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Goldfields
December 3rd, 2011, 02:20 AM
I forgot the season had just changed. Here is a beauty, literally, to start the Summer off with, the rose called Black Beauty. I think it deserves more than one photo. :lovestruck: My sister told me not to get this rose, that it was a poor doer in her garden, but hopefully our climate might suit it better.

Dee-O-Gee
December 3rd, 2011, 10:05 AM
That's a beautiful rose GF. Is it a dark/black colour as it's budding or does it turn black afterwards?

Stunning species. :cloud9:

pbpatti
December 3rd, 2011, 11:04 AM
Black Beauty is indeed a beauty..what a stunning rose. I hope that it continues to grow well in your garden Goldfields. patti

Goldfields
December 3rd, 2011, 06:57 PM
Dee-O-Gee, I really haven't had it long enough to notice, it's new this season and the last week has been Hell here, the Fairy Grass has ripened(like all the crops around here) and with the strong winds we've had the seed heads are blowing like tumbleweeds and the result ...? Well, you know that saying , nature hates a vacuum? It fills up your garden, piles up against the house to the eaves if you let it, fills any shed or garage left open etc. . So, all we do from morning to night is crush and bag the rotten stuff, using a sheet of flat tin to corral it. We tend to the animals and exercise dogs, try to water the garden when we can, but no time for studying my garden or sitting and relaxing. On our worst day this Fairy Grass packed so tight between the big Callistemons in my front garden that I had to force my way through it.
Sorry for venting. I think this rose is so lovely that I might buy it a great big pot and take extra special care of it. :)

Goldfields
December 5th, 2011, 08:30 PM
Cacti have such lovely flowers. First time I've had this one flower. :thumbs up
The rose is Bantry Bay, and last but not least, a native, Kangaroo Paw.

Goldfields
December 5th, 2011, 08:40 PM
First the jumble of a garden bed outside my office. Then a Penstemon and Tantau's Bernstein Rose.

Goldfields
December 5th, 2011, 08:48 PM
Zinnias have become somewhat of a favorite, though caterpillars and other bugs love them. :evil: They are so bright and cheery that it's worth the effort of growing them.

Goldfields
December 5th, 2011, 08:58 PM
Here is my guardian at the gate, no marauding (flower eating) lambs will enter! :D Yay for Jarrah!

Candytuft.

serenamlambe
December 6th, 2011, 08:46 AM
What a beautiful garden!! The flowers are just gorgeous. And what a good girl Jarrah is, protecting them from the mischevious lambs! Hahah. I cannot wait to get a "real" job, buy a house, and grow my own garden! Do you grow any veggies?

Goldfields
December 6th, 2011, 07:16 PM
The garden isn't very beautiful this year. The weather is totally against us, unseasonably too hot or too cold, every type of sap sucking/leaf chewing bug imaginable, but elements of it are nice, so thank you. I have had success with vegie gardens in the past but the drought put an end to that, we were not allowed to water the gardens. After 13 years of drought .....well, imagine 13 years of snow ..... I was desperate for colour, hence my passion for flowers, it's such an improvement on bare ground with big cracks in it and not a blade of green grass anywhere.
Don't be envious of this garden because along with it comes grey hair and arthritis. LOL. You'll get your garden eventually I'm sure.

Goldfields
December 8th, 2011, 06:33 PM
A better photo of The Nun.
Lili Marlene.
And just because I thought this was a lovely rose, from a friend's garden, Grandma's Rose.

Goldfields
December 8th, 2011, 07:07 PM
This rose was labelled Camp David but because of the muddled petals it's almost like a David Austin instead of a Hybrid Tea. However, I now have one bud that looks like a HT type, and the upright growth and long stems on the buds in the third photo might also mean it is a HT. :shrug:

Goldfields
December 8th, 2011, 07:24 PM
The first Tiger Lily I've grown.:)
What you get when you tell a man(i.e. hubby) to buy a grey coloured bird bath. :D Oh well;, I don't suppose the birds will care.

Sally Holmes.

hazelrunpack
December 8th, 2011, 08:33 PM
More lovely roses :cloud9: Pretty tiger lily, too. And I suspect you're right about the birds--they won't mind the terra cotta bath. :D

Goldfields
December 8th, 2011, 08:54 PM
I put these last postings in the wrong thread and am hoping they can be shifted. The birds should appreciate the new bird bath, it was 35C here yesterday, 7 degrees above average for this time of year. We have rain on the way but in the meantime are being buried under Fairy Grass again due to strong winds. I am just so fed up with trying to clean it up, it's an exhausting job in the heat.

hazelrunpack
December 9th, 2011, 11:30 AM
Posts are moved. :)

How long will the Fairy Grass 'season' last, GF? Seems like last year you were cleaning it up for a long time...

Marty11
December 9th, 2011, 12:26 PM
I'm sorry but what is "Fairy Grass"???? I love looking at your pics!!!:thumbs up

marko
December 9th, 2011, 12:29 PM
Thx for the move HRP!
Lovely flowers Goldfields!

