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mark smyth

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Tufa ideas
« on: April 20, 2008, 10:32:02 AM »
I have had two large rocks of tufa lying in the back garden for two years now gathering dust and moss. I need some ideas on how to show them off and what are best planted in them.

I have some photos from Brno Botanic Gardens where they had lumps of tufa hanging from chains or set on poles that I will post after work. Do you think they would look OK in a small garden in this way?
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Re: Tufa ideas
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2008, 06:48:23 PM »
Tufa in Brno
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Re: Tufa ideas
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2008, 07:02:27 PM »
Mark, I don't know where Brno is. The tufa would need to be able to keep itself damp so they either have a humid atmosphere of it is watered very regularly.
I like the idea though, you could have plants all the way round it and underneath!
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Re: Tufa ideas
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2008, 07:22:24 PM »
Brno is in the Czech Republic....  http://www.virtourist.com/europe/brno/
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Re: Tufa ideas
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2008, 07:26:50 PM »
Good evening mark,
I know the very fine tufa compositions of Brno botanical garden. Good landscapeachitectonical work, done by Mr. Otruba. Water all over the time is the most important thing. David mean is ok. All other plants are in your garden (I hope).
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Re: Tufa ideas
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2008, 02:12:12 AM »
Ian McEnery had a good pic today of some saxifrages on tufa. They look brilliant. You couldn't do better Mark. Then there's Jankaea of course and the Ramondas.
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Re: Tufa ideas
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2008, 11:53:49 PM »
I think I'll get a tripod made with a 'hand' at the top with some spikes to hold the rock
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Re: Tufa ideas
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2008, 10:40:35 AM »
sounds like a good idea, Mark. I have seen stands, about waist height, which are made for holding (hanging) baskets... they have four or six prongs to encase the basket... might that work? I'll see if I can find a source for them, out of interest.
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Re: Tufa ideas
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2008, 11:15:42 AM »
The iron monger was just here for measurements and to weigh the rock. Who says tufa doesnt weight much? Mine weight 40 and 60kg. The stand will be just over 1m tall and have 4 feet for extra support. The 'hand' will have either 3 or four fingers with spikes to hold the tufa. Next it will be finding small plants. Of course there will be a Daphne or 3 around the sides
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Re: Tufa ideas
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2008, 11:26:57 AM »
Well, for that sort of weight a blacksmith is called for! :-X
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« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2008, 01:23:30 PM »
The iron monger was just here for measurements and to weigh the rock. Who says tufa doesnt weight much? Mine weight 40 and 60kg. The stand will be just over 1m tall and have 4 feet for extra support. The 'hand' will have either 3 or four fingers with spikes to hold the tufa. Next it will be finding small plants. Of course there will be a Daphne or 3 around the sides

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Re: Tufa ideas
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2008, 04:02:14 PM »
No but had a helping hand for the budget today with a cheque from BT for £50 for evicting bats from a telephone exchange
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Re: Tufa ideas
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2008, 12:24:02 AM »
Here it is
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Re: Tufa ideas
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2008, 09:36:43 AM »
Looks very good Mark !
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Re: Tufa ideas
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2008, 12:40:48 PM »
Looks good so far Mark.  How are you going to water it? 
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