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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 30, 2009
7:39 PM

Post #7120658

Hard to believe that September is over all ready.
A wander around the garden this morning uncovers a few spring plants still blooming happily, others need dead heading - the daffodils are well past it!
There still a risk of late frost here...
so it is possible if you in the Northern hemisphere have an early frost at the same time we may all wake to an icy start on the same day...
stranger things have happened ^_^

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 30, 2009
7:44 PM

Post #7120670

Aquilegia - aka Columbine

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 30, 2009
7:45 PM

Post #7120672

bright yellow freesia

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 30, 2009
7:49 PM

Post #7120686

Nemesia - these are a huge hit with me, they flowered non stop until late winter.
After a brief slow down they are away again.
They have a pleasant scent, almost like vanilla & strike easily from cuttings.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 30, 2009
10:21 PM

Post #7121248

Lovely photos. Now if only I knew someone close by that has your type of nemesia that I can take cuttings from. Suitable for cut flowers, blooms in early spring to late winter, and is fragrant. What more can you ask for??
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 1, 2009
8:04 AM

Post #7122605

the nemesia has been developed to take the place of pansies...
well I have them both in together & will see how that goes.
It might be worth buying some nemesia, one or two plants will give you plenty of cuttings to fill a border.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 1, 2009
8:23 AM

Post #7122612

Gnorman at work

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2009
12:33 AM

Post #7124939

I love him!!
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 2, 2009
7:31 AM

Post #7125996

Gnorman was a house warming gift from my sister-in-law's parents.
I shifted here November 1999.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 2, 2009
11:51 AM

Post #7126216

How refreshing to see spring flowers. So your freesia come back every year? Not even close to being hardy here and I had a heck of a time trying to grow them even in containers, only got a few after planting many.
Gnorman is a character I bet!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2009
5:25 PM

Post #7127227

Well, here I have toad lilies going gangbusters!

Those freesia are gorgeous. I never can get them to do anything for some reason.

Last night we had rain again...that should make for some nice fall color.

Our poplars are about nude. The rest of the woodland is still very green but with faint brushes of color starting to appear.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2009
5:50 PM

Post #7127344

more toads

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2009
5:55 PM

Post #7127367

A pink tea rose going for its final bloom before winter

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2009
6:04 PM

Post #7127398

Sedum autumn joy

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 2, 2009
6:05 PM

Post #7127401

pretty toad lilies BB and nice rose. I still have a lot of roses blooming and the dahlias going strong and the zinnias. I noticed yesterday a few dianthus blooming again.
dalfyre forgot to mention before that I love the purple columbine quite striking.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 2, 2009
6:05 PM

Post #7127405

My sedum is finished already, nice to see yours.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2009
6:20 PM

Post #7127485

The sedums here are waining. The grasshoppers have attacked some. I dont have many roses. That pink is an oldie from my hubs mothers flowers. We brought it with us when we moved.

Those toads sure surprised me today with their bloom! I swear they popped overnight!

Heres the waining of the foliage from my peonies! The colors in the leaves are pretty cool. Its kindof depressing to see so little blossoms anymore and watching everything going to sleep for the winter. So watching what dalfyre presents will be a joy for sure!

There is joy in dying, if only for the reserrection in spring!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2009
6:29 PM

Post #7127514

Whats hip in my roses...this was my lovely red longstem rose, also from the old garden.. all 3 roses of those are probably about 50 years old. if not older.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2009
6:36 PM

Post #7127542

Bee on aster...break out yer specktickles... hes a bit of a fast worker and a bit blurry, dang it!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2009
6:44 PM

Post #7127562

Well, maybe the pink caterpillar will find a bit of color to roost on...

well, thats all for now.. I think I will head on out to the cafe..

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 3, 2009
7:34 PM

Post #7131059

that caterpillar is an interesting colour.
The only ones I see here are green...
usually the kind you don't want munching on your blossoms.
I would like a swan plant one day to attract monarchs, I will wait until the cat is too old to catch them.
I hate seeing their mangled corpses.
At least she is too daft to catch birds - her idea of hunting is to run full speed at them mewing all the way.
And I am grateful for that as I love the visiting birds too.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 3, 2009
11:10 PM

Post #7131564

Do you have milkweed for your monarchs? That is the one plant they need here to survive.

This time of year we get wooly worms. They are fuzzy black or brown or black and brown or some are even just pure white. Some people claim they predict winter. This year I have only seen one so far. It was brown.