Goldfields
December 9th, 2011, 07:12 PM
Thanks, Hazel, and glad you like the flowers, Marko. :)

Marty11, Fairy grass is mutant grass from Hell! :evil: Or Lachnagrostis filiformis to be precise. A native grass here. You can read about it here.
http://vro.dpi.vic.gov.au/dpi/vro/vrosite.nsf/pages/water_sss_common_blown

Below is the worst infestation of it that we've had. This is 3 different areas of my garden , photo's taken yesterday. Every time the wind changes direction it builds up in a different place and it's constantly blowing in off the farms, the forest and the water reserve. All we can do is try and crush and bag any that is near the house and with it so windy all the time it's a full time job. If we got a really good rain on it that might see the end of it, but we'd need inches. :(

Goldfields
December 17th, 2011, 08:41 AM
We've had a couple of calm days, no wind, and tonight hopefully will get some rain, which should make the Fairy grass less of a fire risk.
First flower here is a Tigridia. The others are a yellow and a pink Kangaroo Paw I added to the collection. I managed to buy an orange one also but it is very small still, I won't see a flower from it this year.

lindapalm
December 17th, 2011, 11:52 PM
Dumb question, but does that fairy grass provide food for any animals, or is it totally useless?

Goldfields
December 18th, 2011, 03:14 AM
Certainly not a dumb question, Lindapalm, I wouldn't know a thing about your grasses either. Apparently stock will eat it while it's young and green, but that only makes me think this is coming off the Water Reserve and the State Forest, two areas where grazing is prohibited. The Dept of Sustainability and Environment won't do a thing about it, as in spraying or burning, because it's a native grass. :(

Some roses for you all before I go and feed my lambs. I accompanied a friend to a Nursery I'd not been to the other day and came home with 3 new red roses and a white rugosa. So, this first rose is one that has been on my Wish list for quite some time.

Kentucky Derby.
Baronne Edmond de Rothschild.
Sun Blessed

Goldfields
December 22nd, 2011, 08:34 PM
First a change, some of the clouds that gave us two inches of rain the other day. We luckily missed a downpour of 4 inches that a town 30 miles away got, they had floods. I love clouds by the way.
Nasturtiums.
Daylily

Goldfields
December 22nd, 2011, 08:48 PM
A different Daylily
Dwarf Lavatera
Rose named Maggie.

Goldfields
December 22nd, 2011, 09:01 PM
One of my new red roses, the single climber, Altissimo.
The first gladioli to flower, sorry it's in the shade.
Some of my zinnias.

Goldfields
December 22nd, 2011, 09:11 PM
I love it when we get a sky like this.Today though it is clear blue and heading for 35C. Too hot for me, and the same weather is forecast for Xmas Day. Would anyone like to trade places? Please. :D
Asiatic Lillium

serenamlambe
December 22nd, 2011, 09:28 PM
Freezing rain here and about 1 Celsius. Not too bad, actually, but I'll gladly trade places!! Love seeing your pictures; they remind me of summer. Keep them coming!

Goldfields
December 22nd, 2011, 09:29 PM
Bantry Bay, which a friend now regrets giving to me, she didn't realise what a lovely soft pink it is. :)
Another Dwarf Lavatera.
Penstemon.

hazelrunpack
December 23rd, 2011, 10:43 AM
Very pretty, GF! Turns out we may have a white Christmas after all so I guess I'll stay here. Ask again next month, though, and I might be willing to trade a little snow for some bright flowers! :D Did the rain make your fairy grass more manageable?

Goldfields
December 23rd, 2011, 11:03 AM
No, unfortunately it was only while it was wet that it was manageable. :( I am going to phone the Country Fire Authority tomorrow and inform them of the fire risk because the Dept. of Sustainability and Environment may not do a thing about it unless the CFA tell them to. If nothing else it should be sprayed next season.
1C sounds great to me. I could find a way to get warm.

Goldfields
December 26th, 2011, 09:43 PM
Summer is gladioli time, and something to look forward to for me because I don't know what colours I'll be seeing. I really like this first one. :thumbs up

Goldfields
December 26th, 2011, 09:49 PM
While Xmas day was all sunshine, and Fairy Grass blown in, in my garden, our capital city in this State had dreadful storms, see the damage here. Reader's sent these photo's in. You never know, we might end up with our own Tornado alley. They are becoming more common, though not as devastating as the tornadoes in the States.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/photo-gallery/gallery-e6frf94x-1226230231439?page=13

Goldfields
December 26th, 2011, 10:01 PM
Rose named St Patrick. This usually starts off as a limey green bud before going yellow but the weather must be effecting it.
I know, I have a spider phobia. This little white spider on the new Buddleja freaks me out. :D
Coneflower.

Goldfields
December 26th, 2011, 10:19 PM
A green Zinnia.
Pretty in pink.
And even more pink, the Dwarf Lavatera again.

Goldfields
December 26th, 2011, 10:47 PM
Winchester Cathedral.
A very pale blue Salvia.
And of course, Xmas Lilies. I am so glad I could show you photo's like this, rather than photo's like this link ... so many people's Xmases ruined down in the City.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/photo-gallery/gallery-e6frf94x-1226230231439?page=31

mikischo
December 27th, 2011, 02:32 PM
Great pics, Goldfields. So nice to see all the beautiful flowers on a cold dreary winter day in Canada. Makes me long for spring.

Goldfields
January 7th, 2012, 08:21 PM
mikischo, I'd actually love to see some snow photo's. It's so hot here in Summer and it looks so cool.

My delphiniums are going to flower a second time, but maybe not all of them.
Pansies are still doing their thing.
The rose is Pascali, made more beautiful by the raindrops.

Goldfields
January 7th, 2012, 08:31 PM
Penstemon.
A rose named Mme Louis Laperriere.
Pelargonium.

Goldfields
January 7th, 2012, 08:43 PM
Different white rose, Pope John Paul 11. It has a beautiful fragrance for a white rose.
Oriental Lily.
Gladioli.

lindapalm
January 8th, 2012, 08:52 PM
I love the green Zinnias, thats a flower I've always wanted to try, but never have. Its 48 degrees in January here, and no snow, so maybe flowers won't be too far off? Last year this time my husband had put in 54 hours of snowblowing our driveway, so he went out and bought a tractor. It hasn't come out of the shed yet, and I hope it never does.

hazelrunpack
January 8th, 2012, 10:34 PM
That Pelargonium is pretty, too!

