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Old August 25th, 2011, 03:37 AM
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Spring garden

With just one week till Spring my garden is starting to take off again. Here are the daffodils, Ice Follies, Jetfire and Tete-a-tete. I let shelties in my face while weeding distract me today and managed to stick a garden fork into my shoe and two toes. I suppose much better my toes than theirs though.
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Old August 25th, 2011, 03:53 AM
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Oh, btw, this is a new camera I am using now, just a Fujifilm JZ500, my Canon had a meltdown. I think it's an improvement.

Schizanthus(aka Poor man's orchid)
Pink Lavender
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Old August 25th, 2011, 04:07 AM
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Blue is always nice in a garden I think.

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Old August 25th, 2011, 04:10 AM
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oh those are just gorgeous, I like the poor mans orchid!
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Old August 25th, 2011, 04:16 AM
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Now the Wallflower's perfume is overpowering the lovely scent of the Alyssum. No roses or even buds yet though.
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Old August 25th, 2011, 04:18 AM
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oh those are just gorgeous, I like the poor mans orchid!
Charming little flower, isn't it, Melinda ? It's the first time I've grown it.
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Old August 25th, 2011, 08:28 AM
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They're all beautiful! I've been faithfully taking pics of all my flowers as they bloom but never got around to processing them! Well, most of them, anyway... It'll be a refreshing fall/winter activity, looking at the pics again.

Owie on your foot!! How much damage did you do to your toes--and can you get the boot repaired?
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Old August 25th, 2011, 11:04 AM
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It's a smaller than usual garden fork, narrower, with sharp tines, Hazel, and I have a habit of using it, then hitting it into the ground so it stays standing up, ready for me to grab, and that time I whacked it into the foot instead. LOL. I soaked it in Betadine wash and applied bandaids but I couldn't see what I did to one toe, it was in between, on the inside. Never mind. I might ring the Dr tomorrow just in case he thinks a tetanus jab is in order. My shoe isn't waterproof now but they are only an old pair of Reebok Walkers I wear around home .

It's very cold tonight and I'm now off out to the sheep to see if any lambs are on their way. Brrrr!
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Old September 14th, 2011, 08:53 PM
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Some more Spring blooms. Heartsease and two different Schizanthus.
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Old September 14th, 2011, 09:01 PM
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Durch Iris
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Old September 20th, 2011, 01:24 AM
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Something different today, a mystery shrub that turned out to be a lilac, Syringa Laciniata. The second photo shows it has lobed leaves, unlike other lilacs. The other plant is one of my toothbrush Grevilleas enjoying the Spring, or really the subsoil moisture from the start of the year. I never water these native plants so this is the best floral show it's put on so far.
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Old September 30th, 2011, 12:16 AM
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Bearded Iris season of course but I've only got 2 flowers out so far. Third flower is Penstemon Rose Robin.
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Old September 30th, 2011, 12:59 AM
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Love that penstemon!!
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Old September 30th, 2011, 04:57 AM
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Hmmm. Pretty one, isn't it? I saw a lovely dark ruby red one on a garden forum today too.
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I'm so jealous, most of my flowers are on their last leg, and I've dumped all the potted ones. Keep sending pictures, May is a long time away.
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Old October 1st, 2011, 04:48 AM
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lindpalm, there are a few Irises about to flower and the roses are budding up better than last Spring, so a nice time ahead for photo's. I do have heaps of sympathy for all who are heading for the colder months now.
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Thank you for sharing all of your lovely Spring flowers GF.

Just as our summer has winded down and fall kicks in, it's so nice to see your Spring and Summer flower shows to get us through the cold weather.

How long is your Spring and when does your summer kick in?
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 12:56 AM
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Spring is Sept., Oct. Nov. here, Dee-O-Gee, and Summer is Dec., January and February. March can still be quite hot though. I'm hoping for another cool, wet Summer like last year, without the floods. It inspires me to keep gardening, a plea from any of you for flowers during your cold months. The Spring growth, aka weeds, is unreal this year, lambing was particularly hectic and things got away on me , so now I have to get busy and knock the garden into shape again. It's daunting when I look at what needs to be done though.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 10:28 AM
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I've about a dozen different irises about to bloom, this first one is a bit plain unfortunately. Columbines are a bit of a favorite here.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 03:58 PM
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I love irises, plain or not! Kinda fond of columbine, too!
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Old October 7th, 2011, 06:47 PM
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My only complaint about irises is that the flowers don't last long enough, they are worth waiting for though.

Seduction rose bud.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 07:10 PM
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New William Shakespeare rose.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 07:18 PM
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Can't recall the name of the orange flowering bulb.
Two very different Columbines.
Wallflowers.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 07:28 PM
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Cistus , aka Rock rose. Pansies and Petunia.
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Old October 8th, 2011, 06:53 PM
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Well, another day, another Iris, this time a very dark one. Contrasts well with the other colors. My favorite so far has been one called Wearing Rubies, but I'm not sure if it will flower this year.
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I hear you about the short-lived iris blooms, GF. I love them for their texture, color and unique shape, but I'd like 'em even better if they bloomed longer!

Yours are gorgeous! One of the guys that came here for birdbanding this year was thinning out his bearded iris bed this summer and brought me a bunch of tubers. I'm crossing my fingers for spring to see what colors survive having been touched by Hazel of the Moldy Thumb.

All your flowers are beautiful. All of mine are down to seed heads and frost-blighted leaves. The birds are chowing down, though, so the gardens are still fun to watch.
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Old October 13th, 2011, 10:27 PM
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You are so hard on yourself, Hazel. It's probably soil, just general growing conditions, if you can't get something going. Hope your irises survive.
Must say I like the colour of the foliage on the first flower here.
Kiss Me Quick. (Centranthus)
Coral Bells (Heuchera sanguinea)
Argyeanthemum Reflections Pink.
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GF I love your gardens! OMG they look like they would keep you busy!

If you ever want to send some seeds this way I will take whatever you have!! That columbine is devine!!!!

Maybe we should try a seed exchange again!
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Old October 14th, 2011, 08:17 PM
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Winston, I'll PM or email you later. Got sidetracked watching a Vintage Car rally go by our front gate, and now just want to post a photo or two and go and do some work. Another iris opened this morning. And, speaking of irises, just saw an advert. for someone locally who is selling irises for only $2 to $4 a rhizome. Must pay her a visit. They are named irises from a top Iris Nursery.
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Old October 15th, 2011, 08:23 PM
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Just one quick photo today, another lovely dark iris.
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