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Old December 3rd, 2011, 01:20 AM
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Summer again.

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. 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.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 09:05 AM
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That's a beautiful rose GF. Is it a dark/black colour as it's budding or does it turn black afterwards?

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Old December 3rd, 2011, 10:04 AM
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Black Beauty is indeed a beauty..what a stunning rose. I hope that it continues to grow well in your garden Goldfields. patti
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 05:57 PM
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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.
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Old December 5th, 2011, 07:30 PM
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Cacti have such lovely flowers. First time I've had this one flower.
The rose is Bantry Bay, and last but not least, a native, Kangaroo Paw.
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Old December 5th, 2011, 07:40 PM
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First the jumble of a garden bed outside my office. Then a Penstemon and Tantau's Bernstein Rose.
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Old December 5th, 2011, 07:48 PM
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Zinnias have become somewhat of a favorite, though caterpillars and other bugs love them. They are so bright and cheery that it's worth the effort of growing them.
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Old December 5th, 2011, 07:58 PM
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Here is my guardian at the gate, no marauding (flower eating) lambs will enter! Yay for Jarrah!

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Old December 6th, 2011, 07:46 AM
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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?
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Old December 6th, 2011, 06:16 PM
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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.
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Old December 8th, 2011, 05:33 PM
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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.
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Old December 8th, 2011, 06:07 PM
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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.
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Old December 8th, 2011, 06:24 PM
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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. Oh well;, I don't suppose the birds will care.

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More lovely roses Pretty tiger lily, too. And I suspect you're right about the birds--they won't mind the terra cotta bath.
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Old December 8th, 2011, 07:54 PM
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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.
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Old December 9th, 2011, 10:30 AM
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How long will the Fairy Grass 'season' last, GF? Seems like last year you were cleaning it up for a long time...
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Old December 9th, 2011, 11:26 AM
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I'm sorry but what is "Fairy Grass"???? I love looking at your pics!!!
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Old December 9th, 2011, 11:29 AM
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Thx for the move HRP!
Lovely flowers Goldfields!
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Old December 9th, 2011, 06:12 PM
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Thanks, Hazel, and glad you like the flowers, Marko.

Marty11, Fairy grass is mutant grass from Hell! Or Lachnagrostis filiformis to be precise. A native grass here. You can read about it here.
http://vro.dpi.vic.gov.au/dpi/vro/vr...s_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.
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Old December 17th, 2011, 07:41 AM
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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.
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Dumb question, but does that fairy grass provide food for any animals, or is it totally useless?
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Old December 18th, 2011, 02:14 AM
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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.

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Old December 22nd, 2011, 07:34 PM
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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.
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Old December 22nd, 2011, 07:48 PM
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A different Daylily
Dwarf Lavatera
Rose named Maggie.
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Old December 22nd, 2011, 08:01 PM
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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.
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Old December 22nd, 2011, 08:11 PM
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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.
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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!
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Old December 22nd, 2011, 08:29 PM
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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.
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 09:43 AM
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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! Did the rain make your fairy grass more manageable?
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 10:03 AM
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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.
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