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77sunset
Merino
Australia

August 30, 2012
2:43 PM

Post #9259613

Thought I'd move us now its the end of the month. My legs dont like walking a long way these days.
Lots of blossom around so heres a nice place to sit and enjoy the start of Spring.

We came from here...
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1272705/

Not much in the way of Spring weather here though. Windy and wet all day yesterday and all through the night.
Maybe now that August is finished, we may see the sun .

I bought more fertliser and potting mix. I have a pile of potting mix bags and hubby is wondering what I am going to do with all that mix.
He doesnt understand how quickly it will be used and I will be wanting even more.
Lots of repotting to do this Spring . Not to mention all the seeds to be planted, cuttings to be taken .. You all know what I mean.

My 2 new tomato planter bags will take a couple of bags for a start. .

We have baby magpies in a couple of the nests, so I imagine it will be no time at all before the babies are presented to us to feed.
I love the way the parents know us so well that they trust us to babysit the children and feed them .
Lots of small birds coming back around the place now too. Its nice that they can live in peace without a cat chasing them.

Better go over and make sure everyone knows where we are.
Enjoy the day and relax under the blossoms.

Jean.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 30, 2012
4:07 PM

Post #9259697

Good morning. Moon, I saw the dreadful floods on the TV this morning. Really shocking. Thank goodness no one seems to have been injured. Nature really does go to extremes. I hear farmers are being flooded at the wrong time too. That is the worst thing about floods and fires. They always happen at the worst possible time.

Teresa, I do hope you recover quickly. I worry that there are no safety measures on our buses, and many drivers are of an age where heart attacks etc. are a threat to drivers and passengers alike.

Anthony, drive careful and always expect the unexpected. Barry had his one and only accident not so long ago when an asian came up a side street and went full pelt across 4 lanes of traffic without even looking. There are just no (legal) words to express what I think of it.

Al, lucky you to be travelling, especially in good weather. I love the idea of checking out lighthouses. As for the choc factory... That would be so fun. Travel safe.

Jean, you must have sent some clouds up our way. We got a bit of rain but not enough to wet the ground under the trees. Can only hope more is coming.

Can't help with hippea. bulbs or seeds, Dianegai. Hope you find some.

Have a pleasant day, everyone.
Karen

Spotted this pretty gold duck among the others on the local lake.

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Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

August 30, 2012
4:11 PM

Post #9259702

Those blossoms are very pretty, Jean...ours are still on the tree thank goodness, now the bees have time to do their job...
We have 3 local lighthouses, 2 at Queenscliff called the Black and the White and the one at Point Lonsdale, which is still manned as far as I know...
The White lighthouse is where we watch the ships come thru the heads and get the hot jam donuts...
The Black one is in the grounds of the Queenscliff fort, so you can only see that on open days..
Al your trip sounds as though it's going well...

Nice pic Karen..
We had a 10mm last night so we are back to gum boots in the paddock again...yuk
Better move now...
Dianne

Not my pics...

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

August 30, 2012
4:29 PM

Post #9259733

Darn, now I'll have to go to Australia just to take lighthouse pictures! I'll try not to tell my wife about this.

Al
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 30, 2012
4:44 PM

Post #9259753

Wow, Dianne, these are great. Al, can't wait to see your lighthouse pics.
77sunset
Merino
Australia

August 30, 2012
9:06 PM

Post #9260020

A few lighthouses to tempt you to visit , Al.

Not my pics . The first is the one I used to live next door to at Point Moore, Geraldton . WA

Pic 2 is the upper lighthouse that overlooks Lady Bay in Warrnambool, just along the coast from here.

Pic 3 is at Cape Nelson, where we were last week.

Pic 4 is the lighthouse at Portland, again not that far away , about 50 miles

Fascinating structures, lighthouses...
Think of what a great tour to see them all over the world.

Jean.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

August 30, 2012
9:51 PM

Post #9260040

Jean, you've just found a Theme for our next magic carpet ride. We could find pics of lighthouses all over the world. Maybe a thread just for that ride?
For instance...LA Jument Lighthouse in a stormy sea


URL: http://able2know.org/topic/137684-3



77sunset
Merino
Australia

August 30, 2012
10:57 PM

Post #9260057

Good idea, Karen. We may get to call in on Al as well next time. Maybe taste those yummy tomatoes.
Everyone will have to do a bit of homework on where they want to go to see lighthouses.

II will go and kick Carpet out of the cupboard. lazy thing , he likes to sleep all winter.
Not that I blame him.

What about it ladies ?
Anyone ready for Magic Carpet ride to visit lighthouses ?

Get your lists ready and I'll see what I can do about seeing a few more along our coast down here.

Jean.

Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

August 30, 2012
11:53 PM

Post #9260070

Great idea, Karen...
Just looking at the lighthouses this morning made us decide to have fish and chips over by the Point Lonsdale one, it turned out to be a beautiful day...and Tilly went for a paddle, she loves chasing the waves and her shadow on the sand...Dogs can stay on our beaches until the 1st of December, so we get 8 mnths of freedom on the beach and we always take our little black plastic bag tied to her lead.
It really p's me off if people with dogs don't use their bags and amazingly there are still people who don't...I really don't understand why...who wants to stand in dog woop...especially on the beach, barefoot...yuk

Ok Jean, dust off carpet and see who wants to come...it will take a week to check out the lighthouses...lol
Dianne.

Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

August 31, 2012
12:15 AM

Post #9260074

Jean, Apollo bay is as far as I've been looking at light houses and the one at Aireys Inlet on the way to Lorne...we went to the pioneer village in Warrnambool, saw that lovely lighthouse from a distance..

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

August 31, 2012
1:48 AM

Post #9260087

well we could start at the Northern tip of the North Island...
I love Cape Reinga & the drive down 90 mile beach.
You can gather tua tua & pipi & then cook them over an open fire :)
Mind you that's if you like shell fish.

http://www.aatravel.co.nz/101/info/Cape-Reinga.htm

dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

August 31, 2012
1:56 AM

Post #9260088

and then there's the southern most light house in the South Island
http://www.newzealandlighthouses.com/waipapa.htm
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

August 31, 2012
2:01 AM

Post #9260089

or perhaps start with the oldest light house in NZ...

http://www.newzealandlighthouses.com/pencarrow.htm

Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

August 31, 2012
2:09 AM

Post #9260091

That's the thing about lighthouses they all have a story to tell... fascinating...
Looking forward to all these pics...
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

August 31, 2012
2:11 AM

Post #9260092

Daff Show setting up and staging today-'Im Stuffed'-but it will be a great show!!! I may need to stick a lighthouse on my nose to keep me awake!!!!-Anthony

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

August 31, 2012
3:10 PM

Post #9260796

Good morning everyone. We are s till in winter here even though I did ask for a bit of sun.
Its raining as I type so another day with nothing done outside..

I love all the lighthouses.
Anthony , you have some great ones around Tassie.
Good luck with the daff show. You will win lots of prizes. We will wait to see pics of all your winners.

Teresa, NZ has some lovely lighthouses too.
Love to see more of your lovely country.

Dianne, the stories of each lighthouse are fascinating and its a shame they are not more widely recognised for the job they do or have done over the years.

Al, you started us on a new adventure.

Carpet wont come out of his cupboard as he doesnt like flying over the ocean that much.
We will all have to post pics of the lighthouses we have around us and those we would love to visit elsewhere.

Hello to everyone and I hope some are seeing sunshine.

Charleen and Moon. How are things going over there.
I see that there is so much rain from Isaac, but after the cleanup, hopefully the farmers etc will have had welcome rain where it was needed.
I left cookies for Charley and Abigail on the table out back.

Heres a tasty treat for you all...One of my favorite indulgences... Chocolate Mud Cake.

Happy day.
Jean.

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

August 31, 2012
3:20 PM

Post #9260815

A few more lighthouses .
pic 1 Cape Schanck is the 2nd oldest in Victoria. Now, as with a lot of others is available for holidays in cottage accomodation.

pic 2 Point Hicks built in 1890 and said to be haunted by a lighthouse keeper.

pic 3 Cape Borda on Kangaroo Island , built in 1858.


Found a great site with lots of interesting info on the worlds lighthouses.

http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/lighthouse/

Enjoy.
Jean.

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 31, 2012
3:39 PM

Post #9260834

The Lighthouses in Louisiana are a rather plain lot...most built to withstand hurricane force winds...below is a link with images

http://www.shutterfly.com/progal/gallery.jsp?gid=768a5498ce7f47a6d8c7
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

August 31, 2012
4:18 PM

Post #9260862

I think I started something really big. Lighthouses that is. Having a little trouble with the camera bumping to the computer, will try later when I'm less tired after driving all day.

We just crossed the Bay of Fundy on the Digby ferry from St. Johns, we're now in Nova Scotia. It was about a 3 hour boat trip across the channel. Still nice weather for the trip, though noticeably chillier up here. Staying overnight just south of Yarmouth on the west side of the island.

Al
77sunset
Merino
Australia

August 31, 2012
4:45 PM

Post #9260878

Moon, those lighthouses are not plain, just a bit aged like us...lol

I love the Sabine Pass one and the Kenner Laketown building is beautiful.

Isnt it a shame that some of the really old, first lighthouses are long gone.
Of course, noone thought of them as something to be kept, just a necessary building that was let go when no longer needed.
Luckily, these days, a lot are used as accomodation, so will last for years more.

A bit more on ancient lighthouses. , This one ..Pharos.
http://www.lycianturkey.com/lycian_sites/patara-lighthouse.htm

I could read old history all day, not only lighthouses, but all about the ancient world.
After all, it is where we all came from and should be of more interest to us all.
Such a pity it is not taught more in schools these days, as it was when I went to school.
It started me on a lifelong pleasure & appreciation of books.
Knowing our history gives us a sense of self .
Seeing how civilisations have merged and morphed over time, makes petty squabbles between countries these days seem so trivial.
I wonder what the historians will say of our time after about another 1000 years ?
Probably not much...lol

Jean.

Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

August 31, 2012
11:37 PM

Post #9261160

These wonderful lighthouse sites are going to take some time to look at..
So far I've only had a chance to look at one...
Don't plan our trip yet please Jean, I'm sure Colleen will want to come with us this time and probably chookie too..Maybe Anthony after he collects all of the prizes from his show, will join in.

You're right about the history lessons in school, Jean...little, in primary schools and not much better in secondary...sad isn't it.
It's been a beautiful day...here's my Donut peach, which makes me think of Brian.
Dianne..

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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

September 1, 2012
12:57 AM

Post #9261169

Hi everyone. Yes please can I come too? There's some really beautiful old light houses isn't there? England has some beauties. I don't think that I would like to live in one though. They always seem to have a lot of cold wind around them don't they? I have spent some time time taking pics this morning. I have my Pandora jasmine flowering for the first time this year. Gee it's pretty. I have a lot of flowers in the SH on the broms and my brugs are slowly growing. I have a loooottttt of seedlings to pot on. I will go out soon and do a list of all that I'm waiting for. I don't think that my coldies will flower this year but you never know. I took the boys to the lake and playground for a couple of hours today then since then they have been looking for lizards. It's great to see them doing the boy things again after having to help me in the house. I suppose it didn't hurt them though. Such an absolutely perfect day for the first day of Spring. The chill is just starting to come back in for night. I have been looking in most days to see what everyone is up to so haven't been lonely. You could say I've been "lurking" lol. Here's a pic of "Pandora" Colleen

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 1, 2012
1:30 AM

Post #9261177

well I'm a tired little teddy bear tonight...
I had the Saturday shift but the part timer rostered didn't show up...
some confusion over the roster, she thought she was working tomorrow.
When I phoned she was in Timaru & couldn't get back till 2pm if she left straight away.
I told her to stay put & not worry, it was quiet & I spent years working alone at the RSA bar so was fine with it.
We couldn't get anyone else in so I did the shift by myself, just before closing at 4pm a young couple came in & were trying on different things, by the time they left it was 4.45pm but they spent a bit & I was happy to help them find what they needed.
So 9-5, no breaks...
makes up for having Weds off injured.
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 1, 2012
3:17 AM

Post #9261202

HOLD ONTO YOUR HATS!!!!!!!!..I won-bigtime-never even saw it coming...Tas Daffodil Society- Novice Champion, which consisted of 3 daffs-any division[staged seperately].,I went with a bold yellow trumpet, a not so bold white trumpet with a custard corona and a miniature called 'Snook'-Theres shock No 1!!!!.. Restricted miniature champion, with 3 absolute 'crackers' of miniatures- Narcissus Cyclamenius/Snook/Conspicuus-all staged seperately[there goes my novice standing],..and-heres the twister...my Narcissus Cyclamenius was judged as open Champion miniature species[in the whole show]..., by a visiting American judge [Kirby Fong].,.Whoooooaaa-'somebody stop me'...what happened after that...'who cares'!!...Yet another 'brilliant' flower show, making me very proud to be involved,.,.I did 'the big interview' with the ABC- radio at 10 to 9 this morning and 'bumbled my way through, with Peter Cundell, but what made it all worth it was at 20 past 7 tonight when my 86yo nan rang me and said'' I heard you on the radio this morning and you made me feel so proud'-who needs trophies or certificates,when your grandmother says that!!!!- Anthony
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 1, 2012
5:10 AM

Post #9261242

We all knew you could do it , Anthony.
Huge congratulations.
Wasnt that a lovely end to you day, having your Nan ring and say that.

Now we want to see the pics. I hope you did get to take some before you went into shock...lol

Jean

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

September 1, 2012
7:14 AM

Post #9261320

BRAVO! and a huge thumbs up to ya Anthony. So pleased for you...and yes, hearing that from your Nan was surely sweet icing on the day's cake. Congratulations to you.

Jean, I meant by comparison to all the lovely ones you have all posted. Hard to believe that so many of the LA lighthouses were once on solid ground...some were even inhabited with gardens and the like...the toll Nature has taken on our coastline is staggering when you see what it looked like in 1830's and today. There were Barrier Islands that you could boat to to fish and picnic when I was a kid...and today, they don't exist...sad that it has taken so long to do anything about it.

Colleen, nice to hear you are getting around a bit. The Pandora is so lovely...I do miss mine. It didn't handle the serious cold spell and snow we had a couple years back and I have yet to find another one.

Dianne that is such a pretty tree. Do you get much fruit from it or is it a battle with the birds?

Teresa, hope the long day didn't set you back...was that the part-time worker that doesn't get along with you? If so probably best she didn't come in.

Hello to you all...Hope Spring is truly lovely for you ...can't wait to see all the pretties cropping up
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 1, 2012
2:49 PM

Post #9261697

Photo day today-in about an hour..If I get there!
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 1, 2012
3:00 PM

Post #9261702

Good morning everyone.
Yesterday turned out to be not too bad with the sun and no wind.
Today is fine and the sun is out, but there is a very cold wind.

I threw a large bag of complete fertiliser around the garden yesterday , so all the plants have had their annual feed.
That , along with the osmocote a few weeks ago, will keep them all happy now until next Spring .

I will keep feeding the brugs of course.
I usually give the zygos and epis a foliar spry after flowering too.

I will be planting a few vegetable seeds soon as the ground doesnt take long to dry out once the sun warms up.

Al. you really have started us off on a lighthouse journey.
What a wonderful job the keepers did . Living out on isolated islands and promontories.
Some of them raising families there too.

Moon , hang around for a few more centuries and all those places will be dry land again.
Mother nature likes rearranging the land .
I would love to see what the continents are going to look like in another million years.
Nothing like they are now.

Hello Teresa, you did a good job, working all day . Have a good rest today.

Colleen, nice to see you again. Hope that back is healing well now.
It wont have hurt the boys to help you.
They will need to know about housework in the future and they would also see what you do for them each day.

Dianne, we will all have to show pics of the lighthouses we would love to see and enjoy them all on here.
Carpet will not leave the cupboard. I tried pulling and tugging, even threatened to throw water over him.
He says one trip a year is plenty for him.
I think he's been talking to the Flying Carpet Union...lol

Charleen, are you okay there ? Hope Charley and friends a re not getting too wet in the weather around Isaac.

Hello Sue, Karen, Anthony and anyone else popping in

Here is something tasty for morning tea...Carrot and Pineapple Cake.
Enjoy the day and stay safe.
Jean.




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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2012
3:15 PM

Post #9261709

I'm glad everyone enjoys eating cakes.

So far we've eaten fish cakes, lobster cakes, clam cakes, scallop cakes, shrimp cakes, and crab cakes! Okay, maybe a potato cake, too...but no sweet cakes!

We're now in Shelburne, a small fishing village south of Halifax. Absolutely stunning scenery on the road trip up the coastline. Weather has been beautiful as we have been watching a sunset on the western side of the isle.

Al
ctmorris
barmera
Australia

September 1, 2012
3:16 PM

Post #9261710

Good morning everyone. First of all CONGRATULATIONS Anthony. Good job. It's lovely to hear of our friends winning for all their hard work. Sue, weedwoman, has entered her garden in a competition and has been working really hard to get it ready. She's in the Bromeliad site if anyone wants to have a look. It looks as though it's going to be another lovely Spring day. Might see if the boys will help with a bit of cleaning up in the garden. There's still lots to do. Dianne it's funny what reminds one of other people. The donut peach that Brian grafted for me didn't make it, but his daughter has another one for me. I think they are a beautiful peach. My nectarine is covered with blossom too. This is the one that came up by itself and my son was going to move it but he didn't get around to doing it so after he passed I decided to replant it into the garden. It has beautiful fruit every year but it's a seedling. Have a wonderful day everyone. Colleen

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Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 1, 2012
6:37 PM

Post #9261906

Yes Colleen it is a very beautiful Spring day...My mother always grew her nectarines from seed and never had a failure...yours sounds the same...it's nice to have you back...

Anthony, a very big congrats, you deserve a big win...you work hard with your plants, I know it's a labour of love but it's nice to be recognised too...and to have your nana hear you on the radio would be a proud moment for both of you...by next week everyone of her friends and acquaintances will know all about your win...lol
What a shame we couldn't listen to the interview, I wonder if they have a "listen later" facility on the Tas ABC..I'll check later.

Moon, that little tree is laden every year and for some reason we don't have a problem with birds...
We have some very low lying areas here too, it's not happening as quickly as it has over there, but it is happening...the council has to replace sand continuously on the beaches and a lot more groynes have been installed.
Carrot and pineapple, Jean...sounds different, but yummy...
Dianne.


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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 1, 2012
9:23 PM

Post #9262010

Woo hoo - way to go Anthony!!!
All the tlc given to your bulbs has paid off :)

I was disappointed that the part timer didn't turn up as she is lovely girl & I haven't worked a shift with her in ages.

Had dog training today, later start as there was a seminar on that most of the instructors attended.
I gave that a miss & concentrated on my 11am group as they only have a couple of weeks left & wanted to give them something new to try.
I set up a Rally-O course & did a practice with Sugar & then a demonstration run with her.
It usually helps people get the idea if they see an actual dog performing the tasks...
and with Sugar still being a pup & making mistakes it shows them how to deal with the inevitable.

Baz took some photos of Sugar when I was practising breed show set up.
I still haven't quite got the hang of placing her feet in the best position to show her off but getting better.
1. front is ok, back legs not!
2. best one so far
3.what is she looking at & how can I get that expression in the ring?
4. Copper decided to play too... and for an elderly dog he is looking good :)

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 1, 2012
9:57 PM

Post #9262016

Elderly, she says... I think I look fantastic... So much more suave than the mad teenager...lol ( Copper speaking , of course )

Jean.
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 2, 2012
4:06 AM

Post #9262067

Firstly, Teresa, That American Judge[Kirby Fong] is on his way over to your land .Warn your exhibitors, he is super smoothe and 'extremely' thorough..He lives for daffodils..Thanks, Dianne, yes, I was very emotional after nan rang,but many people rang me to congratulate for a 'right up there' show.{Im very proud]Rod was in his element.. I think he took about 6 champions, but i think more than anything, he was happy that all his training courses had paid off. and he had enticed at least a dozen new exhibitors.,He gave away, roughly $600 worth of lilium bulbs as prizes[and hosted a 'MONSTER' saturday night entertainment for about 40 people, -finishing at 3.30 am with a last 'wee dram'of 'rocketfuel' whisky- then back up at 6.30 am to cook all the interstate visitors breakfast].He is a very generous person,.Thanks Colleen, yes it s been very hard work- but it has all been worth it![my batteries are low]..I can only say to any plant lover who visits Tazzie, that you do it in the 1st weekend in Sept or the 2nd weekend in January..come to Claremont, and we will look after you in style[and thats not a whimsical]-you will be our guest-Anthony

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 2, 2012
4:33 AM

Post #9262078

Anthony, I read your news. Congratulations. Well deserved too.

Colleen, good to see you back here. That Pandora is beautiful.

Al, didn't realize this was a food trip. My mouth is watering after reading that.

Teresa, Sugar looks great to me, as does Copper. Does Sugar have brown spots?

We went for a drive today. We usually look for birds but the bird life was asleep today, but we saw some nice farm animals.

Hi to everyone.
Karen



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g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 2, 2012
4:54 AM

Post #9262088

Thanks Karen, Im still up, I cant go to sleep.,.even though im so worn out

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Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 2, 2012
5:45 AM

Post #9262112

Great pics Anthony, looks as though there were a lot of entries, obviously as you said, partly due to Rod's enthusiasm passing on during his training courses..you have said before how generous he is and by the sound of that party everyone had a great time...any wonder you can't sleep...a very successful day...well done.

Sounds as though you like fish, Al...we have a few shellfish farms nearby, Mussel, Oyster and Abalone...love them all...

That horse could do with a good grooming Karen, just imagine that mane and tail after a wash and brush..he would be magnificent..the Alpaca could do with a clip too...lol...nice pics.

Colleen, I meant to say how pretty the Pandora was too, unusual colours...lovely.
Good night everyone, beautiful moon up there tonight.
Dianne.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 2, 2012
6:08 AM

Post #9262128

They have changed the Browser somehow, but Look at Charley!!!! He got up onto his trailer to look for morsels of grass to eat.
You have been busy. always good to come over and see what my friends are up to...

