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Last month of Spring down under.

November 6th, 2010, 06:49 PM
That title on this post is depressing, Spring is my favorite season. Let me see what I can find. The David Austin rose, Grace. Some of my many Snapdragons, which have put on a lovely show, and purple Honesty. I have never grown Honesty before, does anyone know if I have to wait for the seed heads to dry right out before I pick them? Oh, the reason for the lack of lawn is that some of the flower beds are in a reclaimed small sheep paddock, bordering on another paddock. Still looks better than it did when sheep or our house cow were in it. LOL.

November 6th, 2010, 07:00 PM
Next, I think, is a Peruvian Lily. (Alstroemeria). Some of my Sweet Peas, and finally a rose that most likely is Winchester Cathedral.

November 6th, 2010, 07:11 PM
Must say that Pansies are a big favorite here, I put them everywhere. Petunias are just getting going. Finally, the rose is another David Austin, Mary Rose. Not only is she beautiful, she is as tough as all get out, coping with our hot Summer easily.

November 6th, 2010, 07:17 PM
Oh how I love the David Austin roses. :lovestruck: I myself am more partial to Fairy Tale Breeds as they seem to hold up to our harsh winters.

The Winchester Cathedral also looks like the Iceberg too. :shrug:

You have beautiful flowers GF and thank you so much for bringing us some spring memories. :cloud9:

November 6th, 2010, 07:28 PM
A grasshopper view of the David Austin rose, The Herbalist, one of the older DA's. Quite an eye catching pink. Another Bearded Iris, and one of the many Callistemons(bottlebrushes), I think it is called Fire Cracker or something similar. Best display it's had for years because of our wetter year.

November 6th, 2010, 07:44 PM
A couple of the Callistemons out the front now. The cream one is either C. Pallidus, or C. Salignus, and the red might be C. Kings Park Special. The tree behind the cream one is a Pomegranate which I tolerate because of it's lovely bright orange flowers, we never use the fruit itself but I think the possums like it.
Finally, just another Snapdragon shot.

November 6th, 2010, 07:48 PM
Lovely gardens, GF!! I love the purple and pink theme going on in your third post! :cloud9: I've never seen bottle-brushes before--those are cool!

November 6th, 2010, 08:07 PM
I butted in earlier and you weren't finished. :sorry: Goldfields.

That bottle brush is so kewl! I've never seen anything like that before. I'm gonna have to google that. :thumbs up

November 6th, 2010, 10:02 PM
Golly, you haven't seen bottlebrushes, klm and Hazel. :eek: I nearly didn't include them because they are so mundane/common here. I went mad on them when I decided I wanted to encourage native honeyeaters and what I like about them is the different sorts of foliage, and how some are upright and rigid, others soft and weepy, and they have their own distinct perfume. I'll show you some of my old photo's/favorites. An apology first, the bright red one I showed you before is C. Captain Cook, and the third one in this series is in fact. C. Kings Park Special. The first two are the rigid type, Violaceous and Scarlet Bottlebrush.

November 6th, 2010, 10:11 PM
Everything is late this year because it's been cool and wet, that's why I have to resort to old photo's. Here we have C. Citrinus Burgundy, C. Dawson River Weeper, and C. Mauve Mist. The good thing about these is you can prune them hard and they survive, you can saw them off at ground level and they regrow.

November 6th, 2010, 10:21 PM
Now, a better photo of The Herbalist(DA) taken this morning, then Tantau's Bernstein Rose and the big fat buds you get on Tipsy Imperial Concubine.

November 7th, 2010, 09:44 PM
This is the first ever Sprekelia in my garden. I think I'll buy some more next bulb season. Very exotic.

November 8th, 2010, 09:23 AM
Nope, I've never seen bottlebrushes. :D I have such a moldy thumb that I have to concentrate on native wildflowers cuz I kill just about everything else. :o Even my cultivated flowers are often derivatives of plants native to this area...

That Sprekelia is beautiful, too!!! (I've never seen that, either :laughing:)

I'm going to have to try snapdragons again. I used to have good luck with them as a kid. Yours were beautiful this year!!!

