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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 16, 2009
10:11 AM

Post #6274199

here we go...
setting sail for the garden show

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 16, 2009
10:12 AM

Post #6274202

the wedding garden

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 16, 2009
10:14 AM

Post #6274203

I loved the succulents in this one, the different shapes & sizes complement each other so well

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 16, 2009
10:15 AM

Post #6274205

I love this!

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 16, 2009
10:17 AM

Post #6274206

and right next door...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 16, 2009
10:20 AM

Post #6274209

interesting garden furniture
and check out the back wall - they have been looking at Sammut's garden fence:)

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 16, 2009
10:23 AM

Post #6274215

more of the High Tea Garden...
I would love a water feature like that.
The dogs would think they had the fanciest water bowl in town.
Actually I saw lots of lovely water features & hope one day to have one of my own.
I have the perfect block wall back drop

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 16, 2009
10:28 AM

Post #6274219

last one to reflect on for tonight...

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gardengal
se qld
Australia

March 16, 2009
8:37 PM

Post #6276622

I have the perfect spot for that water feature. :)

The little red succulent is interesting. Does anyone know what it is?
77sunset
Merino
Australia

March 16, 2009
9:25 PM

Post #6276758

Oh yes, Dalfyre. I see that water feature from the High Tea display would really fit right in out the back of the Tea Room.
Lovely pictures . Jean.
sammut
western sydney nsw
Australia

March 16, 2009
10:20 PM

Post #6277010

Hi ;
I really go for the sail I will have one of those as soon as I gather the materials .
the succulent garden was a wow for me, show me more really enjoying ideas are forming whate I can do in my garden .----------Sammut
shelly61
townsville
Australia

March 16, 2009
10:34 PM

Post #6277075

Teressa the photos are just magic, you must have been in heaven, please feel free to post some more.
shell

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

March 17, 2009
12:39 AM

Post #6277766

Love the pics ...I agree the succulents are beautiful.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:00 AM

Post #6278194

oh - I heard the man say what the red succulents are - he was selling them off at that stage.
If I had money on me I would have bought some.
erk - I cannot recall that name... it has been mentioned here as I recognised it when he said it.
I suspect our succulent lovers will know & hopefully enlighten us.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:02 AM

Post #6278201

more of 'I See Red'

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:05 AM

Post #6278215

and again...
I liked the kinetic sculpture - two red paddles that rotated in the breeze

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:11 AM

Post #6278236

Inside the Starlight Marquee, this was the West Coast display.
The photos do not do it justice as the flash strips out the colour.
The heaps of white stones had a light underneath so they glowed, there were pools of water with dry ice creating a flowing mist over the mossy banks, the globes also had lights that slowly dimmed & then brightened...
it was quite cool - literally as in places they had a misty 'rain' from overhead sprinklers.
Plantings were NZ natives

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:12 AM

Post #6278245

more West Coast

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:15 AM

Post #6278265

and in the next part it was a complete contrast...
Seeking Shangri-la, an 'underwater garden' using a variety of cactus & succulents.
Astonishing how like sea weeds some looked.
It was an otherworldly exhibit.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:17 AM

Post #6278272

I took quite a few pics of this garden...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:20 AM

Post #6278291

I'd like to be,
under the sea
in an octopuses garden,
in the shade...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:22 AM

Post #6278302

yellow submarine anyone?

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:25 AM

Post #6278319

quite a few pics...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:27 AM

Post #6278328

and this was above the garden...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:29 AM

Post #6278346

from ethereal underwater to a wet lands display...

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gardengal
se qld
Australia

March 17, 2009
2:31 AM

Post #6278362

Some people are so incredibly imaginative, and they've done a fantastic job too.

Dalfyre, I'm enjoying your pics far more than the majority of the 'official' ones - thankyou! :)
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:32 AM

Post #6278370

greenstone ( NZ Nephrite Jade), sculpture.
viewers were invited to touch & feel the different textures in the stone.

