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In the summer garden...

December 1st, 2010, 09:09 AM
Hi all you gardeners, a new season has just begun. :thumbs up Strange start to Summer here, showers and thunderstorms and a likelihood of maybe 20 to 40mm of rain on both next Monday and Tuesday. A lot of the State is just recuperating from the last floods. The new DA roses are gearing up for another flush of flowers, it's crazy!

Anyway, here's a bright start to Summer, two of the Bronze Shades Sunflowers, and the rose named Bright Eyes.

December 1st, 2010, 09:23 AM
Pansies galore, a furry garden ornament named Bo :D and one of my gum trees flowering, the Coffin Bay Mallee I think.

December 1st, 2010, 09:34 AM
Last trio for now. The first rose is a Delbard, Camille Pissaro. The second is another photo of The Herbalist and its attendant native bee. Finally a delphinium for Hazel. :)

December 1st, 2010, 10:30 AM
What uplifting images for such a dull and dreary day here today. The Bo ornament adds a wonderful touch to your garden :cloud9:.

December 1st, 2010, 12:29 PM
Beautiful flowers, GF! I just finished organizing my hundreds of flower shots from the summer :rolleyes: I gotta stop taking so many... But I browse the folders on the really gloomy days for lift. Now I have two places to go for garden shots in winter. :D (And :thankyou: for the delphinium!)

December 1st, 2010, 05:04 PM
Well, I know that during our 13 year drought I was desperate for colour, Hazel, so maybe I'm over compensating? LOL. Your Winters would be the same I guess. Did you do a thread on your Summer flowers?

LP, I usually have a dog or two trying to hog the camera, and my sister's photo's are always funny, there seems to be a sheltie lurking under a bush in the background in so many. :)

Here are my first two Day Lilies and one of the Salvias. Now that I know the Day Lilies do okay in the ground here I can spread the potted ones about a bit.

December 1st, 2010, 08:56 PM
I love the sunflowers! They're georgous! :cloud9:

I also like that little Bo bud too! :D

December 2nd, 2010, 07:10 AM
Instant cheer me ups, the sunflowers IMO, klm. :) And Bo bud would like you in return, he's a real lovey boy .

Aah, now first photo here will be Candytufts and this is the first time I've grown them. They go pretty high on my list of seeds to get started next time around. Very difficult to get a decent photo of them though, the camera blurred it 9 times out of 10.
Next is Lavatera "Bredon Springs", which hopefully will grow into a nice shrub later, it is only tube size so far.

Finally the red rose , Kardinal.

December 2nd, 2010, 02:41 PM
I like your candytufts--they remind me of a cross between marigolds and dame's rockets. Very pretty!

No, I didn't do a garden thread...don't have anything very spectacular. :o

December 3rd, 2010, 09:12 AM
Hazel, when the Candytufts started to flower I looked at them and thought "What are they??" I only realised when the white one came out. LOL.

Only a couple of roses for tonight seeing I was busy today. First the lovely single, Dainty Bess, then Ashram.

December 5th, 2010, 08:56 AM
klm, another sunflower for you to brighten up your Winter's day. Then a pink Day Lily, and my latest rose buy, the Delbard rose, Red Intuition. I've wanted that beauty for ages - love the striped roses - and I discovered a Plant Nursery when I took Gemma down to the Vet, and the good news is that they charge the same as the top Rose suppliers do, without the freight charges of course. :thumbs up

December 5th, 2010, 04:14 PM
:sorry: Goldfields but that Sunflower picture was just screaming "happy face!" Had to do it! :)


December 5th, 2010, 05:43 PM
:laughing: :laughing: :laughing: Love it! Wish I had a few like that. :D

I haven't much to offer this morning. Some double hollyhocks, and I suppose it looks okay with them all white, however they were sold as mixed colours. The usual little garden ornament in the background.
Next is a photo of "Snow in Summer", aka Melaleuca linariifolia, or flax leafed Paperbark is another nickname. A nice little native tree. And finally, the first dainty Penstemon to flower, Pennington Gem I think its name is.