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

September 2, 2012
8:39 AM

Post #9262338

Good Morning.

Jean, that seems a strange combination, but i bet it works well...carrots and pineapple...gotta give that a try.

Dianne, they are implementing a variety of ways to slow down the coastal erosion here. Unfortunately they haven't quite figured out how to protect against storm surges. You may find this article of interest.

http://www.restoreorretreat.org/la_erosion_facts.php

Teresa, Copper looks quite the fine gentleman, proud and stately. Sugar is a sweetie and I am sure she will become quite the showgirl. Good on you.

Al, you will have to come try our Louisiana seafood sometime.

Karen, don't they shear the sheep and Alpacas in the early spring? that horse has such a lovely face.

Anthony, sounds like Ron is as gracious as he is generous. All that good fun and company and being a winner to boot...I know you must be over the moon with a "job well done" Congratulations to you again.

Colleen, good you are feeling better...nice to see you back. That is a pretty nectarine and so full of blooms.

Charleen, glad they got the pic thing straightened out...Charley...king of all he surveys...or at least the trailer...grin

Hope you all have a good day with a grin or two along the way.

Moon

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 2, 2012
12:37 PM

Post #9262510

Look at my little jolly happy man I made. Isn't he cute?
Second one is yellow bloomer, loaded now!!!!
Third one is Called Monster. It is loaded.
A pretty one of Mexican Petunia and a red cypress bloom and foliage...
glad you like the Charley's world picture...

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 2, 2012
3:17 PM

Post #9262631

Good morning everyone..The sun is shining beautifully this morning.
Yesterday was lovely after a very cold start.
I did more one handed weeding and moved a couple of small pot plants.
Today I am going to start on the repotting of the brugs. They are ready for nice fresh mix.
Some are going into the ground and I am planning an avenue ( a small one ) of brugs.
Its really just a path between the house and the greenhouses but GHA already lives there so others will be joining him.
It will smell so yummy when they all flower.
Hubby has been recruited for the heavy stuff.

Some of my orchids are getting large flower stems. I just wish all the others would do the same. Stubborn things.

The garden is alight with yellow and cream at the moment. Daffiues everywhere. .
Lots of liliums up Anthony. I hope all yours are doing well too. You have to win even more prizes for them later.

Al, I would love to try all that seafood ttoo. I am a lover of crayfish but it is always way too expensive these days and I am a bit disgusted at the small size they sell.
We would never take such small ones from the sea when we used to catch them years ago.
Tells of mans greed . If all the small ones are taken, what is left to breed later ?

Charleen, Charley is a darling. Isnt he smart , getting up on his trailer.
He was here for cookies this morning and I am sure I saw Abigail with him..

Teresa, Those two adorable spottys are so pretty. I like the arrangement of Coppers spots..

Karen, nice to see you getting out & about. Your pics are lovely. I do like horses.

Colleen, the lovely red allicum is still blooming beautifully. They do last for quite a while once out.

Dianne, I hope the sun is shining on you today too.
Sit and enjoy your lovely garden.

Moon , I have made carrot cake plenty of times using other things with the carrots such as pineapple and also grated zucchini.
I used to make cakes for the cafe in Bright when I lived there and they loved the carrot cakes.

Lots to do so hello to anyone I have missed . I had better see whats for morning tea.


Here we are...Raspberry and Coconut Loaf..

Enjoy your day.
Happy gardening
Jean.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 2, 2012
4:23 PM

Post #9262706

Good morning all. Jean, that carrot cake with pineapple sounds much like the hummingbird cake but without the coconut. Sounds yummy. Great you are getting the sunshine now. We could really do with some rain here, I am shocked at how fast things are drying out.

Charleen, funny little man, and that Charlie is such a character. You've sent my mind back 60 years when I used to adore growing that red star cypress vine. I've looked for it in more recent years, but the stupid government dept that controls plants in Aus. has decided it is a pest and banned its growth or import. The only reason is that it sets seed, and those seeds may grow. Seems anything that sets seed now is labelled a pest. Our sad loss, as this delicate sweetie is so pretty and I believe now comes in other colours as well.

Moon, I believe that alpaca is overdue for a good shearing, but maybe they are waiting for the weather to warm up a bit more? I've never seen one with so much growth. It was almost unrecognizable.

Anthony, enjoy the high while you are still up there. Not often anyone gets to feel the surge at being a winner!

Dianne, those are 2 different horses. The dappled grey looked to be an older horse, but I am not sure. It was close to the fence, resting in the shade. The other was taken with a zoom lense as he was quite some distance away, but yes, I can imagine him groomed and his magnificent long mane and tail dancing the the breeze. I've seen pics of this type of horse well groomed and they are so magnificent.

Hello to everyone else. Al, where are you now?
Take care.
Karen


ctmorris
barmera
Australia

September 2, 2012
4:32 PM

Post #9262714

Good morning everyone. Yes Jean the Winter Hippy does flower for ages but mine was gone long ago. I've repotted mine and split it up so I hope it goes okay. The weather is absolutely beautiful, three days in a row. The boys helped me do a bit of gardening and I've sprayed the Bl---. creeper from next door that keeps coming UNDER the fence. Because I haven't kept on top of it it has come over a metre in places. Wont last long with the round-up. Clean up day today. The neighbour will still come and give me a hand. She's a god-send. Well must go and get the washing out. Have a great day. Colleen

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 2, 2012
5:11 PM

Post #9262743

Found some absolute beauty here in Nova Scotia. Area is very stark indeed, but full of history. Lighthouse is south of Yarmouth. Rosehips are grown wild everywhere, the fruit picked as a valuable source of Vitamin C to prevent scurvy amoung ancient sailers.
Lobsters are farmed in these traps, Ellen and I are eating a couple for dinner tonight. A calm sunset to the west cove.

Al

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Dianegai
Grafton
Australia

September 2, 2012
6:13 PM

Post #9262812

Hi guys Ive just started a face book page need some pics and friends...see if any interest...ill send out some more invites to get it going
http://www.facebook.com/HippeastrumAmaryllisDownUnder
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 3, 2012
12:36 AM

Post #9262983

I thought the dogs were very quiet out side this morning & when I looked out could see them play fighting.
Copper was enjoying his frolic until he saw me & pretended to be too old for all that nonsense.
Funny boy :)

Karen, both my dogs have brown spots (which we call liver)
I laughed when I saw Sugar was liver spotted as I was thinking it was time I had a black spotted girl as my previous girl was liver too.


g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 3, 2012
2:06 AM

Post #9262995

Jean, going by the weekend enquiries, looks like im going to have ''a billion'' people coming to buy lilies.!!![best import some more seed] -quickly.,.,I must say, Im feeling very ordinary today[must be something I ate]-Anthony
SolMan
Croydon
Australia
(Zone 9a)

September 3, 2012
2:58 AM

Post #9263005

can any one help me out with what type of growing media worsleya procera would profer i have to pot it on but not sure what it requires ?????
Thanks guys
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 3, 2012
3:55 AM

Post #9263015

I dont even know the man,[worsleya procera] so I cant help!!

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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

September 3, 2012
4:19 AM

Post #9263027

Hi Shaun. Chrissy has one of those growing so she may be able to help. Did you buy yours and from where? Colleen
SolMan
Croydon
Australia
(Zone 9a)

September 3, 2012
4:59 AM

Post #9263042

i bought mine from QLD Ebay while i was buying other bulbs from the same place
Thank you very much Colleen

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 3, 2012
5:47 AM

Post #9263075

http://www.strangewonderfulthings.com/tips184.htm
see your d mail Shaun ...

Hi everyone, hey Anthony Congrats mate !
I hope all our friends over the pond are enjoying their Labor day Holiday ...ours is in October.
Is everyone getting ready to greet Spring ?
Exciting isn't it. ^_^

chrissy
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 3, 2012
2:35 PM

Post #9263605

Good morning everyone.
The sun is shining. It should be a beautiful day as was yesterday.
I was able to get a lot done even if I am paying for it now.
I planted out several small brugs into the ground near the irises.
I also moved some out of the shadehouse . Lots more to do, but slowly.
I was feeling okay while I worked and hubby did the carrying and lifting, but last night I was feeling the effects.

I have a lovely variegated iris to plant. Have been wanting one for awhile and finally bought one.
It will look very nice among the plain green leaved ones.

My salvias are all still flowering. They have been lovely through winter.
I have several new ones to plant out once all the tree branches are cleared after hubbys attack of the chainsaw.

Hello Chrissy. nice to see you popping in..

Anthony, it may be something you drank XXXX...lol
Probably all the excitement of your wins at the daff show.

Teresa, I saw your battered Christchurch this morning on TV. It looks like things are slowly coming together there
.It does take a long time to replace and fix buildings.
Love the spotty ones whatever color they are. Sugar will be quite the model as she learns to behave like a lady.

Al. you are certainly seeing some beautiful country up there.
Be careful how far north you travel. You may meet a polar bear coming south.

Dianne, how are things in your garden. There must be lots of color now that Spring has arrived.
Lovely that you have public gardens close by .
I must talk hubby into going for another drive so I can see the brugs at Portland again.

Moon , hope Isaac has left you some rain and no damage. It would be lovely if the farmers got the rain too without all the rest.

Charleen, Charley bought his mates here this morning, I gave them carrots. I hope you were not searching for them.
I have a feeling Abigail is letting them out so she can get a ride on Charleys back. ...lol


Hello Sue, Karen and everybody else popping in.

I will leave something yummy out for morning tea...Hazelnut Torte

Happy day and enjoy the sun if you have it.
Jean.







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chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 3, 2012
6:37 PM

Post #9263910

Jean I hope your V.Iris survives, mine died after a freeze a few years back, pretty little thing it was too, I think I bought it at a school fete, they are great places to pick up old fashioned treasures.

Hello to everyone ...it's quite warm outside today, Spring has truly Sprung by the looks of things, the blossoms are finally starting up.

I bet it is looking beautiful over the pond, I love Autumn leaves.Hello to our new friends (loving the tomatoes).

Well back to it ...I hope all of you with injuries and worries will be feeling better very soon, nothing like Spring blossoms to lift your spirits is there (don't look at the weeds :).
Have a lovely Arvo ^_^

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 3, 2012
9:36 PM

Post #9264122

That new variegated iris will not dare to die. I forbid it...
Irises love it here and it should do well.
I was lucky to be sent enough to make 4 plants so I have it all around.

I have to laugh at my irises.
I thinned them all out and tossed the leftovers in empty spots around trees & shrubs along the border of the iris area.
I was too lazy to take them all the way down the back where I usually toss bits.
Now they are all growing and looking as healthy as the others I kept.
Irises are so resilient.
I will have patches of color everywhere.

Been a lovely day and I am going to stop and rest now , with a cuppa.

Enjoy the sun if you have it.
Jean.

Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 3, 2012
11:00 PM

Post #9264153

Yesterday we went to the Geelong gardens as usual and after our walk we went to the cafe to have scones and jam and cream, we sat outside, because Tilly was with us...I'd just put the jam on the scones when a visitor arrived and promptly stuck his long tongue in one of the jam pots.

It was a Wattlebird, the cheeky devil hopped all around the table, trying to get the other jam pot...thank goodness he didn't want the cream...I promptly put all of it on our scones so he couldn't touch it..

He wasn't a bit shy, that's what I like about Wattlebirds, they are the clowns of the bird population...
When you think about it, jam is just like the nectar that you put in bird feeders only fruit flavoured...

Love that lighthouse, Al, Moon showed us a lovely timber one from her state...

Losing coastline must have been going on for hundreds of years, moon...often on UK tv shows that I watch they refer to where the coastline was just a few years ago...it makes you wonder what things will be gone in a thousand years...I suppose it's somewhere on the internet, but I don't need to know..
Dianne.

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chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 4, 2012
1:00 AM

Post #9264204

We don't seem to have the wattle birds do that kind of thing here, Kookaburras yes, they will mug you for a chippy at the sports ovals. Once we had a hamburger robbery by an Ibis at Taronga Zoo, very aggressive birds there. They seem much more timid here. Maggies will attack unless they know you. Did you see the pictures of the Sea Gulls stealing the baby duck (rescued by mum). Hope you enjoyed your jam and scones anyway.
Yes Jean I had a whole lot of Iris that I lost in the freeze and the constant rain. I had them growing in total neglect in one of my very early gardens, I recall they were sitting in a few inches of sandy soil with big rocks that baked them all Summer, they were perfect there in those conditions (no frost in that garden ). The rhizomes sat exposed to the sun. Good luck with the new Iris baby, I know it is in very good hands. ^_^

Here is another kind of Lighthouse ...Edison Lighthouse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9XyhFQeob0


chrissy

dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 4, 2012
2:42 AM

Post #9264219

we had a lovely sunny day...
then it clouded over & got very dark.
Around 6pm the lightning started, very dramatic!
A little later Baz called me to listen out side, it sounded like a train coming but was the sound of hail on the way.
When it hit the noise was phenomenal & the hail stones were the size of marbles.
Nice way to mark the 2nd anniversary of the September 7.1 earthquake.

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 4, 2012
3:46 AM

Post #9264241

Oh Hail !!! I hope there was not too much damage done. Gosh you keep copping it.
sorry to hear it.

chrissy
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 4, 2012
7:24 AM

Post #9264392

I brought along a sample platter for everyone to try from the Lunenburg NS shipping pier. Nice amount of fried seafood, haddock, shrimp, scallops, and seasoned potato fries.

Al

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 4, 2012
7:28 AM

Post #9264396

I'm having an awful time bumping up these photos, I seem to lose the thread before they all load properly.

Al

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 4, 2012
2:44 PM

Post #9264842

Good morning everyone.
After a lovely day yesterday, the wind came up and was blowing a gale all night. It has dropped a little now but looks like rain.
I moved a few more pot plants and planted a few more little brugs . Lots of bromeliads to pot up after taking them away from their Mums.
Most I can do in the greenhouse so I wont get wet if it does rain.

Al, I wish I had that plate of seafood right here.
It looks so delicious.
I love the waterfront. The building colors are stunning.

Teresa, I hope that wild weather you had has disappeared now. Not very nice to have hail after everything else Mother Nature has tossed at you.
Hope the furry ones are not too nervous after it all.

Dianne, you can keep your wattle birds. We have them here too and they are just big bullies.
They chase the small New Holland honeyeaters around the garden until the poor little things are so tired..
The wattle birds are also guilty of breaking the stems of smaller plants with their weight, as they try to get the nectar.

Hello Chrissy, hope your weather is behaving up there.

Anthony, have you recovered from your exciting time at the daff show yet ?
You will have to prepare yourself for another round of prizes with the liliums.

Hello Karen and Sue. Hope all is well at your places.

Moon , are you safe and sound there now ?
Hope you are enjoying a nice bit of rain and not too much bad weather still.

Charleen, Are you doing okay where you are too ?
I bet Charley was keeping his head down during the bad weather.
I love your little fat man. Is he a Buddha ?
You can rub his tummy for luck.

I am going out to clean up all the sticks & twigs. I should not complain though as it is only a minor thing compared with what some have to clean up.

I will leave a tasty nibble for you all.
Al dont eat all that seafood, I may pop in for a bite ...lol

Heres your morning tea nibble. ...Raisin Cookies

Happy day
Jean.

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chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 4, 2012
7:32 PM

Post #9265154

Oh yummy seafood ...huge lot of it too. Not much of a meat eater myself but I do love seafood, Calamari and Prawns, fresh fish,
mmmmmm. ^_^

Jean we are in for some rough weather a bit later, but right now it is stunning ...crisp enough at night to enjoy your sleep but Sunny enough to feel like Summer by lunchtime ...beautiful. Pretty dry though.

I hope everyone is enjoying themselves where ever you are.

chrissy
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 4, 2012
8:06 PM

Post #9265205

Al, that looks 'good',.,..,I've recovered Jean..and now its time to move along to the real thing-LILIUMS

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 4, 2012
8:20 PM

Post #9265259

ha ha ha ...you are as bad as me with my Brugs Anthony ...I understand you completely.
I might have to give in and give Liliums a go when I move into my smaller garden, will they do ok in pots ?
I did grow out some lovely smelly ones once but they died or were eaten (I can't remember). The scent was divine almost as delicious as my Brugs. They were large white ones with scarlet blotches in the throat.

chrissy

Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 4, 2012
9:43 PM

Post #9265349

Delicious Al, I could certainly help you eat that...that looks like a pretty town...

I have never seen so many huge ships in the bay at one time, they have all come in because of the wild weather reports and they must be rockin 'n rollin on board...the waves are getting pretty big...

All of my Liliums are in pots, Chrissy...they do very well...I think that most of Anthony's are in pots, remember his "vortex"...I think Anthony lives in the vortex now and the Liliums live in the house..lol

The rain has just started here now Jean, it's very overcast...I can't see the sea now.
Batten down the hatches everyone, it's on it's way.
Dianne.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 4, 2012
10:06 PM

Post #9265361

Hi everyone. Well, I am now just dying for a BIG plate of seafood (though no calamari for me thank you). We only have one fish and chip shop around here, and it isn't that great.

Al, I hope you can figure out the photo uploading system. I have a feeling you have some great pics to share.

I am just moping around, recovering from the trip to the dentist this morning. Because the needles don't work well, he didn't mess around today, just shot me full of holes (so to speak). It worked as it was almost completely pain free dental work today. I kept tensing up, waiting for the pain, just out of habit, but it didn't happen.

Hope no one gets caught out by any wild weather. No hail here Teresa. Not even a drop of wet stuff. Dry as a bone. Its a beautiful day here, though the wind has picked up and has a chill to it.

Driving around on the weekend, I spotted this wild thing, a vine, growing in the bush. Would anyone know what it is? It reminds me of a Hoya but for the flower itself.

Take care all.
Karen

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chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 4, 2012
10:14 PM

Post #9265368

Your tooth was probably almost dead Karen ...at least it's fixed now, hope you feel better soon.
I used to grow this
http://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/Services/Regional-services/Plant-and-animal-pests/Plant-pests/Old-Mans-Beard/
that is what the picture reminds me of. Not sure because it's a bit of a distance away in your pic.

Hope you will be ok Dianne, the hot wind is starting to bash things here too.No rain just heat.

chrissy
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 5, 2012
12:12 AM

Post #9265407

after the hail it was very chilly but by this afternoon it was 16C, sunny & nice.
I am glad my lilies are only just poking through the soil, I threw some sawdust over their area a week or so ago & hopefully that protected them.
The rest of the garden took a battering & the deck & pavers are covered in shredded foliage & twigs.
Actually the footpaths all the way into town are covered with the same mess.
There are heavy rain & gale warnings for the rest of the South Island, looks like Tasmania will cop it thanks to the same weather pattern.
Keep warm & dry Anthony :)

cheers - Teresa
ctmorris
barmera
Australia

September 5, 2012
1:47 AM

Post #9265419

Brrrrrrrr what a difference to the past few days. I just heard on the news update that Adelaide is really copping it with 100 kph winds. I do hope that they don't get that bad here. Rain and thunder and lightening even hail doesn't worry me but I don't like the wind. How is everyone today? I went to Tai Chi yesterday to see if they can do me some good with getting me to relax all my muscles . I go back again for another try next Monday. My Grand-daughter and Great Grand son are coming for a visit on Friday for the weekend. It will be lovely to see them again. Seafood Al, I love seafood. Not all glamoured up with sauces though just plain with lemon and maybe a bit of lettuce and tomato. I hope that you get the hang of putting up your photos of your trip. They should be spectaclular. We had a lovely lamb chop stew tonight. Great for a cold night. The boys are just having their showers and getting in their PJ's and then quiet. Ahhh.Hope you all stay out of harm's way with this wind. Have a great night. Colleen

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g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 5, 2012
2:45 AM

Post #9265433

We dont want it getting too hot here, but 22 was a bit high for spring.,too much heat now, can ruin summer flowering bulbs[they get a pigmented leaf discolouration , break in the growing pattern type sickness][always a show that you will see in early risers in the asiatic section],.,.It can blow its backside off[as it has been] no stems to break,.,.but we really need good rain and a bit of coolness,.yes Dianne, i must admit, Ive spent a lot of time in the 2 vortexes[but theres no room to curl up and snooze- and I do so much love my bed]-Anthony

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

September 5, 2012
6:09 AM

Post #9265559

If your plant isn't Clematis vitalba, then it may be Clematis ternifolia (C paniculata) Virginbower

http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/26630-product.html#

Hope you all have a lovely day...stay dry and safe.
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 5, 2012
10:54 AM

Post #9265848

Congrats to Anthony and all on their fine spring showings, they all look so beautiful. We are nearing fall now with a decided chill in the air. Leaves will soon be turning autumn colors.

Had a rainy day in Halifax so went to local museums instead. This was one of the closest ports to the tragic Titanic accident, many of the survivors were brought here, along with several who were buried here as well. Interesting air and naval action during WWII here also.

Al

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 5, 2012
12:57 PM

Post #9265995

I already have my little fat man sold so made another. Just couldn't capture the grin as on the first one. I was looking at a laughing Buddha. Cute little fella. Makes me smile to see it. See , he is not grinning so big. Also made an Elf. Taking a bath. Gave him a towel and a ducky to hide his Modesty.
then last night I did a Mermaid. I think I am getting a little better but not "life-like" yet.
Charley loves to poke his head the tea room to mooch for stale treasures and Abigail wants the crumbs too.
Spring is right around the corner for you and we will be having winter. YUCK!!!
Take it easy everyone...
Hugs and nuzzles...

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 5, 2012
3:01 PM

Post #9266116

Good morning everyone.
Very windy here again all night , but it has eased a bit this morning.
We have a huge dead pine tree in the back of the yard and the top came down last year. This time one of the large branches which has just been hanging by a thread, came down. We cannot have it all taken down a sit is way too expensive. Luckily it is out of the way and does no damage.

If it stays dry today. I will get out in the greenhouse . Lots of seeds need to be planted.
The wind didnt damage any of the brugs either.