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gardengal
se qld
Australia

March 17, 2009
2:35 AM

Post #6278387

It's difficult to imagine the planning and preparation that must go into creating any of these gardens. Firstly, coming up with a show-stopping concept would be difficult enough, then sourcing the perfect plants and finally putting it all together to look natural all at lightening speed.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:39 AM

Post #6278407

Gardengal - glad you like them...
I was thinking of the DG members when I took the photos.
I wanted to share more than just how things looked but how I saw them - and that meant getting pics from some odd angles.
Glad there weren't huge crowds on the Sunday afternoon:)
This next pic shows clever use of borrowed landscape.
All those background trees are part of the park behind the display.
I think it would have looked odd without that bit of 'cheating'.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:41 AM

Post #6278420

something more traditional...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:43 AM

Post #6278430

pretty in pink...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:45 AM

Post #6278443

not a colour I would have in my garden but striking in a display

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:46 AM

Post #6278452

Alpines...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:50 AM

Post #6278473

I was quite taken with the unusual dainty alpines...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:52 AM

Post #6278483

more alpines

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:54 AM

Post #6278494

I think I should have been a bit further back from the display for this photo...
I loved the intense blue of the flowers

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
2:57 AM

Post #6278511

for the lily fans...
this pic really doesn't do the display justice.
And the scent - well it was divine.

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shelly61
townsville
Australia

March 17, 2009
3:59 AM

Post #6278799

Keep them coming dalfyre, they are just lovely, i love the greenstone it is awsome.
shell
77sunset
Merino
Australia

March 17, 2009
9:57 PM

Post #6281902

Dalfyre, I am just amazed at the talent and imagination. Your photos are great and certainly captured the things we all like. Those succulents look good enough to eat.
I did like the undersea effect.
Jean.
gardengal
se qld
Australia

March 17, 2009
11:45 PM

Post #6282310

I asked about Dalfyre, with regard to the red succulent, does Sempervivum ring any bells?

I can see I am going to have to track down which one it is. I definitely NEED some. lol

Looking forward to seeing more pics when you have the time.

Pam
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
5:25 AM

Post #6283580

gardengal - it did sound a lot like sempervivum...
I knew it was something I had seen on Dave's garden:)
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
6:21 AM

Post #6283668

close up of the lilies

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
6:23 AM

Post #6283671

liked the colour of these

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
6:24 AM

Post #6283674

another

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
6:30 AM

Post #6283678

Bonsai display

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
6:32 AM

Post #6283681

bonsai

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
6:34 AM

Post #6283684

from the other end

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
6:39 AM

Post #6283687

this was amazingly detailed

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
6:53 AM

Post #6283696

floral replica of the Peacock fountain

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
6:56 AM

Post #6283698

I loved the tree people playing ball

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
6:58 AM

Post #6283701

I liked this water feature

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
7:02 AM

Post #6283703

see through pond...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
7:03 AM

Post #6283706

more of that garden

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
7:05 AM

Post #6283708

a fuller view

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
7:09 AM

Post #6283710

this pod was covered inside & out with grass...
the outer shell moved so that you can have it open or closed completely.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
7:12 AM

Post #6283712

closed

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
7:15 AM

Post #6283714

more water features,

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
7:18 AM

Post #6283717

metal trees for the metal birds...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
7:20 AM

Post #6283720

I liked this

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
7:23 AM

Post #6283721

there were bees in a clear 'hive' so you could see them working away.
It was sealed but there were bees coming in from outside paying them a visit

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
7:25 AM

Post #6283724

I thought the fuzzy bees were cute

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
7:27 AM

Post #6283725

a pose many of us identify with

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
7:29 AM

Post #6283726

the other side of eh garden path

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
7:38 AM

Post #6283732

Maori potatoes

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
7:48 AM

Post #6283736

carniverous plant display

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
7:50 AM

Post #6283737

pitcher plants in the mist

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
7:52 AM

Post #6283739

more pitchers

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
7:59 AM

Post #6283741

vegie garden

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
8:00 AM

Post #6283743

another angle

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
8:09 AM

Post #6283745

The Crate Escape...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
8:10 AM

Post #6283746

a blokes garden

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Budgieman
Sydney
Australia

March 18, 2009
8:55 AM

Post #6283764

Now you have my attention a Blokes Garden. I want one of those!
Also love the carnivorous gardens but not as good as a Bloke's garden.
More pics of Bloke's garden please.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
9:20 AM

Post #6283790

it was pretty straight forward, low maintenance planting, a lawn to play cricket on.
Big screen TV & a bar & bbq :)