December 5th, 2010, 05:51 PM
I love sunflowers!!!!!
especially smilie ones!!!! :lovestruck::thumbs up

December 5th, 2010, 07:19 PM
I like your white hollyhocks, GF--I planted tons of seed this spring and a lot of them sprouted but then they were drowned in the ensuing rains of summer....sigh. So I don't think I'll ever see any color hollyhock bloom here.... :frustrated:

Love the Dainty Bess and the penstemon, too! (I must be in a 'pink' mood today :D)

December 6th, 2010, 01:19 AM
Hard to imagine anything killing hollyhocks, Hazel, except for me. I have to rip them out whenever they start to take over. They like well drained soil and regular watering in dry weather. Too much summer rain then, that's a pity. You never know, mine might all drown yet. In about a 40 minute thunderstorm this afternoon, we got 37ml of rain, almost 1 1/2 inches. Two inches forecast for tomorrow, another 20 ml maybe the next day, so we may get floods again if the falls are higher in the river's catchment areas. It means we'll have lots of mosquitoes, worse luck.

December 6th, 2010, 08:50 PM
We don't normally get 30 inches of rain in summer--just this year.

December 7th, 2010, 03:37 AM
Hazel, you wouldn't want to see our weather map tonight, possibly the worst weather coming that I'll have seen in my life. Hate to think what it will do to my garden. I have put things like potted roses, Hippeastrums, Irises and Frangiani cuttings under cover, my sheep and ponies are all locked up .... hope we aren't flooded out. A friend in South Australia said it's been horrendous, thunder like she's never heard before and such heavy rain she couldn't see her neighbor's house(and it's close). Wish us luck! Farmer's crops will be totally ruined by this I reckon. :(

Anyway, taken before the storms.... the striped Harry Wheatcroft. The lovely soft pink named The Children's Rose, and the more subtly striped Tropical Sunset.

December 7th, 2010, 03:56 AM
The first one was in our garden, now relocated to the forest. Good camouflage, isn't it? I don't mind them eating the mulberries but I don't want them where my dogs might eat them. The second is a David Austin rose, The Squire. Last I guess shows everything going to seed. Stocks, Honesty and Salvia.

December 9th, 2010, 09:19 AM
And a cabbage white butterfly? If so, those little guys have a huge range! :eek:

December 10th, 2010, 10:36 PM
It's nice we share the same butterflies, a cabbage white it is. I actually like them, and hate them when I'm growing vegies. LOL.
It appears to be lily time. Here is a different pink one and my favorite so far, the dark red. Final one is a Christmas lily just flowering now.

December 11th, 2010, 06:33 AM
OK, goldfields, I am going to be brutally honest with this post.
I am so jealous!!! We are snow covered and freezing here :yell:. I want my garden back :yell:. The deer have munched on all my flocks already and it is only December :yell::frustrated: :D

OK, now that is out. What beautiful flowers :lovestruck::lovestruck:. I just love your roses. :lovestruck:

December 11th, 2010, 07:29 AM
GF,what a great way to start a dreary Saturday morning,I hope the incoming storm does not damage all that beauty:pray:
We have no snow yet,but everything is gray and miserable,at least a"little"snow brightens things up..LOVE all your flowers:thumbs up

December 11th, 2010, 09:17 AM
Well, wish you could all be here to see and smell the garden(and help pull weeds :D ) but failing that, at least I can try and cheer up a dull Winter's morning for you all. Chico, we've had our bad weather, 91ml of rain(over 3 1/2 inches) in 3 days. Only a couple of days with showers in the next week and temperatures in the 20's so that will be nice. We are in a La Nina weather event though which means a wet and humid Summer here.
Love4himies, I'd swap those deer for the the thousands of locusts that could arrive from up north and eat ALL my garden. :eek: :eek:

What can I post today? A rather different Salvia maybe, S. lanceolata, with its autumn shades of apricot and burnt red.(quoting from the label).
A dazzling bronze shaded sunflower, and for the rose lovers, Camille Pissaro again.

December 11th, 2010, 09:20 AM
We may get 20 inches of snow by tomorrow...I think whatever you post is going to be more colorful than what I'm gonna be seein'! :laughing:

December 11th, 2010, 09:39 AM
20 inches!:eek: Photo's please? I have only seen snow once, believe it or not. I love seeing people's photo's of it.

Here's some more colour then, after which I'm headed for bed, it's very late here. First a double red Hollyhock just starting to flower, then some petunias and pansies.

December 11th, 2010, 11:46 AM
Goldfields, thank you so much for the colors of your garden. It really does brighten up my morning. You mentioned you would like to see some snow pictures, I am sure over the next few months you will see more than enough as we enter our white months...patti

December 11th, 2010, 10:15 PM
Patti, I hope I can find nice images for you all during your white months but really your white months are our burnt brown ones. Farm properties have houseyards like a small oasis, while beyond the fence there is this. (sigh!). (Without the water.)

December 13th, 2010, 09:42 PM
27C here, heading for the low 30's, so proper Summer weather now. I think that calls for summer -ish(?) colours, so some more pansies and Verbena, followed by another bronze sunflower and some petunias.