Al, That would be a very interesting museum to visit.. I love seeing all the Fall color you have over there. Our native trees are very plain. The only color seen is from planted trees from US and Europe.

Charleen, you are getting very good with your figures. I like the elf hiding behind his towel..
Pat Charley & th efurry ones for me.

Anthony, I can picture you laying back in the Vortex talking to the liliums . You may need an extra few XXXX down there once the summer gets here.
Give them lots of encouragement to grow. We want to see lots of winners for you at the shows later.

Dianne, hope you were not affected by any of the wild weather. How are your brugs coping ?

Colleen, did any of the wild weather reach up to you ?
It seems to have been all over the place. We didnt get a lot of rain but some quite heavy.

Teresa, are things easing off for you there now. It seems we sent the bad weather to you as well,.

Moon, hope all is well over your way. Things will be quietening down after Isaac.

Karen, not nice having tooth problems, Hope all is well now.

Hello Chrissy. Seems you are getting a taste of early summer there. Keep cool.
Sue , hope all is well with you. Your chooks will be missing you.

I am going out to pick up all the twigs & branches from the wind. Gum trees seem to be always shedding.

Heres your morning tea treat...Pink Lamingtons
Keep safe and dry
Jean



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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 5, 2012
5:17 PM

Post #9266285

I was waiting for my boat to come in, but which one had the lobster catch on it? This is the rural area near Cape Shelborn.

I think I might have my camera problem worked out. Yahoo!

Al

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chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 5, 2012
6:55 PM

Post #9266413

Did somebody say lobster ? ...Al that is cruel ^_^ yummy ! I like it plain with a good squeeze of lemon OMG and all I have had today has been a banana, too busy to eat, it 's Spring !!!!!!! What lovely pictures Al.

Darned hot out there and windy ...you know the kind that whispers fire.

Jean if you have the room plant a great vine or creeper over your fallen Pine, it will add to the scenery.

Dianne thanks for the info re growing them in pots, mine were in the ground ...perhaps that is why they disappeared.

If it was not for my garden I would gladly swap seasons with you Charleen, not a heat lover, I burn very easily and feel crook in the heat. Love your cute little creations.

Hi Moon ...yes they are both lovely ...usually the C paniculata flowers in Autumn here in Australia and is not as hardy or rampant.
Great link thankyou. Hope your weather is kind over the pond too.

Anthony we had 30C here yesterday ...hot wind.

I hope everyone with aches and pains are feeling better in the warmer weather, at least it is good for sore bits.

Teresa I hope that is the end of your woes for a while, gosh you have had your fair share, hopefully brighter days ahead.

Have a great arvo everyone looking in, I know everyone is very busy ...so much to do.

chrissy

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 5, 2012
7:57 PM

Post #9266476

Hi everyone.

Chrissy, I think you've nailed that vine, the Old Man's Beard vine. It looked as though it could take over a tree with its vigorous growth. Thank you. Moon, I really don't think it was the clematis one as it looked like a wild vine. I was just amazed at the masses of flowers it had over it. Heaven help that stretch of land if even one tenth of the seeds take hold.

Teresa, glad the hail didn't do severe damage. Amazing though the mess the wind makes, isn't it. We have had a bit of wind here too, and the yard is covered with sticks and leaves again.

Jean, you are right about the gum trees in the wind. Tooth is going good. Old fillings falling out after 50 odd years. Lucky I didn't have to lose it. Going back next fortnight for impressions to get a splint made to try to stop me grinding my teeth at night. Don't know how I'll go wearing it, but worth a try. I've even broken a crown from grinding so hard.

Colleen and Anthony, I was actually surprised by the unexpected warmth I woke up to today. It's been a bit of a chilly wind the last few days, so this warm wind is nice.

Al, I am so pleased you are getting those photos up. That one of the group of boats is really great. And wouldn't I love to live in that place in the 4th pic! Looks like a nice area, not overcrowded.

Charleen, I like the buddha face on your fat man. Give Charley and company a hug each for me. And one for you too.

Hello to anyone else popping in.
Karen








Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 5, 2012
11:01 PM

Post #9266616

Karen we have the C.aristata climbing trees everywhere here at the moment, it grows very easily along the coastal bush area...very pretty when it's in flower...masses of them.
http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/gnp9/clematis-aristata.html
I remembered Chrissy...lol

No damage Jean, just lots of leaves everywhere...the twins were ok...I'll be glad when they grow up and move out...
The twins are twin Brugmansia pods to non Brug fanciers...

Glad that you fixed your camera probs, Al...lovely photos...
Colleen, I can smell that stew...yum
Edited to come back for a lamington, Jean.
Dianne.


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g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 6, 2012
2:38 AM

Post #9266645

Back to the 'crappy' winds again[go away!]
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 6, 2012
3:47 AM

Post #9266676

I second that Anthony!!!
Christchurch can be lovely but when the hot Nor west blows it plays havoc with sinus & migraines...
and when the Easterly blows it ruins any day.
They call it the beastly eastly here.
Straight off the Pacific ocean & bitterly cold even at the height of summer.
Hate wind with a passion, miss Brisbane's climate although I do like being able to grow rhodies, camellias, peonies & other plants that need cold winters.
But there is a special place in my heart for the tropical lovelies that I used to grow.
Frangipani is one I miss & bananas in the back yard... mmm & mangoes too!
Used to have coleus rampant in the garden, collected cuttings from anywhere & every where & had quite a lovely variety.
Had to laugh here, there was a pathetic coleus in a pot at the RSA & I was doing my bit to keep it going by watering & pinching out the tips to try & get it to bush out a bit...
got told off by the gardening expert for pinching out the flowering tips...
apparently it was frustrating her no end to see it get close to flowering only to see someone had nipped them off.
I tried to explain that coleus was grown for foliage not flowers & that I had a huge collection in my garden back in the day but she wouldn't have a bar of it.
I left the poor plant alone & it turned up it's toes in no time flat.
Just wish I had grabbed a cutting to bring home as I am sure I would have had a decent pot plant out of it.
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 6, 2012
3:16 PM

Post #9267294

Good morning everyone..
Well the sun is shining but I am not fooled.
I know the wind will be back just as I leave to go over to Coleraine to do a bit of shopping.
We had an inch of rain yesterday & overnight. One tree fell down out in the paddock. It can stay there too.
The forecast said more strong winds today but coming from the southwest instead of from the north, so it will be icy cold.

Anthony I blame you for the cold wind as you are further south from here and must be pushing it away.

Teresa, hope you are not getting too much wind there either
Had a giggle over your story of the coleus.
I can just see that person waiting for flowers...lol

Al, I think we all may join you as it looks so lovely where you are. I could do with all that seafood too. I love it.
I used to live in Geraldton in West Australia and the cray factory was right down the street.
One could buy crays from the boats as they came in or go to the processing plant for all the free cray legs.
Those were the days...yummm

Dianne, did you put a support bra on the brug pods as suggested ??
I like the image of a pair of pods in a bra..lol

Karen, hope the toothy problems are getting sorted .
I may have to visit if you are having warm weather.
The sun is shining in the window here but its icy in the wind.

Good idea Chrissy.
Anyone have any suggestions for a rampant evergreen creeper to cover the pile of dead tree limbs and stump ?
Have to be hardy to survive the cold too.

Charleen, hope you are enjoying warm weather still as Fall creeps in .

Moon same for you, nice and warm as well .

Hello everyone else ..
I will leave you all a sweet treat for morning tea...Apple and Cinnamon Slice.
Happy gardening and keep safe.
jean.



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chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 6, 2012
6:28 PM

Post #9267472

Jean have you tried grapes ?
http://theplantwhiz.com/2010/02/growing-grapes-in-melbourne/
oh the possibilities.

Kiwi Fruit ?

Teresa yes we all push the zone envelope, such a lovely old fashioned thing coleus, I used to have lots of them in some of my past 70's gardens. Made great indoors plants too in a sunny room. We all want things we know we can't grow, don't we ? it's a gardener's lot. ^_^

Anthony ditto the wind ! it's already blown the blossoms off some of the trees ...there go the plums this year :(

Glad you are feeling better Karen, mouth issues aren't very nice. They can do good things these days, hope they can fix the grinding problem too.

Well it's Friday again so I know everyone will have a very busy weekend coming up ...so happy weekend all ! have a good one !

chrissy
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 6, 2012
6:41 PM

Post #9267492

Chrissy we have grapes , but the darn birds get every one.
I want something evergreen so I cant see the mess the tree has made.
Cold and raining here with a bit of sun every now & then. No really strong winds so far today.
Jean.

Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 6, 2012
11:18 PM

Post #9267675

No Jean, I didn't put the Sports Bra on the pods, but I could do with it in this wind..it's terrible..
Dreadful day..
http://gardenclinic.com.au/plant_of_the_week/pyrostegia_venusta_flame_vine_/
Jean, this vine grows around my area quite easily even though they say it's for warmer climates...I don't remember you having heavy frosts.

Mum used to grow it in Footscray years ago...very pretty when it's in flower...
Have a great weekend everyone.
Dianne
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 7, 2012
2:50 AM

Post #9267700

Brilliant good heavy rain here now for about 2 hrs[much to sootys disgust] it doesnt look like letting up for a while, the liliums are loving it..,.. We need it and I love it!,.I had my 1st elbow joint injection today[whoooooo!] man alive..I told the doctor I was going to go back out to the waiting room and scream and roll around the floor in pain- in front of her customers[she laughed]..She cracks up at my humour!! Im going to go to Salamanca Market again tomorrow[and get a MONSTER german sausage], then take a look at the Hobart daff show.,.,It pays sometimes to socialise!! very cold at the moment,so I might go and 'rouse' the fire up...Anthony[it will be nice to go to sleep with the sound of rain on the roof!!]

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 7, 2012
2:48 PM

Post #9268279

The weather has been nice. Can get hot if you go to working at something tho. I went out to water the brugs and was really sweating up a storm by time I finished. It was hot.
Charley got up into his hay trailer to eat the hay, the rascal. We have been getting 3 bales but just got 2 this month. He was just being his goofy self..
me and my puppy in last one. He is so sweet...and growing...

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 7, 2012
2:54 PM

Post #9268283

Good morning everyone.
Its all quiet here this morning with the sun coming out.
i am hoping for a nice non windy day so I can get back out in the garden.
Lots of twigs everywhere but no more large branches down.
Its always a shame that we get this wild wet weather just as the daffodils etc are looking so lovely.
Now they are all bowing down to the ground.
A few sunny days will fix them.

Anthony, keep warm there. Lots of liliums poking up everywhere here.
hope you dont get too carried away at the market...lol

Dianne, I love that pyrostegia and saw some magnificent specimens in WA.
It does like the warm weather , so I dont know how it would do here.
I havent seen it growing anywhere around but it is one I really like. I will try and find some .

Hello colleen, Karen, Sue, and Teresa.
Al, Charleen and Moon, you will all be able to enjoy those magnificent Fall colors in the trees.
I wish I could visit and see them myself.

Take care everyone and keep safe.

Here is your morning tea treat...Banana Muffins
Happy day
Jean.



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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

September 7, 2012
3:16 PM

Post #9268296

Hello to you all.

I agree Charleen...way to hot and humid. My goodness that T-Boy has doubled in size...puppies grow so fast. Stay cool...I enjoy your elves, gnomes and buddahs.

Strange weather patterns every where Jean...the heat index is over 35C with crazy high humidity. No fall season here for a while it seems.

lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2012
5:09 PM

Post #9268378

We'll get our fall in due time, but not usually until middle October. We often grow our tomatoes up to the 1st if it doesn't frost.

We're headed on the homestretch, now back into New Brunswick on the roundabout road past Fundy Bay. Couple more lighthouses to see before heading home through Maine. Friends in Bangor offered me a pilot's tour in a Cessna 172 small airplane around Acadia Park, should be awesome trip.

Al
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 7, 2012
5:27 PM

Post #9268392

Good morning. Its a lovely, sunny morning but the wind has a chill in it and my feet are freezing. I haven't put anything warm on them because the sun belies what my feet are telling me. It is supposed to warm up much more today, so they say. I don't really like the heat, but just now I feel I've been cool long enough.

Feeling so good today. Have been down checking out my bromeliads and the budding epis. Tiny orchids are out too but very difficult to get a decent pic that shows just how lovely they really are.

Hope everyone is well and enjoying some beautiful Spring weather.
Karen

Tiny orchids in the tree.
Wisteria starting to bloom and send out its perfume into the air. Unfortunately the wind is blowing it away.
A Tillandsia starting to bud up.
A bromeliad showing great striping and colour.



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Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 8, 2012
12:11 AM

Post #9268646

Took a drive to Daylesford today, started out in sunshine and finished in misty rain...It's a very pretty place at this time of year, full of Daffodils, Rhododendrons and Azaleas...some of the best Rhodos I've seen...

Saw a couple of funny things like a herd of cows grazing near a fence and 3 emus walking in amongst them, what they were looking for I can't imagine...and a house near town with a mob of about a dozen wallabies grazing on the lawn near the road...this was about 10 in the morning...they have usually disappeared by that time of the day..
Had the best eggs Benedict for breakfast, so many tourists in town, there might have been a festival on...

That plane trip sounds pretty good, Al...
Sounds like a Cortizone injection, Anthony...you have my sympathy...
Charleen, I love that pic of you and the cutie...
Glad that you are having a good day Karen, let's hope you have a lot more now that the weather is getting better.
Don't get carried away Jean, remember that shoulder...
Dianne.

g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 8, 2012
12:50 AM

Post #9268661

Sounds like a great day, Dianne

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 8, 2012
1:19 AM

Post #9268665

Running very late today, we had people visiting on and off due to the Council Elections (people decide to visit on such days).
It's been great but I am over umpteen cups of coffee ...I wanted to do so much outside and I couldn't.
We had a delicious Tuna Frittata and salad for lunch ...lots of my own flat leaf parsley and chives thrown in, so lovely to be picking some things already. Then it was home made banana bread made with Greek yoghurt and walnuts mmmm !
No room for dinner tonight. Bouncing off the ceiling from the caffeine ...

Lovely pictures everyone, sounds like everyone had a nice day, still very dry and fairly windy here.

When we see the Kangaroos coming in early here, it is a portent of possible drought ahead, lets hope they were just wanting to take a tour.

Glad you got some rain Anthony ^_^

Sounds like you are really enjoying yourself Al - wonderful !

Hope you get some cooler temps ...soon Moon and Charleen ! Time for a cool change (Aussie band)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xslO6Qi_kGQ

Here comes hubby looking for food ...can't believe he is hungry after all the nibbles today ...better go feed him.
Enjoy your evening /day ...

chrissy

77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 8, 2012
3:20 PM

Post #9269196

Good morning everyone.
Looks like being a nice day so far. The sun is out and no wind.
I will be picking up heaps of twigs and small branches later. Nothing compared to the wind damage in some places though.
It always amazes me that people want huge gum trees right in their backyards.
They would have to be the most prone to falling on houses & cars, causing so much damage .
I love trees too, but would not want something so big in my yard.
I think councils should have some responsibility for helping to get rid of giant existing trees.
Its hard when you buy next to someone with a tree that may fall on your place.
Our eucalypts are very nice in the place where they belong...out in the bush.
European trees seem to do better and though some do fall over , its usually the older trees in very high winds.
Our eucalypts like to drop huge branches or just topple over because they grow so tall and top heavy.
Okay thats my speech for the day.

Hello Al, you are seeing some spectacular places. I bet you have put on pounds with all the lovely food too.

Charleen . that Charley is a cheeky fellow. He seems to like showing off by getting on the trailer.
You little cutie is certainly growing too. So cuddly.

Moon, I keep forgetting how much distance there is in your great country. I picture colorful Fall trees everywhere.
Like us , you have such diverse types of flora.
Enjoy the warmth while it is still around.

Hello Teresa, hope all is going well for you at work. Give those two spotties a pat for me.
I enjoyed seeing your city again the other day on TV. So very pretty despite the quake damage.

Hello Karen, hope all is well with you now . No more tooth problems. Enjoy that sun up there.

Hello Anthony. How is Cocky these days. Still supervising your work ?
Hope all went well with your injection. I have my shoulder one in 2 weeks.

Dianne, sounds like you had a lovely day despite the rain. Its great to see our wildlife as one drives around.
Ivoire and Topsy are waving ..

Hello to everyone else.

I will leave your morning tea treat out but watch out Charley doesnt see it first...lol

here we are ...Apple Shortcake with Passionfruit Icing.

Happy day
Cheick out the recipes on Taste .com and Joy of Baking
Jean.


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chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 8, 2012
4:09 PM

Post #9269228

Hi everyone ...off outside while there is no wind, I hope everyone has a lovely morning. Back after some garden chores ^_^

chrissy
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 8, 2012
9:02 PM

Post #9269482

had a lovely day off yesterday, did a couple of loads of washing & other house work.
Went out to Rangiora, just north of ChCh to visit friends & look at their 10 day old mini schnauzer puppies.
Such wee sweeties, mind you all pups are adorable no matter the breed.
Today was dog club day, our championship show & I stewarded the top test.
22 entered which is good.
So glad the weather was fine all weekend for it, bit windy but the ground was soft so we used tent pegs to push one corner of the scent cloths down & they all stayed put.
All the dogs retrieved the correct cloth so that was really nice to see as some days they make a mess of things & pull the cloths out of the pattern & it makes extra work for the steward who has to reset the pattern again.
I always asked to run Chita last in scent as she had a habit of picking each cloth up & tossing it aside if it wasn't right...
when they saw her little act they were always pleased to have let me go last.
I have a mystery creeper coming through the fence from next door...
I had been pulling it off as I am concerned it will break the fence. Yesterday I noticed that it has flowered & is actually rather pretty.
Can anyone suggest an id for it?

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chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 8, 2012
9:24 PM

Post #9269499

Cute baby you have there ^_^
It is Akebia (the plant -not the pup )

chrissy

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 8, 2012
9:27 PM

Post #9269501

oopsy
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/15524/
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 8, 2012
9:51 PM

Post #9269514

Teresa , they are so cute. You are right , all puppies are cute when babies.
That vine looks pretty but also looks like it could be menace on your fence.
I would paint it with Roundup, if the neighbors dont contain or remove it.
Not nice to do , but better than having it wreck the fence later.

Jean.

Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 8, 2012
10:27 PM

Post #9269534

It turned out a lovely day, so I've been repotting too...sometimes I wonder where they all come from...
Every time I start to stockpile the potting mix, Jean...I find something that I should repot...oh well...
The violets are very beautiful this time of year, I have 3 types plus the ordinary garden variety, which is great for perfume anyway...
The others are doubles and a pink...

Lovely pups Teresa...how are your cyclamens going, are they naturalising the way that you wanted?.

On the way to Daylesford yesterday we had to go thru the Brisbane Ranges and were they
beautiful...Yellow everywhere.
I was particularly taken with the low growing ones amongst the trees...had to take a couple of pics even though it was raining...
Dianne.

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Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 8, 2012
10:31 PM

Post #9269536

I forgot that I took the pics with my phone...sorry they are only small ones...too blurry when they are enlarged..
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 8, 2012
11:13 PM

Post #9269564

Dianne, I have been able to stockpile the potting mix through winter because it has been too darn wet & cold to get out and use any.
I usually buy 3 every shopping day .
Now the fine weather has arrived, I will quickly use it all up.
I used to get a trailer load from Mt Gambier, but hubby says it is too dear by the time we go all the way over & back with the trailer a couple of times.
I now have to look through my pots and get all the biggest out for the bruggies.
There will be lots of disturbed wolf spiders then as they do like to live in the pot stacks in my little shed.
Luckily they run away and are not aggressive if left alone.

Nice pics, We see the same scenery going across to Halls Gap . Lots of yellow everywhere.
Jean.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

September 9, 2012
7:52 AM

Post #9269761

Good Morning

Our first cool front moved in last night...this morning the temp was a pleasant 20C...a bit cooler than the 26C yesterday morning.Perhaps fall will soon be here.

Jean, Australia and the US are very close in size...Aus 12,370,784.3 sq km and the US 12,597,333.3 sq km. After doing some comparison, I think I am in basically the same Plant hardiness zone as most of you...my zone 9a is pretty much equal to your zone 3 (-5C to 0C)

Soon I will be getting the garden ready for a nap...and maybe getting a handle on the weeds that have run rampant this summer...ahh hope springs eternal.

Sweet pups Teresa...sounds like a busy weekend.

Hope you all have a pleasant week ahead.

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 9, 2012
8:51 AM

Post #9269792

USA population 310,384,000

Australia 22,697,961.

Bit of a difference in our populations, nice to see your weather being kinder Moon. Not many people on this big Island.
You have a lovely week too ...it's early Monday morning here, I am up late waiting to get hubby up to call the USA, he buys things (Spare Parts) from people in Texas. It's almost time so I will say goodnight ^_^

chrissy

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

September 9, 2012
9:40 AM

Post #9269819

I read an article once, and the author was talking about population distribution...his comment about Australia was that the population was "much like the picotee coloration on a flower" grouped around the coastlines...not so much here...grin

You have a good sleep and a brilliant morning Chrissy.
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 9, 2012
2:45 PM

Post #9270051

Good morning everyone. .. Who came and stole the sun ? It was definitely here yesterday .
Maybe old man Sol didnt like the cold any more that we do and moved back to Qld...lol

Moon. I like your example of the picotee edging . We are just like that.
All grouped around the edge of the country like lemmings waiting to jump off.
Certainly a large difference in population numbers though.
When people see something ( good or bad ) and say 'only in America ' I usually answer , yes, but if we had that amount of people , it would be happening here too.
I had to laugh when you mentioned hardiness zones.
I think my little hill here is in a zone of its own. The Twilight Zone...lol
Everything in the garden seems to happen in slow motion and way behind even a few miles away.

Hello Chrissy, Dianne, Karen, Teresa, Anthony , Charleen and Al.
Take care and enjoy your fine weather .

I am going to sit and read for awhile until I see signs of the sun coming back.

Heres a treat for morning tea...Banana Chocolate Cake.
Happy day
Jean. .

