Archive for October, 2011

A gardening friend emailed me. “We found the allspice plant. It doesn’t look the one you have. It’s different,” he said.

My heart sank right down to my toes. Had I been taken for a ride?

“What do you mean? What’s different?” I asked.

“The leaves,” came the reply.

The leaves of the allspice I had were oval while the other was elliptical.

Okay … but the scent was more critical in this case.

“Is that the only difference? What about the scent?”

“Yours has a stronger citrusy scent. The other is more subtle and smells more like cloves. ”

 “Which do you think has a better scent?” I held my breath and tried to sound nonchalant.

“Yours,” he said.

I exhaled. That was some consolation.

But was mine an allspice plant then? This started a flurry of email exchanges and internet searches.

Google Search threw up dozens of photos of the Pimenta Dioica with elliptical leaves and only a few of the oval shaped ones. But that didn’t tell us much.

By now I was more interested in something else. Was the other Pimenta Dioica worth getting? Priced at just a third of what I had paid for mine, it was a no brainer. I wanted it.

I set the wheels in motion. Friends helped and one drove her set of four wheels right to the doorstep recently to unload the elliptical Pimenta Dioica.

The two Pimenta Dioica look like totally different plants. Could they be related? I’m not in a hurry to find out, but if you do know, please drop me a line.

Whatever the case, welcome to the fold, Elliptica!

Many, many thanks to everyone who made this possible for me. ❤

For those who are keen to see the other plant, the article is here in https://typicalgardener.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/allspice-pimenta-dioica/


Care and propagation: Partial to full sun; garden soil, water moderately. Propagate using seeds (not tried to propagate this myself as yet)

elliptical and oval

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I was briefly acquainted with the Mandevilla; twice in fact. But both encounters were fleeting at best.

It was easy to fall for the Mandevilla. It’s a handsome specimen with glossy ovate leaves and blooms that look like a cross between a plumeria and an alamanda.

Its climbing habit gives the Mandevilla a grace that the alamanda, with its stiff woody stems, lacks.

The Mandevilla comes in almost every shade of pink, white, red and yellow. What’s more, there are double petalled variants as well.

But just about every pest in the garden liked the Mandevilla too; the mealy bugs, aphids and scales loved it to death.

Perhaps if I had been more liberal with the pesticide, my Mandevilla would still be alive today. Its premature death meant I never got to see it in its full glory.

Whenever I see a Mandevilla at the garden centres I am a little tempted to get a replacement.

I’ve been resisting the temptation so far. … let’s see how long my resolve lasts.



Care and propagation : indirect, filtered or partial sun, well drained garden soil, water moderately. Propagate using cuttings

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