December 13th, 2010, 11:26 PM
3 roses this time. Kronenberg, Gold Bunny, and a favorite, New Duet. The latter lasts so long that these flowers are showing damage on the very outer petals(spotting) from our last rain, my other roses do not hold their petals that long.

December 15th, 2010, 09:02 PM
We ended up with more than 20 inches...and I took some pics...just haven't had time to process them and post 'em. :o Maybe tomorrow... Tonight, though, I'm basking in your roses and pansies and petunias. :D

December 17th, 2010, 11:38 AM
Love4himies, I'd swap those deer for the the thousands of locusts that could arrive from up north and eat ALL my garden. :eek: :eek:

I am wondering how much quicker this critter can eat my garden than those locusts :laughing: DH took this from our front steps this morning :laughing:


December 17th, 2010, 03:30 PM
A L4 that's adorable,they can come here and eat my garden anytime:cloud9:
I'd take deer before locust for sure..

December 17th, 2010, 04:30 PM
A L4 that's adorable,they can come here and eat my garden anytime:cloud9:
I'd take deer before locust for sure..

I would too, they are so wonderful to watch, just like horses :cloud9:

December 17th, 2010, 08:37 PM
Love4himies, that fawn could NOT compete with locusts on this scale. :D
Just hope that if the swarm leaves there it heads away from us. There is a swarm so huge up near the border of New South Wales that it shows up on the weather radar like a fairly stationary storm. :eek:
Halls Gap, where the boys are in that photo, is in the Grampian mountain Range just 30 miles from us. See one of their stories is that snow might fall there this weekend. I just love this crazy Spring and Summer we are having due to a La Nina weather event. :thumbs up :D

We have had kangaroos in our front garden but the only deer I've seen here was a solitary male that just came and stood on the corner of the forest before disappearing back into it.

December 21st, 2010, 07:42 PM
Okay, I figure you have seen enough snow, time for more colour again. An orange Daylily, another sunflower, and the David Austin rose, Tamora.

December 21st, 2010, 07:52 PM
First rose here, with resident mosquito and other little flying insect, is Seduction. (We have so many mozzies due to our wet year, I feel like I'm in the Canadian wilderness. LOL.)
Next is the David Austin, Golden Celebration.
Have to include another photo of Gold Bunny really doing its thing. I love the frilly petals on this one.

December 21st, 2010, 08:02 PM
I'm hoping these Xmas lilies will last a few more days.
Next another David Austin, Lady of Megginch, then Cabana, one of my favorites.

December 21st, 2010, 08:13 PM
Next is the beautiful rose, Adolf Horstman. Then the gorgeous DA rose, Brother Cadfael. My one gripe about this one is that certain weather conditions cause it to ball and not open.
Can't get away from the sunflowers. Each year I plan on planting more of them, each year I feel I haven't planted enough. :D

December 21st, 2010, 08:24 PM
A change now, a pink Zinnia. These are great but if I grow them again I have to figure out how to prevent slugs(?) eating the leaves.
Then the always superb Makybe Diva, followed by a yellow zinnia this time. And that's enough sunshine and flowers for today I hope.

December 21st, 2010, 08:42 PM
Very colorful! :cloud9: I think I'm about ready to post some snow pics...I have lots, though, so I'll try to split them into smaller groups and post a few a day.

So what makes a Dave Austin rose a Dave Austin rose? :confused:

I never had slug problems with zinnias...well, not that I noticed, anyway. :o There might have been the odd one in there. :D Slugs love beer. If you take a small bowl or margarine container and set it in the ground with the lip level to the surface, and fill it with beer, the slugs will actually crawl into it and drown. Hey, what can I say? The dang sots!!! Serves 'em right! :p

December 22nd, 2010, 08:07 AM
You asked what makes a David Austin rose a David Austin rose. He is an English rose breeder who, for 4 decades, has crossed a selection of modern roses with some of the single blooming old roses.(To quote an authority.) A new type of rose that combines the quartered form and rich perfume of old roses with the repeat flowering characteristic of modern roses. He mentions that one DA, named Gertrude Jekyll , has a scent that is true damask and that after 400 years, Attar of Roses is again being made in England for the perfume industry and Gertrude Jekyll is the maker's choice. I have that rose, when it blooms again I must smell it. It's a sign of having a bad back if you don't stop to smell the roses. :D I was delighted when I made the effort to smell Fisherman's Friend, it has a wonderful perfume, and Sharifa Asma - Wow!