November 8th, 2010, 09:14 PM
Don't worry, Hazel, I've killed my share and more. We are just having an exceptionally good year following 13 years of drought so I figured if I was ever going to have a pretty garden it had to be now. I reckon you could grow Callistemons(bottlebrushes), they are used a lot as Street trees here, without much care at all given to them. All sorts of soil too. Oh, don't know if they'd take snow though. Sprekelia looks like an alien plant to me. :D Like the even more alien looking Black Bat Plant. Very not of this world. Snapdragons are great value I think, tough and colourful.
Meant to say, when you mentioned my white/pink/mauves and purple theme, that was meant to compliment the white Iceberg roses, which now look like flowering when all the rest have died. :D :D I echoed it in the Sweet Peas along the fence behind that garden. It was originally just a big raised empty vegie bed and I thought the roses looked lonely in their temporary home. Typical of my enthusiasm, it now looks like a jungle. :laughing: A couple of photo's here, plus the beautiful Soaring Spirits rose, some of the sale proceeds for this rose help fund the Memorial Garden for victims of the Twin Towers bombing.

November 8th, 2010, 10:43 PM
Beautiful, GF!

November 9th, 2010, 08:49 AM
One last one especially for you, Hazel, a jumble of delphiniums.

November 9th, 2010, 09:35 AM
Heavenly blue! :cloud9: :thankyou:

November 10th, 2010, 12:10 AM
My pleasure, Hazel. :)

Dog Dancer
November 10th, 2010, 10:28 AM
Wow GF, your gardens are beautiful! I love the assortment of flowers and colours. You have a knack for gardening apparently. I have the same moldy thumb as Hazel, my kitchen window sill is now called "death row".

November 10th, 2010, 06:59 PM
:D That's funny, Dog Dancer, because my kitchen window sill is where I germinate all my tomato and flower seedlings, there and the laundry window sill. My grandfather, who died at 88, back when I was less than 10 years old, had the genuine article, a true cottage garden that took up every inch of his block, then two blocks behind it were his market garden(vegetables). I can NEVER do as well as he did. For starters where I live the rainfall is less than half what he had, but he inspired me at an early age even if I let things like showing horses, then dogs, delay my own garden. We had 13 years of serious drought here, where the dam went dry, fruit trees died, no gardening could be done, then we had a so-so year, with a Spring that dried off too soon, but every indication was that this year would be wet, hence this garden of mine. It's about to be hit by a locust plague so I just can't win, and the big question is, what will happen next year? Anyone who's been through that long a drought does not have confidence that we won't go back into drought again. All I could say is that I have the potential to be a gardener if only Mother Nature would cut us some slack. :D Give us a break. :laughing:

Here are some more pretties though. The lovely roses, Regensberg and Maggie, and some Flanders poppies.

November 10th, 2010, 07:09 PM
Must get offline and do a bit but here is the David Austin rose, The Dark Lady. Then my first Sunflower for the year, which happens to be a Dwarf variety, and finally what I term our cockatoo's garden. :D Planted in front of her aviary.

November 10th, 2010, 09:08 PM
Golly, you haven't seen bottlebrushes, klm and Hazel. :eek:

Neither have I. Are they ever wonderful! I think my favorite is the Purple Honesty...they're so pretty and delicate looking :cloud9:. All these flowers are making me want to start ordering seeds early...wish I could be so enthusiastic about digging up new beds :rolleyes:.

Wishing you a successful summer garden as well, can't wait to see those photos either :goodvibes:.

November 10th, 2010, 09:39 PM
Well, the bad news is, LP, that in the past I never aimed for a Summer garden, not with it verging on semi-arid here. We always had to ration water because we never knew how deep the dam was. I guess now we are on the pipeline things can change. I've just taken some tomatoes in to our local nursery owner and had a bit of a look for summer flowering plants, but there is just nothing that catches my eye. I may be inspired when the summer catalogue from The Digger's Club comes out. To keep your spirits up in the freezing cold months I could always share friend's garden photo's with you. Those that were lucky enough to always be on town water.