We haven't had any snow to speak of, either, lindapalm...I've barely lifted a shovel except to clean slush off the deck and the tractor is getting no exercise at all! :D

Dee-O-Gee
January 8th, 2012, 11:06 PM
Pascali and Pope John Paul 11 are beautiful GF. Your St Patrick is stunning as well. I planted one of them a few years back here and it never took. :shrug:


I miss summer. :cry:

Goldfields
January 8th, 2012, 11:33 PM
I think you'll find Zinnias very rewarding, lindapalm. The green one came in a packet of green and white Zinnias from Diggers, here in Oz. Diggers have a lot of unusual plants. I don't mind any of the colours, the form of the flower is just so unreal, the colours so vibrant that I smile whenever I look at them. The Pelargonium cutting was a gift from the kind lady I bought some irises off.

So,a question for both of you, is the lack of snow unusual and a potential problem, as in lack of water later?

Goldfields
January 9th, 2012, 12:03 AM
Buddleja davidii Pink.
Oriental Lilies again.
Finally, a lovely sunshiney yellow Gladioli.

Goldfields
January 9th, 2012, 12:16 AM
Pascali and Pope John Paul 11 are beautiful GF. Your St Patrick is stunning as well. I planted one of them a few years back here and it never took. :shrug:


I miss summer. :cry:

I'll never forget the first time I saw St Patrick, DOG. I looked accross rows of potted roses at a Nursery and spotted this lovely green rose, or rather a green rosebud. Just beautiful! Mine is not thriving though either, if I lost it I wouldn't be surprised. Pascali, well, I have two. I think it's a rose that needs just the right amount of shelter/shade and the right weather conditions, I only have my best flower now. I am not disappointed with Pope John Paul 11. :lovestruck: White roses have their own set of problems here I think, attracting certain insects more than other coloured roses do for instance too.
You would NOT miss Summer if you lived here. I feel like celebrating the first day of Autumn(Fall) because then it's a whole 9 months till the next Summer. Yay!! :D

Goldfields
January 9th, 2012, 12:38 AM
I know where your snow has gone, lindapalm and Hazel. It's down here. :D Just read this when I visited Weatherzone.

Snow possible on Victorian alpine peaks
Monday January 9, 2012 - 11:40 EDT

The weather bureau is forecasting possible snow in the Victorian alps.

Temperatures reached the mid-40s in northern parts of the state during last week's heatwave, as fire authorities responded to hundreds of bushfires.

But it has cooled significantly since then, reaching just 3.4C at Mount Hotham today.

The bureau's senior forecaster, Richard Carlyon, says it is expected to get colder by Wednesday.

"Quite a cool blast for summer, it might only be an 18 degree day [in Melbourne]," he said.

"We're forecasting some snow over the Alpine peaks. Quite a cool blast there.

"That really puts a hold on the warm weather, so it will take quite some time to recover from that."

He says the weather should start to warm up in about a week or so with temperatures creeping up to the 30 degree mark.


- ABC

That's all good IMO. :thumbs up

hazelrunpack
January 9th, 2012, 10:39 AM
Well, there ya go! I want that snow back, GF!! :frustrated: :laughing:

As for the water table, lack of snow won't impact ours much. We're sitting on an aquifer that won't react unless there is a very prolonged drought. The water table was actually down a couple feet from a longer drought we had last decade but the wells were still good. The past few summers and winters since then have gone a long way to recharge the aquifer. The biggest problem is with fire danger if we get into a droughty spell. We're in the middle of a forest.

lindapalm
January 9th, 2012, 08:50 PM
Goldfields, I'm more than happy to see where our snow went to, hopefully it stays THERE. We had a green Christmas, which I didn't think I would like, but it made it so much easier for traveling. I like the change of the seasons, but last year was a horrible year for snow, I'm at the age I think a couple of inches of snow is pretty, four feet or more is pretty crappy. We get plenty of rain here, so we don't have to worry about water levels, the lakes are really high.

Goldfields
January 10th, 2012, 10:26 AM
LOL@you, Hazel. :) I am loving this cool spell, though it makes my arthritis worse. Your forest consists of what type of trees? Can't evenbegin to guess. Ours just gets so tinder dry and you know, I lived here 35 years before someone told me a couple of local guys always drive around the State Forest opposite us after a thunder storm, even at night, to check that no lightning strikes started anything. Wish they'd told me, I'd have slept a lot better. LOL.

Gee, can't imagine 4 feet of snow , Lindapalm. I'd hate that!

Goldfields
January 10th, 2012, 10:34 AM
Tigridia
Sunflower 'Italian White'
Rose named The Pilgrim.

hazelrunpack
January 10th, 2012, 05:12 PM
Is that Tigridia a type of lily, GF? Very exotic looking flower! :D

We have primarily oak and pine here, with maples mixed in and a smattering of birch and aspen.

Goldfields
January 10th, 2012, 10:20 PM
Tigridias are part of the Iridaceae or the Iris family, Hazel. There are some unusual ones at this site ...

http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/Tigridia

I've only had 3 colours flower so far, I may have showed the red one.
The pine in your forest would be the most inflammable tree surely? I saw the aftermath of the massive Ash Wednesday fires here where it ripped through the pine plantations down at Tarpeena - unbelievable! Only trunks left and all were just bowed and black as far as the eye could see.

hazelrunpack
January 10th, 2012, 10:47 PM
Those are just gorgeous, GF. I can't decide if I like the red one or the yellow one best! Cool that it's in the iris family--I would never have pictured that shade of red as possible in the iris family!