:D@your comment about drunken slugs. :laughing: This is one Aussie couple who never touch beer, I don't suppose wine would do it? Thanks for the tip.

December 23rd, 2010, 09:29 PM
I don't think wine would do it, but give it a whirl! :D The good part about it is that if the beer loses its fizz, the slugs don't seem to mind too much... :thumbs up

Were you able to open any of the snow pics I posted? :fingerscr

December 24th, 2010, 09:31 AM
Hazel, I started to look at your photo's but simply ran out of time, sorry. Had to shop yesterday and apart from that every spare daylight hour seems to be taken up with watering, or picking up fairy grass seedheads. I'll show you what happens if you don't pick them up and bag them, your garden disappears under them. The dam is full of them, hardly any clear water for the ducks now. It's not just a year of plenty here, we have had too much of everything. Rain, mosquitoes, the fairy grass and the locusts. Oops, nearly forgot the mouse plague. Anyway, ordinarily, when we get average rain, I would be finished mowing and weeding, but now I'm trying to do everything at once . It's hard yakka. Can't leave the fairy grass to mount up though, it is a terrible fire risk, very inflammable. I shall hopefully find time to view your snowy scenes soon and would love to right now, it is quite hot here. Hope you and yours have a great Xmas, and that wish extends to anyone else who might read this.

December 24th, 2010, 09:40 AM
Oh, forgot to mention that the locusts are here now, here's a shot of some warming themselves on the concrete.

Re the fairy grass. I have to get every bit of it out of the area where my shelties are exercised because with Dundee unable to blink or shut one of his eyes, and who knows he may be blind in it, I can't risk him getting a poke in it with the brittle stalk of a grass head. It built up both sides of the gate on Thursday so after an exhausting day in town I had to bag the rotten stuff up and it seemed to take forever.:(

December 24th, 2010, 02:21 PM
That sounds awful, GF! :grouphug: Hope you get some time tomorrow to enjoy Christmas!!

December 24th, 2010, 04:06 PM
OMG Goldfields,I've never even heard of fairy-grass but I can see how it would cause a problem.
Those Locusts look huge,I am sorry you have all these problems,kind of hard to enjoy the summer.
The kitty is beautiful though:lovestruck:

December 24th, 2010, 06:16 PM
I must show you how bad some are getting the locusts. On the map here

the towns of Mildura, Swan Hill and Albury mark the border between my State, Victoria, and New South Wales. The rain shows up green, BUT that patch of "rain" to the left of Albury is not rain, it is locusts and has been there for probably a week or more. It is 3 or 4 times bigger than what you see, because with a dull overcast day they don't swarm much until it warms up. Yesterday had them down almost on a level with Bendigo. ( I live incidentally about under the H in Horsham.)

I don't know what's worse though, the cloud of mosquitoes I was walking through this morning when I checked the garden, or the cloud of locusts that fly up. The dogs hate seeing me approach them with the Aerogard, poor babies, but I can't see them covered with mozzies, especially their dear faces.
The ducks have evidently accepted the fairy grass in the dam, judging by the photo here. You know, I once drove up near Albury to have a bitch mated and there was countless miles where fairy grass seed heads were blowing non-stop across the road. That's okay, but if you stop the car your hot exhaust will set fire to it. A bus set fire to it on the highway over near Horsham and started a big grass fire . Dreadful stuff!! My cats can hardly get away from it, I imagine all the places they may like to sleep in the garden now are full of the rotten stuff.
The locusts are big and fat, Chico. A V line (railway) bus pulled into a car wash 40 mile from here and his whole windscreen was so covered in yellow muck from splattered locusts that they said you couldn't tell it was a V line bus. Worse for him because it's a flat windscreen, a lot glance off our station wagon's sloped windscreen. Added a rose photo taken this morning to show that the leaves are being eaten by locusts. :( (top right.)

Thanks for the lovely Xmas wish, Chico, gorgeous cats!
Hazel, if only it would rain I could get out and finish mowing the nature strip. The grass grew too high in one part and now has fairy grass stuck through it, which I can't mow while it's so dry.
Did I mention that I hate Summer? :( LOL. Not as much as our neighboring farmer though, who is out frantically stripping a crop on Xmas Day, ahead of any rain.

December 28th, 2010, 12:26 AM
Do you think this bee on the sunflower made it back to the hive with that big load of pollen? :D

The red rose here is a mystery rose, given to me when a friend of my sister decided to cull some roses. He couldn't recall its name.

Third photo is a corner of my garden that is going wild. :laughing: Agapanthas, Cliveas, Echiums, Belladoona lilies, white lilacs and a rose running rampant, but I like it like that.