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Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 9, 2012
4:06 PM

Post #9270114

I hear the Twilight Zone music Jean, it's coming from the west of me...lol

We stay on the coast Moon, because it's so darned hot in the middle...tough people live there...
Some people come from hardy, pioneering stock, not me...all urban, soft living types in my pedigree I'm sure...
I start to pant, just looking at Alice Springs on the weather map...

Better move, I suppose I should start the vacuum, but then again, the seedlings need inspecting... :-)
Dianne.
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 9, 2012
4:23 PM

Post #9270132

Dianne, I spent many years in the "hot "areas and would do it again even though its not always comfortable.
I much prefer it to being so cold all the time.
I told hubby, in the next life , he had better be living somewhere a bit warmer...lol

I must have good rugged pioneering genes. My Nan always called me a wandering Gypsy.
Even as a child, I was always out roaming around exploring.
I hate city living.
The only good thing about cities are the large shopping centres.
I just love huge shopping complexes.. Not that I like to spend but they are so great to wander around for a whole day .
Jean.

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 9, 2012
4:32 PM

Post #9270138

Don't forget Aussies like the Beach ^_^

I think it was a bit of a shock to my system moving here 21 years ago, (a bit inland) ...the shock at the cold (never had experienced a real Frost prior to this place) and days over 42C up to 46C ...I have like most Aussies grown up and lived by the Beaches and Rivers until my move here. It is quite a shock to to your gardening experience to move to such a different climate.
Yes I think it toughens you up. I have in-laws, who live in and love Broken Hill, it's harsh there but has it's own unique beauty.It would kill me though ...the poor gardens. It reminds me of old Western movies, except for all the galvanized iron. Even a lot of the old homes are made out of it. I couldn't imagine the heat in one of those old homes. I was told they were miners homes and they cooled off very quickly at night instead of holding the heat like Bricks, also because of the distances it was a convenient material to have hauled in from very long distances away from any sources of building material.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Broken-Hill-corrugated-iron-houses.JPG

It's Monday and lots to do, so have a great day everyone ...the Sun is out.

chrissy
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 9, 2012
5:08 PM

Post #9270159

Good morning all. Those little puppies look so healthy. Have been jumping between the garden and the washing up till now. Took some pics too, but they are still on the camera, so maybe tomorrow I'll have some ready to put up. Nothing great though.

Today I am planning to go down to Hope Island. My uncle, now 90, and his wife have moved into a full time care centre. They are still going through the settling in period, and Trixie is recovering from something, but no one has told me what yet. She is also in her 90's, so they've done well for themselves, but I hate the thought of them going. Uncle Merv is the last of my family from that generation.

So had better keep moving while I'm still going. Have a lovely day.
Karen
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2012
6:32 PM

Post #9270249

I love your puppies,really cute. I dearly miss my Mack, he was partly black Labrador and sort of medium-large size. I used to love the way he leaned on my leg and nosed his way in when he wanted attention. He finally got old and sickly and I had to put him away at the vets. We haven't gotten another since because we travel a lot and it's sort of difficult to carry a large pet along.

Okay - We're back in the USA, just passed the Border and now in Albany NY above NYC for one last night before heading home tomarrow. Losts of pictures to sort out, will print up an album later for all to see. If anybody really wants to smell fresh air they have hundreds of miles of it in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In fact, they have hundreds of miles between fuel stations even. Nothing but trees, sky, and roadway.

Al

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Gabi65
Newcastle(NSW)
Australia
(Zone 10a)

September 9, 2012
11:51 PM

Post #9270431

"Dianne, you can keep your wattle birds. We have them here too and they are just big bullies.
They chase the small New Holland honeyeaters around the garden until the poor little things are so tired..
The wattle birds are also guilty of breaking the stems of smaller plants with their weight, as they try to get the nectar."


77sunset,

Your talk about the wattle birds reminded me of the ones I had in my garden In Peakhurst, when we lived in Sydney. I used to train the hose onto my Jacaranda which swept the ground, in the really hot days of summer. The Wattles and the Noisy Miners, Rainbow Lorikeets and even the Magpies would all hang upside down in the branches taking a shower in the virtual waterfall. So much fun to watch.

The Wattle's bullying ways would be repaid in spades as the Koel cuckoos would lay their eggs in the Wattle's nests and Mum and Dad would be run ragged trying to feed the enormous baby!

Half my clothes line ran under the Jacaranda, and no way could I peg clothes underneath it, too many bird droppings! Part of the other half of the clothesline was occupied by a large Tree spider, which I didn't have the heart to remove. So all summer I put a few sheets in the middle and the rest went in the clothes dryer!

The things we do!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 10, 2012
5:35 AM

Post #9270535

I took my puppy for his parvo shots yesterday. Don't want my puppy sick. He is growing like a little weed. so cute.
Here is picture of Hubby and T Bo...
forgive the clutter, me and my fat puppy.
It is fall and the butterfly is enjoying some nectar from shrub...
Charley is find as is Abigail and the rest of the critters...
Hugs and nuzzles to all...

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 10, 2012
2:52 PM

Post #9271173

Good morning everyone.
The sun is shining. I will be out & about today getting things done while it lasts.
Hubby says the forecast is for cold & wet on Thursday. Shopping day , of course. Who knows, it could stay like this instead.
I have pups to take off broms and seeds to get going in the greenhouse. Lots of repotting to get through as well.

Charleen, T-Bo is certainly growing into a chubby fellow. He is so cute.
That is a beautiful butterfly. We have pretty ones up north , but down here most are the Monarchs .
I do see some very pretty smaller ones in light blues & greens.
Hugs for Charley and his mates.

Moon, I see on the news here that the US has has its hottest year , I hope the Fall brings welcome respite from the heat.

Al, you will be able to enjoy your trip all over again with all the photos.
We look forward to hearing more about your home area.

Gabi, I see our wattle birds are back here again. The poor little honey eaters will be chased once more.
Funny thing is that the wattle birds only seem to annoy the honey eaters. Probably to do with having the same food supply.

I like to sit quietly on one of the many seats I have around the garden, All sorts of birds come around and visit.
Its lovely to see the tiny wrens and finches back again after being chased away by the B*** cat.
Because they usually nest low, the nests were being ruined and the eggs broken.
We have a few that always like to flit around the veranda looking for spider web for the nests.

Chrissy, I am one of those odd Aussies that doesnt like the beach.
Never been a fan of swimming or sunning on the sand. I like to visit the coast for the scenery, but not to live there.
Give me the bush and inland any time.
I must be a throwback to the hunting & exploring ancestors. ...lol

Hello Teresa, Dianne, and Anthony.

Time I put out some morning tea nibbles, then moved myself outside while the sun shines.

Try this yummy Chocolate Coffee Cake...

Happy day
Jean..









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chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 10, 2012
4:57 PM

Post #9271299

Morning everyone ...it's a beautiful morning here, warm, sunny ...perfect Spring day !

Pushing myself away from the puter , lots to do ...just like you ^_^

So off to get it done ...enjoy your day !

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 10, 2012
6:15 PM

Post #9271376

Another glorious Spring day. Birds being birds everywhere, even some butterflies in the air. We get a lot of butterflies here, mostly common crows, but some colourful common jezebels and orchard butterflies as well.

Charleen, looks like another spoiled, lovable, huggable puppy you've got there.

Visited my elderly uncle and his wife yesterday. He is dreadfully ill, poor darling. I fear we may lose him sooner rather than later. Afterwards we visited Sanctuary Cove just to see what's new. There's a lot of money crammed into a very small space there.

Nice to see the Calibrachoa and the wild freesias in flower again. And how the other half live, hey!
Have a lovely day.
Karen

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Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 11, 2012
1:27 AM

Post #9271632

The wattle birds get along fine with the little New Holland honeyeaters here Jean and Gabi, probably because they outnumber the wattlebirds..The blue wrens and the big fat doves all wander around amongst the bushes, though only the doves really wander, the wrens flitter.
We are in a bird flightpath of some sort, every year around this time, hundreds of heron and pelicans fly over in groups and when I say hundreds, I'm not kidding...the herons are in groups of about 50 and they come across the bay to the peninsula, maybe they're going to Swan Bay, which is a protected area...the pelicans are in smaller groups, but they just keep coming all afternoon.

Charleen that is a lovely butterfly, we don't have many spectacular ones in Victoria, if they are here, they hide from me.
Dianne.

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aussie_flower
Vic
Australia

September 11, 2012
1:51 AM

Post #9271636

Sneaking out of winter hibernation.
Well haven’t been doing much in the garden, only been taking cuttings from string of pearl plants.

Had a chain of heart self seed in the garden, interesting to see how they grow from seed, usually cuttings are so simple I never bothered, but I now have a little seedling I will be seeing how it gets along.

Have a few “karaka black berry” little seedlings
They are supposed to have super long fruit.
I germinated the seeds like I do with all berry cane plants that I grow, in a polystyrene box with, old mushroom compost kit from previous season mushrooms, sandy loam and cow poop.

I also ended up chucking a few strawberry fruit in the box too, the plants always suck up to much water in winter and most of the fruit goes soggy quickly if left on the bush, so chucked the fruit on the surface and now I have a few “sweet-heart” strawberry seedlings growing in my sprout box.

Does anyone else grow strawberries?
I have tried growing other strawberry plants from seed and nothing grows as good as the “sweet-heart” type, they grow and fruit from seed within 12 months and they require very little water in summer, and mature plants can fruit twice a year.

The Lilium’s are starting to put leaves up :)

Have been enjoying all the freesias that are flowering at the moment, I love the granny type the best; the smell is amazing with mass plantings.

Planted a few lettuce and crimson broad beans seeds, tis the season.
Did very well from the crimson broad beans last year so I am sticking with that type.
Saved a whole brown paper bag of seeds from last year so happy to share seeds if anyone wants to try them.
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 11, 2012
3:13 PM

Post #9272242

Good morning everyone.
Cloudy this morning , but I hope it will stay fine . Yesterday was a busy day.
I was able to get lots done getting brugs moved and potting a few others. I was able to use my little converted shopping trolley for all the hard work.
A bag of potting mix sits nicely in the plastic container we have on it. The large pots fit too.
Makes life much easier as it fits along the garden paths.
I think I mentioned it ages ago. Just one of those cheap little 2 wheel trolleys from the reject shop.
Take off the material part and you have a nice frame to fir a plastic box on..

Sounds like you were busy aussie-flower.

Hello Dianne, you have lots of birds too.
I love sitting around and watching their antics.

Karen, sad to hear about your elderly relative. Its hard to lose a loved one .
Did you buy that boat while you were in the "upper class"area ...lol

Hello Chrissy, hope your day was enjoyable too.

Hello Teresa, Anthony Moon and Al.
Charleen, Cookies for Charley out the back, pat those furry ones for me.

Hello anyone else popping in .
I need a cuppa.
I have been helping hubby find the new water leak .
We had to get the plumber in to fix one yesterday and now it looks like there is another one.
Thats the trouble with having private water lines. They were put in years ago and one has no idea where half the darn pipes are.
We have to contend with leaks in our pipes and the main lines which run through paddocks.
The water board people will not fix any private line leaks whether on our side of the meter or theirs.
So we, get the plumber back..
Hope he can fix this one quickly.



Enjoy your day and have some of this ...Coffee Cake..

Jean.

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2012
3:26 PM

Post #9272264

Nice boat Karen, let me know when you want to take 'er out. I'll fix breakfast for all on board.

We're back home safe and sound finally, seen enough lighthouses for a while. Stopped by to see Becky, Jason, and the babes, all doing fine. Little Livy was happy to see us back in town. Looks like I've got lots of work to do in the garden. I think we have enough tomatoes to make up one more batch of spaghetti sauce before season is over.

Al
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 11, 2012
3:38 PM

Post #9272278

Welcome home, Al. A cooked brekky sounds good to me. Imagine the amount of fuel that thing must consume!

Jean there was one there going for a cool 9 million, but I don't know which one it was. I suggested that we could get one each (Barry and I) but he had his eye on something at the time and it went over his head. His family are boat builders so he is very interested in the subject.

Aussie flower, I have a lemon tree growing in a large pot, and I put the pink flowering strawberry plants around the base. Have since found out that lemons do not like any competition for food and water, so have to move the strawberries out of there. I don't do much gardening due to rock hard clay pan conditions. I just can't dig it, so everything ends up in pots.

Dianne, apparently birds only fight if there is not enough vegetation to feed all of them. Otherwise they just keep out of each other's way. They've just been discussing it on a bird forum I'm on.

Good morning to everyone. Hope this day continues to be as beautiful as it is at the moment.
Karen

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 11, 2012
3:43 PM

Post #9272283

Jean, some one always got their hands out for our pennies, whether we have them or not...
The furbabies and I went for walk. Here comes Charley and the donkey kids to see what we are doing.
This was a sweet picture of Charley and Annabelle.
the pup wanted so much to check them out but I was afraid they'd hurt him. Nothing is Sacred to these fellas...
On the way back up T Bo Was trying to lead his Uncle Kaluha by his rope. Kaluha likes to run off and I worry ab out him...
this puppy got a big mouth. He loves to chew on Kaluha. they are both puppys, Kaluha is a year old...
Hugs and nuzzles to all...
Loved your pictures...

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 11, 2012
5:36 PM

Post #9272422

Al, its always nice to be back home . I bet those tomatoes will soon disappear into more sauce, Sounds good.

Karen, we could have gone half each on the boat...lol
It would have to stay moored though, I dont go out on the water , I prefer to be on dry land.
Dont know about birds fighting over not enough food.
I have plenty of flower food here over nearly 2 acres. How much land would the cheeky wattle birds want?
I watch them and they deliberately go out of their way to look for the New Hollands.
They will chase them for ages and really make life hard for the little fellows.
Maybe I just have a group of nasty ones. They even abuse us when we get near some of the bottlebrushes.
As if I want to eat nectar...

Have to go, huuby wants to go over to Coleraine.. We are now putting in a whole length of new pipe so we can keep an eye on it for any leaks.
Shouldnt be any as it will sit on top of the ground. Our main trouble here is the clay soil which shifts and stretches the pipe and joins as the ground dries and contracts .
Jean



dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 12, 2012
1:23 AM

Post #9272776

we had a shocker last night, rain, hail, gale force winds, sleet & snow!!!

Today started wet & wild but was sunny by late afternoon, bitterly cold wind blowing & supposed to be frost in the morning.
Got to love the spring weather;)

DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 12, 2012
2:31 PM

Post #9273307

Good morning. Another beautiful Spring morning, but with a bit of a nip in the air. Its supposed to get into the high 20's today, so I guess it will warm up quickly, outside at least. I'm off to Bunnings today to look for a short handled screw driver, a stumpy one. Barry did tell me what they are called but I've forgotten. I know what it looks like though so shouldn't be a problem.

Jean, I'm a land lubber too. I get seasick and even a big boat wouldn't work for me. You may be right about the birds just fighting for the territory. I don't get the small birds here anymore, sadly. The bulldozers took out all the understorey vegetations, and all I have left are the lorikeets, crows and mickey birds. We really are such a destructive animal with no regard whatsoever for our precious wild life. Even my possum has disappeared just lately. They may have destroyed her home (or even her) when they took down the big trees across the road to put the units up.

Teresa, you get more than your share of weather changes there, don't you. We are desperate for rain here and would even welcome a storm as long as it brought the wet stuff with it.

Charleen, Love your mules and dog pics. Those pups look so cute together. I once had a small corgi cross that tormented the neighbours staffy X something big. It had a mouth that would swallow my BJ whole if it wanted to. It could practically step over the fence, and when BJ went too far, it would, and take BJ in his mouth and roll him over the ground good and proper. But he never once hurt BJ.

Correct me if I'm wrong. I'm trying to remember this old saying my father used to repeat. "Sunset night, sailors delight. Sunrise morning, sailors warning." Is that how it goes? Anyhow, I took this early this morning before the sun got up behind the trees. Once it does, I don't see it again until midday or so.

Have a great day.
Karen

Sunrise over Logan.
Artistic "eagle" at Berrinba Waters.

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 12, 2012
2:45 PM

Post #9273314

Good morning everyone. Its freezing here this morning after a night of heavy rain. 5C at the moment.
The sun is trying to get out from behind the clouds.
Hopefully the weather will be a bit warmer when we get over to Mt Gambier today.

Karen, that artistic eagle looks better than some of the "art "we see being placed around the cities these days.
I do wonder what some people are thinking when I see some of the rubbish we are forced to live with .
You should see the new hospital being built in Coleraine ( about 20 mins from here )
The building looks like it has been put together by a committee of children.
Then again, maybe children would have done better.
I call the new public toilet block , the septic tank, because thats exactly what it looks like only giant.
This is right on the main road through town . The water tank is a smaller version of it. All painted dark grey
The garden so far is just starting but looks like being as it was before when the area was a tourist thingy. Odd looking gum trees and grasses.
You know, the usual yuppie thing... the ugliest native plants ...
Dont people ever look at the beautiful native plants we have ?


Better stop and go put something out for you all for morning tea. We are off shopping in Mt Gambier today

Hello to everyone and enjoy your day. Hope the sun shines for everyone.

Here we are, yummy morning tea...Chocolate Coconut Cake.

Happy day . stay safe
Jean.

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

September 12, 2012
3:37 PM

Post #9273361

Good Morning...just in for a quick hello.

Jean, I think you will have true Spring long before we have any really cool weather...still pushing around 28-30C here.Enjoy your shopping day.

Karen, the old saying: Red sky at night, Sailor's delight. Red sky at dawning, Sailor's take warning. Nice sunrise pic.

Hope everyone has a pleasant day.

Moon

Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 12, 2012
3:57 PM

Post #9273373

This is similar Karen,
Red sky at night, shepherds delight, red sky in the morning, shepherds take warning...
Beautiful if cool morning here,
Have a good day, Jean...you might find a new garden centre.

We had a native plant specialist at our garden club yesterday, he has is nursery a few km up the road.
Some of the work he is doing with grafting is amazing...we really don't get to see the best of our plants in our home gardens.
He must have bought 50 plants with him and they all sold...Beautiful things that we hadn't seen before...and because I'm not familar with them, I can't give you their names, but they were types of Grevillea with flowers all over them, all vast improvements over the ones we see.
He is selling his property and going back to the Grampians. he said that the rates were killing him, that I can believe.
This is his website, but it's not a true indication of the plants that he has...
http://www.vaughansnativeplants.com/sales.html
No, I resisted, but Ray was smitten with the plants...where to put them though...so we came home empty handed..
Dianne
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 12, 2012
10:54 PM

Post #9273711

Well, I'm home and sitting down for a well earned rest.
We did a lot of walking around at Mt Gambier.
Went to the new shopping complex first. Its big . Not as big as some of the huge ones in cities, but very large compared to what is usually around in country cities.
I always liked going to Big W in Perth and have not been to one in so many years. We wandered around in this one for quite a while checking out things.
I bought a new hand digger for the garden.
I also found a kitchen utensil I have been looking for , a nice spatula for stir frying.
A few plastic containers too. We had lunch at a chinese eatery in there.
You take a plate of the size you want and help yourself to all the yummy dishes.
Very tasty .
We then went over to Bunnings , bought a few garden things and then back into central Mt Gambier.
I had to have a look in the cheap as chips shop. Always some sort of bargain there.
We had a lovely warm sunny day and enjoyed seeing lots of birds in all the large areas of water laying around.
Saw a pair of swans with babies. So cute and I didnt take the camera.

That old saying has been around for so many years. I remember my gran telling me as child.
I used to look for the red sky to see what was going to happen.

Dianne, you didnt buy a plant ???
Well nor did I today, so we are both good.

Chrissy, thank you for the seeds.
Going to have a cuppa now and put my feet up.

Jean.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

September 13, 2012
10:30 AM

Post #9274070

This is so cool...had to share...one of Australia's newest un-named species(no scientific name) Darlington's Peacock spider.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-nmeYirsvA&feature=em-share_video_user
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 13, 2012
2:38 PM

Post #9274260

Good morning everyone. The sun is shining after rain during the night.
I hope it stays fine and gets a little warmer.

Moon , that is a beautiful spider. How patient photographers have to be to get some of the wonderful pics we see.

Hope everyone is getting some lovely weather and enjoying their gardens.

Al. you will be relaxing and reliving your wonderful trip.

Charleen, we saw 3 very cute donkeys yesterday. I was thinking maybe yours had come over to us for a visit.
Didnt see Charley anywhere though.

Hello to Dianne, Teresa, Karen , Chrissy, Colleen and Anthony.
I am off to get ready for a day in Hamilton. I will do all my major food shopping today. Didnt want to spoil a day out yesterday by runninga round doing our normal shopping.

Keep safe everyone and enjoy this ...Chocolate Butter Cake

Happy day
Jean.

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themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

September 13, 2012
2:56 PM

Post #9274275

I have a rather "soft" spot for the jumping spiders...with their eye configurations they remind me of tiny dogs and other mammals.

Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 13, 2012
2:58 PM

Post #9274277

What a pretty little spider, thanks moon, then I made the mistake of looking at a Funnel web vs a Wolf spider, bad decision...couldn't watch the end...
Hail here this morning, very cold too...
Dianne.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

September 13, 2012
3:01 PM

Post #9274281

Funny, I find that i am also usually sorry when I wander to other links on sites like that...grin

Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 13, 2012
3:01 PM

Post #9274282

Error...sent the next one twice, well half of it...must have been a huntsman going by..lol

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Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 13, 2012
3:05 PM

Post #9274284

Moon, we called our tiny jumping spiders, 'monkey spiders'...that way the kids were never nervous of them.
The same with 'Daddy long legs'..
We couldn't think of anything to call the "Huntsman" except 'very scary'...

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

September 13, 2012
3:34 PM

Post #9274311

Grin...with the Huntsman, the words Run like the wind come to mind...
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 13, 2012
4:04 PM

Post #9274337

Its a goodly brisk morning here again. Bit of a cold wind blowing. But it will warm up. I'm going to do a bit of bird watching today, then off to lunch with Barry.

Jean, That "Man with eagle" art is made of stainless steel, and the wings are solar powered and move as if flying. It would have been an expensive piece, but I've always loved it. I agree though, you do see some pieces around and wonder ...