Yes, the pines can get quite tindery if it gets droughty. So can oaks, for that matter, but the pines are particularly flammable. We're in a bad spot, too--only 4 roads out of town. 2 run perpendicular to the prevailing winds, so any fire starting to the west would sweep over those routes, and a third runs back through the forest and would be cut off if there was a fire... :eek: The DNR parks it's fire-fighting equipment in the township if it gets dry so as to be closer to trouble if it starts.

Goldfields
January 11th, 2012, 02:30 AM
The third Tigridia was less eye catching, a bit pale, as you can see. There are some very spectacular ones though. I suppose the form of these flowers is a bit iris-like(think other irises, not Bearded Iris) even if the colour isn't.

Is there any safe place in town if there are fires? It's terrible living in fear of fires all Summer, and you certainly do here too. I think we'd try to do a dash next door because there is a big open gravelled area in front of our neighbor's big oat shed where one might be safe. Let's hope you and I never have to evacuate though.

Melinda
January 11th, 2012, 07:10 AM
oh my god, they are all just gorgeous!!! I love the different sunflower, but...I have to admit, that white spider facinated me *L* I detest spiders and they are the only creature Im afraid of, but white? are they common??

Goldfields
January 11th, 2012, 09:56 AM
Last Summer, because we were getting the tail end of tropical cyclones, we had a lot of big Golden Orb Weaver spiders, and walking into their strong webs accidentally terrified me! :eek: I've seen the occassional little itsy bitsy white spider this Summer and it just doesn't matter if they are tiny, huge, or disgusting, like the Wolf spider that carries a million tiny babies with it(well, perhaps I exaggerate :D ) or our big hairy Huntsman, I just hate them! It's why I'll probably never be a good gardener, Melinda, too freaked out by spiders and certain other insects. I'd rather be kicked or bitten by a horse, even bitten by a dog, than have a spider run up my arm.:laughing: By the way, Usually that white spider seems to appear just as I'm about to sniff the rose it is hiding in. :eek:

marko
January 11th, 2012, 10:30 AM
Lovely flower sets GF.

hazelrunpack
January 11th, 2012, 11:08 AM
Is there any safe place in town if there are fires? It's terrible living in fear of fires all Summer, and you certainly do here too.

Not really, unless they jumped in the lake. But it's shallow and likely not much protection. The only time fire is a danger though, is in drought. The past two years we've had so much rain that a fire wouldn't have a chance of getting started--way too much green. :D

I like those little white spiders, too--they like to sit in the white peonies and you don't see them till your nose is right on them. But I still like them. I think they're really pretty....for spiders, anyway....

We get those big yellow and black spiders in the garden, though. I don't mind them if I know where they are, but if I hit a web accidentally is sorta creeps me out. :o

Goldfields
January 11th, 2012, 07:08 PM
Thanks, Marko, glad you enjoy seeing them. :)

Hazel, have you any photo's of those black and yellow spiders, or any way of ID-ing them? I don't know how anyone could like spiders.

hazelrunpack
January 11th, 2012, 08:17 PM
As a matter of fact, yes I do. :laughing: I'm really a camera addict. I have pics of lots of weird stuff...

Anyway, here's the black and yellow argiope spider we get frequently in our gardens:

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Doesn't it look like a picture of an extraterrestrial on its back? lol

lindapalm
January 11th, 2012, 10:24 PM
Goldfields, have you ever totaled up how many different flowers you have? It must be an enormous amount. Are there any that need constant watering?

Goldfields
January 12th, 2012, 01:03 AM
As a matter of fact, yes I do. :laughing: I'm really a camera addict. I have pics of lots of weird stuff...

Anyway, here's the black and yellow argiope spider we get frequently in our gardens:

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Doesn't it look like a picture of an extraterrestrial on its back? lol

ET for sure. :D That is completely gross. :eek: :eek: I'd run a mile if one got on me.

Lindapalm, wish you hadn't mentioned watering. I was going to skip it tonight in order to take Jarrah up to my friend's place to accompany her GSD, Archie, on a walk.
No, never counted the flowers I have growing but I'm addicted to growing flowers from seed, it is just so satisfying doing it that way. It means I go over the top sometimes. :D And yes, a lot need constant watering, which gets done when we have the dogs out early in the morning, or in the evening. The big water consumers are the sunflowers and zinnias, and Lavatera(dwarf) seems to wilt quickly too. As I'm on the surgeon's list for a knee replacement I will probably let the garden go a bit after the op.. That's okay though, anything that dies might eventually be replaced by something different. Something I have never grown before. :thumbs up

lindapalm
January 12th, 2012, 09:28 PM
Goldfields, I'm going to warn you. If you have a knee replacement, you are going to go crazy watching the weeds grow around your flowers, unless your husband is good with weeding. I broke my ankle two years ago, and I went nuts watching the flowers disappear and the weeds take over. My husband was totally clueless about how everything looked You just have to keep telling yourself that you'll make up for it the next year.

Goldfields
January 13th, 2012, 08:46 AM
My husband doesn't know a flower from a weed, so it's going to be a disaster! I might actually pull some of my young daylilies up and pot them, that way he can just bring me the pot, or put it up on something for me and I can weed anything that comes up. I've spoken to a couple of people lately who tell me a knee replacement is worse than a hip and how they aren't all successful, so now I am asking myself should I postpone this till I really can't put it off any longer. Call me chicken, huh? :)
Oh, sometimes I can't tell a weed from a flower myself and have been known to take special care of some weird weed until someone on a garden forum tells me what it is. LOL.

lindapalm
January 13th, 2012, 11:21 PM
Just keep telling yourself that you'll get everything done the next year. They may look a little wild the following year, but you'll get to it. I'm going to need an ankle replacement in a couple of years, and I too am dreading it, but theres not much choice, is there?

