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Offline Lionel Bester

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Re: VERY SPECIAL GIANT SEED PODS
« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2010, 06:54:19 »
Tran,
      I am a simple man.
I have the greatest admiration for people who accumulate such wealth.
Just thinking of administering that estate makes me tired.
The responsibilities of owning all of that must be immense.
It would be way beyond me.
Would they consider an offer on the "Gardeners Cottage"
Reckon I would be happy to pay the owner to live and work in that paradise.
Long as the owners aren`t grumpy.

At long last a photo of you.I take it you are the young "Spunky" gentleman.
Who is the other guy,also a plantsman ?
 

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Re: VERY SPECIAL GIANT SEED PODS
« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2010, 08:26:58 »
LT, as Lionel says, that gardener's mansion is something to wish for.
And the surrounding area looks so peaceful.
I don't see any burglar proofing anywhere. :surprise:
Does it also snow there in winter? I can only imagine the picture then.
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Re: VERY SPECIAL GIANT SEED PODS
« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2010, 08:57:19 »
LT, it is an extraordinary place of beauty and splendour, thanks for sharing.

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Re: VERY SPECIAL GIANT SEED PODS
« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2010, 12:52:58 »
The gardener's cottage is just my cup of tea :-)
Heck, I wouldn't mind living in one of the stables!
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Re: VERY SPECIAL GIANT SEED PODS
« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2010, 13:02:12 »
I am sorry Lionel, the property was sold recently.  You were too late.  I hope I am still going to be allowed on the grounds to visit the gardens with the new owner.  They are doing a make over for the property.

Stef,

Yes, we have snow here.  When I have time, have to show the pets - the belties.

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Re: VERY SPECIAL GIANT SEED PODS
« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2010, 13:10:45 »

Beautiful gardens LT, looks like the gardeners cottage is the favourite with most people,thank you for showing such a lovely garden,lucky you to be able to visit. Irene

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Re: VERY SPECIAL GIANT SEED PODS
« Reply #21 on: April 29, 2010, 13:11:30 »
Stef:

We don't have bars on the windows, most places in the USA. In some large cities, in the worst neighborhoods (gangs and all) there are bars.  Otherwise no one has them here.  A simple fence and door is enough.

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Re: VERY SPECIAL GIANT SEED PODS
« Reply #22 on: April 29, 2010, 15:35:32 »
L. T.,
it's been at least 20 years, that I visited the USA. What is the diameter of a US quarter?

This plant is just giant! Is it the same plants as in the Philadelphia Show? Then I am wondering, that the seeds are still on the plant.

If it is the plant from that exhibition, please show us in this topic a photo again to complete the impression of this fantastic plant.

The estate of Sir John Thouron is just outstanding!

I am glad, too, not needing burglar bars in our house.

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Re: VERY SPECIAL GIANT SEED PODS
« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2010, 15:38:03 »
Good news Cathy.
Keep it up.
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Re: VERY SPECIAL GIANT SEED PODS
« Reply #24 on: April 29, 2010, 16:07:24 »
Does someone know, how the children of this clivia will look like?

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Re: VERY SPECIAL GIANT SEED PODS
« Reply #25 on: April 30, 2010, 02:38:22 »
Start preparing for space now Elke!  LOL!

Sir John Thouron is BIG and BEAUTIFUL! 
I should think that the SJTs of Longwood Garden would be of the same clone LT?
The donated ones???

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Re: VERY SPECIAL GIANT SEED PODS
« Reply #26 on: April 30, 2010, 02:50:46 »
Maria,

Sir John gave plants to Longwood Gardens, who then used them in their breeding program and gave the plants to White Flower Farm to sell in the 90s, if my memory is correct.  My plants are direct from Sir John's Greenhouse.  In any event, I am sure they are the same clone.

It is a big plant.

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« Reply #27 on: April 30, 2010, 03:04:03 »
I can almost imagine Elke's reaction to these huge plants.  LOL!

Don't worry Elke, these SJTs are really old already.
Here's what a younger SJT looks like.
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The color and the umbel. Sorry for the bad pic quality.  It was a very rainy day.
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Re: VERY SPECIAL GIANT SEED PODS
« Reply #28 on: April 30, 2010, 06:11:16 »
Great thread with great plants LT, thanks for taking the time to share it with us.

Maria, who is the owner of the SJT in the square pot, it is magnificent, WOW!!!

Kind regards
Gerhard 
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Re: VERY SPECIAL GIANT SEED PODS
« Reply #29 on: April 30, 2010, 06:38:48 »
Yes,very impresive.
And the pastel in the background looks great.

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