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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

December 6, 2009
8:04 AM

Post #7340838

is is summer in the Southern Hemisphere and yet our Xmas cards show festive Northern hemisphere scenes...
snow & ivy, mulled wine & yule logs burning
For us it is bbq's & beaches & chilled champers with strawberries & new potatoes from the garden.
Or at least you would think so but lots of us sit down to a hot roast dinner - some traditions just can't be beaten.
Here's a bunch of my blue roses... well kind of blueish anyway.
they only have one flush of flowers & I was hoping late pruning would see them blossom through till Xmas Day.
I don't think I left them late enough, maybe next year.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

December 6, 2009
8:15 AM

Post #7340850

all the rain we have had hasn't helped...

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JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

December 6, 2009
4:17 PM

Post #7341443

What's the name of that rose? I'd love to get one.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

December 8, 2009
2:08 AM

Post #7347048

I wish I knew...
it was here when I moved in, the one pictured I grew from a cutting of the original that lives out the back.
It really is a lovely colour just a shame it doesn't repeat flower.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

December 20, 2009
4:45 AM

Post #7383937

today I dead headed that rose, I had hoped for an xmas day display but not to be...
at least it looks tidy now.
I deadheaded the other roses so maybe they will put on a show for us.
the pansies got the same treatment, I am trying to do them every other day...
prolific flowers, love them!
weeds are mostly under control, fingers crossed for a fine warm day so we can sit on the deck and sip our drinks in style ^_^
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 25, 2009
7:41 PM

Post #7398025

Pure as the driven snow, one of my subzero white pansys!

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meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 25, 2009
7:50 PM

Post #7398048

Blossombuddy

I'm in your zone, oh my to have something this time of the year... where do I get one???? LOL

Please share your source,,,

Merry CHRISTmas everyone!

Janet
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 25, 2009
8:08 PM

Post #7398063

I got them at a nursery in Indiana this fall when I also got a pile of mums! The pansies were labeled SUBZERO WINTER PANSY/Spring bloomers...I was very sceptical...

...I got a dozen of them for of all things $3, now I am so sorry I did not get more! That one was in a pot out in my GPS...I have some outdoors.. They also came with a guarantee... One of those days I kicked self in butt! I think my boot is still up there in my dark hole! OUCH! I should have took all of them.. he had like 10 flats of 12 each.. ugh! Well, maybe I will get lucky and they will survive whats yet to come of winter here and go to seed for next year! Fingers, eyes, toes and legs cross. I think that boot kick is gonna sting for a long time! LOL!

Silly bloomers got one heck of a vase life too! Still going strong!

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 25, 2009
10:50 PM

Post #7398199

Don't ya just hate that but then again I totally understand not wanting to believe the label...

Should you ever find anymore please notify me as that would be worth a trip and your are just next door to me... Were abouts in Indiana... anywhere near Anderson? I spent my summers there with my mothers parents. Love it.

Janet
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 25, 2009
11:10 PM

Post #7398218

No, its not. Yeah, Indiana is pretty cool!

Well from what I see of that nursery, they dont seem to carry the same old same old.. but time will tell.

Go here for more pansy stuff. Its a new link, but go back to the one at its beginning...

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1063823/

Those pansys are actually the Delta series. So thats what you want to look for.

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 25, 2009
11:24 PM

Post #7398232

thanks so much for the link blossombuddy...

Keep us posted as to how long that wonder of all wonders stays blooming...

Janet
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 25, 2009
11:54 PM

Post #7398279

You are very welcome.

Well, another one is blooming.. its a royal purple...I checked the ones outdoors and well, they are still green. Just hope the rain and snow are not too much for them where they are.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

December 26, 2009
9:02 AM

Post #7398878

I bought a pack of Delta White & it has done really well for me.
survived frosts & set seed that gave me some great babies.
Some like delta white, and very pretty cream with huge flowers & a few white with smaller flowers.
We have some new ones this year & I will have to let a few set seed to see what I get since the new ones are pretty bronzey & orangey shades...
I think they look like fruit salad.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

December 26, 2009
9:03 AM

Post #7398879

delta white baby

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

December 26, 2009
9:08 AM

Post #7398881

and along with the pansies are the nemesia.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

December 26, 2009
9:13 AM

Post #7398884

they come in some pretty colours.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 26, 2009
2:08 PM

Post #7399180

Very beautiful! I have never tried nemsia.. is there a secret?
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

December 27, 2009
3:27 AM

Post #7400806

it seems pretty hardy - mine are mostly from cuttings of the 3 plants I bought as orphans.
It needs regular dead heading - but I left mine & it set seed...
when I trimmed those seed heads off I buried them in the garden & up came seedlings.
It was a pleasant surprise to see that some of the resulting babies were different colours to the parents.
I do think it prefers semi shade & regular watering but plants in my hot dry garden survived ok.
I think anywhere pansies grow would be ok.

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