I have no clue as to what that pink caterpiller was. I just caught him mossying on that branch and thought he was rather neat! So pink and naked in the middle of fall!
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 4, 2009
12:10 AM

Post #7131742

there was a plant we called milk weed that grew up in Auckland when I was a child, I have never seen it here.
Normally swan plants are the only things that the caterpillars will eat.
Here is a pic of my new clematis...

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 4, 2009
12:23 AM

Post #7131790

Oh, that is lovely!

Milkweeds here are also called asclepias...

I have a few blooms today... Here is a couple lonely florettes on my forsythia! The leaves on the bush are in magnificent fall color. The blooms are very few. They normally bloom in the spring

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 4, 2009
1:13 AM

Post #7131981

There was a lovely forsythia just over the garden wall but the new neighbour bulldozed the garden & sadly it was one of his victims.
There are several in my street that have been blooming for weeks - they do make a bright splash.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 4, 2009
4:00 AM

Post #7132475

There is an October thread in the Aussie forum that has some lovely blooms featured.
Wander over & say hi & get your fix of pretty flowers :)

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1043675/
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 4, 2009
9:06 PM

Post #7134517

Lovely clematis dalfyre. Isn't it funny BB how some things come back at the end of the season like forsythia. I have azalea in bloom and a daylily and lots of other things, you just would not expect for october?
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 5, 2009
11:58 PM

Post #7138855

pretty pink, even nicer when it opens...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 6, 2009
12:00 AM

Post #7138872

orange is not really a favourite colour of mine but these poppies are so vibrant in this once dull weedy corner

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 6, 2009
12:04 AM

Post #7138902

the corner still needs work, plenty of weeds lurking but at least there are flowers too

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 6, 2009
12:06 AM

Post #7138915

red peony

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 6, 2009
12:13 AM

Post #7138952

'blue poppy' anemone,

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 6, 2009
12:15 AM

Post #7138965

white aquilegia

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 6, 2009
12:17 AM

Post #7138980

anemone 'lord lieutenant'

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 6, 2009
12:22 AM

Post #7139003

blue aquilegia

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 6, 2009
2:12 AM

Post #7139510

That blue anemone is striking. Orange not my favorite as well but sure is a lot of what I have now and works great in the fall arrangements.
Here is a little collage of some of what I have still blooming and there is lots more than I though in addition to these dahlia, cactus dahlia, daylily and malva. Also have clematis blue and star white and russian sage and one single azalea, will post others soon.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2009
2:16 AM

Post #7139532

My Endless summer hydrangea held onto its bloom all summer.. it is now pink andgreen when it opend blue! Myu snowball bush had a small bloom on it last week for anothe short fall bloom!

Here is my vinca.. it does not bloom... Still have not cut it back... of so hard to want to do!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2009
2:17 AM

Post #7139540

Well thats neat haighr!
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 6, 2009
2:44 AM

Post #7139657

love that collage haighr!
the blooms are all lovely.
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 6, 2009
2:57 AM

Post #7139715

BB, the vinca will love being cut back. It will be fuller and where you cut them they will fork and make two runners. just cut them at a node. You can shorten them any amount you want to, but it will be happy when you do! and you can root all the cuttings.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2009
3:49 AM

Post #7139914

Well, whats your suggestion on rooting the cuttings? We have been having discussion on that at the GPS5! Its like 6 feet long now and man I hate to cut it, but I want to bring it indoors and have no place to hang it, although I have thought about bunching up the tails!

Here is a primrose out on our prairie

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 6, 2009
3:56 AM

Post #7139931

I used to cut mine all the time. I don't have any anymore... sniff, sniff... I rooted mine in water. They were in hanging pots in trees around the pond and they would reach the ground. I would cut them back about half way. You will need to root pieces that are no longer than a foot or so, so the ends won't die back. It will grow again. Just like hair... It will grow back! LOL It will be happier being wintered over without all that length. They are hardy here, so they were about the only green thing around.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2009
4:02 AM

Post #7139968

Yeah, but yer in TX, I am in the midwest! zone 5a! Oh, I will probably cut it back...just love it long! I keep hedging!



(zone correction... !)

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 6, 2009
4:05 AM

Post #7139975

They are hardy to 6a... you missed it by one zone!