November 10th, 2010, 09:48 PM
Anything with a bit of color would be nice...come February, I'll even be looking forward to seeing pics of green weeds :laughing:. Although Winter is probably my favorite season, it's gets a bit depressing when there's no color.

How cold do your Winters get btw?

November 10th, 2010, 10:05 PM
I have to say that I'm in :cloud9: heaven :cloud9: with all your beautiful pictures as summer is my favorite season.

You surely do have quite a collection of different species and adore every one of them.

O.K., keep em coming. :)

November 11th, 2010, 01:55 AM
LP, I laughed when you said you could even be looking forward to seeing green weeds. During our drought my house yard here, I do not exaggerate, was bare dirt. I remember looking at some photo's later and wondering why they looked so weird, and it was that first tinge of green arriving. :D

Not Summer yet, klm, but it did reach 33C here today. On days like this certain roses will be a bud in the morning, will have opened and be burnt to a crisp almost by nightfall. So, these are the toughies, still looking reasonable. Apricot Nectar, then the pink Australia Felix keeping company with the white Pascali. Finally a bud from a rose named Sun Blessed. I suppose it's the roses with thicker petals that can stand the heat.
It is very easy to get addicted to certain plants and start craving all those your friends show on garden forums. My friends in a small private forum feed the addiction too. Hippeastrums/Day Lilies/Frangipanis(Plumeria?)/dahlias etc.. You name it, they want to share it. Gardeners are lovely people. :lovestruck:

November 11th, 2010, 09:20 AM
My paths between the standard Icebergs are gradually getting narrower, as witnessed by the first photo. I wish those Icebergs would hurry up and flower before the locusts eat them. The other two are Salvias, the candy pink one is Salvia Joan but I forget the name of the purple one.

November 11th, 2010, 04:31 PM
Wow GF,beautiful,beautiful flowers,I cannot wait for spring and summer,I don't really HATE winter,we have to live with it,but I LOVE summer.
I too love those Bottle-Brushes,wonder if we can get the here:shrug:

November 11th, 2010, 07:06 PM
Chico, sadly I somehow doubt if you would be able to get bottlebrushes. They are suited to zones 9 to 11 or 12. Pity because honeyeaters love them and they really brighten a garden up as well as providing shade.
For today, something mundane. Some Statice(Limonium). a Columbine, and some cheery Californian Poppies.

November 11th, 2010, 07:21 PM
Next we have a mystery rose I am hoping someone will ID for me on a garden forum here. It was labelled Loving Memory but that rose is red. Hate it when things are mislabelled. Then there is Apricot Nectar. The heads of roses on this bush are so big that I have had to stake them up. We are going to get heavy rain today and tomorrow and they'd be flat on the ground otherwise. Finally a favorite rose, Makybe Diva, named after the champion racehorse mare that won 3 consecutive Melbourne Cups(the race that stops the Nation here in Oz, prizemoney now of 6 million dollars). A beautiful rose for an incredible mare.

November 11th, 2010, 07:29 PM
For those who love the David Austins, Brother Cadfael(sorry, slightly nibbled by earwigs on the outer petal), Crocus Rose, and Charles Rennie McIntosh.

November 12th, 2010, 10:39 AM
Don't know what your mystery rose is, but it's very pretty. Maybe it's a new mutation on the regular red rose? So then you'd have a novelty variety to market :D

November 12th, 2010, 05:29 PM
Hazel, last year I hoped I had a new mutation, another sport of Mary Rose, when she had this rose below that was part pink, part white, but I haven't seen another like it this year.:( No, with Loving Memory, before I bought it probably someone has picked up the label to read it and put it back on the wrong pot. Never mind, it's a nice rose. So is the next David Austin, Lichfield Angel. (Hmmm, not really sure that this is Lichfield Angel. I've had misnamed ones before from the company I got this one from.) The third rose is the lovely single, Sally Holmes.

November 12th, 2010, 05:49 PM
I'm running out of roses because it is too wet to take photo's today. Here is Womans Day though. Then Foxgloves growing near the aviary, and another Salvia, this one named Hot Lips. The flowers can be red, white, or red and white.

November 13th, 2010, 06:59 PM
Very pretty! Love the two-tone rose--too bad it didn't repeat!