December 28th, 2010, 12:50 AM
I should be outside working but I spent the morning filling stock troughs and making sure 8 big fodder rolls were put where I want them in the paddocks, I needed a rest. Lovely weather I hate to tell you all, 24C and sunny.
Two photo's here of DA roses, the white one named Lichfield Angel, and the other is the fragrant red, Fisherman's Friend. Then another pretty double Hollyhock.

December 28th, 2010, 01:08 AM
Just Joey is having its second flush of flowers. Sun Blessed is never so extravagant, and the Sweet Peas are getting towards the end, sad to say.

December 28th, 2010, 01:22 AM
Beautiful blue Nigella, a different Penstemon (named but I'm too lazy to go out and see what it is, sorry :D ) and a late Iceland poppy(and friends) near one of our birds baths.

December 28th, 2010, 01:41 AM
The next photo is included because of my garden helper in the background. :D The rose is Our Vanilla, the helper is little Miss Gemma. Looks like the sunshine was making her dozy. Oh, but wait, what's this behind the white butterfly bush? Another garden helper, dear old Perkins. :D I wish I had a mauve or purple butterfly bush, I think they might possibly be more fragrant than the white. The butterfly bush is behind the iris bed though, and in that I have lots and lots of different coloured carnations, so on a warm day the perfume out there is divine.

December 28th, 2010, 07:44 AM
Oh, that fairygrass looks dreadful :eek: and all those locusts :yuck:. Is there nothing that can be done to control them?

In spite of the locusts, your garden does still look so beautiful.

December 28th, 2010, 09:41 AM
All that Fairy grass in the dam, Love4himies, will have to be raked out by yours truly. I pick a really windy day so it keeps coming to the side, then rake it out and bag it. These are before and after shots, I cleaned up the Fairy grass this evening that was between the sunflowers and a long L shaped garden bed. Also did a bed that is around a big old tree stump and contains maybe 20 roses, watering both gardens as well. Totally bushed tonight.

The Government actually put 43 million dollars into fighting this locust plague, so it could have been a lot worse. Trouble is that now the farmers are harvesting crops and I don't know if that clashes with when the locusts should be sprayed again or not. They will all lay eggs again. :(

January 6th, 2011, 06:34 PM
Time for some more sunny images.

January 6th, 2011, 06:58 PM
Sorry, that last rose was a David Austin named Lilac Rose, and next we have Windermere(DA), Chaucer(DA) and Sutters Gold.

January 6th, 2011, 07:13 PM
GF, thanks for sharing more of your lovely blossoms. The weather in Edmonton today has been a very pleasant +2 and the sun is/was out.

You have a friend in one of the pictures that you did not introduce to us, who is the beautiful Cockatoo?? patti

January 6th, 2011, 08:44 PM
I noticed the bird, too, patti! :D

And I love that last rose!! Very distinctive petals, GF!

January 6th, 2011, 09:18 PM
That's Cocka- Girl, who was Cocka-Boy for 8 years until she started laying eggs. She is a sulphur crested cockatoo, 35 years young, in her prime seeing that type of bird can live for 100 years. She is a sweetheart. I reared her with a spoon and she hasn't a mean bone in her body. I taught her gently not to bite. Well, I tell a lie, she won't be intimidated by dogs. If they come near her she is so wicked, she will wait for a male dog to go past then grab between the hind legs. :eek: And for the female cattle dogs she aims for the soft skin at the bottom of the flank. If a puppy play bows to her she will grab its foot. Anyway, she barks, pants like a hot dog, gives orders to the dogs, calls my husband etc. - a chatty soul. Oh, she's scared of other birds we've tried to cage with her, but they have been galahs and corellas, she seems a bit interested in wild sulphur cresteds that come courting.

Sutters Gold is nice, Hazel, I agree. It often has more gold than that, but then some roses change with the weather.
Here's a bloom just out, an Oriental Lily.

February 15th, 2011, 07:07 PM
Some images from last month seeing I got sidetracked by the floods. An orange daylily; the rose at the head of Susie's grave, named Best Friend, and an unusual almost limey yellow sunflower.

February 15th, 2011, 07:15 PM
Daylily, dahlia, and a sunny sunflower again.

February 15th, 2011, 07:28 PM
Gladioli which were a freebie with another plant order. Such nice big ones that maybe I'll actually buy some. :thumbs up

February 15th, 2011, 07:39 PM
This first flower is from a shrub given to me, Grewia occidentalis. It has pink sepals the same size and colour as the petals, making it appear 10 petalled.

