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Offline Aletta

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Quercus ilex
« on: February 27, 2015, 14:45:55 PM »
In 2012, May 27th, I posted a request on this forum for members to identify a tree in my garden.
http://www.gardenerforum.co.za/index.php?topic=5138.0

I always thought that it was a Quercus ilex and now I have the proof. After 14 years we discovered 4 small acorns on the tree! At the moment the one in the picture measures 2.5 cm x 1.4 cm.



 

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Re: Quercus ilex
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2015, 20:35:02 PM »
I had forgotten about this post, Aletta !

But well done on your perserverance ;D I must say it seems a bit weird to see the acorn with the different leaves....Did you plant the tree?
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Re: Quercus ilex
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2015, 21:10:25 PM »
No, Rena, I did not plant the tree. When we moved here in April 2001. the tree was here already. I suspect it was planted about five years earlier.
By chance I paged through a booklet Boom van die Jaar 1990, Quercus-spesies, that was published by the "Tak Boswese en Omgewingsbewaring van die Departement van Omgewingsake";  and there I saw a description of a tree similar to the tree in our garden.

I obtained this booklet and six others, between 1985 and 1995. The others are Karee, Boom van die Jaar 1983, Bauhinia-spesies, Boom van Jaar 1985, Cussonia-spesies, Boom van die Jaar 1987, Calodendrum capense,  Boom van die Jaar 1989, Trichilia-spesies, Boom van die Jaar 1991, and Combretum erythrophyllum, Boom van die Jaar 1995.
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Re: Quercus ilex
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2015, 05:45:32 AM »

On finding the identity after all this time Aletta
Good one !!!!
Thanks for letting us know that an ID has been made.
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Re: Quercus ilex
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2015, 19:04:18 PM »
Thank you Abby and Rena!  :) :)    I have this obsession to know the name of every plant in my garden!!!  ::)

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Re: Quercus ilex
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2015, 19:08:39 PM »
OMW Aletta, I know that obsession soooooo well - even when it comes to the weeds!
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Re: Quercus ilex
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2015, 21:54:21 PM »
Yeah! We know about Rena and her weeds

Been telling her for years if you did not plant it ..... IT IS A WEED

But Rena just keeps hoping that one day she will come across some very obscure rare plant :)

Like if it is also growing in my garden as well as hers ... just must tell her something 

I've a tree that arrived with and grew out of mulch ... after 15 years just recently I found it was a Kukui Nut Tree



Now it is going to cost me hundreds of dollars to have it removed ..Sad but it is just too big to keep where it is.
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Re: Quercus ilex
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2015, 23:17:09 PM »
I had to google that one, Abby - and just look at all it's uses: hair conditioner, moisturiser, treats constipation, insect bites, swollen joints, headaches and fever, and you can shine your lei s........

That's like having a whole chemist in your garden ;D
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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2015, 02:34:22 AM »
I also read that in ancient Hawaiʻi, kukui nuts were burned to provide light. The nuts were strung in a row on a palm leaf midrib, lit one end, and burned one by one every 15 minutes or so. This led to their use as a measure of time. One could instruct someone to return home before the second nut burned out.

Just makes you wonder why you would grow anything else in the garden  :)

Wonder what sort of Bonsai it would make ?
Would you like some nut seeds ?

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Re: Quercus ilex
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2015, 10:13:19 AM »
Those nuts would be kind of useful with our electricity problems........................
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Re: Quercus ilex
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2015, 14:37:53 PM »
Rena, we have quite a few nuts running Eskom and they do not generate sufficient energy!!  :o

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Re: Quercus ilex
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2015, 18:47:46 PM »
Brilliant, Aletta ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Quercus ilex
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2015, 00:08:09 AM »
Pardon my ignorance but what is Eskom ?
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Re: Quercus ilex
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2015, 08:10:36 AM »
Eskom is our electricity supplier, Abby - or should I say "non- supplier" of electricity - but they are excellent when it comes to rolling blackouts and loadshedding........
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Re: Quercus ilex
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2015, 20:35:44 PM »
One of my few and far between posts but i cannot resist ...

I found entire websites and blogs devoted to Eskom jokes. Here?s one: ?Eskom would like to remind its customers that it is no longer politically correct to talk about a ?blackout?? These areas should now be referred to as ?previously lit???

And another: ?In SA, first there was white power, and then black power, but now there?s no power!?

Told them the other day i have a new slogan for them

"Eskom - the proud supplier of darkness".

Hope you have a good laugh otherwise we will go insane.

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