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#91763 October 30th, 2006 at 08:07 PM
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#91764 October 30th, 2006 at 11:48 PM
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Hi Luigi,

not sure about the first (perhaps a Trumpet Vine) but the second looks like a Shrubby Plumbago?

#91765 October 30th, 2006 at 11:51 PM
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Ceratostigma (Hardy Plumbago)

#91766 October 31st, 2006 at 02:00 AM
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The first looks like Tecomaria capensis ("Cape Honeysuckle") to me. wink

#91767 October 31st, 2006 at 12:30 PM
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Luigi, that first is definitely a trumpet vine.
I keep one in a pot (Italian terracotta of course !) as a bonsai.
It is also called Cape Honeysuckle.
What else do you have growing? Do you grow tomatoes?

#91768 October 31st, 2006 at 03:17 PM
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Yes.
Here is a photo of tomato, that we call "pomodoro".
It's very good with the spaghetti.
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r102/luigi57/3110061.jpg

Luigi

#91769 November 1st, 2006 at 09:48 AM
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Oh we love spaghetti........
Is that a small type tomato for sauce..

How about grapes? you do them too?

I know you grow good Popes.

lol
dodge nutz

#91770 November 2nd, 2006 at 03:23 PM
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I have grapes, as well.
Here is a photo of mine that I published on the site of Calphotos plants.
http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/imgs/512x768/0000_0000/0906/0633.jpeg

Luigi

#91771 November 2nd, 2006 at 08:35 PM
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Oh how I wish......That my vines produced like that.....
Do you make jelly with that or just wine?

I freeze my juice and make jelly when needed and juice . However our Concord is in bad shape here.

Can you give any hints of success on grapes? My vines may be 30 years old, I trim and trim and still not many grapes........

How often do you start new plants?

Thanks ....

Dodge

#91772 November 2nd, 2006 at 11:50 PM
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Hi, Dodge.
I don't make jelly or wine, I only eat grape as it is, as a fresh fruit, when it's mature and sweet.
I think that climate, soil, pruning and cleanliness can affect the quality of the final product dramatically.
It's necessary to start new plants when the old ones do not product fruits enough.
Unfortunately it's rather difficult for me to explain how to grow the grapes because I don't know English perfectly (my native language is Italian and I learned English at school many years ago). I can use only simple expressions and often I consult an English-Italian dictionary.
Just in these days I am reading an interesting book (De re rustica) that the latin writer Columella wrote 2000 years ago. He gives many advices about the cultivation of grapes.
Regards.
Luigi

#91773 November 3rd, 2006 at 01:05 AM
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No problem.....Your doing quite well, in English .
I only asked cause I was told that the old grapevines produce the best grapes.......Right off the bat, I see your grapes have many in a cluster..ours are few and fat........Just like us..Ha ha

No problem ....I met another friend here who just spent 16 years out there in Italy.. DIdnt want to leave........Retirement made it happen.

dodge

#91774 November 3rd, 2006 at 07:09 PM
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A vine produce its first crop after three years, and is fully productive after five years. You can expect to harvest grapes for 25-40 years after they have been established.
There are more than 600 kinds of grapes. Each grape variety has its own unique combination of characteristics including color, size, skin thickness, acidity, yield per vine and flavors.
Bye
Luigi

#91775 November 3rd, 2006 at 08:49 PM
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Thanks for reading the book to me........

This plant may be about 30..........Well it came from an inlaw and heavean only knows the real date.
Have a nice day..........;o)
dodge......

#91776 November 3rd, 2006 at 11:22 PM
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Ehmm... I cannot remember everything ....

#91777 November 3rd, 2006 at 11:32 PM
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NO problem......I dont have to read it , if you do it for me .ha ha

thanks a million.......
I read lots on here and dont get books anymore from the Library..........

This is my Library..
thanks ..
Bet you eat Spagetti.

dodge

#91778 November 3rd, 2006 at 11:36 PM
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Yes. Today I have eaten spaghetti with tomato.
Luigi

#91779 November 7th, 2006 at 07:59 PM
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The first plant could be a Tecomaria capensis (Bignoniaceae)

Luigi

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