Goldfields
January 14th, 2012, 05:20 AM
I didn't know they can do an ankle replacement, that would be amazing. And scary! Can they do shoulders? I can see myself becoming the Bionic woman. LOL. Oh, I'm learning to put off doing things already in the garden because so much time is spent getting rid of Fairy grass. I have a really bad back tonight but that was from bending over cleaning tartar off 6 sets of doggy teeth and trimming 6 sets of furry feet, and combing Bo's coat out.

Mirela
January 14th, 2012, 07:16 PM
I didn't know they can do an ankle replacement, that would be amazing. And scary! Can they do shoulders? I can see myself becoming the Bionic woman. LOL. Oh, I'm learning to put off doing things already in the garden because so much time is spent getting rid of Fairy grass. I have a really bad back tonight but that was from bending over cleaning tartar off 6 sets of doggy teeth and trimming 6 sets of furry feet, and combing Bo's coat out.


Yep! DH us scheduled for such a surgery...:cry:

Goldfields
January 14th, 2012, 07:50 PM
Really? Ankles and shoulders must be very complicated operations, I must Google them and learn more about them. Must say your DH has my sympathy if he actually needs one, I know what shoulder pain can be like. Does he have a date set for his op, Mirela? And ankles? Well, you need to stand on them - say no more. Ouch!

Goldfields
January 21st, 2012, 10:16 AM
Time for some more flowers. First here is a rose I only bought today, Silver Ghost. I just love the singles.
Rudbeckia Cherry Brandy.
Sunflower Double Delight.

Goldfields
January 21st, 2012, 10:32 AM
Gladioli again.
Apricot Nectar bud.
Nasturtiums.

hazelrunpack
January 21st, 2012, 10:33 AM
Gorgeous roses GF!!! I like the singles, too--the wild ones are singles and because they're natives, they thrive in my gardens. Unlike cultivated roses that are doomed in hazel's hands... :o Wow, and that nasturtium is a knockout, too!!!

Goldfields
January 21st, 2012, 10:42 AM
I love nasturtiums, Hazel. One favorite childhood memory is my grandfather's nasturtiums growing in the sun beside his old brick kitchen chimney. He had a massive cottage garden, yet I only clearly recollect the nasturtiums. And sunflowers.
Don't worry, I'm starting to think that cultivated roses are doomed in my hands too, I've lost a lot this year. Mind you, it's been the worst year ever for Black Spot, and funnily enough, too dry in the Spring .... and they've been neglected because we're too busy trying to control that cursed Fairy grass.
I must get to bed, very late here and I have to be up early to water the garden. No rest for the wicked. LOL.

doggy lover
January 21st, 2012, 08:28 PM
beautiful flowers as always, just what I needed to warm up a winters day thanks Goldfields:thumbs up

Goldfields
January 22nd, 2012, 10:16 AM
My pleasure, doggy lover. The garden is suffering from the heat a bit now so my photo's could tail off a bit, we'll see. It was 35C today and the next week is supposedly like this. 35C, 36C, 35C, 34C 36C, 33C and 30C. Can't wait for next Sunday. 30C is just nice for Summer.

The Children's Rose.
Kiss Me Quick, proper name Centranthus ruber. Valerian also.
Cosmos.

hazelrunpack
January 22nd, 2012, 10:17 AM
Love the Kiss Me Quick! And its name, too. :D

Goldfields
January 22nd, 2012, 10:38 AM
Fragrant Plum.
Smooth Buttercup.
Rudbeckia, Prairie Sun (?)

One has to wonder how Kiss Me Quick got its name. LOL.

Goldfields
January 22nd, 2012, 10:50 AM
The colour washed out a bit due to strong sunlight but the little visitor on The Nun stands out.
Dainty little Pelargonium, whose name eludes me at the moment.
Another dainty little Pelargonium(geranium??), reminds me of a small red rosebud before it opens.

Goldfields
January 23rd, 2012, 10:46 AM
Lavender Pinnochio.
Sutters Gold, a disappointing rose in that in hot weather it can be a bud in the morning and a crisped mess by evening.
Silver Ghost again.

hazelrunpack
January 23rd, 2012, 11:14 AM
Beautiful roses, GF! I'll bet the garden smells heavenly! :cloud9:

Goldfields
January 23rd, 2012, 06:23 PM
It's a very large, spread out garden, so not that perfumed. Of course if I could fill it right up ..... :D

Thought I'd show two photo's here of the same rose, taken under different weather conditions. This is Brass Band taken back in November and the second one is taken now, in hot weather . Just Joey is another that has dramatic changes like that.

Third, for a sunshiny effect for you all, is Tantau's Bernstein Rose.

lindapalm
January 23rd, 2012, 11:39 PM
My God, how do you remember all the names of the flowers? I'm lucky if I remember my own name. My well would be dry watering all of them. What would be your favorite one out of all of them? You only get to pick one.

Goldfields
January 24th, 2012, 01:43 AM
Before I got into roses, lindapalm, I did wonder how my sister remembered the names of hers.:D Easy enough if you really love them. I used to be able to rattle off TB racehorse pedigrees when I worked on studs and in racing stables, ditto for dog pedigrees when I was showing and breeding them, and flowers are something I've liked since childhood even if I've been too busy to grow them sometimes.