It will grow back!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2009
11:51 AM

Post #7140379

I posted a few newb pics on

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/989396/
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 6, 2009
12:04 PM

Post #7140404

The vinca grow like crazy in my zone BB. Bet you could root it and then keep it inside until next season, just root a few small ones and leave them in the water with the roots until spring.
Thanks on the collage.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2009
1:01 PM

Post #7140536

I get leary of starting things in water.. my water is very hard, but I think I will give it a go... I did ok with the thing in the house last spring, but it was sent to me in the early spring and I hedged at putting it out!

It would be awesome to have a few of these baskets!

Well, we got rain today, I think I will bring in a few more pots... Got a couple more coleus to drag up from the viranda. Comptemplating bringing in a few other annuals... got some marigolds, dianthus, snapdragons.. well guess the least I can do is enjoy them until I kill them! LO!L

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 6, 2009
1:08 PM

Post #7140561

I am ready to get started bringing things into the greenhouse, but it is not quite time yet.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2009
1:17 PM

Post #7140578

I will have to bump up a few things in my GPS then bring them in the house! No way will they make it in winter unless they are perennials.. I have begonias out there and more coleus! There are some daylilies that I will move to the next size pot and leave them in the GH... but as for anything much more.. my annual baskets which will croak, will come in for storage to be replanted in the spring. Sometimes I get lucky and annual containers will seed themselves and all I have to do is water. come in for storage!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 7, 2009
12:39 AM

Post #7142734

Still a lot out, some in, but much in bloom. Her is my salvia bed

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 7, 2009
2:51 PM

Post #7144295

I have been rushing around like mad.. the weather looks official for frost on Friday nite so I have been running my hanging baskets closer to the house. Dont know what all I will get in there or what it gonna have to store up in the GPS.

Heres one of my allysum baskets.. It will probably end uup in the GPS hopefully to give me seed next season...

The aroma on it is heavenly! It should volunteer re-seed itself next year... all I will have to do is water it, and pull out to transplant the overflow!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 7, 2009
3:06 PM

Post #7144335

Moved my petunia baskets closer to the house too...these hopefully have reseeded like the alyssum for spring! Work ahead if all goes right!

They will get stored in the GPS just like the allysum basket and all!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 7, 2009
3:07 PM

Post #7144338

Why not bring it over to the cafe and put it in the ladies lounge, it would really aromatize that place.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 7, 2009
3:08 PM

Post #7144341

OMG you have a ton of poseys!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 7, 2009
3:17 PM

Post #7144381

Nah, just yer imagination! Heres one of my petunia baskets that decied to volunteer sprout this fall already!...Um, I think for grins I will bring that one in the house and put it under my grow lights!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 7, 2009
3:57 PM

Post #7144508

More window boxes that I will just leave go until spring so they will reseed. Although I will proibably dead head the marigolds. There are snapdragons somewhere neath all that allysum!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 7, 2009
4:07 PM

Post #7144534

Heres s'more at the back door! These will go in the cafe...um, maybe.. room is getting tight. We will have to re-arrange things to fit!
IF we have to hang them from the chandileirs...!

Ok, Im pooped...Im going to the cafe for a bite... I hear the Sweet Dog is the lunch special

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 11, 2009
5:02 AM

Post #7156892

pink flower

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 11, 2009
5:03 AM

Post #7156895

another anemone

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 11, 2009
5:05 AM

Post #7156896

Lily of the Valley

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 11, 2009
5:07 AM

Post #7156902

I love these flowers...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 11, 2009
5:11 AM

Post #7156905

my rhodie is starting to flower

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 11, 2009
5:52 AM

Post #7156947

Dalfyre,

I love that flower also... (The 4th pic) Do you know what it is?
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 11, 2009
9:42 AM

Post #7157048

the blue?
Anemone Lord lieutenant...
I posted a pic of it earlier but this is of it fully open.
I have a white ranunculus coming into bud at last...
I planted it with the anemones thinking the blue & white would look nice, not sure if I will get the effect I hoped for.
I may have to shift them around later, put them all in one bed for a massed effect.
Not ever having grown them I wasn't sure how much space to allow
And for a complete contrast to the blues & pinks in the garden I just have to look up...

the Chilean Flame tree is aptly named

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 11, 2009
7:02 PM

Post #7158259

Yes, the blue! It is very pretty... anemone. I think I taried to grow some once, but I think they don't like Texas... I will look it up and see if we are too hot.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 13, 2009
3:13 AM

Post #7163547

white ranunculus

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 13, 2009
3:15 AM

Post #7163554

garden path

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 13, 2009
3:18 AM

Post #7163564

looking toward the house, the window is where I sit a the puter & look out at my poppies etc