As I was wandering around Berrinbar Wetlands I was worried about snakes as they are on the move now, but instead I was shocked to come across a very large, healthy looking guinea pig. An escapee from somewhere that has made itself at home in the grasses there.

Moon, and Dianne, Seems there are some variations on the red sky saying, but that is great that people still remember it. With the beautiful dawn we had I don't understand why it didn't rain :). Actually, I think the smoke from the fires is causing the beautiful sunrises and sunsets at the moment.

Dianne, if only I could have a garden like that one on your like. We do have some magnificent natives and we don't see nearly enough of them. Nowadays the greenies are advocating not only native, but indigenous as well. Too many places don't have any bush left to know what is indigenous to the area.

Moon, that Peacock Spider has the most amazing courtship ritual. Love his "dance" too. I'm not a spider lover at all. My house is overrun with spiders at the moment, juveniles whose parents probably laid their eggs in my ceiling. With all the cracks and gaps in the house, they get in too easily. Barry catches them and puts them outside, but if he's not here, they end up being sucked up by the vacuum cleaner. They get too big and scary to be left running about the house. I don't mind the daddy long legs in the shed as they keep away the redbacks.

Have a lovely day.
Karen






themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

September 13, 2012
4:10 PM

Post #9274343

Karen, I find it fascinating the way the peacock spider is able to raise and lower his abdomen to display. Nature is full of peculiarities...man being the oddest...grin

Oh, I found this link...

http://www.rhymes.org.uk/red_sky_at_night.htm
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 14, 2012
2:20 AM

Post #9274700

Hello All,.bbbbbusy Saturday- fill you in tomorrow-Anthony[stay safe]
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 14, 2012
2:42 AM

Post #9274705

that spider is stunning...
I like spiders, always have.
I used to catch them & show my younger brother, he was not so keen.
I could be a mean big sis & would pretend to have a spider & chase him all around the house.
Had a lovely day here, frosty start but sunshine & not too windy.
Meant to be wet for the weekend, don't mind tomorrow as I am planning to do a spring clean.
Sunday I'd like fine for dog club & for a family get together in the arvo.
If it is warm enough it would be nice to sit on the deck for drinks & nibbles but looking at the forecast I can't see it.
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 14, 2012
3:07 AM

Post #9274708

Family? -thats right, I remember them now!
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 14, 2012
3:00 PM

Post #9275284

Good morning everyone.
Its raining here again. I had plans for today so I hope the rain goes away.
I want to repot more of the larger brugs and have a few paths to clear.
We are also hoping for the ground to dry out so the rest of the water pipe can be finished.
After getting the initial leak fixed, there is an even bigger one that has popped up.
We have a new pipe laying on top of the ground now which totally replaces the whole of the old one.
Goodness knows where any more of the old pipes are. It seems that back in those days of farmers etc "do it yourself "work, things were just shoved anywhere.

I am pleased with the work I have done on the weeds with Roundup. I have been able to keep on top of them this year .
I can actually see all the bulbs etc which get choked by weeds some years.

I see my first tulip out and the ranuncs opening. .

I must confess Dianne, I forgot that I did buy plants at Bunnings on Thursday.
I had forgotten the pack of liliums I bought. There are 15 bulbs in the pack which was reduced to $7.
There were 2 sorts,. pink and white. I bought the white . Now to plant them .

Hello Anthony, are you busy getting ready for all the shows coming up ?
I expect the vortex is getting rather large by now.
You will need GPS to find your way around it.

Teresa, hope you are getting some better weather. Sugar sounds as if she is growing up now and behaving with more decorum.

Karen and Colleeen , hope all is well with you both now.

Chrissy , my brugs are starting to look like they are enjoying spring.

Moon, isnt it funny how we all remember some sayings . It seems all our rhymes etc are passed down through many ages.
Saw an interesting article years ago on the origins of our well known rhymes and sayings.
It seems they all have some basis way back in the distant past when people needed to have some sort of explanation for things going on around them.
The most well known being Ring a Rosie , based on the epidemics in the past..

Hello Sue if you are looking in.

Charleen, give all your furry friends a hug and a pat for me
Hope you are enjoying some lovely weather. Your garden should be still looking very pretty.

I am off outside to see what I can get done without getting wet.

Maybe planting seeds in the greenhouse .

Enjoy the weekend and here is a treat for Anthony and Teresa. I forgot their birthdays...

Happy late birthday to you both. ...
Jean.



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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 14, 2012
3:20 PM

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Oh Moon, thank you for that link about the red sky. It is great to know the history behind these old sayings. And to think that it was used by both shepherds and sailors!

Anthony, great to know you are keeping busy. Keeps you out of mischief. But don't overdo things, y'hear! As for family, it amazes me how some stay close and others don't get in touch for years. My own family is one where individuals and family units seem to drift far apart. I'm a hermit type myself but thanks to facebook I do have some contact with siblings.

Jean, you do seem to get a lot of rain there. They are predicting some for next week here but that doesn't mean we'll get any where we are. Unless its really wide spread, we generally miss out. The only rains we seem to get in drought times are from the summer storms. And thanks for asking. I am really doing very well at the moment. Able to walk again through the bush with my camera - heaven!

Teresa, hope you have a lovely day and that the weather does what you wish it to do for a change.

Take care.
Karen

On a walk yesterday at Mt. Cotton, the grevillea flowers were out and every one of the trees was busily alive with tiny little Scarlet Honeyeaters. So precious. I've never seen so many at once. Many were youngsters.


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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

September 14, 2012
4:11 PM

Post #9275368

Good Morning to you all.

Karen, you are most welcome. As Jean was saying it is so interesting looking into the origins and history of things so common to us today. I love folklore and word/phrase origins.

Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Anthony and Teresa.

Hope you are all have a pleasant weekend.
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 14, 2012
9:31 PM

Post #9275655

Thanks Mooner,I forgot it myself!..Thanks Karen, yes Im trying to go easy-if I push it too hard, I go' woozy'.I like the peace, the phone never rings [unless its indians]the carpet stays cleaner with less traffic, no one answers me back[except cocky].,.,Anyway, Ive been at 'The All Saints Church Daffodil Show' [they have a website]- I entered a couple of mini's and an 'art sculpture'.Its a great show with a great atmosphere,great people and the old church schoolhouse is 'chocker block' full of 'anything daffodil'..

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 15, 2012
2:33 AM

Post #9275706

nice daffies Anthony.
I especially love the second & third ones in the line up.

We had a mild day with some rain, I managed to get a few pics in the garden.
Hubby arranged for a tree to be cut down, it was dying & posed a risk to the power lines & anyone near it if it should topple.
Looks quite different out front now & I will miss the brilliant foliage - it was my Robinia freesia that was cut down.


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g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 15, 2012
2:43 AM

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Check out the ATP website...Who got No 1 plant of the week?ME!!!!!!! A Dahlia-called 'Mauve Cricket'-what a great weekend its been!Dalf, that American man ,'Kirby Fong' is at a daffodil show'right now' in NZ.. dont know where, 'maybe you can tell me'?-Anthony
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 15, 2012
3:30 AM

Post #9275722

Anthony,
this might help...

http://www.daffodil.org.nz/showinfo/calendar.php


g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 15, 2012
3:46 AM

Post #9275726

Thats A lot of shows !!!
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 15, 2012
3:52 AM

Post #9275727

still on daffodils...
this is a nursery down south from me.

http://pleasantvalleydaffodils.co.nz/index.html
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 15, 2012
3:55 AM

Post #9275729

lol - so are you planning your holiday to tour NZ daffy shows yet Anthony?

I should try & look in on one in ChCh, nice to see them in the flesh so to speak.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

September 15, 2012
9:32 AM

Post #9275894

Good Morning

A chuckle for you today...someone loves jam pastries...maybe a bit too much.

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 15, 2012
2:59 PM

Post #9276116

Good morning everyone. Its overcast again and looks like being as yesterday, with showers most of the day.
I did manage to get some repotting done and moved a few more pots around.
I planted some tomato seeds in the greenhouse. They will go out later when the weather warms up.

Anthony, you will have to do a daffodil tour around the place. So many lovely blooms to see. You will need a new area for all the ones you will end up buying.
Glad you have Cocky to supervise.

Moon, dont you just love that possum ?
He knew a good thing when he found it.

Teresa, be careful going to any daffodil shows. You will end up with so many you simply "must have "...lol

Karen, I am very happy to share my rain with you. I do not need so much , but then once summer comes and everything is dry & brown, I will need it back again.
We gardeners are never happy.

Hello Dianne, I hope your garden is doing well despite the weather.
How are all your pretty flowers doing ? I have one anemone out .
Still heaps of daffies looking bright.
Pity the rain bows them down so much.

Hello Chrissy, Colleen & Sue.

Al, how are you enjoying being home again ?
I bet you are already planning the next trip.
Lovely to see all your pics as usually most of the US we see on TV is the same famous areas.
Very nice to see the more out of the way places.

Charleen, hubby love the little donkeys we saw last week . I was busy looking for Charley , but no mule in sight.

Give those darlings a pat for me.
I saw an American bulldog yesterday on TV.
It had muscles like Arnie Swartzenegger. Very lovable face though.
I didnt realise they grew so tall. I was picturing something shorter like the British bulldog.

Hello to all those looking in.

Better move and see whats for morning tea...Chocolate Peanut Squares.
try this

Happy day
Jean

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2012
3:55 PM

Post #9276148

Sorry, I've been recovering from a minor stomach bug, haven't had time to organize my photos just yet. I'll get back later.

Al

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 15, 2012
9:50 PM

Post #9276359

Sorry to hear you haven't been well Al, hope you are feeling better now.

Looks like everyone has been busy outside too, just waving as I pass by ...back later when the crowd is having some tea and bickies ^_^ ...hope you have all had a wonderful weekend in your gardens. We really need that right now don't we.

chrissy
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 16, 2012
1:41 AM

Post #9276402

Not the case ,Jean!!-the big ones are going, and just miniatures to look after..Its a lot easier going to a show with 1 tray of miniature daffs, than 3 boxes of standards,.,.and nobody seems to be taking on miniature growing.. The public seem to love them!
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 16, 2012
2:53 PM

Post #9276870

Good morning everyone. The sun is just breaking through the fog. Yes, fog.
After a cool showery day yesterday , now we have fog.
I sat in the greenhouse and planted all my brug seeds yesterday.
It was so warm when the sun was out between showers that I had to have my jumper off.
It went back on quickly when I came out of the greenhouse though.

Today I am hoping to do a bit pf clipping along the paths. My shoulder is so much better so I can use it if I am careful not to overdo.

I must buy some tall stakes next week so I can make teepees for the climbing beans.
Couldnt find any last week. Garden stakes are hard to get here unless you just want the short 3' ones.
Its a pity that Tea Trees dont grow around here or I could go and cut my own stakes.

Anthony, very sensible idea to stick with the little daffs .
They are so very pretty and dainty as well as easier to manage.


Chrissy, its that time of year when we seem to be all out enjoying fine weather in the gardens as our plants start waking up .
I love spring when the garden is looking so lush and autumn as the plants slowly go to sleep and the autumn bulbs pop up.
Summer and winter are just spaces between them.

Dianne, how are your plants enjoying spring sunshine.
Tilly will be loving being out in the sun too.

Hello Karen. Nice to hear you are so much better and able to enjoy things.

Hello Al, sorry to hear you are unwell. I guess the body sometimes has an off day .
I see our plant shops now have their tomato plants for sale. Must be the right time to plant.
I have my seeds done in the greenhouse but want to get a few large plants for the hanging tomato bags.
I hope they all grow as well as yours did.

Hello Teresa , hope the sun has reached you too. Also hope work is going well for you.
Pat Sugar & Copper for me.

Charleen, Abigail was here this morning. I found a nice egg left near the door.
Lucky Charley didnt stand on it.
Do you ever have her sit on any ?
I used to love seeing all the little chicks as they hatched.
I had a hen that always wanted to sit on any eggs she came across so I used to buy fertile eggs of all types of breeds from a hatchery in Perth when I lived over there.
Had some beautiful colored hens from them.

Moon, hope all is well over your way. Enjoy your garden.

Hello anyone else popping in ..
I am going out to enjoy the sun.

Heres your morning tea treat...Chocolate Ginger Slice..
Happy day
Jean.

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Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 16, 2012
7:55 PM

Post #9277235

A belated birthday wish from me too, Anthony and Teresa...hope you both had great days.
The little daffs are so cute, I have Jet Fire and Tete a Tete both lovely...

Good luck with your tomato bag this year Jean, it will be interesting to see them grow.
My Boronias have been lovely this year, the bushes are large now, being 4yrs old and the perfume is lovely..
I have big bunches inside and they scent the house.
Here are a couple of pics from my garden.
The Lavender is a new one called Princess, no perfume but pretty.
Dianne

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aussie_flower
Vic
Australia

September 16, 2012
9:21 PM

Post #9277348

Hi Karen, I have a lemon tree too, it is sometimes temperamental.
When I first bought it and planted it in the ground it had gladioli planted beside it. It struggled for a few years like this till I was told lemons don’t like anything under them, after I dug up the gladioli and all its tiny bulb-lets, it put on a good flush of growth. And seems to be happy now, I think its something like 4 yrs old now, it took quite a while to harden up. Anyway when I read you post about you lemon tree and strawberries I went out into the garden and have spent 2 days clearing up around my tree, de-weeding and even got a cow poop all ready for spring now, so thanks for the reminder.
Strawberry plants are quite hardy, I have separated and divided my plants a few weeks ago, they are just starting to put new leaves on, I think they can be moved anytime of the year digging them up won’t harm them, unless you have fruit on them, you want them to ripen so you can eat them :)

Hi Jean, Fellow Victorian! I am getting ready for tomatoes too, got some super big pots out with sand and cow poop, haven’t planted anything in them yet – give them a few weeks for that, I put yellow pear tomatoes seed in a tray.

Hi Anthony, always love your flower pics, didn’t know you grew daffodils too, they look great. Cant wait to see your Lilium’s this year, I haven’t bought anymore bulbs so I wont have any new flower pics to share, but I did see a pretty one from Van Diemen, it was front page in there catalogue lilium lankon. It covered with purple spots. Pity its the most expensive lilium.
http://www.vdqbulbs.com.au/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.pbv.v1.tpl&product_id=531&category_id=86&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2

Hi Dianne, another Victorian :) your lavender looks nice, I have a pink lavender have no clue what it is called, but I think it doesn’t like frost or cold, it just looks like a few grey twigs at the moment.


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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 17, 2012
1:09 AM

Post #9277413

ohhh - that is a nice lily!
I had a browse through the other pics... some to drool over there.
My lilies are starting to come up, so exciting to see them back.
I was worried they might not return after the garden was so roughly trampled by the men working on the terrace.

Speaking of which, I phoned the insurance company - again (!!!) to ask if our project manager would contact us.
Only to be told that he is no longer working for them.

wonder if he quit or was fired?
Anyway I had an email from a manager saying that their records show that terrace, driveway & paved terrace had all been repaired.
I took great delight in informing him that the paved terrace had not been touched & the repairs to the front terrace & concrete pad by the garage were a great disappointment seeing as they were different heights to the original - we can't close our gate properly now, Baz is really worried that Sugar will figure that out & escape.
Wonder what the reply will be - and how long it will take before anything is done.
We are still waiting on news of the repair to the chimney - it is bitterly cold here, I have the heaters up full & 3 layers of merino on & am still cold.

still, the weather is meant to be fine tomorrow, nothing like sunshine to make things look better :)

And I can get my washing dry - yay.
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 17, 2012
3:11 AM

Post #9277433

Teresa, never underestimate 'THE FORCE' of nature and plants..Those lilies will come back, bigger and better than ever...'trust me'',.,.I just purchased 2 ton of 'grey' highlands firewood-absolutely brilliant, now the rain is coming down and nourishing my prize liliums and all their little babies and im burning this beautiful firewood keepin warm[It doesnt get much better!]-Anthony

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Jen59
Gosford NSW
Australia

September 17, 2012
5:50 AM

Post #9277520

Hi all. First time in the tea room and looking forward to getting lots of good info from your posts. I've just started putting all my plants into the ground from the pots many of them have been languishing in for the last few years. We've just bought the house we've been renting and its time to put down roots as it were (sorry, couldn't resist that). I've been visiting some of our local plant nurseries to have a look around but it seems that they're pretty run of the mill and not very adventurous any more. Has anyone else found this? Normally Bunnings has had a few unusual things but even they are a bit of a disapointment.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 17, 2012
6:02 AM

Post #9277537

If I sit on an egg, I'd squash it!!!!
If Charley would have been there you would have seen him Jeans. He is taller than my donkey kids, they are standard size. Abigail is good a laying eggs and i got one yesterday too. I beat that Egg-sucking dog of mine to it. Dufess loves eggs. He can carry it around in his mouth til he is ready to eat it. He doesn't harm it til he is ready to eat. Very soft mouth, my Dad used to say ...
Abigail does get around. I was taking pictures of this beautiful morning glory and there she was. Hoping I'd up turn a rock so she could find some hidden treasures to eat...
Nice to meet you Jen.
Happy late Birthdays, my friends. Hope you both had great ones.

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 17, 2012
3:06 PM

Post #9278063

Good morning everyone.
Our sun is still very shy here. It did peep out a few times yesterday between light showers.
Very dull this morning and looks like more showers.
The ground is very squishy and still too wet to do much weeding.

The garden is looking nice and green with all the shrubs filling out and the deciduous trees getting their leaves.
I am intending to move more pots of brugs today and also start gathering the plants for sale at the Trash & Treasure which is getting closer.

Hello Jen, welcome to our Tea Room. A good place for a gossip and a cuppa. Tell us about your garden and what you like to grow.
I know how you feel , getting a permanent garden after rentals.
I was the same until I married hubby and finally stopped being a Johnny Appleseed around the country.

I often wonder how all those gardens I made are doing after all these years.
Probably half of them are gone now , making room for someone elses dreams.

Dianne, I love boronia. I grew a lot of different ones when I lived in Bright.
I grew them all in a trench filled with sandy soil. They thrived and the scent was wonderful.
No good here though.

Hello Teresa, you are going through some trying times . Insurance companies can be such a pain.
I hope all is sorted quickly for you .
I bet any claims they make themselves are settled pretty quick.
Threaten them with going to the newspapers . May scare them in hurrying. .

Anthony, you are right about liliums and other bulbs. Mine are totally forgotten in the ground after they die back. I always get a nice surprise when the new shoots pop back after months of heat and dry .
I planted bags of mixed bulbs bought at markets and fetes years ago.
I often find each spring that some new bulb flowers. They can sit there for a few years growing and deciding whether to give me flowers.
I have a beautiful daffodil out now which sadly has been battered by the wind . It is more than a double and is yellow and white.
Maybe next year I'll get a good pic.

Hello Kim, nice to see you here too.
Tell us about your favorite plants. What do you really love to grow ?

Charleen, I could never miss seeing Charley. He is a big sturdy fellow . All that hay he gets into. plus all the cookies he gets here.
He is so huggable. I gave him extra cookies this morning.
How are all your little projects going. What cute things are you making now ?

Hello Karen and Moon . Hope you are enjoying your gardens in some lovely sunshine.

Al , I hope you are feeling much better now. Perhaps you need another holiday to recover from the last one...lol

Hello to everyone else popping in for a chat.

Here is your morning tea treat ...Raspberry Coconut Loaf

I am off out side while i can see a bit of blue sky. Hubby wants to cut a couple of low branches off and I need to supervise as they are over part of the garden.
Not large branches, but hanging down and shading plants from any sun.

Happy day , stay safe
Jean.


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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 17, 2012
4:15 PM

Post #9278148

Anthony, I immediately thought of you when looking at these...
Arent they just beautiful ?

http://www.goldenray.com.au/

Jean.
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 17, 2012
8:29 PM

Post #9278381

Yes! Jean...I purchased a few of 'Faulls' rarer bulbs this year to breed with some of my rarer ones...Ive put them in a seperate quarentine area on the 'sunny-side' of the house until they bloom,.,.A ''BIG" welcome to Jen-I hope you have wisdom and grow liliums!!!!!!!-Anthony

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Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 18, 2012
1:09 AM

Post #9278515

Welcome Jen, yes it's a shame but a lot of the nurseries who grow those unusual things are closing...
I'm fortunate because my Bunnings still carries lots of hard to find plants...
Mail order nurseries are the way to go now in a lot of cases...like the nursery in Jeans post...gorgeous Liliums.

Dufess is such a cute little dog, Charleen, he deserves the occasional egg...

My bulbs arrived Anthony, can't wait for these to grow...I'm feeding up the doubles so they don't disappear next year.What is that one you have in your post?

Jean, those Boronias are Purple Jared, they have been terrific for cut flowers...
Al, I hope that you are feeling better now...
These little Chinese Lanterns are flowering again, my double pink is bald, but I see some little growths starting.
Dianne.

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Jen59
Gosford NSW
Australia

September 18, 2012
2:23 AM

Post #9278530

Thankyou everyone for such warm welcomes. Anthony I love liliums and had a number of beautiful ones in pots for a season but they disappeared by the next season. I put the pots behind the garden shed over winter and when I got the pots out into the sun again there was nothing there. I think they got too wet. I'm looking forward to having another go with them but would like to plant them in a garden and not in pots.
I've been a real Gemini and have had a couple of gardens on the go.
The biggest was started by my Dad for me and was really his project. He started some rockery beds but then unexpectedly moved away. I've got to say that when it was obvious that I really needed to continue with it myself or had a front yard that looked like a bomb site I had a bit of a weep, a cup of tea and then got on with it. These are the photo's of them at the beginning.. I've been very lucky as I never would have undertaken such a big job or got so much pleasure out of it had he not started for me. I've been able to get his thoughts when I email him the photos as well.

