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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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.