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 13, 2009
3:22 AM

Post #7163574

and on the sunny side of the house

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 13, 2009
3:26 AM

Post #7163590

differently coloured nemesia - one of my volunteers.
I don't mind that it isn't true to the parent.
In fact I am thrilled to get something so pretty for free ^_^

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 13, 2009
3:28 AM

Post #7163598

another colour nemesia

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 13, 2009
3:30 AM

Post #7163600

and again...
but this one I bought, a sickly orphan that has given me a few cuttings...
doesn't seem to flower as prolifically as the others.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 13, 2009
3:36 AM

Post #7163617

roses have grown...
must feed them!

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 13, 2009
4:20 AM

Post #7163705

All are beautiful, Teresa. But I love that hot pink one - what is it? I also looked up some nemesia to buy, but could only find the blue one. I would rather have a white. But if you say that the offstprings may not be true to the parents, maybe I can get some non-blues from blues?
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 13, 2009
4:36 AM

Post #7163748

who knows, maybe you can...
I only bought the white & blue.
Later I added the two tone one.
So the other two colours must have been from seed.
The pale one is really growing on me, I will have to take cuttings so have more of it.
It looks so nice in the shady garden, stands out better than the blue & is softer than bright white.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 13, 2009
3:48 PM

Post #7164771

That "sickly one looks like a snapdragon to me! Very pretty purple!

Very lovely pics there and a beautiful garden too!

I am still "packing it in" for the fall here..."

Booted my pepper pots out of the laundryroom to the porch to enjoy this "warm" day...before its their last!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 13, 2009
5:10 PM

Post #7165027

You are really coming into season there Teresa how lovely to see such springy colors when we are sitting by the fire!
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 13, 2009
5:28 PM

Post #7165080

Teresa - thnaks for the info on the nemesia. But, I still want to know that that hot pink spiky flower that is in the sunny side of your yard LoL
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 16, 2009
7:42 PM

Post #7176416

I had to ask on the Aussie forum but it looks like pretty pink is an ixia
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/55823/

funny I thought that was something else I have but now will have to label some of my pics in photo bucket so I know what is what instead of being dazed & confused
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 17, 2009
12:26 AM

Post #7177351

Teresa - those are totally unlike any ixia that I have seen. They have such long, arching stems and don't have the dark centers.. You must have a very different variety. I'm going to have to keep an eye out for those - I love them. I am going to be busy planting this weekend - peonies, dahlias, and a box of 8 perennials that I mail ordered came in yesterday.

dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 17, 2009
9:23 AM

Post #7178643

it looks like there are a few different types but this seems the closest to mine...
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/241490/
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 18, 2009
2:38 AM

Post #7181164

I think this is waiting for spring to warm up a bit before opening out

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 18, 2009
2:41 AM

Post #7181176

rhodie

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 18, 2009
2:42 AM

Post #7181181

iris on it's way

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 18, 2009
2:44 AM

Post #7181189

harlequin flower

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 18, 2009
2:47 AM

Post #7181202

aka Sparaxis tricolor

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 18, 2009
6:53 PM

Post #7182874

That sparaxis is really special, never saw anything like that, great colors.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2009
12:08 AM

Post #7183937

Beautiful
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2009
7:47 AM

Post #7185145

I know that sparaxis and ixia are closely related - anyone know what the main difference is to tell the two apart? They both tend to have dark centers.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 19, 2009
9:39 AM

Post #7185191

lol - I had no idea what either one was until recently.
my garden is full of interesting plants, some were here when I bought it others came from my Mum.
She has friends that pass on bulbs etc so it can be a bit of a lucky dip.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 21, 2009
5:30 AM

Post #7192555

iris, pretty pale blue.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 21, 2009
5:34 AM

Post #7192561

I love getting plants from friends and family. Always a source for surprises. What a pretty iris!!

Here are a few October blooms that I have that is not included in the yard to vase series - here is an abutilon - it does tend to wilt rather quickly so is not a great candidate for cut flower, but it blooms beautifully from April to November. This was taken during a windy stormy day last week.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 21, 2009
5:34 AM

Post #7192562

red peony, open at last but not as big as last years blooms.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 21, 2009
5:37 AM

Post #7192565

red, white & blue...

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 21, 2009
5:39 AM

Post #7192567

Teresa - we are cross posting here LoL. Peonies are one of my favorite all time flowers. I finally got some red ones this year. Can't wait to see them bloom. I hope that they turn out as lovely as yours.