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g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 18, 2012
2:36 AM

Post #9278532

Lets just say Dianne, Its not 'Sungod or Red Velvet'.,its one of those 'in between ' freaks,.,.A 1b-c mutation.,.but it is a beauty!!!!You got your bulbs?-how rude, and I live in the same state.,[maybe mine are in the 'too hard' basket'].my pots and soil are ready- my potting bench is set-up ready ???SHOW ME THE BULBS!!!!.,.I wonder if Rod has got his yet?Hmmm!-Anthony.
Stick with us Jen, anything is possible.,.!!

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Jen59
Gosford NSW
Australia

September 18, 2012
3:12 AM

Post #9278538

Dianne I love your Chinese Lantern and am a bit partial to them myself. I've got 4 in pots (where else) but I think I'll leave them there as they seem quite happy and are almost continually in bloom. The colours they come in are fantastic and can compliment just about anything can't they? I like anything colourful Jean and am having great fun sorting out what goes where. My biggest downfall is not watering as much as I should.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 18, 2012
8:15 AM

Post #9278783

Tree trimmers for the Electric company here trimming trees. Ask them if they ever had to chase live stock??? He looked at me so funny. I told him I had 3 donkeys and a mule and I didn't want to have to go after them... while I showed him how to get in here comes Charley. It rained last night. Covered in mud. But when he backed up to fella, he didn't know what to say. I told him "Charley wants you to scratch his rump" When I did I got handful of mud and sand.
I see the man is standing down there by the gate. I hope they don't have any troubles. They are cutting the limbs with a saw and a back up crew will come in after them and clean up. They said. I still have some trees they want to take down.
Rain has slowed down but it is supposed to rain some more.
Garden Spider...

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 18, 2012
2:51 PM

Post #9279183

Good morning everyone.
The sun is out but its only 3C outside. Brrrrrrrrrr. Should be a lovely day later though.
Yesterday turned out to be warm in the afternoon so I was outside without my jumper. I spent the afternoon weeding the cottage garden area so now I can plant the salvias and pentsemons that have been waiting patiently.

Charleen, I had to laugh at the image of Charley backing up for a scratch. I hope those men are careful with the gates. If Charley gets out, I expect he will end up here at the Tea Room looking for his cookies.

We had to have our trees near the power lines , cut here too.
We were expected to do it ourselves or pay for it to be done.
I am waiting for the men to come back . Others seem to have had their trees done free by the same men.

Dianne, my little pink double lantern is in a large pot and looking good . It will flower later . I have a pretty dark red lantern in the larger kind. I may plant it out the front .
My other abutilons seem to be very good at putting down roots from branches.
I have not trimmed them for years and when I cleaned up the cottage garden I found lots of plants growing up from the long branches.
I pulled a couple more up yesterday from the one just outside the garden.

Jen , your garden looks lovely. How nice that your Dad started it for you.
Keep up the good work on it.

Anthony, thats a gorgeous lilium.
Mine are all growing madly in the ground. I have none left in the pots after the winter attack of the rodents in the shed.
I am now going to stick with keeping them in the ground if i buy any more.

Karen, hope youa re enjoying getting out in the sun up there .

Teresa, have you heard any further news on your repairs ?
I bet all their repairs were done quickly and well.
Pats for Sugar & Copper.
I hope Sugar doesnt find any spaces to get out.

Hello Al, hope all is well with you now. Not much fun being ill just after you enjoyed that lovely trip.

Hello everyone else popping in for a cuppa.

Heres something yummy for morning tea...Chocolate Cake
Always a favorite.

Stay safe
Jean.


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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

September 18, 2012
3:23 PM

Post #9279209

Good morning everyone. Yes, I'm still here but still bumbling around. I've got Tai Chi this morning to try to get my muscles to relax and let my poor old bones go back where they should be. I am a lot better and can do some things like cooking and washing and even a bit of gardening now. The dreaded broom and rake action is still out. Holidays start on Friday and John will be up for a couple of days, then my sister and her twins G/sons will be up for a holiday. They are going to stay in the caravan park because 4 little boys in the same house for a week would be too much I think. I have been trying to keep up with what everyone has been doing. Lillium time again I see. Mine are in pots and are growing every day so hopefully some more beautiful flowers this year. Jean, you should see the buds on my Epis. Wow are they going to be nice this year. The broms have just been looking after themselves and I have been cutting some of the brugs back to try to promote a bushier plant. I have some US seedling that I hope might flower this Spring /Summer. Also some coldies. Slowly getting them all into 10" pots but the trouble is I have to wait for some one to move them for me. John is going to make me some frames to make living pictures with succulents. I thought that would be easy enough for the boys and I to do together and I have lots of succulents. Welcome to you Jen, lovely to see newbies coming in. Al sorry to hear you've been crook but hope you're back to your old self soon. Not good when you go on a lovely holiday and then finish up with a bug. Well I must go, sorry I haven't been in for a while but be sure that I think of you all several times a day. Keep well. Colleen

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Annabellaaust
Sydney NSW
Australia

September 18, 2012
7:05 PM

Post #9279435

Hello all,

Hope that everyone is well & happy. Happy birthday to those whom I've mised and greetings to all including Jen59 from Gosford...just up the road from us.
Well, finally settled into the townhouse, although it was some months ago. Had family matters that took precedence over the garden for a long time. We have a 'top' garden, westish facing, that will be left to the natives, (shrubs, that is), need some grasses to fill in the blanks. The courtyard outside the lungeroom is looking quite lovely. All sides planted with lilly pilly, viola creeping into every nook & cranny, plus a few other small flowering plants which I don't know the name of. Bought a few at fetes - without labels, but they are doing nicely and growing fast. For the damp, shade areas have planted some rain-forest plants but need to hold off as we are having a two week break, (mid Oct-Nov), and there is no one to care for the garden whilst we are away...bought some hanging baskets at sale and hope to plant them out on our return. Suggestions please...North facing... I had a few broms from our previous unsunny unit @ Gosford and they are doing well. There is not much to add as the garden is in its embryonic state, and will stay that way for while. We are having some pretty warm days but the nights are cold here. We have two grey water tanks and am careful with washing products so that the plants are not adversely affected.

I've just returned from 2 weeks in hospital: had pneumonia & meningitis..then, as I was not really 100%, had a recurrence...UGH!..awful business and David was barely coping...a long drive to Sydney when disabled. He is not a 'good' hosptial visitor and spent most of the visiting time in the cafe! Then, whilst he was doing some, as he described, necessary housework he split his shoulder muscles from the bone and is in agony...off to specialist next week for consulatation and advice. Can't have surgery due to heart, medications etc..never mind...despite being 'broken' from our car accident we are usually pretty healthy, so this was a one-off...hopefully...

I've been through many pages of the tea room and see that you are all going hammer & tongs with your spring gardens. The photos are delightful and only wish that I had a green thumng. A belated 'congrats' to Anthony for his prize-winning daffs. Just love the photos of the lighthouses around the place...love them...should have all been retained, but in Australia, we didn't seem to understand heritage until recently. Hopefully that has all changed. Years ago I climbed the lighthouse in Bryon Bay, (northest point in Eastern Ausutralia) spectacul;ar views and even spotted a pod of dolphins..., I love seafood and wish that I could be there with Al...taste-testing for him- yummo.
Happy gardening to all,
So good to catch-up with everyone.
Stay well,
Keep smiling
Anna
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 18, 2012
8:23 PM

Post #9279544

Yep - I'm still here, just a bit greased out after eating two weeks worth of fabulous fried seafood. Hopefully will get back to normal soon in a couple.

It's great to see all the Spring flowers in bloom over your way. It's a beautiful time of the year when you all can plan your upcoming landscapes and await the new growing season. As for here, we're just finishing up the season and about ready to clean up the garden for Fall. I still have lots of marigolds and sunflowers in bloom, and a few tomatoes left to pick but likely to get a frost within the next couple of weeks. My wildflower patch is being invaded with goldfinch birds like I've never seen before this year, they especially like the purple coneflowers we seed planted as perennials.

Al

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 19, 2012
1:48 AM

Post #9279640

well it was just a lovely day today, I took Sugar to the park after work... so nice to have daylight when I get home!
I have the weekend off & it is predicted to be nice so I can feel a weed spraying session coming on.

I had to email the manager in charge to say that some of the pavers had indeed been re-levelled.
I hadn't noticed because the closest one to the deck is still uneven.
I can't believe that workers were here & didn't leave a note to let us know.
When I get home I let the dogs out, I don't always go out with them, if the gates had been left unlocked it could have been all Sugar needed to go on an explore of the neighbourhood.

Scary thought!!!!

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g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 19, 2012
2:20 AM

Post #9279644

Dianne- on my arrival home, on the front doorstep, an A4 box, about 6'' deep''BULBSSSSSSS"-you beauty, + they threw in 9 tennis ball sized 'Brindisi's'- woo-hoo!!!!!!!-Anthony

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Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 19, 2012
9:42 AM

Post #9280023

Looking after their good customers, Anthony...It's nice to know that some nurseries still care.
Enjoy yourself...
Hello again Anna, glad that you finally are settled and can start on your garden when you are feeling ok.
That would really make you cross Teresa...to do work at your house without notification.
Beautiful Camellia.
Jean, I'm glad that your double pink Abutilon is ok, they were so pretty last year.
Colleen, enjoy those holidays and hopefully you will be back to 100% very soon, it's been a long time for you.
I love these fluffy Proteas...and the old fashioned Diosma.

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Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 19, 2012
9:46 AM

Post #9280031

Just noticed, I didn't have to resize the pics...the first one just went thru as is..good one DG
Also just enlarged Anthony's lilium, those spots are gorgeous, they look like blobs of paint.


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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 19, 2012
3:11 PM

Post #9280371

Good morning everyone.
A dull morning here after a cool day yesterday. I was outside weeding without my jumper for a while.but it didnt lats long.
I planted the new salvias and penstemons. I will add a few more colorful perennials later.

Hello Anna, nice to see you back again. You will enjoy having that garden to play in.

Al, I have told my tomatoes how well yours did, so I hope for a bumper crop later.
I have been wondering where to put my pumpkins as its hard to find a space in the sun where they can wander about.
I have decided to put them all along the road where they get sun all day and are close to a tap for watering.
Our road is just a short dirt road off the main road. Its only about 100 metres long and a dead end. We are the only house on it.
Its so lovely when birds are about in the garden. I saw 2 small wild ducks in the bird bath here the other day.


Teresa, what cheek to do repairs without telling you.
I hope they were very apologetic.
Hope you get everything else done soon.

Colleen, glad you are improving but still take things slowly. Your garden is looking lovely.

Anthony, you may have to buy a second home for all those liliums. I see you wandering among them getting lost. You will need street signs as you make tracks around them all.

Dianne , very pretty protea. Too much clay here for them but I am not really a fan.
I love azaleas and their kin.
I think I have worked out why none of them do well here . We have a lot of calcium in our water and I think it builds up in the soil so the plants do really well at first then slowly die off. Even a lot of other plants and shrubs do the same thing. . I tried watering with rain water, but one cant keep that up all summer if there is no rain.


Better move myself and see what I can give you all for morning tea.
I am off to the doctor today for another cortisone injection. My shoulder is improving very well now and I am able to use my arm a lot more.

Heres a treat for you all...Chocolate & Rum Truffles..( not too many at once though )
Happy day
Jean.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 19, 2012
3:28 PM

Post #9280382

Good morning everyone. Sorry I've been so slack about popping in, but in truth, I've been feeling good and just don't seem to be able to sit at the computer for very long. Want to be out there and into it. Am washing today so a bit housebound until its done.

I'm a long way behind but will catch up eventually. Meanwhile welcome to our newest members. Glad to have you aboard.

Karen
ctmorris
barmera
Australia

September 20, 2012
4:26 AM

Post #9280809

Good evening everyone. It has been quite hot here today, but then up came the gusty wind and blew everything about again. The wind has gone now but it is still quite balmy. Anthony looove the lily with it's red spots. lovely. Thanks Jean. Everything is starting to look good again but it's not been what I've done this year. Thanks can go to the lovely people who pruned somethings for me. I tried to sweep out the front yesterday afternoon. Well, 3 sweep and lean on the broom another 3 sweeps and lean again another 3 sweeps and I give up. My back does not like that action. Inside I use the swifter broom and my neighbour is still coming in once a week and vacuuming right through and washing the floors for me. She has been wonderful and when I said I'd have to pay her she said she wouldn't come anymore then. There are really nice people aren't there. Last day of school in the morning and then a haircut in the afternoon and maybe fish and chips for tea. Sounds good to me, no dishes. Will pop in again in the morning for a cuppa if I get time. Have to go to the school as Branden is getting an award for something tomorrow at assembly. Good night. Colleen

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 20, 2012
10:15 AM

Post #9281126

Jean, Charley is upset with me. I told him he couldn't have any of the Rum Truffles. i don't let him eat chocolate. He thinks he can eat anything he wants to eat.
Al is right, The Spring blossoms are beautiful...
t Bo wants to be friendly with Charley but it frightens me when I see them Sniffing, never know what those long ears are thinking.
This is a Brug name Serendipity, she has been beautiful with each flush of blooms...
Morning glories, always so pretty...
Mini fairy garden and I made all the accessories...
Made the fence too...
Hugs to all.
The Guys are still working on cutting my trees and cleaning up the brush...

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

September 20, 2012
10:25 AM

Post #9281135

Good Morning..

Sounds like Spring is indeed coming to you all.

Charleen...that fairy garden is too cute. The brug is beautiful.
I have a variegated brug that decided to bloom...last year, it was IDed as a Shredded Brug...had a half dozen or so blooms that were all "torn into strips" It just put out its first bloom for this year...and looks like it may be the only bloom this year. It is in a container and only stands about 3-4 ft tall. Any ideas?

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 20, 2012
2:49 PM

Post #9281365

Good morning everyone.
The rain is back, but not so cold now.
Yesterday was lovely. Fine and warm with even the wind a bit warm when it came up in the afternoon.
I had my ( hopefully ) last cortisone injection and I feel so much more, me...
I spent the afternoon planting a couple of salvias and another abutilon in the cottage garden.
I had a helper as one of the magpies has taken refuge in the cottage garden to get away from the bigger bully ones. She gets around under my feet hoping for bugs.
For some reason , known only to them, they have beaten the poor thing since she was young, even though a couple may be her siblings.
Probably happens all the time in the wild, but because she /he has a place to hide and plenty of food , she/he survives quite well.
I think of her as female and call her Little Treasure after our favorite died.

Charleen, I love your little fairy garden. You are certainly very imaginative. I like the Snoopy letterbox.
I'll leave out some special cookies for Charley so he wont need to look for those Rum Truffles.
I saw an American Bulldog pic the other day. I dont think T Bo will have any problems with Charley once he gets all grown up. They are a much bigger dog than I imagined.
He will always be so cuddly though.

Moon, I love your shredded brug. I know there are a couple like that but I havent seen a variegated one.
I may have to come over and relocate it...lol
Try BGI as they are very knowledgeable about brugs.

Colleen, nice to see you slowing getting back to being able to do things. I know its hard watching someone do your work but a t least you have good neighbors which do help.
I like your velthelmia. Mine wont flower until about Christmas.

Hello Karen, lovely to see you are on the mend too.
We always think about you and our other friends when they are away due to illness.
Enjoy getting out and about as much as you can now. No doubt it will get very hot there as summer sneaks up.

Hello Teresa, Anthony, Dianne and Al.

I am off out to enjoy a bit of warm in the greenhouse while I plant the last of my flower seeds. It can rain but I will be cosy in there.

I will leave something yummy for you all . ...Carrot Cake

Always a favorite, Try making one with pineapple pieces or grated zucchini in place of half the carrot.

Enjoy the day and keep safe
Jean.




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aussie_flower
Vic
Australia

September 20, 2012
6:41 PM

Post #9281548

It loos a bit windy today, so I think I am stuck inside.
The lettuce seedlings have now been planted into the garden bed, they sprouted very quickly.
The first lot of broad bean are already in flower.
Not much exciting going on, although I did see leach things in the water lilies. eww
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 21, 2012
12:21 AM

Post #9281787

Well, have sat and waited for the storm (and the rains that come with it) all day but though it stormed to the north of us, and it stormed to the south of us, we just sat here in this big hole in the middle.

Karen
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 21, 2012
2:28 AM

Post #9281798

Beautiful, slow rain here, since 4 am...my fire is 'pumpin' out the warmth..,early to bed..Brilliant!!
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 21, 2012
2:50 PM

Post #9282394

Good morning everyone.
Its pleasant here again. A bit cool yet but like yesterday should turn warmer. We spent time yesterday deciding what to do with our water system now we have a brand new pipe from the meter to the house. I said to hubby we might as well get it all done at once.
The meter- house connection needed to be done by our plumber but all the rest we can do ourselves.
We drove over to Coleraine and picked up all that we needed.
All the pipe has been laid out and today gets joined to the main one.
I can now have taps where I want them instead of having to make do with what is already here. We will be able to see the whole layout without having to dig for any leaks that should occur. ( hopefully never now as the ground cant affect the pipes when they are not in it )
I will also do a bit more moving around of pots as the sun gets warmer.


Hello Anthony, glad you are getting some rain . The liliums will love it. I have a green mass coming up all over the front garden as the liliums poke up. It doesnt take them long to get taller , almost overnight.
I see lots of babies ones around the larger plants.

Karen, you sound like me when the rain was going all around us in the dry times. I hope you do get some rain soon.

Kim nice to see you again.
Its fun planting seeds then watching them come up.
I still have some flower seeds here I must get planted.

Hello Teresa, hope the weather is working well for you there. Pat those spotty ones for me.

Al, glad you are feeling much better. Must have been too much of all that lovely seafood...lol

Dianne, I see Ivoire , Topsy & friends waving to you.

Hello Moon and Charleen. enjoy your gardens while the weather stays fine. Winter will be upon you before you know it.
Charley found his cookies out the back Charleen.

Hello Jen , Anna , Chrissy and anyone else popping in for a cuppa.

Heres you treat for the day... Meringue Cake. ( lots of cream )
Happy weekend
Jean.


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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 21, 2012
4:22 PM

Post #9282455

beautiful day, frosty start so up early & sprayed the weeds.
Found volunteer sweet pea seedlings in the drive so transplanted a heap back to the garden & noticed more volunteers already there.
Also found a volunteer lettuce in the drive so up it came & into the herb garden on the terrace, very handy to pop out the front door to pick stuff to use for dinner.
Need to transplant a few more lettuce babies, want to give some to people at work.
And if they let them go to seed later they will have them forever :)

Lilies are getting bigger, found one I was worried I might have lost, bigger than the rest now - yay.
work men can keep their dirty great boots off my gardens now!!!
lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 21, 2012
5:17 PM

Post #9282505

That strawberry creme cake looks really good Jean. I walked right past a delightful fresh apple pie at our Wegmans Superstore today. It smelled so good that it almost took me to the checkout counter. I think I'm feeling better now.

Al

Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 22, 2012
1:54 AM

Post #9282756

Jean, you reminded me, Meringues...when I was at school everyone bought a pie and a meringue for lunch one day a week...you would lick the bottom of the meringue until your tongue got sore, then it would break open and inside was that lovely gooey meringue...

Well the other day when we went to Daylesford, there are food places everywhere and amongst the smart trendy ones, was a little bakery with all the old fashioned cakes...beautiful big white meringues, apple pies that would tempt Al...
I just had to try the meringues, Ray had a whopping french vanilla slice...they didn't disappoint...the meringue was all gooey inside just as I remembered, only problem was the size, it was about 4ins across...I didn't lick the base, even after all these years I remembered the sore tongue...
I won't need another for about the same length of time.
Dianne
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 22, 2012
3:25 AM

Post #9282766

Hello everyone!!,..,meetings, and now arranging the January show[its tough].I ordered some pom pone Dahlia tubers yesterday on a site called ''Country Dahlias'', as the old #*ick who promised to set me some aside[here in Tazzie] , had a brain lapse and said hes not selling any now,.,''Great, thanks for letting me know!!!!''at a time, when just about everyone has sold out. Anyway, Ive ordered some!!!Im lucky.,,.I purchased 80 lily stakes , because I think Im going to need them soon,.and probably 'many more' !,.,.,.Dianne, Sydney vs Hawthorn ,[who's going to win?]Lets hope Sydney, as everyone hates Hawthorn here in Tasmania !!!!![money grabbers].,.Lilium growth here is absolutely incredible, and with recent rain and humidity, it only gets better-Anthony
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 22, 2012
3:00 PM

Post #9283276

Good morning everyone.
A bit cloudy this morning and hubby says it will be cooler than the last few days.
It has been really pleasant to be out getting things done around the garden in sunshine.

We joined the long new piece of water pipe up yesterday.
Plumber had done the main one and we added the long extension that goes around the garden.
I am so pleased with my new taps we have put in. Before, I was stuck with using long hoses to reach various bits of the garden , but now I have taps exactly where they are most convenient.
They are also much higher now, with not being down in the ground where the pipe used to be.
So easy not having to crouch down to low taps.

Still 2 more to put in but that will be done next week.
Hubby is more relaxed too as he doesnt have to worry about pipe leaks underground.


Hello Anthony. Its annoying when you miss out on getting the plants you want.
I hope you get lots more pretty dahlias though.
I dont grow them now because of the wind. It really rips them about and spoils the whole show.
I used to buy mine straight from the Botanic Gardens in Portland where they grow hundreds for the annual Anzac Day display.
I had a lovely surprise yesterday when I found one of the little hoop petticoat daffies was smiling up at me. I thought they may not flower until next year..
Like you, I love the little ones. I must get more as they are so easy to have in pots and being small, dont get so wind damaged.

Dianne. we have a lovely cake shop over in Casterton. They do meringues. Lovely birds nest ones and long finger ones. I like the soft centre too. Hubby loves them too.
It is the best cake shop / bakery around anywhere in this area.
I usually have to stand there for a few minutes taking in all the yummy sights as I make my choice.
Their pies are the best too.

Hello Al, I laughed at you walking past the apple pie.
Next time you will be feeling totally well and indulge.
One is entitled to a bit of a treat when out .

Hello Teresa, isnt it lovely when your plants self seed ?
Glad you have your liliums coming up too. Hardy devils.
I often look at our rock hard ground in summer and wonder at the liliums sitting down under there.
Hope Sugar is behaving well.