The humble African Daisy, and finally the more exotic Oriental lily.

doggy lover
February 15th, 2011, 07:47 PM
GF thanks for the pick me up, love the lilies and roses...makes me think about my cottage garden under over 2 feet of snow. But soon they will start poking their heads out again and then all the yard work begins.:thumbs up

February 15th, 2011, 07:47 PM
The daylily again, less cluttered background. A lovely Shasta Daisy , and I think the rose is either Yellow Charles Austin or Graham Thomas, both DA roses.

February 15th, 2011, 07:50 PM
wow those are gorgeous!!! thanks for posting them, gives me hope that spring is on the way

February 15th, 2011, 07:57 PM
Sorry for this repeat(and repeat) but Best Friend is a beautifully photogenic rose.
Nice yellow gladi, and one of my favorite roses, Belle Story.(DA).

February 15th, 2011, 08:07 PM
When the tail end of Cyclone Anthony hit Victoria and we got very humid windy wet weather, and floods, these (tropical) rain lilies burst into flower overnight.

Another gladi' , and one of the two types of Rudbekia(sp?) I have flowering.

February 15th, 2011, 08:20 PM
This is The Pilgrim, another David Austin rose. Then we have some of the Icebergs in their temporary(?) home. Plans change so much in the garden. Final one is Salvia Joan.

February 15th, 2011, 08:30 PM
First the beautiful rose, Makybe Diva.

Gladi of course.

Finally a most unusual geranium/pelargonium. The stems to the left of the flower is almost all the plant consists of, with an occassional small leaf. I forget its proper name.

February 15th, 2011, 08:42 PM
Okay, now I'm into February and really there isn't much to show, simply because I get swarmed by mozzies every time I go outside and would rather not be there. :D I'm also researching part of my Family Tree and that takes a lot of time.

First a bright cheery Gerbera to brighten up your snow filled days. Then two roses, Lady of Megginch and Lichfield Angel.

February 15th, 2011, 08:48 PM
Some firsts for me now, my first Leopard Lily Flower, and my first ever Frangipani, named Pink Feather Dove. Both these are from the tropics, but with la Nina, or maybe global warming , I have been able to get them to flower in our temperate zone. The last photo, Asters, well, I have never grown them before either.

February 15th, 2011, 08:56 PM
I have a small 'hot' bed, where yellows, oranges, reds are put and took this photo there, the second type of Rudbekia I am growing, not realising that my capture included a big stick insect. Can you see him?

February 15th, 2011, 09:09 PM
Doggy Lover, I'll look forward to seeing your garden growing again. And yours, Melinda. After living here (I won't say how many years, LOL ) such a long time, I think I'd go crazy if I shifted to a cold country and had to be without a year round garden. They say that global warming here means the tropics are going to shift gradually southwards. I may not be alive to see that but this summer may mean we could have this sort of humid wet summer more often in my lifetime. Less chance of bushfires maybe - you have to look for a bright side.

February 16th, 2011, 06:32 AM
oh I see him!!! *L* isn't that cool, do they eat the flowers? or destroy them in anyway??

February 16th, 2011, 09:20 AM
Goldfields,beautiful flowers:thumbs up
As for the winter here,it's not that bad:mad:well....
It means,come spring and Tulips,Daffodils and Hyacinths start coming out of the ground,I am soooo happy,checking every day for progress.
If everything was blooming all year,it would not be that exiting..I think:)

February 16th, 2011, 09:21 AM
I'm not sure but I thought they ate other insects, Melinda. Here he is again, watching me this time, he seems to like hanging upside down. If we keep meeting like this I'll have to give him a name. :D

This rose, for anyone interested, is Red Intuition.

February 16th, 2011, 09:28 AM
Thank you for a piece of your summer. We just started another cold spell here -22c at the moment. Your flowers are beautiful, I am very fond of Glads and yours are very pretty. patti

February 16th, 2011, 09:30 AM
Oh, I can't wait for summer :yell:. Not that I'll get any beautiful flowers like you have 'cause the deer eat them all :frustrated:, but at least it will be warm :D

February 16th, 2011, 09:52 AM
Patti, pleased you like the gladi's. I'm sitting here at some ridiculous hour of the morning, should have been asleep hours ago, and I have the evaporative cooler on, it's that warm and humid. -22C ! Yikes!! That is unreal, all my joints ache just thinking about such cold. Must go to bed now, I think I tracked down the ship my great-great grandfather travelled on from Britain in 1870 - Yay!! - so that's enough research into our family history for tonight. Goodnight all.
L4H, not sure I'd care about a garden if we could have deer visiting. Lucky you.