Here is one of my red flowers - Hibiscus coccinea. I have not tried using it for a cut flower. It grows to about 8 feet tall.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 21, 2009
5:47 AM

Post #7192572

Dahlia - Clyde's choice

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 21, 2009
8:15 AM

Post #7192635

those are very nice, I love hibiscus but it is too cold here to grow them.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 21, 2009
12:22 PM

Post #7192885

Lovely,
Dianne that is the dahlia that finished up with my fall arrangements. We had a very hard frost on Sunday night and all is now gone, so sad. But now will be able to pull the zinnias and have room to plant the new tulips, so all happens for good reason I guess.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 22, 2009
8:28 AM

Post #7196288

i'll be away for 4 days - going to the Gold Coast to visit in-laws on their 50th wedding anniversary.
See you all when I get back :)
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 22, 2009
1:28 PM

Post #7196712

50 years! How wonderful!

Have a great time and we will see you on the rebound!
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 26, 2009
11:20 PM

Post #7211558

had a good time despite taking a rotten cold with me.
I sniffed & sneezed & coughed my way through 4 glorious sunny warm days.
But I could still enjoy the gardens there.
White gardenia - something I could never grow here.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 26, 2009
11:21 PM

Post #7211563

red hibiscus

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 26, 2009
11:24 PM

Post #7211571

no idea what this is, was growing along the fenceline up the road.
Seemed to be a 'council' plant - was also featured on may roundabouts & roadside plantings

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 27, 2009
1:13 AM

Post #7211985

i love gardenias...they canbe grown as a house plant...tried it once, failed miserably...lovely flowers as always dalfyre
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 27, 2009
3:17 AM

Post #7212390

they were selling gardenias here as conservatory plants.
If I had a conservatory I would have been tempted.
I am reluctant to buy something that needs to be moved around & brought indoors when the weather changes.
And for some reason my indoor plants all died in this house.
Neglected in favour of the outdoor plants or just not the right lighting etc?
I will never know & really don't want to try anything else inside with two dogs & a cat prowling about.
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 27, 2009
3:30 AM

Post #7212457

I like that mystery flower. I do very poorly with indoor plants too - I don't really have the light, and I don't water regularly. At least with the outside, some area gets water when the timed lawn sprinklers go on. And when the plants are in the ground, it is not as critical if I forget to water since the ground has a reserve of moisture in it.
How come you can't grow gardenias? Does it freeze in your area?
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 27, 2009
4:11 AM

Post #7212566

yes we get frosts - some pretty good ones, normally just -5C is the hardest but we had a -7C frost a couple of years ago that kept ChCh plumbers busy for weeks with mending frozen & then burst pipes.
Not sure if you can grow gardenias outdoors in out 'winterless north'.
I never heard of them in a garden, only as a hot house exotic.
One consolation for having the cold winters is that we get camellia, rhododendron, azaleas & spring bulbs that won't cope with the heat of the tropics.
Oh and peonies... they need a good chilling in winter
This is my red one, pic doesn't do it justice, they are a much deeper red - and you can't see just how big the blooms are.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 27, 2009
4:12 AM

Post #7212568

rhodie at it's peak

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 27, 2009
4:14 AM

Post #7212573

my oldest azalea, just about to burst into flower.
The nasty southerly wind has knocked this flower about.Funny how you cant see it until looking at the pic on teh pc.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 27, 2009
12:56 PM

Post #7213114

So lovely! I like that NOID too! So unusual! Is it like a bulb?
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

October 27, 2009
7:11 PM

Post #7214136

I asked on the Aussie forum & it didn't take long to get an id...
Dietes bicolour
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http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantcd/dietesbicol.htm
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 27, 2009
7:18 PM

Post #7214146

Awesome.. would not mind to get that one!

Well, one of my final blooms of the season is my late bloomng mum..

here she is in all her autum glory...a bit earlier this year than last...so winter is not far off.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2009
4:14 AM

Post #7219277

Well, heres my last hurrahs for October...

Bittersweet vine

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2009
4:27 AM

Post #7219314

A mum, usually the last to bloom around here before winter..ugh! my last bloom until spring!

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 2, 2009
8:11 AM

Post #7232676

Hop on over to the November blooms!
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1052875/
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 2, 2009
12:27 PM

Post #7232924

November already.. OY! Cannot beleive it!

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