I could not have had this garden prior to the Wimmera/Mallee pipeline being laid. When we only had the house dam to rely on it would have been impossible, but by them getting rid of the old open channel system where they lost an enormous amount of water through evaporation, the water savings mean we don't have any restrictions and can use what we can afford to pay for. (I don't know yet whether I can afford this garden. :laughing: )
If I only get to pick one flower as my favorite it might be the rose called Fourth of July. Bit of a toss up with two other beautiful striped roses, Soaring Spirits (money for the sale of which goes towards the memorial garden where the Twin Towers stood) and Cabana. The first 2 photo's here are Fourth of July, showing the variety you can get in different flowers and the other is Soaring Spirits. Please note that every other plant in the garden is my SECOND favorite. :D

hazelrunpack
January 24th, 2012, 10:48 AM
I can see why the striped roses are your faves!! Those are breathtaking!

Goldfields
January 24th, 2012, 06:43 PM
See why those two might have the edge on Cabana, Hazel? Both are singles, and both have lovely stamens ... but Cabana never has a bad bloom on it.

hazelrunpack
January 24th, 2012, 09:56 PM
I think I could settle for the cabanas, though, too! :D

lindapalm
January 24th, 2012, 09:58 PM
I can see why it is your first choice, the varigation is beautiful.

Goldfields
January 25th, 2012, 01:01 AM
Love the flecking on that first rose, lindapalm, but really, I couldn't do without any of those 3, they'd have to be replaced if I lost them. Actually, I thought I did lose Fourth of July, my first one suffered die back from the minute I got it and got down to a bunch of leaves at ground level. So I told the company and they gave , no, they sold me a replacement very cheap, and so far the first one is still hanging in there. If it suddenly came to life I think I'd pay them the difference between the cheap price and the normal price for the second one , the rose is worth it.

Cabana is just a dream for anyone who likes something pink and pretty. Now another stripey I mightn't bother to replace is Abracadabra, it's colouring has more shock value maybe? Sometimes it will put out a solid brick red rose, or a yellow one.
http://www.helpmefind.com/rose/l.php?l=2.36427

lindapalm
January 25th, 2012, 09:13 PM
The red in that picture is so deep, very unusual.

Goldfields
January 26th, 2012, 10:33 AM
It really is an unusual red, I agree, lindapalm.
I'll post a couple of photo's I took up at a friend's farm now. First the beautiful pink rose, Redoute. It's been added to my wish list. :D

Second is a Hymenocallis(sp?), or Spider Lily she has flowering. I have those, though maybe a slightly different one, my leaves are different and it hasn't flowered yet.
Third is just one of my own, Apricot Nectar.

Goldfields
January 26th, 2012, 10:46 AM
Just Joey. :lovestruck:
Nice little pelargonium I'd forgotten I had given to me.
Gaillardia.

Goldfields
January 28th, 2012, 06:13 PM
As you'd know, the Buddleja is nicknamed the Butterfly bush. Well, one of my favorite insects, the Praying Mantis, knows all about that and for the past 2 days has been seen hanging out under this flower, devouring butterflies. :eek: I guess the guy has to eat but the first time I saw him he didn't have to wave the remains of the wings at me like he did. :yuck: Gross!
Funny, he didn't seem to put on weight between the first and second butterfly, wish I knew his secret. Eat butterflies? They aren't fattening?

Goldfields
January 28th, 2012, 06:26 PM
Had disappointing news when a garden enthusiast friend called in on Australia Day. He told me my Bush Gem Kangaroo Paws are supposedly not long lived. Darn, 'cause I really like this pink one.

Sold to me as Camp David. Hmmm, I thought Camp David was a darker red rose? :shrug: (But what do I know? :D)

Galtonia candicans

hazelrunpack
January 28th, 2012, 08:17 PM
Cool mantis, GF! Looks pretty large, too. I've seen walking sticks here, but never mantids. I keep looking, though, cuz I know they're out there! :D

lindapalm
January 28th, 2012, 11:36 PM
Goldfields, how in the world can a preying mantis be one of your favorite insects? They give me the creeps sooooo bad. If you ever want to see and old lady run very fast, put one within inches of me, and I'm gone.

Goldfields
January 29th, 2012, 12:43 AM
I did wonder was it praying or preying, lindapalm, and was too lazy to look it up. :) I say "whatever", and how can it be a favorite, because it won't bite me.LOL. They're harmless to humans. A bit disconcerting due to how fast they can move if they get on you, they seem to travel from hand level to sitting on your face rather fast, but gee, if a spider did that I'd break all land speed records and leave you for dead. Don't tell anyone but I don't think hubby likes preying mantis at all. LOL.

I hope you find that elusive mantis, Hazel. We get the occassional stick insect here too and they tend to freak me out just a tad, the size they can get to. I'd never harm one or remove it from the garden though, just hope it didn't want to jump aboard. :)

lindapalm
January 29th, 2012, 08:14 PM
It probably is "praying" because it looks like they are, I never thought of that. They don't have to bite to scare me, just standing there, looking ugly, and rubbing their legs together does it for me. Eating their mates heads off doesn't earn them any points with me, either.

Goldfields
January 29th, 2012, 09:53 PM
LOL. Yes, bit of an antisocial habit that is, eating their mate's head. I don't see them as ugly, but it makes me wonder, what about grasshoppers or locusts, do they worry you also? I used to freak out when I first came up here if a locust was in our car. And I don't like moths when they start spiralling around the room either. Mice, in plague proportions ..... not good, but after all these years in a grain growing area, funny what you can get used to. I have always liked frogs, yet nothing would convince Ian to pick one up.