Hello Charleen. I am getting used to patting Charley each morning here as he waits for a cookie.
Saw some cute little donkeys again the other day.
Hope all is well over your way.

Moon, how are things in your area ? I hope the weather is being kind to you. .

Hello Karen, and everyone else popping in.

I am off outside to tidy up all the hoses I used to have laying around the paths.
Now my new taps are in place I can dispense with most of it.
I use the retic hose around the gardens near the house so just have to hook them back up. The main paddock area looks after itself now.
A word of advice on trees...dont ever plant an Ash tree. Hubby had one here and I foolishly planted a couple of seedlings from it. Now they all self seed so much there will be an Ash forest here in the future.

Better see what is in the kitchen for morning tea.

Here we are ...Warm Cinnamon Rolls..

Happy day
Jean.

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Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 22, 2012
4:33 PM

Post #9283340

Beautiful early morning then the temp dropped and the winds came up...
It is very cold now...
Anthony I was hoping that the Crows would win too, poor Sando...but it was a great effort, there is a lot of talent in that team...Do you hate the Hawks because you barrack for Carlton or because they are the Tassie reps?...
We will watch the VFL final today, the Cats play Port Melbourne...should be a beauty.
That nursery Country Dahlias is the one that we go to each year, it's just a 30 minute drive from Geelong.

Glad that you got those taps in Jean, it saves your back...that Anzac day display must be wonderful, all those Dahlias...
Have a lovely Sunday all..
Dianne.
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 22, 2012
5:24 PM

Post #9283390

Good morning. Just popping in for a cuppa. It is such a beautiful morning we are getting ready for a nice Sunday drive, complete with cameras. Guess it will heat up soon though. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.
Karen

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 22, 2012
5:40 PM

Post #9283402

another frosty start but beautiful morning for dog club.
Sugar was mostly good, did a couple of things we have never trained for & she was almost perfect.
I think knowing that she hadn't done it made me work that bit harder & she responded.
I'm supposed to be backing up my hard drive so I can upgrade the laptop to Windows 7...
and I want to dig up the lettuce seedlings for my work mate.
But right now all i wan to do is sit here & surf the web, or maybe have a nana nap...

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 22, 2012
5:49 PM

Post #9283418

30C today ...have a great Sunday everyone ! Sun Sun Sun ...here we come !

chrissy
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 23, 2012
2:28 PM

Post #9284162

Good morning everyone.
Very nippy here this morning, but the cold wind from yesterday has not reappeared so far.
It was a showery day too. I did manage to get a bit done but today should be much better.
I am just fixing up the final joins for the retic hose I use around the house gardens .
Once the joins are all back on , I will be right for summer.
Lots of beans & snow peas popping up now.
I have corn for later planting. Maybe a few Chinese cabbage.

Hello Karen, , such a pretty parrot. Ours are mainly crimson rosellas but lots of grass parrots seen along the roadsides. . Glad to see you out and enjoying things.

Teresa, Sugar must be getting very good by now if she managed doing new stuff.
Hope your repair problems are being fixed by now.

Hello Dianne, yes the Anzac display at Portland using the dahlias is wonderful. It has been going on for a very long time.
The blooms are picked and pegged in the ground to make large displays of the various RSL badges and flags. There are white crosses that surround the whole thing on the large lawn area .
I did take a pic years ago but cant find it now.

Hello everyone else popping in for a cuppa.
Al, Moon, Charleen, Colleen, Chrissy, and Anthony.
The sun is coming out so I am off to see whats going on out there..

Heres your morning tea nibbles. ...Raspberry and Coconut Loaf.

Happy day. Jean.

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Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 23, 2012
2:54 PM

Post #9284181

Morning all, sun is out...hooray.
Very pretty parrot, Karen.

I have a bird pic too, every morning when Ray comes back from feeding Mick, he puts the feed bucket
underneath the car and 2 little birds are always waiting for him...
A little female sparrow and a male Superb wren...we think that it is really a romantic meeting place for them.
She hops in the bucket and collects bits of seed and he waits for her...i don't know if they talk to each other but they certainly are very chummy ...if you look closely she is on the bucket.
Lovely to watch them every morning...
Dianne.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 23, 2012
5:35 PM

Post #9284328

Dianne, makes me wonder what's going on in nature with two birds of different species sharing time together. I got a pic recently of a male red backed wren trying to court a female superb fairy wren. But its lovely to see them all getting along together instead of the usual territorial fighting.

Jean, is great you are getting the garden watering made easier. If I could water my 'gardens' here (I can't due to water restrictions) it would take at least 2 hours just for a suburban block of land.

Chrissy, the days are so lovely now. I am not looking forward to the summer heat though. If it would just stay like this I'd be happy.

Teresa, it sounds like Sugar is shaping up to be a real champion. Hope you just had a lazy day yesterday. Sundays should be spent however you want them to be spent.

Did our drive around Rathdowney and Mt. Barney areas yesterday. Didn't see any fires, but it was so hazy from smoke. Took some random shots of the views.

Karen
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 23, 2012
6:02 PM

Post #9284355

Some scenery from yesterday's drive.

1. The rugged Mt. Lindesay
2. Old prickly pear cactus in a field of very dried grasses
3. A very old disused cottage left to go feral
4. A nice rural scene
5. Nice letterbox




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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 23, 2012
10:23 PM

Post #9284521

Love the scenery, Karen, beautiful photos. The old cottage was likely somebodys dreamhouse back in the day, perhaps with a loving family and children in the playyard. Maybe even a flower garden. Or animals, or chickens there. We have old buildings like that here, too...it's a shame that they have to get old and waste away.

Al
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 24, 2012
12:35 AM

Post #9284532

love the Aussie scenery!
I also love the scent of Australia - eucalypts in the heat just epitomise the sunburned country for me.
It's chilly here again and that makes me nostalgic for the warmth of an Aussie spring...
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 24, 2012
3:08 AM

Post #9284566

you described the scent,'to a T' Teresa-Chilly here too, but whos complainin'-fires warm, thats 1 bonus,.beautiful rain,beautiful little [and big]lily stems poking out everywhere,..,Its going to be a brilliant summer[I can feel it],.The Daffies are still blooming and the shows are over.,,.Orchid show in Hobart this w/e, will have to have a bit of a squizzy!! My red limousine[95 Commodore] is on the front lawn and refuses to start[more money.],.The ute is still cruising along, luckily for Cocky, he can still travel between houses,.,The old 57 pickup is sitting in the garage, awaiting the canopy fitment, for the annual summer lily market pilgrimage..Cmon summer..Anthony

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 24, 2012
8:20 AM

Post #9284804

Dog gone, I been gone too long.
Yep Jean it is a Shredded white. I'm getting seed pods on my White monster Brug. I must have a night flying moth.
I had some snack crackers and that puppy can eat them fast as I hand them to him. My husband feeds the puppy crackers, so that is how he got started eating snack crackers. About any kind, I just had Chives and cream cheese. He loves to eat. Him and Charley are a good pair of eating machines.
Weather has turned rather cool, no air conditioners on this fine day. How about that???
Hooked my Skype back up, just have to learn to block folks that try to "flimflam me and tell me lies."
Hubby says I am too trusting. I say I'm just "too goofy!"
Take a picture of that 57 Chevy, Anthony, I'd love to see it!!!!!
Hugs and love to all...
Charleen, Charley and critters
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 24, 2012
3:03 PM

Post #9285238

Good morning everyone.
Its only 2C here at the moment.
Yesterday was cold wet & windy, but today looks like being very nice once the lazy sun gets up properly.
Hubby says the forecast is for 27C on Thursday.
I cant believe it after all the cold.
Nothing done outside yesterday I may get a few things finished today but Hubby has a friend arriving early this morning so I may not finish all I want .

Hello Charleen. I bet T bo & Charley end up good mates as they both get about looking for nibbles...lol
Love your brugs and that shredded white is so unusual.

Anthony, I like the sound of your red limo.
I had a beautiful car before I met hubby. It finally died after many years of carting me around the country.
It had been around Australia 3 times and across the Nullarbor about 4 times. It was originally a light blue Ford wagon that had been painted a dark blue on the lower half with chrome rack on top.
Beautifully done job too. Noone had ever seen any other car that color.
I was so sad when it finally died.
We do get attached to our vehicles dont we ?

Hello Teresa. I like the eucalytus smell that you get when driving through the bush too, but I definitely do not like eucalypts in the garden,
They shed contiuously .

Karen, lovely pics. I do like seeing the old buildings dotted around the country side
When travelling through Qld years ago, I was amazed at the amount of prickly pear allowed to just grow everywhere. I would have thought councils would be more strict on control.

Hello Al, I guess you would see many lovely old buildings around your countryside from the days of pioneering .

Hello to all looking in. I had better see what is in the kitchen for morning tea, then move myself . Visitor will be arriving soon.

Hers a treat for today...Cranberry Lemon Slice.

Keep warm, dry and safe everyone.

happy day
Jean.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 25, 2012
2:39 AM

Post #9285668

lol - Jean - there is a huge list of trees not suitable for suburban sections...
shame people don't pay any attention before they plant that lovely sapling.
Eucalypts get so big - and that habit of dropping big branches is a nasty one!
Silver birch - allergy central, I had one huge one taken out for free by the guys trimming excess foliage from power lines not long after i moved in here.
they were so nice, even cut the thing up for fire wood.
that was when I still had a log burner.
That wood was stored in my shed for a couple of years & burned so well when i finally got to using it.

g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 25, 2012
3:13 AM

Post #9285673

Im burning it now!!!! Highlands bluegum-dry as it comes,.,No starting at work tomorrow[ no deliveries for me] ,.Much that I can do around here, so thats a bonus!!-Anthony

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 25, 2012
9:13 AM

Post #9285990

Dahlias, so pretty now.
The boys Kaluha and Radar "guarding" their bones from...
T Bo, he doesn't guard, he eats, see Jean just like Charley...
cypress vine with old wind chimes
Durn, I posted wrong picture but still pretty. You all have a Great whatever time of day ,it is...

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 25, 2012
2:14 PM

Post #9286215

Good morning everyone.
Very windy here this morning after a lovely day yesterday.

A bit of trimming along the paths to do today.
Once spring growth starts, the plants certainly grow fast.

Anthony, enjoy your fire. I hope the sun gets to you soon.
Charleen , that T Bo is definitely a cutie.
I suppose he will be following Charley to the Tea Room later for cookies.
Love the dahlias.

Teresa, you are so right about there being a lot of choice for trees in streets & yards.
Hamilton has streets full of Plane trees which are a bad thing for anyone with asthma / hayfever, They also make large humps with their roots everywhere.
I see large eucalypts around Melbourne streets too.
There are so many beautiful smaller trees .
I often wonder at the designers, do they ever look at what the results of their silly planning will be ?

Hello Dianne, Karen, Al, Moon and everyone else popping in for a cuppa.

I have left you all some tasty nibbles for your morning tea.

Try this yummy Banana Caramel Loaf..

Enjoy the day.
Jean.


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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 26, 2012
3:11 AM

Post #9286587

I have to wonder sometimes about landscapers...
they plant trees in silly places & don't seem to think about the effect of pollen, falling leaves, brittle branches & just how big it will eventually get.
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 26, 2012
2:30 PM

Post #9287108

Good morning everyone.
After a very windy & cool day yesterday, today looks promising.
Shopping day and we have to leave earlier for hubbys blood tests.
One has to be first in line there or wait for ages.

Hello to all and I hope the sun is shining on everyone.
Looks like being an awful weekend for all the footy fans.
Rain, hail , wind etc.

Enjoy this ...Plaited Fruit Loaf...
Happy day
Jean.


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Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 26, 2012
2:59 PM

Post #9287146

Morning all,
Yes Jean, it does look promising...have a good trip...
Ray and I have the same thing to do tomorrow...
T.Bo is a cutie as are your other dogs...
Hope you had a good day Anthony...
Liliums everywhere here too, lots of things that I haven't labelled popping up...must do it this year.
It's been a very good year for Azaleas and Cyclamens...
Yesterday I put copper bands on a few things to stop the snails...be interesting to see if they work.
Its on the Cherry, Pear and Nashi, also a couple of Brugmansias.
Have a great day everyone.
Dianne.

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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 26, 2012
3:24 PM

Post #9287181

Good morning everyone. A little crisp this morning, but the sun is shining and it will warm up soon. I say, if anyone has any rain to spare, please send it our way.

My 30 year old Azalea, "Redwings", is so dry the leaves look dreadful, but it is flowering away anyway.
Some Davidson plums I missed, so some already turning into prunes.
Is this 3rd pic an Elkhorn? It was a stray seed that took hold on the pot and now more seeds are starting to grow in the pot. The pot is not strong enough to hold a big plant so they'll have to be moved eventually.

Karen

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Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 26, 2012
7:50 PM

Post #9287442

Yes Karen, it's an Elkhorn, get some tree fern and start them off on that...
Isn't Red Wings the toughest and one of the best flowerers of all the Azaleas!!!!!
I had one for years too and they seem to thrive on neglect...
We decided to walk along Geelong's waterfront today and take Tilly with us...we lasted 30 mins...the temp was 25C...It's funny but the first warm day in Spring always takes it toll, even Tilly was panting...Kids everywhere having a lovely time now that the holidays are on.`

So we went to the gardens instead...it was lovely there...lots of mothers and smaller children having lunch on the lawns and there was a group of young mothers with their babies sitting on blankets with a picnic...the babies were all lying together and having a lovely kick in the dappled sunshine...
it made me feel quite clucky watching them...

Remember the wattle bird who wanted the jam, well he was there again after the jam from the scones and cream...but something I thought was more amazing than him, was a raven who came down to the table next to us and drank the milk out of the small jug...what does a bird want with milk?
No camera...I was so sorry that I didn't bring it...I didn't even have my phone...
I love that park...
Dianne.
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 27, 2012
2:53 AM

Post #9287609

Very warm here today, Dianne,..,too hot.. I was in a T shirt, this afternoon..What does the bird want with milk?-they feed their young with a pulverised mixture of 'all sorts',.,.I moved a few seedling boxes to the rear of the house,because its cooler around the back,.everything is looking very good here for summer,..-Anthony
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 27, 2012
2:12 PM

Post #9288171

Good morning everyone.
Its quite dark here this morning. We had a bit of a thunderstorm during the night.
Not too much though. Sometimes its a good thing to be only on the edge of the weather here.
Not much rain but enough to water the plants.
Yesterday was such a beautiful day.
Its odd how we are having such opposite weather every few days.

I found no plants to bring home yesterday.
I did get a pack of bamboo stakes for my climbing beans.
I will put them in today if the rain has gone.
Its a bit windy out there too.

Dianne, watch those copper bands as sometimes copper will leach into the surrounding soil or tissue .
There are plants that dont like it.
I like your colofrul blooms. I see my Dutch Iris are opening here.
Sounds like you had a lovely day even if a bit warm.
Crows like milk. We used to see them getting at the milk bottles many years ago when milk was delivered in bottles on your doorstep. The crows would peck holes in the foil tops.

Nice to hear you are getting sunshine too . Anthony
The vortex will be looking like a small jungle by now.
Lots of lovely lilium blooms just waiting to pop out in summer.

Hello Karen, Teresa, Moon , Charleen and everyone else popping in.

Heres something to nibble on with your morning cuppa...Passionfruit Sponge ( with cream of course )

Enjoy the day and I hope any storms pass you by
Jean.




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DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 27, 2012
2:59 PM

Post #9288207

Good morning all. Another crisp morning before a warm day ahead. This is really the best time to go walking, before the heat hits but there is always too much to do before I can get away. Waiting on a load of washing then more to go in and get done before I can get away.

Dianne I've been told not to give my bird milk as dairy is no good for her, but she sees me making a cup of tea and she knows the milk is going to come out of the fridge, and she will beat me with her wings until I relent and give her a sip on the end of a spoon. Don't know if it does any harm but we've been sharing our 'cuppa' for years, as I put a few drops of hot tea in with the milk to take the cold edge off it.

Anthony, glad to hear you are set up for the summer months. It is at this time of year when we get a sudden heat wave that some of my plants burn. I get virtually no sun in winter so the plants are out to capture any stray rays of sunshine they can. They love the gentle Spring sun warmth but a sudden shock of heat is too much for them. Doesn't kill them but makes them look bad.

Jean, you'd think there would be so many plants available now Spring is here, wouldn't you? I don't dare go near a nursery as the pots of colour I am seeing in the advertising leaflets are too much of a temptation for me and I really don't have room for any more pots and they won't grow in the ground.

Dianne, thanks for the heads up on the ID. I am afraid to move them yet as I won't find out until the end of October if I am going to be kicked out of here. I think it will happen, and then the developers will move in and bulldoze down all the trees here. Nothing will survive them. So I'll let them stay in the pot where they can get a little bigger then maybe have a garage sale or something and see if they can find new homes.

Hope everyone has a lovely day.
Karen

Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 27, 2012
5:00 PM

Post #9288289

Jean, you jogged my memory...of course the birds used to peck the bottle tops...
That copper band is just like kitchen foil Jean, it comes in a 4mt roll and can't hurt any plants...The company also makes a spray that you can use for the base of plants...I haven't used the foil before, but it works so far...no snails on any of those trees I used it on...I did a test with 2 snails and they crawled on it then turned back...it's supposed to give them tiny shocks...

Karen couldn't you go to the council or someone like that and get a permanent home for yourself...
My husband has an aunt in Bendigo and she lives in a lovely unit with a reasonable back garden and a small repayment...might be worth a try for you...something similar in Queensland.

We have had thunder, lightning and pouring rain this morning, now it's starting to fine up...
Dianne.
aussie_flower
Vic
Australia

September 27, 2012
10:00 PM

Post #9288509

It’s been raining here YAY, even had heaps of thunder.
Must be because I decide to dig up some saffron bulbs!
They will be put into pots next year.

I have 5 or so Iris flower spike appearing, they look white, but will have to see.
The rocket one that flowered last year has heaps of side leaves branching from the main tuber, but I don’t see any flower spikes.
And I have seen quite a few have purple to the base of there leaves, so no guessing what the colour the flowers are.
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 28, 2012
2:32 AM

Post #9288568

I am so saddened by the pointless murder of the lovely, young, irish ABC lady.I saw her father on TV tonight and my heart went out to him..''BRING BACK CAPITAL PUNISHMENT""-a sad Anthony...I can see his defence lawyer in court''This man has had a hard upbringing, his father was taken by a 'ocean gull' 25 yrs ago and his mother perished to a plague of locusts when he was 13'',-enough said ,[Im not allowed to mention 'govt']...Orchid show to go to tomorrow in town, but Ill go to Salamanca first and get another big sausage, radishes and baby silverbeet for the birds..have a look about, then back home to weld some of my neighbor 'Brians' security fence and gate and posts, 'as long as it doesnt rain too much'..Dianne ,Hakws by 29..although, id love swans to win.,.$155riding on the result

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

September 28, 2012
8:41 AM

Post #9288861

Donkey, mule adventures this morning. Took the dogs out for walk. have to put little black chihuahua on a rope. T-Bo Loves pulling Kaluha along. He has taught TBo how to be on leash. But T Bo minds and Kaluha doesn't. He like to run up road to visit dogs there. too dangerous. I have to walk by pasture fence. when I got around to where the long ears were. Annabelle didn't have her halter on. So, Of coarse, I blamed AT.
Put the dogs back in house and went into pasture. I did my "walk About" in search of the halter finally found it. Had a parade be hide me. The donkeys followed. Charley was in his "mood" today. I found the halter by the hay trailer. I got a string to tie it back on. Halters are getting old. I was putting the halter on Annabelle and Charley wanted me to scratch his rump! Annabelle and I started backing up. sure din't want any feet flying. I finally got it on her but need to go back out and do it better... Yes, I did finally scratch his beautiful rump...
You all have a great day. Hugs and nuzzles...
katciao
Brisbane
Australia

September 28, 2012
2:50 PM

Post #9289176

Good morning all. Lovely Saturday here. Agree with you, Anthony, re that journalist. The whole randomness, criminal background and the fact that the face of evil looked so normal. The video clip brings it home..

Went to an orchid show last Saturday..wanted a big Dendrobium Speciosum Grandiflorum..haha..there's no buying one plant! There are orchid shows all over the place for the next few weeks..not game to go again!..but.I'm sure I will!

Have had a wonderful week working on the garden..parts I'm usually not game to touch!! Thinking of getting high fencing materials but that will spark an outcry so best left for now..maybe have them on hand for future "absences". A lot of treasures are still alive but a lot of things have disappeared..even compost heaps vanished!!! If they are within reach of the fenceline..or even a metre from it! I'm enjoying the freedom..like in "Malcolm in the Middle"when his family goes away and the street has their annual street party to celebrate..only I have two lots! The clivias are doing well..flowering at the moment. The epies have started. Innis Free and Born Free have done their show.

Youngest son has gone off overseas for uni break. It's really only a week but he has extended it. He went to London..from hot and humid here to 6C when he landed, a few days there, then joined a schoolmate studying in Paris, and is taking a train trip to Zurich and Frankfurt,then back to Paris, then Brussels, then seeing another mate in Singapore for four days. Not his first trip overseas but he's doing this alone. He even changed his plan and tickets as he's not doing any tours but finding his own way. We have always called him our human GPS unit, even as a little kid he could navigate us anywhere.!!! Only 20 but thank goodness for iMessage, Facebook, Skype etc..as long as there's wifi nearby, we can chat to him free. The beauty of Apple!

Hope you are all having a beautiful Spring..or Autumn for our northern hemisphere friends. Have a great day all! Cheers, Kat
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 28, 2012
3:01 PM

Post #9289185

Good morning everyone.
So far it is a good morning here. Very cold, down to 2C.
We had about 10 mins of thunder & lightning with some hail yesterday , but it vanished over the horizon .
I would have liked a bit more rain but am grateful the noisy thing went elsewhere.
Hubby always gets worried when we have thunderstorms because of all his radio antennas around the place.