November 24th, 2010, 07:16 PM
We're into the last few days of Spring now :cry: but it's been great weather for some plants. First some Gerberas that actually survived a year for me. :D Then the DA rose I put at the head of Ben's grave, Glamis Castle. Next rose is New Duet. Have any of you grown it? Very strong thick petals so the buds take forever to open and it lasts well when cut.

November 24th, 2010, 07:42 PM
First photo now is a sweet little rambling rose named Ghislande De Fergilende (sp? can't find the catalogue it's in.) Next is Lili Marlene which is grafted onto a stock with Iceberg, except that the Iceberg part is reluctant to flower. :D Third one is the very eye catching Shady Lady, which I bought to put at the head of Ch Goldfields Shady Lady's grave. She is now having two though , I often called her bright eyes and there is a rose named that. It is bright red single with a white centre and yellow stamens.

November 24th, 2010, 07:47 PM
Next rose is New Duet. Have any of you grown it?
:laughing: hazel doesn't grow roses, she kills them! :eek: :p Sigh...really...I've never successfully grown a rose of any type, except for the wild roses that plant and grow themselves. :D

Lovely roses, GF!

November 24th, 2010, 07:54 PM
Thank you for the lovely spring flowers..your Roses are beautiful. Love the Gerberas too. One of my favorite flowers. patti

November 24th, 2010, 08:03 PM
A new DA that impressed me greatly is William Morris although at this stage he tends to hang his head a bit. Maybe when he's an older, stronger rose it won't happen. The pink single is named Roseromantic and the only thing I don't like about it is that hot weather tends to make the petals curl under. Final one in this trio is a change of pace, Queen Anne's Lace and Larkspurs(or are they Blue Butterfly delphiniums :shrug:) in the jungle that is the garden bed outside our kitchen window. :D I haven't weeded there for ages because I reckon I'll need a machete to get into it. LOL.

November 24th, 2010, 08:20 PM
My pleasure, Patti, I love sharing my garden. Gerberas are great, aren't they? :thumbs up One of my latest addictions, and it's not dissimilar, is daisies. I want to build up a collection seeing they are tough and put on a great display.

:laughing: @ you, Hazel. :D I used to think that way but listen, try potted roses. Buy a good quality potting mix and you'll be surprised what you get, and anyway, love wild roses!! A friend has some spectacular hybrid teas, all potted.

Now, (doesn't she ever run out of David Austins :D ), the superb Jude The Obscure. Can you believe, I rarely bend down to smell the roses. I did with JTO and WOWIE!, it's to die for. Where others might lack his perfume, they compensate by just flowering beautifully, like Grace and (put your sunglasses on) John Clare.

November 24th, 2010, 08:35 PM
I might add a shot of one of the beds in the orchard(where all the trees died in the drought) to show how it's just a wire fence away from being a sheep paddock, and was one before I took over and started planting madly. The Spring garden is finishing and all the paddocks have burnt off, it's depressing.
Next is one of those in your face type flowers(like Sprekelia) , the cup and saucer Canterbury Bell. :eek: And laast but not least - often seen in my garden, and perhaps the only ones with time to smell the roses, Silk and Gemma, inspecting the deadheaded roses.

November 24th, 2010, 08:44 PM
Your DA's are stunning Goldfields. I like the one in the middle just above with the petals still cupped. What is the name of that one? Very pretty.

I just picked up a Kordes, Osiria and a new Freelander, Sweet Antique this past weekend and planted. Won't know the outcome until our spring. :(

November 24th, 2010, 09:13 PM
That would be Grace, klm. I just looked up Osiria and yikes!, it's highly susceptible to powdery mildew. But then so is Papa Meilland and I have a couple of those. If it gets it, my Papa Meillands just get a spray with a milk and water mix. That changes the pH on the leaves and that fixes it. Such roses are possibly best out in the open to get the sun and wind. Osiria is a beauty, it certainly has the Wow factor.
Sweet Antique is lovely. A bit like Bonica in colour and form, do you think, with bigger flowers? This is Bonica below of course.