Goldfields
January 30th, 2012, 11:17 AM
What a difference a day makes. First two photo's are of the same Grimaldi bloom and I like the way the colours mellowed during the day. Third I think is Tipsy Imperial Concubine, it lost its name tag but not many roses have the big fat round buds it does.( ...that ball the minute they get damp. :( )

Goldfields
January 30th, 2012, 11:23 AM
This one has me scratching my head. It is Claire Austin, which can be seen here ...

http://www.helpmefind.com/gardening/l.php?l=2.44031

... and indeed it was a white rose when I bought it. I am not sure whether these pink roses are sports it has produced or not, I sort of doubt if just weather could make such a change. I'll tag the branches and see what colour they produce in future.

lindapalm
January 30th, 2012, 11:39 PM
Grasshoppers and locust aren't my favorite, either, maybe because they're so fast, but I can tolerate them. Praying Mantis, no way. My husband thinks its funny, he can always tell when I've seen one. He always calls me to relocate a frog, caterpillar, mouse, turtle, etc. when their in a wrong place, but he knows better with a mantis.

Goldfields
January 31st, 2012, 12:26 AM
I shouldn't laugh, people have phobias about all sorts of things. I've seen a number of baby Praying Mantis in the garden, conditions must be just right for them. I don't like the babies as much, they really do move fast. Of course your hubby would find this sort of thing funny, hubbies are the same the world over. LOL. Mine laughs whenever I freak out about our big, ugly hairy Huntsman spiders. I got the shivers just thinking about them.

Had a nice little buy up of some unusual plants yesterday, wish they were here flowering already.

Goldfields
February 5th, 2012, 02:46 AM
Extremely windy here today, it'd blow a dog off its chain as they say, with gusts of over 100klm an hour in some parts of the state. My sister said the wind took about 4 metres off the top of her Grevillea Robusta(Silky Oak) and my Weeping Sheoak is now just firewood too. :(

Not wanting to gross you out again, Lindapalm, just wanted to ask Hazel if this would be a baby Praying Mantis in this first photo? Or a different insect?

Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker).

White Statice.

hazelrunpack
February 5th, 2012, 10:36 AM
Looks like it could be, GF. Did it have little 'arms' tucked up in front out of sight of the camera? Cute lil bugger! :D

That's a shame about the trees. :( Here we lose more trees to ice and snow than wind, but we did lose an old hemlock a couple falls ago because the wind toppled it out of soggy ground.

Goldfields
February 5th, 2012, 11:08 AM
I'm sure it did, Hazel, but I'll have a look next time I see it. I like what good hunters they are, I saw him right inside a rose, just sticking his little head out, waiting for a meal to come along. Can't imagine him tackling a proper honey bee but he might go the little native bees.
Yes, always sad to lose trees, they take so long to grow. We've also lost one in the back paddock but that one was lucky to live as long as it did anyway. Did what your hemlock did, got uprooted, but then continued to grow parallel to the ground, then upwards. The top finally got too heavy though. (sigh) Good winter firewood though I suppose.

pbpatti
February 5th, 2012, 11:36 AM
Goldfields this is what I found for a juvenile praying mantis. It looks like yours.

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Goldfields
February 5th, 2012, 07:08 PM
Patti, thanks, that looks exactly like my adult one (eating butterflies) but I'm not so sure now about the smaller one. Of course when you want to see one and look for little front legs, they can't be found. :D

Here's a new plant, given to me yesterday for my birthday. Without going to look for the label, I think it's a pink and salmon Agastache. I love it, so dainty.

No regrets about buying this rose.... Red Coat. :lovestruck:

A busy bee on the Buddleja.

hazelrunpack
February 5th, 2012, 07:13 PM
Are the flowers on that Agastache two different colors, or does the pink age into the salmon color? Very pretty! And happy belated birthday! :D

Goldfields
February 5th, 2012, 07:39 PM
I've been wondering that myself, Hazel, or are they salmon and open to pink? Time will tell, I've hardly had a chance to study it. My friend also gave me some bulbils for double tiger lilies, but that is a swap, I will give her some for a single Tiger Lily. She gave me a new fridge magnet too, an English (not American) type Sheltie which I'm rather pleased about. I have dogs all over my fridge. Thanks for the belated birthday wish - any excuse to eat a roast duck dinner is okay by me. :)

lindapalm
February 5th, 2012, 08:29 PM
Goldfields, love your flowers, hate your bugs. I've learned to stop and enjoy the flower pictures, and click rapidly when I see the creepy ones.

Goldfields
February 5th, 2012, 08:51 PM
LOL. You don't mind bees I hope, or butterflies?

Goldfields
February 9th, 2012, 04:35 AM
I just noticed something strange when I was resizing these photo's, I assumed the first two are Pelargonium Gibbosum but their flowers are slightly different. Tomorrow I will carefully follow the stems to their source, they are a bit tangled in a Peppermint Scented Pelargonium so I need good daylight. Maybe the first one is just an old flower.
Third photo is Salvia Megan's Magic, not at its best but you get the general idea of what it's like. Wind has knocked the garden around a lot this Summer.:mad:

I was told of a good book going cheap last weekend and today finally went into town to take a look. It now lives here :D , the Royal Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and Flowers. Usually $80 I think, got it for $30. Yay!! Might be my reading matter when I'm stuck in Hospital. :)

hazelrunpack
February 9th, 2012, 10:44 AM
That salvia is unique with the white blossoms and purple calyx. Very pretty.