I did manage to get out in the morning and plant my climbing beans.
I have all my little tomato seeds up in the mini greenhouse.
My broad beans are full of flowers and doing very well.

Anthony, its always sad when people like Jill are killed so senselessly , but it seems to be such a violent society now.
I think when we grew up through the 50s & 60s , we were enjoying the end of an era of manners, courtesy, respect and safety.
Kids could play outside, walk to the shops alone and roam around freely in the evenings.
People had those things that seem to be missing these days.
RESPECT for people and property, RESPONSIBILTY for their actions LOVE of family.
Sadly we are now a society where too many couldnt care less about any of these things.

Off my soapbox.. Enjoy your show today Anthony.

Hello Charleen. You must have had some fun looking for that halter while Charley was around. He is a big mischief maker.
T Bo will be the boss there when he grows up, but a lovable one .

Hello Moon an Al. Hope all is well in your part of the world.

Kim , you will find that Irises can be erratic with their flowering. Some will flower every year , while some like to put up new shoots and flower the following year.
Mine are growing well at the moment but it will be a while before I see flowers on most. Usually around the middle of Oct through to Dec.

Hello Karen. I only look for orphans in the nurseries . There are so many pots of lovely things in bloom , but I never buy annuals. Too much bother for one quick show. I think they are more suited to the suburban gardens where things are smaller and tidier.
I love the look of that instant color but to get any sort of show , I would need so many here.
Hope you are enjoying your walking.

Dianne, I have never seen that sort of copper foil. I dont have snails here just lots of slugs.
I just know, that of I put anything like that around here, it would be instantly grabbed by the magpies. They love stuff like that.
They are always in hubbys shed looking for things to play with.
Nesting time , they take anything they can carry.

Hello Teresa, hope all that cold is missing you. Give the spotty ones a pat for me.

Hello to everyone else popping in.

I have put out some nibbles for morning tea...Pumpkin Teacake

Enjoy the weekend
( not a footy fan these days , but I hope the swans can stomp on the hawks )

Jean.

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SolMan
Croydon
Australia
(Zone 9a)

September 28, 2012
3:48 PM

Post #9289222

Hi guys just popping on for a cuppa and to find out
If any one knows what this is
I know is a pea member also an Australian plant but that's about all
I know
Shaun

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 28, 2012
4:26 PM

Post #9289258

Cant help, Shaun, but it is very pretty.
Jean.

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 28, 2012
4:47 PM

Post #9289280

Could it be this one Shaun ?

http://www.centennialparklands.com.au/environment/trees_and_shrubs_in_the_parklands/native_broom
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 28, 2012
5:38 PM

Post #9289329

Hello all. Another fine start to the day. Rain is predicted for later, so I hope we get some.

Hello Shaun. Can't help with ID-ing the plant, sorry. Nice to see you popping in though.

Jean, I don't buy annuals or colourful pots, but don't knock them back when given as gifts. They take up too much water which is a no-no here.

Dianne, this was supposed to be a permanent home. I've been here 35 years now, brought my kids up here. The new govt has changed the rules, and thrown thousands of disabled, elderly, and sick people into chaos. Some will get coffin sized accommodation offered, others will literally end up on the streets. They'll let us know where we stand after October 31st. Tent cities are already growing around Brisbane as the disadvantaged can't find accommodation they can afford. There is so much involved, and I get sick when I think of it. I know of one elderly, chronically ill couple who are praying for death rather than have to move at this last stage of their lives. Frankly, I can see where they are coming from myself.

Anthony, I believe this would never have happened if the justice system did its job in the first place. This murderer is a repeat offender, so why was he out on the streets so he could do it again? We don't seem to have a justice system in this country. My neighbours 20 year old daughter and a girl friend were killed by a drunk driver. He was jailed, not because he killed two young women, but because he tried to leave the country! By the time his trial came around, the justice system virtually said he'd served his time, and set him free. Its so wrong! My heart goes out to the family and friends of this poor woman, and to a nation that is shocked by this tragedy. I truly hope her death is not in vain, and that this time something will be done to shake up the system and get real criminals to get punishment that will act as a deterrent to others.

On a lighter note, it is shaping up to be a brilliant butterfly season. So many flitting about now. Wish they would pose for pics more often. Such busy little creatures.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend ahead.
Karen







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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 28, 2012
6:39 PM

Post #9289379

I dont think it is the broom, Chrissy.
Shaun , your pretty plant seems to have the flowers in little bunches, the brooms, or all those I have ever grown , have the pea flowers along the stems.

Karen, I just hope all the young women out there will PLEASE, PLEASE, either go home with a friend /friends, or ring a spouse/ rellie to pick them up. Sometimes, one is not left with enough funds for a taxi.
Not my experience talking, but my daughters, who always rang Mum to fetch them if needed.

Its a sad blight on todays society when a person is no longer safe on the streets at any time of day or night.
I can remember walking alone with no fear when I was young on night shift.
I used to walk from RMIT at the top of the city when attending night school too.
If someone stopped in the street near you , it was to ask if you were okay or just to say hello.
No fear of fiends back then.
As I said in a previous post, those were the last days of the safe era.

Yes, I know predators were there back then, but not in your face like today.
It was a shameful hidden thing and we as young people had no fear of being attacked.
The odd flasher may have been talked about but that was all.

I feel so sorry for people especially the older ones who dont understand how bad it is out there now.
The younger ones dont seem to be aware enough that it could so easily be them next.


I hate where the world is heading. but we cannot stop it and it will run its course.
I see closed communities and many outcast slums being the future for a time .
Those old Sci Fi writers knew what the future was going to be.

Jean.

ctmorris
barmera
Australia

September 28, 2012
6:42 PM

Post #9289381

Good morning everyone. We've had a very busy week with relatives here. The weather hasn't been real kind but have had a couple of nice days. A windy cold day yesterday and then a heavy shower last night but all is clear and chilly this morning. If the cold wind would just disappear it would be lovely. The garden is starting to come alive now and there should be lots of flowers in the coming weeks. Do you remember the Arborea that I pollinated with Lucas' pollen, then got a pod and then planted the seeds, well I have two plants with a bud each on. I have one other plant but that hasn't any buds as yet. Dianne, Jean and Shaun I sent you all seeds from the pod. Have you got buds too? I hope so. I have sent Lucas a D-mail but he hasn't replied yet. I do hope that one of us gets something special. John made up some frames for me to make a living picture in. I have been waiting for months for them so must get busy and fill them up with succulents. It might be a way to reduce the pots of succulents and free up some bench space. I know I have too many pots but the succulents and cactus are very dear to me because that was Brian and my quest so can't just dispose of them. I'm still waiting for the council to okay the memory garden. They certainly are making a little decision into a big one. It has been over 2 years since I first approached them about it. Brian will have been gone 2 years next month and I spoke to the Mayor before that so that Brian would know what I was going to do. The cactus are all coming out with buds now, so it's not a good time to start moving them nor with the hot weather coming on as they will only be watered the once when they are replanted and then have to fend for themselves unless I go and hand water them with buckets with Lake water. I think that might be a bit much for me but you never know I might be able to get some of his mates to give me a hand. Make a day of it with weeding etc. Time will tell. Well. everyone I must go and do some things. Hope you are all well. Colleen

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Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 28, 2012
7:19 PM

Post #9289421

Colleen, I've just planted the seeds and they are tiny yet...I had too many last year...
But it's nice to know that they flower early...please post pics.
It's been pouring and freezing here...good footy weather...

Hope you get your money Anthony, my barracking for the Swannies won't make any difference...lol
Go Swans.
Dianne.
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 28, 2012
8:30 PM

Post #9289468

Colleen, I have 7 growing and they are a bit slower here as are all my brugs. Healthy though and I may see flowers next year.
Jean.
g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 28, 2012
8:37 PM

Post #9289471

Back from my outing,Salamanca was starting to pack up, well b4 noon, because of severe weather.,,.I still managed to buy the vegies, 2 pork bratwursts and sample some' Nant' $185.00 a bottle whisky-whoooo/hoooo!!'litnin'.,anyway, I staggered back to the car and went to the orchid show.,.'somehow!! an orange and a yellow Mansdevillia hitched a ride home with me!!!!!-Anthony

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 28, 2012
8:40 PM

Post #9289475

Yes you are right Jean ...I thought it reminded me of a Genista, ...been so long since I grew things like that I can't really remember.
We need someone who knows the natives I guess.

We are being blown away right now ...undoing all the good we got from the rain.

I don't get into anything Political in these forums due to the rules here at Daves.

When I first started, the posts would just disappear if you broke the rules so I don't go there.

If I get cranky about an issue I go to a suitable Blog or site and have a go.

I hope everyone is enjoying their day. Too windy out there so I am off to have a rest after a busy morning.

Take care and enjoy.

chrissy

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 28, 2012
8:41 PM

Post #9289478

Have fun Anthony ...good on ya mate !
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 28, 2012
10:06 PM

Post #9289527

Chrissy,I always try to abide by the rules anywhere and I hope noone thought my posts were political.
I was just remarking on todays society which I think would be going much the same way whatever political views were held. Its all due to larger populations , greed and plain stupidity.

I was hoping to add a warning to young people from an oldie who has been through some of lifes perils.
Even though life was definitely safer way back when, we still heeded our mothers warnings regarding bad people.

With much larger populations now, there are many more of those "bad people "out there ready to pounce on unsuspecting innocents .

The idea of our Tea Room was to be a place for friends who can discuss anything ( except political views ) that affects our day to day lives whether good or bad.
I am sure there is nothing for the DG moderators to censure.
Usually any discussion airs a few views and goes on to the regular chat.
Its healthy to air an opinion where we know we are all listening.
Going to a blog somewhere is more for some serious long discussion and how would we each air our view if it were somewhere else ?

Anyway, enough said on the subject . When in doubt , discuss the weather ...lol

Its still freezing here but the plants are enjoying the rain.

Jean.

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 28, 2012
11:40 PM

Post #9289552

I was only concerned to see actual names mentioned, I was not having a go at you Jean or anyone, just a friendly reminder that it is against the rules, I experienced it myself in 2007 ...we were removed from a forum.
General conversation is fine. Even a bit of the Old Soapbox is great. Just tread wearily re names.Difficult when people are upset, I know, commiserations.

chrissy

g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 29, 2012
4:02 AM

Post #9289626

I started this [from my heart- so let me have the final sermon!]..fact is, it happened, fact is, most of Aus is not impressed, fact is, on this website we cannot get too excited in campaining on a subject[especially when it involves a govt agency]-although , sometimes our true feelings get carried away..There is a difference between venting your feelings- and trying to instigate a hate campain,.,.emotions run high, Any reasonable person would understand that!-Anthony

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 29, 2012
6:20 AM

Post #9289715

Anthony it was nothing you said mate.

Sorry I bought it up. I won't say any more after my explanation ...you see my friend and her mother were murdered in their own home by the local Peeping Tom, who went on to become a s*x offender, and then a murderer. This happened back in May of 1964, my friend was only 14 years old. This is the only reason I did not comment previously, I have been almost sleepless from bad memories,stirred and stinging from this recent horror. In those days kids were not allowed to talk about such things, the adults never spoke of it to us, although it was headlines for a week,reporters came and got a school photo of her from me for the Newspaper.I was not allowed to go to their funeral. The person who took their lives went down to the Chinese gardens close by and shot himself, so no trial.
My friend lived only 14 years of her life, her mother a war widow, died trying to save her, it left two small children as orphans. My friend and her mother were not out on the street, they should have been safe in their own home. They weren't.

I am sure most of us have shed tears over this poor girl who was recently and murderously ripped from her life, her husband,family and future. It is an unspeakable horror.

What I was referring to the mention of a specific political name.That was the rule no- no. However rest assured, I won't poke my nose in again.
Apologies to to all the Tea House customers who may have misconstrued my post.

chrissy



77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 29, 2012
2:40 PM

Post #9290135

Good morning everyone.
No rain here as yet this morning but it does look grey out there.
The plants have enjoyed the rain even if it stops me from getting out and catching those weeds.
I now have 2 bamboo stake tepees up and my climbing beans planted.
I am hoping the beans do well so I can freeze lots for later.

Anthony, it was not you , just a chance remark elsewhere .
Chrissy , it seems, has some awful memories of her own and I do sympathise..
I think everyone has to be affected by the awful crime that has upset so many. It was so senseless and now those families are totally devastated by it.
I think we will leave the subject as it is and get on with the more mundane events that are occurring around us.

Like the darn football. I must have put a spell on Hawthorn when I said I would like to see the Swans win..lol
Now thats all over, we will be inundated with cricket and tennis.
I am lucky that I have Foxtel as I can go watch a good movie instead...

I love the animated movies like Ice Age & Madagascar etc.
I have Avatar recorded so can watch it in HD.

I have been watching the original Star Trek series lately and laugh over how we used to rave over the characters back then.
I may be getting older, but that young William Shatner still looks good to me...lol

I hope everyone is enjoying a bit of sunshine.
Karen , I will send the next lot of rain up to you as my weeds are growing too fast here. I need some sun to slow them down.

Hello Teresa, Colleen, Dianne and all those coming in for a cuppa..

Charleen, I thought I saw a small rump disappearing around the corner with Charley. this morning.
You had better watch that T Bo as I may kidnap him if he is coming over with Charley.

Moon , hope all is well in your neck of the woods.
Al, your garden will be looking a bit stark with the autumn closing in .

I see the sun here now so may pop out for a look around the garden and see what I have to Roundup later.

Heres a treat for morning tea...Black Forest Cake..

Enjoy the last of the month and keep safe.
Jean.






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Seachanger

Seachanger
Clifton Springs
Australia

September 29, 2012
5:01 PM

Post #9290278

Jean, I used to absolutely adore Captain Kirk...until I found out he wore a corset...Now when I see the old series I look for the creases...still love him though..
Last night I watched Boardwalk Empire on SBS, very good show...this is the first time it's been on free to air...

Anthony, go easy on the Bratwurst, your cholesterol will shoot up again...lol...
The seedling liliums are growing very strongly...so I should see the result of some more of your seeds this season...there are some lovely liliums that will flower for the first time, like the double ones.

I wish this cold weather would go away...though the garden loves it...
That copper foil is still working well, I thought that with all the rain we had yesterday, last night would be the big test...went out into the garden around midnight and there were snails everywhere...
Not one on the copper foil protected plants...
Strangely enough it was $4 cheaper at my local nursery than it was at Bunnings...glad I went there first. $8.99 for 4 mtrs.
Thanks for the Black Forest cake Jean...
Enjoy the day everyone.
Dianne



g_whizz
rosetta TASMANIA
Australia

September 29, 2012
5:01 PM

Post #9290279

Nobody offended me and I dont think that , all my ranting is going to change the world.,.,Have been out this a.m to a 'woeful' showgrounds market-it is really falling into a sad state..few stalls.. same stuff, week after week,moaning stallholders, lovely cigarette smoke ,making me choke as I scan the stalls.Lovely!!Ive got buds on my 'Arabian Red' oriental lilys..,'very early'-Anthony
77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 29, 2012
5:26 PM

Post #9290296

Dianne, corset or not, I loved Captain Kirk back then.
Remember having pics of our favorites on the bedroom wall. Mine was dominated by Capt. Kirk and Elvis.
Also had a pic of Humphrey Bogart. My favorite good lookin' man in the movies.
Does that date me ? ...lol

Anthony, if you eat all that bratwurst, you wont fit in the vortex..

I have liliumjs popping up all over the place. Where I moved my Asiatics from is now full of new plants popping up. Must have left lots of teeny babies behind.

Dianne, I will look for that copper stuff as it should work on slugs too.
As long as the magpies dont take a liking to it ... lol

I have more of a job keeping Mrs Blackbird from digging in my plant pots as she searches for bugs.
I have often found half the potting mix turfed out . talk about excavating.
I mostly use a piece of gutter mash or shadecloth over the pots now..
I will be planting a few small salvias in the pots this spring. That should deter her.

The sun came out then disappeared. Its cold and damp outside. May improve later so I'll stay inside for a while.

Jean
DawnSong
Brisbane
Australia

September 29, 2012
6:39 PM

Post #9290378

Chrissy, I am so sorry to have stirred up things for you. I know how it works so can truly sympathise. I have changed just one word in my original post so hopefully it is now 'legal'. I am totally devastated by what is happening to many thousands of people here, including myself, so its hard to say nothing, pretend it doesn't exist. I would get arrested if I said what was on my mind, but if I find myself getting emotional here again, I'll leave the forum as it doesn't belong here.

Jean, thank you for sending us the rain. The plants are all watered, and maybe we'll get enough more to soak into the ground and so some real good. B and I cut back some shrubs that were dying from lack of water and I am hoping that now they have had a drink they might recover.

My wisteria is getting close to finishing, but there is enough left to have me sniffing the air when I go outside. Beautiful. Seems all the red flowers are out now.

Hope everyone's weekend is going well.

Karen

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 29, 2012
11:12 PM

Post #9290574

((hugs)) Karen I hope it won't happen. I feel for you and all who are anxious over these things.
My family lost two private homes ...1st resumed for an Airport (Bankstown),2nd for a Car Park (ten minutes walk from Brighton beach).My father and his brothers (builders) built that 2nd one. We consoled ourselves with the fact that flood or fire can take your home away. Life wasn't like "The Castle" in reality.

chrissy
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 30, 2012
3:17 AM

Post #9290647

I'm back from a weekend in Auckland...
Shaun your mystery plant looks just like a NZ native Kowhai
it is a member of the legume family.

my weekend was devoted to aviation.
The newly restored Mosquito flew - the highlight of the day was hearing those twin Merlins rumble into life & see this beautiful plane fly over.
It was joined by a Spitfire & Mustang as well as another rare & newly restored warbird, an Anson.
There were several De Havilland aircraft from various eras, Tiger Moth, Fox Moth, Moth Minor, Dragon, Mosquito & Vampire... shame the Dragonfly wasn't there, it is a particularly elegant plane & a bit of a favourite of mine.
We had quite a few Aussies present, some folk from HARS in Illawarra & some from Temora.
Both wonderful facilities & well worth a visit if you like aviation.
photos - 1. hubby looking at an old Mosquito wing, the restored plane wasn't much more that that when they started.
2. De Havilland Dragon
3. Avro Anson
4. Mosquito
5. Mosquito & Vampire in formation...
the Vampire is jet powered & has the distinctive twin boom tail.

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lycodad
Hornell, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2012
7:07 AM

Post #9290824

I'm sort of an aviation nut myself, love the warbird pictures! I also love the shows and demos across the country. At one point in my early years I was a mechanic and crew chief on Huey helicopter serving in the US Army. My travels with the 1st Infantry Division took me to Phu Loi basecamp about 40K north of Saigon way back in 1966-67. That's how I got to pass through Sydney along the way. This story could go on for ever and ever...

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood yesterday, gorgeous weather for Rich (oldest son) and Kristen's wedding at a local State park. It was a small, friendly affair with only about 50 family members and friends. They were married outdoors under a beautiful red maple tree in full fall colors. The wedding meal was served inside an enclosed pavillion complete with a warm log burning fireplace. All had just a great informal get together and a wonderful time enjoying the Fall season.

Al

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

September 30, 2012
7:22 AM

Post #9290840

Congratulations and best wishes to the newlyweds. Good thoughts for a long happy life together.


Hope everyone is well and warm. Been raining here for the last 4 days.

Love the pictures Teresa.

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

September 30, 2012
8:32 AM

Post #9290899

I know we are ahead of the USA, but a little birdie whispered in my ear, that a special Friend is having a Birthday ^_^, the little birdie says that a beautiful long eared sweetie pie, name of Charlie, told it all about this birthday ...so

Happy Birthday to You♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to You ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday dear Lee, ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ ♥ ♥ ♥ Happy Birthday to You ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪...♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪...

Dear Charleen.

Hope it's very special !

chrissy

ps a big wave to all of our mates over the pond !
It's a long weekend here, so we are all busy little bees in our Spring Gardens.



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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

September 30, 2012
2:15 PM

Post #9291204

Happy birthday Charleen :)

Al, that wedding sounds perfect, one that will be remembered fondly by all those there.

Interesting that you worked on the Iroquois - my StepDad travelled a fair bit in those when he was in the NZ Army.
In fact he spent a bit of time in Vietnam as well, he was a Gunner & did forward observation based out of Nui Dat.

I am so glad we decided to take today off as well, ended up on an earlier flight home - Air NZ are so good!
We dropped our rental car off & were just going to grab a meal & hang around the airport till our fight left at 8.55pm.
When we tried to do the electronic check in we got a card saying go see check in help desk...
so we queued for a brief time & found out that because we were booking in so early it upset the computer - and our flight had been delayed by an hour so that meant hanging about till after 10 - it was just before 6pm at that time.
our attitude was 'oh well, never mind' & the nice man on the desk said hang on a minute, lets see if we can fit you on the 7.30 pm flight... and he did.
I felt sorry for Jet star passengers, they had flights cancelled & all sorts of bother.
Between the Air Show in Auckland & the World of Wearable Arts show in Wellington & it being school holidays there was very high demand for seats.
it's a nice day here, we are going to pick up the dogs shortly & then hopefully I can unwind by attacking some weeds & digging up & shifting seedlings, I love my volunteer lettuce, poppies & alyssum. :)
oh - just to prove I really was in the company of a flying legend... Baz took a pic of me - a very unflattering one but I will share anyway ...

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77sunset
Merino
Australia

September 30, 2012
2:26 PM

Post #9291216

Good morning everyone..
Well Chrissy you were up early this morning.

A very Happy Birthday Charleen from all of us and I hope Charley is on his best behaviour for you.
Dont let him near your birthday cake...lol
Its the first of the month and time we mover back closer to the road. My old legs are complaining these days .

I will take you cake over with me, Charleen , so we can share it with you.

Teresa, it sounds like a wonderful trip. So glad you enjoyed it and had the earlier flight home.

Al, our congratulations to your son & his new bride. Sounds like it was a perfect day .

Better move everything over to the new place now . Join us over there.

We have moved to here
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1282534/

Happy day
Jean.


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