Melbourne snow

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Melbourne snow

Postby Luzy » Sun Sep 10, 2006 9:44 am

:roll: Well, the candytuft might be the closest we get to snow in the suburbs...

The daffodil is (well, fairly sure, anyway) Geranium.

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Postby The Estate » Sun Sep 10, 2006 9:59 am

Noice pic, haven't grown candy tuff for years, the white allysum justs keeps on going.
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Postby Yani » Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:02 am

(Y) Top pics Luzy :)
Mouse and Bunny ROCKS!!! :lol: :lol:

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Postby Pokie » Sun Sep 10, 2006 11:09 am

Again, very impressive! :D
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Postby Jim » Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:17 pm

Great combo!
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Postby Lea » Sun Sep 10, 2006 2:42 pm

(Y) Wow, that is really beautiful, Luzy 8)
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Postby Spider Lily » Tue Sep 12, 2006 8:38 pm

Looks great Luzy!

Is the sculpture a fish? We have a frog at work that is made of tin
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Postby enrico » Thu Sep 14, 2006 8:09 am

Yes, another great photo, well done Luzy :D it looks soooo white :shock:
I will have a word with my candytuft today :x
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Postby Luzy » Thu Sep 14, 2006 7:59 pm

Ooo, I'd love to see your frog, Spider Lily. And that is a fish, showing its 'bad' side - where you open it to put a candle in. Though these days, I'd have to evict about a million spiders, it's a perfect refuge inside from birds for them!

The candytuft's been great - it was about the first plant I bought when we moved in three(ish) years ago, and it's broadened beautifully. Before it flowered, I was also able to take a few plants from it that had layered, so it's being spread around... :D
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Postby The Estate » Thu Sep 14, 2006 8:19 pm

Self seeds it's self for awhile :?: also pink and purple :?: think I had it in the back yard on my 1st. garden, now up to No. 3, no more changes for awhile, think I have finally got and found what I like, took awhile :oops: yellow thumb starting to turn green instead of the big green $$ :lol:
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Postby Luzy » Thu Sep 14, 2006 8:53 pm

Don't know about the self-seeding, Thee, as it's a perennial. I lop the flower heads off when they're finished with hedge clippers and something a bit kinder for the 'edges'. Then it sits and grows nice and green for the rest of the year. :D
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Postby The Estate » Thu Sep 14, 2006 9:04 pm

:cry: :cry: well my first garden out the back had all three colours must have either killed them or pulled em out coz i thought they were dead :twisted: :cry:
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Postby The Estate » Thu Sep 14, 2006 9:06 pm

:oops: thinking I an thinking of verbenna :oops:
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Postby Luzy » Thu Sep 14, 2006 9:24 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: Perhaps???? :roll: :roll:

I'll send you some layered bits when it happens again - just for scientific research, of course!! :lol:
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Postby cordelia » Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:27 am

Was wondering how you got the candytuft to flower so densely. Must be the lopping off with hedge shears :shock: . Thanks.. I'll try that, though I don't think I'll tell the plant. :?
I showed it your picture, and it exclaimed that it didn't know it was allowed to have so many flowers, and that it would make more instantly. :wink:
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Postby Luzy » Fri Sep 15, 2006 8:30 am

Ah, cordelia, I've got this vision of you lugging your computer around the garden, an extension lead snaking back toward the house... :lol:

I read somewhere to cut candytuft back by a third after flowering to keep them compact - hence the shears. Up the road a bit I did see a monster candytuft, exactly the same as this but about four times the size (in leaf and flower head size). But I'm not brave enought to steal a piece... Couldn't do it.
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Postby cordelia » Sat Sep 16, 2006 1:08 am

Honesty and ethics can be awfully annoying, can't they? You could put a wee note in theletterbox and ask if the owners would like to exchange a bit of the big candytuft for something in your garden. After all, they are probably gardeners, and therefore suffer the need to acquire new plants!
You might make some new friends.
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