November 24th, 2010, 09:30 PM
I just looked up Osiria and yikes!, it's highly susceptible to powdery mildew. But then so is Papa Meilland and I have a couple of those. If it gets it, my Papa Meillands just get a spray with a milk and water mix. That changes the pH on the leaves and that fixes it.

Milk and water eh? Never heard of that. What is the ratio to use? I get powdery mildew on a couple of my climbers so maybe I'll give them a shot if it appears. :thumbs up

Sweet Antique is lovely. A bit like Bonica in colour and form, do you think, with bigger flowers? This is Bonica below of course.

Sweet Antique has a full, large petal count and is a repeat bloomer. 3' to 4' in height with an upright form. It does look quite alot like your Bonica and can't wait to see it perform next summer.

November 24th, 2010, 09:39 PM
Of Bonica, my Botanica of Roses says neat spreading plant of modest size, covered in abundant rich green foliage that is attractive even before flowering starts. Once it does start, there is hardly any time when the plant is out of bloom until the Winter frosts. Hey, woohoo, Hazel, they say this is a good one to recommend to people who say they can't grow roses. :)
klm, I will ask the friend who put us all onto the milk/water spray what the ratio is for you.

November 24th, 2010, 09:50 PM
klm, I will ask the friend who put us all onto the milk/water spray what the ratio is for you.

Thanks a bunch Goldfields! :thumbs up

November 24th, 2010, 10:17 PM
Talk to you later. Have to duck into town now for sheed feed , potting mix etc..

November 25th, 2010, 07:13 AM
GF,what nice pics to look at this blustery cold morning,thank's!
Your Roses are all stunning as is the rest of your garden.
My favorites are the furry ones smelling the dead-headed roses:dog::dog:

November 25th, 2010, 08:43 AM
They're the special garden ornaments, Chico2. :) The bad news is that when I went to town today I ran into my first band of locusts just 2 to 3 mile away from home. I was told by an agronomist that they're a native specie and prefer to eat grass, and heavens knows there is an alarming amount of grass around this year, a terrible fire risk, but get enough of them and they'll eat anything green. Still, the roses, on the whole , have had their first flush, I'd be more upset if they were only just starting to bloom. A lot of my Spring flowers are going to seed but I've quite a number of double hollyhocks about to bloom, and sunflowers coming on that I will hate to lose .

November 25th, 2010, 08:53 PM
Well, :fingerscr that the locusts really do prefer grass, then! Sounds like they're coming around just in time to lessen the fire danger. :goodvibes:

Our wild roses look very similar to your roseromantic single variety! As far as Bonica goes, I've sorta given up on roses (except the wild natives)... I've had my heart broken too many times. :o

:laughing: :p

Think that milk and water trick would work for mildew on phlox, or would that be a different kind of mildew?

November 25th, 2010, 08:55 PM
btw, I forgot to mention how much I love that shot of Silk and Gemma in the deadheads! :lovestruck: Our dogs stop to smell the flowers sometimes, too. They just have to settle for something other than roses. :D

November 25th, 2010, 09:25 PM
Good question on the Phlox Hazel! :thumbs up I get powdery mildew on my phlox too so that would be good to know.

Looking forward to seeing the summer crops popping up soon GF. :thumbs up

Make sure you give your special garden ornaments lots of love and attention. :cloud9:

November 26th, 2010, 08:38 AM
Seeing my Gerberas survived a year I bought another one yesterday, a nice cheery orange one.
The roses are the red Lili Marlene, and the cream is French Lace.
The last photo is pink Love in the Mist amongst the white petunias. I have seedlings on the go for an Ebony and Ivory Love in the Mist, which could be interesting.
klm and Hazel, they do say that milk and water spray is very good on crops.

November 27th, 2010, 08:23 PM
Your Gerberas are beautiful GF not to mention all your gardens. :cloud9:

Great to know about the milk & water on other crops. I'll be sure to use it for the yearly powdery mildew on my phlox plants. :thumbs up

November 27th, 2010, 09:05 PM
Some sunshine yellow now, a really cheery colour. Coreopsis. The two roses are Alfred Sisley and Ashram.