February 16th, 2011, 10:06 AM
that is such a neat pic, I'm thinking you should name him "Cane".....meaning a walking stick *L*

February 16th, 2011, 05:40 PM
:laughing: Good name, Melinda. :thumbs up Cane has walked off somewhere, didn't see him this morning, but he may be waiting for some sunshine or warmth.

February 16th, 2011, 05:51 PM
Goldfields,beautiful flowers:thumbs up
As for the winter here,it's not that bad:mad:well....
It means,come spring and Tulips,Daffodils and Hyacinths start coming out of the ground,I am soooo happy,checking every day for progress.
If everything was blooming all year,it would not be that exiting..I think:)

Nearly missed this, Chico2, sorry. I think we all, down here, still get excited by Spring's arrival, but yes, it'd have to more eagerly awaited in the real cold countries. I wish I was somewhere cooler so I could grow tulips.I look forward very much to my bearded irises blooming each Spring instead. Daffodils and Hyacinths do okay here. Because I haven't gardened with any enthusiasm in the past, my Winter garden is even worse than my Summer one, but I hope to rectify that.

February 27th, 2011, 08:39 PM
Well, it's the last day of Summer and it's been the best(wettest on record) Summer ever in this State. I was woken by heavy rain this morning and the sound of it overflowing the spouting, 34.5ml, and there's been a bit more I haven't measured yet. I went out to put the frangipanis under cover, for the pots to drain, and about a dozen beautiful Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos flew over , making it a special day. They returned in bigger numbers to a tree in one of our paddocks, quite a treat to see that many.
A cheery start now for the last day, an orange Cosmos. Then a beautiful bloom that Kronenboug put on display, but if anyone knows this rose, it should not be that colour, so my third photo will be something near the correct colour. I love it either way. :)

February 27th, 2011, 09:02 PM
Gaura lindheimeri.
Our pomegranate tree, heavily loaded this year.
Sun Blessed.

February 27th, 2011, 09:21 PM
Amongst the Echiums, a clump of Belladonna lilies.
Apricot Nectar.

February 27th, 2011, 09:29 PM
I have a few yellow roses. This is St Patrick whose buds start out quite greenish (of course) before it goes yellow.
Statice in different colours.
Mary Rose.

February 27th, 2011, 09:41 PM
I am pretty good at killing Gerberas if they are potted so I shoved them into a garden bed where they have since thrived, probably very glad to be out of my clutches. LOL.
The lovely single rose, Sally Holmes, and the vibrant Ashram. The description of this rose said bright old gold colour but on the tag I'm sure it said colours of the outback, and that would be spot on. Quite eye catching.

February 27th, 2011, 09:53 PM
Our loaded William pear tree, netted against attack by pretty little (hungry and destructive) bright green lorikeets.
A humble carnation.
The beautiful Pierre de Ronsard.

February 27th, 2011, 10:00 PM
Gertrude Jekyll.
Lichfield Angel.

February 27th, 2011, 10:06 PM
This is a sunflower I gave to my sister but didn't plant myself. From memory it's named Teddy Bear, from the Digger's garden club. I'll be planting it next time for sure.

February 27th, 2011, 11:44 PM
Whaaaaaaaaa I want summer now.....I look outside and still that white crap all around..:( LOL Beautiful flowers. I really like the sun flower. Are Annual or perennial? If they are annual I should get you to send me some seeds..LOL

February 28th, 2011, 03:07 AM
You'd need seeds, Shaykeija. I'm hoping my sister will have plenty. I didn't plant mine because it's hotter here and I got them late. I'll pm you if she succeeds in harvesting some. The original packet didn't have many in it, disappointing really.

February 28th, 2011, 07:23 AM
Beautiful:thumbs up
You must have a HUGE garden with all those different flowers,too many to comment on,all beautiful..
Here I am starting to see the tips of Tulips coming out,the snow from yesterday is mostly gone,now depressing rain.....but spring is on the horizon,I hope:pray:

February 28th, 2011, 09:00 AM
It's too big, Chico2, about the equivalent of the garden part of 5 suburban blocks. Serves me right for getting greedy though and pinching a small sheep paddock for my roses. I don't really do enough in the front garden. It's a dog free zone where I plant things that may be toxic to them, but then I prefer to spend my time with them, hence the neglect out there. :) I always felt when I was showing my dogs that there was a limit to the time I could do that - due to arthritis - and when I jumped headfirst into gardening I felt the same. Get a pretty garden fast or forget it. How long I can keep on gardening is a good question, my back will let me down. I am totally hooked on growing flowers from seeds, it'll be hard to give that up. :(

