Dearest Veronica Lee,
      Thank you and as mentioned above, our home is now a golden mist color.
      It was tough for losing those beauties... but we have the memories of seeing them in all their majesty in different countries.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Hello Mariette, You and Pieter are experts on horticulture, so you certainly understand about micro-climates, soil conditions and the like. You have had so many successes, that I wouldn't worry about the occasional failures. That said, there are those who dedicate their lives to growing plants outside their natural ranges, such as the enthusiasts in Ohio who grow pecans and almonds outdoors, and keep replanting whenever they die back. For mushrooms you were able to provide ideal growing conditions, but that often involved a years of research and expensive special equipment.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Well, being both the son and daughter of a market gardener made us start out with some knowledge and later Pieter's education added more to that. But the ideal climatic conditions can change at times and even if such a frost occurs every 20 years, you can have bad luck... nothing we can do about that! Sure, growing mushrooms indoors with air conditioning took care of that and yielded an ongoing harvest season year round but at a high price most often.
      We at least tried and hindsight is always better than foresight.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Yes, it was very sad for losing them due to bad frost...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Yes, a real bummer and we even tried from Aussie beans...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. You're much better gardeners than many people, Mariette. So sorry you were not very successful with Jacarandas.

    God bless always.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      Thank you and it is only sad that the sporadic frost (maybe once every 10 or so years) happened at a time when those Jacarandas were still young and tender...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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