Goldfields
February 9th, 2012, 10:52 AM
Yes, there certainly are some lovely Salvias. I have a heap of them waiting to be planted out when cooler , hopefully wetter weather comes.

hazelrunpack
February 9th, 2012, 10:58 AM
Do you have a rainy season?

Goldfields
February 9th, 2012, 07:06 PM
Not like Queensland does, Hazel. They've got bad floods up there right now, Summer is their wet season. This part of Victoria has 4 distinct seasons, with most of our rain during Spring. I can feel Autumn coming. Cooler nights, leaves falling off the fig and mulberry trees etc., but I should look at the coats on the ponies, that will tell me how far off any Autumn break will be.
Oh, got all my potted bulbs weeded before breakfast today, the potted plants are next. I need new labels on a lot of things. We measured the beds for a medium size fence (one I can still step over)to be put up to stop Jarrah walking all over them when I put Dynamic Lifter or Blood and Bone on them, trying to eat it all. She seems to disrespect the low fence that could keep Cuddles out, and my Delphiniums are too fragile to have a dog amongst them.

lindapalm
February 9th, 2012, 08:43 PM
Goldfields, I love butterflies, bees don't bother me if they don't get too close. Have you ever heard of a flower called Ivory Prince Hellebore? Its one of my favorites because its 30 degrees here and it is starting to bloom, it will continue to bloom probably halfway through the summer. I love it because it gives you hope that Springs not too far away.

Goldfields
February 9th, 2012, 09:48 PM
I just Googled your Helleborus, lindapalm, it's lovely. I don't know if I have it myself. My sister gave me about 6 of them but couldn't tell me what they'll be, and they haven't flowered yet. I know there are some real beauties being produced and I try not to look at them ... I could feel another addiction coming on you see. :D

lindapalm
February 10th, 2012, 09:25 PM
Their not the most colorful flower, (a pale green) but any flower that can bloom with snow around it has my vote. Its the first thing that makes me think of Spring.

Goldfields
February 11th, 2012, 12:21 AM
Pale green is great, what about my pale green Zinnia? :) Are there any other flowers tough enough to survive snow? I used to think the Hellebores were nicknamed the Winter Rose here, I have my fingers crossed that mine survive this Summer heat so I can see them flower.

Goldfields
February 11th, 2012, 12:55 AM
Haven't much in the garden now, far too dry this Summer. But, first a humble Petunia, and the two roses are Baronne Edmond de Rothschild, and Loving Memory. The last might be a rose (potted at the moment) I save and place at the head of a dog, or cat's grave perhaps. I can't lay my hands on the pedigree papers for our Persian cat, so asked at the Shire Office, Pheobe is 14 years and 10 months old now.:eek: She doesn't act it, so :fingerscr that we have her for quite some time yet. Where did that time go though? :shrug:

lindapalm
February 11th, 2012, 09:59 PM
Although the Crocus comes up in pretty cold weather, I think the Hellebore has it beat, plus it flowers into summer, and the leaves make a nice bush. I'm sure there are other flowers that make an early arrival, but these are the only two I have that do.What month would you say is your best for your blooming flowers?

Goldfields
February 11th, 2012, 11:03 PM
What about daffodils, do they come up similar time as the crocus, or later? Our best months, and I have to name two, are October/November, as in October the irises bloom and some roses, but roses should be at the best around Melbourne Cup day, the first Tuesday in November. What would it be in Canada?

lindapalm
February 12th, 2012, 04:31 PM
Our daffidols come up later, in May. It seems so strange to think your best months are Oct/Nov., by then everything has been chopped down or pulled out. I'm in New York, and election day falls on the first Tuesday of Nov., can't think of anything else that does.

Goldfields
February 12th, 2012, 11:51 PM
Well, now you know, lindapalm, the biggest horse race in the Southern hemisphere, the Melbourne Cup, is always on the first Tuesday in November. :) The Flemington racecourse has lots of roses around the mounting yard etc., they have Fashions on The Field for the women ..... anyway, touted as 'the race that stops the Nation' and we get some wonderful overseas horses here for it. So, pretty exciting here and in New York also.

lindapalm
February 13th, 2012, 11:07 PM
Have you ever won any money on the race?

Goldfields
February 13th, 2012, 11:50 PM
Even when I worked with racehorses I didn't gamble, I was there solely because of my love for horses. I actually helped look after a horse that was beaten by a short half head in that race, but then he was beaten by Rain Lover, a dual cup winner so we were lucky to get that close. Ancient history now and maybe if I went to the Cup now my attention would be divided between the horses and the roses. LOL. A lot of businesses here, if they aren't having a public holiday for it, at least have an office Sweeps on the Cup.

Goldfields
February 24th, 2012, 10:37 AM
I felt something crawl up my neck when I came inside the other night and it was one of the Mantis babies, and Hazel, they are Praying Mantis, I stuck a stick in front of one and it put its front legs out to it. Anyway, picked him up carefully and he's back in the garden. There are some in 3 rose beds that I know of now.
Gladi's and Penstemons, and to continue the pink theme, a pretty Aster.

hazelrunpack
February 24th, 2012, 10:50 AM
Awwww....babies!!! :cloud9: :laughing: That's cool that you have so many, though. They're great for keeping the bad bugs in check. :D That glad is gorgeous!

Goldfields
February 24th, 2012, 08:55 PM
The Gladi' was looking wilted last night after 38C heat yesterday, Hazel, so I've an old dog show umbrella shading it today. 39C is the forecast. I'm having a siesta shortly, one way to get through these hot days, but first some more.

Black Beauty again.
Did I put this Leopard Lily in before?
And finally, Rudbeckia Prairie Sun.

Love the Rudbeckias, their flowers last forever and they're as tuff as.