February 28th, 2011, 09:20 AM
I tried to replace a photo for a better one and must have left it too late to edit it, so here the new photo is, a better one of the Gerbera. That's it for Summer, it's Autumn now. :thumbs up Almost time for the big bonfire to get rid of all the garden rubbish. Now I can sit back and enjoy other people's beautiful blooms. :)

February 28th, 2011, 09:45 AM
I would do ANYTHING just to smell a flower! They are gorgeous.

doggy lover
February 28th, 2011, 10:01 AM
BM Canada Blooms comes to Toronto in March....GF consider me ignorant I know what happens to our plants in the winter here but what happens to yours do they die and go dormant? I'm sure they don't get buried under 4 feet of snow like ours do..:laughing:

February 28th, 2011, 10:59 AM
GF,I too have arthritis in my back,hip and hands,I'll just have to go a little slower this spring,hubby being retired will do all the digging,luckily he too loves working outside:thumbs up
Love Gerberas!

February 28th, 2011, 09:48 PM
BenMax, you won't believe how sorry for you that makes me feel. For any garden lover in the cold countries. It's comments like that that make me aware of how lucky we are down here. Wish I could go round my garden and hand you a big bunch of roses right now.
Doggy lover, I am as curious, and as ignorant, as you are. A lot in my garden are annuals, so they just die down and are replaced, but perennials motor on. Right here we never get snow, 30 miles away, in the Grampians mountain range, maybe a bit a few times in Winter. Some years plenty of frosts though, which aren't real good for the garden but you tell me, what happens to your plants? It's amazing that anything could survive that snow, but I've seen Chico2's lovely garden and those plants must get through Winter to be the size they are. What happens to roses? To succulents? If I met any of you there'd be a million questions about your country and the gardens.
Chico2, unfortunately my husband should have had a hip replacement 2 years ago last October and it can't be done , had to postponed, cancelled maybe. :( He also was a hard worker all his life and has very bad arthritis, but then I'm not much better off now. Not on the hip replacement list yet but moderately bad, with a worn disc and a couple of slipped vertebrae, as well as terribly painful arthritis in my right shoulder(dog groomer's shoulder I call that :D ) and right knee(too many laps around the ring with the dogs I showed :rolleyes: ) - my mother, if she was still alive, would say it's self inflicted. I feel for you though having arthritis in your hands. Is that rheumatoid arthritis? Mine is osteo, and even the occassional aching finger is hard to bear. We just muddle along. I do the main work here so I'm grateful for even the little bits he can help with. I know he is far more interested in growing things he can EAT :laughing: whereas I love colour and perfume. A typical man??
Yes, gerberas are nice and watching this lot thrive makes me yearn for some more colours. Heaps more daylilies too. Of course get another stinking hot summer and all that will change, dependant on what gets killed off by the scorching sun.

doggy lover
March 1st, 2011, 07:08 AM
GF a lot of what you call perennials would probably not survive here, the perennials die right down so does the roses even the canes sometimes but they wake their sleepy heads every spring to start a year anew. Succulents there are only a few that survive our winters and they just kind of go dormant. Its amazing how they do survive year after year growing from bulbs or roots that survived in the ground over winter. Some bulbs we let die back and take in, replanting the following year. Better I try to explain it with pictures. Spring, summer and winter at the cottage. All my garden is perennials that survive a winter of snow and -30 degree weather.

March 1st, 2011, 07:10 AM
GF,all the Perrenials get cut down early spring,the Roses cut down to about a foot high,their root-system covered with mulch and every year they return,having had a good sleep in the winter.

My arthritis is also Osteo,my Doctor told me early on,I was a candidate for Osteo,being tall and Scandinivian:yell:
My hubs,luckily is in good health basically :thumbs up

March 1st, 2011, 07:12 AM

March 1st, 2011, 09:35 AM
For a start, the sun on the timber of the cottage just makes it glow , it's quite lovely! So much promise in the Spring and your Summer garden is beautiful, I love lots of different colours like that. :) Don't recognise some of the plants mind you. What is that flower second from the left, next to an orange lily(?) ? I think I'd be very happy sitting on your porch with that garden to admire. I'd be pleased if you named all the plants you know are there. I think it's wonderful in any season. They say Aussies are tough(well, some are) because we survive the heat, but boy, my cap is off to all of you coping with the freezing winters. I could say it's picture postcard perfect, that last photo, but it has to be teeth chattering cold. Thanks for showing me those.