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
9:27 AM

Post #6283798

sculpture by the lake

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
9:38 AM

Post #6283813

further along these were on display

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

March 18, 2009
9:57 AM

Post #6283831

Just beautiful Dalfyre! Those last two looked like wine glasses. In the 'I see red' garden, I reckon I can see japanese blood grass?
In the succulent garden, the Aloe you liked is Aloe polyphylla. I like the Red succulent too and think it might be Sempervivum 'Red Delta'. http://www.canningperennials.com/acatalog/2009_Catalogue_Sempervivum__Red_Delta____387.html
Thank you so much for sharing the show with us. I didn't have to brave the crowds, get sore feet, pay exorbitant prices for food or anything!
I was amazed at the size of the greenstone sculpture. It must have weighed a tonne or 5! Imagine that hanging around your neck. I loved the gardener down on his knees, and the little spider on his back. Actually for N.Z, that was a HUGE spider! Must have been from Avondale.
Thanks again, and i look forward to more. (if you have any)
Sue
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 18, 2009
10:41 PM

Post #6286859

Hi dalfyre, It looks like a fabulous show! Thanks for sharing all these pictures.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 19, 2009
9:30 AM

Post #6288801

glad you are all enjoying the show...
I must admit when I finished at Dog Club I was tempted to flag it.
But I had a free ticket & knew there were DGers who would like to see pics.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 19, 2009
9:32 AM

Post #6288804

you could walk around this garden...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 19, 2009
9:35 AM

Post #6288805

loved the tropical looking foliage,

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 19, 2009
9:37 AM

Post #6288808

again I couldn't fit the entire garden into one decent photo.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 19, 2009
9:42 AM

Post #6288810

Chinese garden

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 19, 2009
9:46 AM

Post #6288812

love the lizards...

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

March 19, 2009
9:50 AM

Post #6288817

What a nice pair of Tuataras. Is that what they are you think?
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 19, 2009
9:50 AM

Post #6288819

I would have loved to wander up the path to this bath...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 19, 2009
9:52 AM

Post #6288823

I think they are tuatara,
those spines along the back are a pretty good indicator
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

March 19, 2009
9:53 AM

Post #6288827

There is some real imagination gone into those designs eh? I would love that bath too, and also those lizards. Am loving this thread Dalfyre, thanks so much
Sue
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 19, 2009
9:53 AM

Post #6288828

anyone else fancy a soak?

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 19, 2009
10:00 AM

Post #6288830

Another look at the High Tea garden, I had wandered around the site for a couple of hours so the light was different when I got back to the start.
It was tempting to go round again to see how it affected the other displays but they were starting to dismantle exhibits by then.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 19, 2009
10:03 AM

Post #6288835

I took another pic of the sculpted greenstone boulder, just as I did someone decided to get into the shot...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 19, 2009
10:07 AM

Post #6288840

funny what you see in a garden...
this was in the Bush Telly exhibit.
They featured NZ natives & a few introduced pests...
couldn't resist getting a pic of a stuffed Aussie.

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 19, 2009
10:11 AM

Post #6288846

and that my friends was a stroll around the Ellerslie Flower show for 2009...
there are some video clips to be uploaded to photobucket & I will post a link to them once they are up.
Sadly I messed up the settings for the video clips & they are very pixellated.
cheers - Teresa

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ctmorris
barmera
Australia

March 19, 2009
10:47 AM

Post #6288881

Thank you Dalfyre. That was wonderful. Colleen
brical1
Inland S.E QLD
Australia

March 19, 2009
10:55 AM

Post #6288891

Good photography dalfyre...lovely to see.Thankyou

chrissy100

chrissy100
Sydney
Australia

March 19, 2009
12:59 PM

Post #6289200

It has been almost as good as going there ...thankyou so much for sharing your wonderful day with us.
gardengal
se qld
Australia

March 19, 2009
8:04 PM

Post #6290936

Teresa, thankyou so much for all the fantastic pics. It's just as though we all got free tickets to get in. lol


The stonework in that wall is just outstanding.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 20, 2009
10:12 AM

Post #6293698

If you like stonework I will have to get pics of my front wall...
it was damaged by hoons a while back & cost $2000.00 to repair!
Thank goodness my insurance covered it!
Cost to me was $200.00 excess :)
gardengal
se qld
Australia

March 20, 2009
6:45 PM

Post #6295698

Please do Dalfyre
77sunset
Merino
Australia

March 20, 2009
10:19 PM

Post #6296469

Thank you so much Dalfyre. That tour was wonderful. I didn't get tired at all. I want the High Tea setting. so pretty. I did like the bath , I can see Sammut in there. . Your photography was very good.
Jean.
shellyto4kids
melbourne
Australia

March 21, 2009
6:57 AM

Post #6298221

i loved that high tea setting too jean. so pretty wasn't it?
i am heading to the melb flower and garden show early april. will have to take my camera and do a tour for you all. i have never been before and am so excited about it.
shelly

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