Spring reds

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Spring reds

Postby Luzy » Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:38 pm

This side of the tree, of course, faces the neighbours! :lol: But the bees have been working overtime, the wattlebirds have invited all their children over and there's even been a few tiny native birds - far too quick to identify!

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Postby Primmie » Sun Oct 29, 2006 7:38 pm

Thats beautiful Luzy :D I hope I can get a similar display out of my garden in the next few years!
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Postby Pokie » Sun Oct 29, 2006 7:43 pm

Great effort! Really striking!

Well done. :)
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Postby Comeilotei » Sun Oct 29, 2006 10:24 pm

Luzy....worth a shot in the spring garden comp! Very pretty!

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Postby Yani » Sun Oct 29, 2006 10:39 pm

Amazing Luzy!! Speechless :shock: :shock:
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Postby midgin » Mon Oct 30, 2006 6:17 am

Lovely shot, the neighbours must be happy with the view. :wink:
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Postby Luzy » Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:09 pm

Thank you all, you're very kind :D

Midgin, I don't think Don's noticed - I was chatting with him over the fence (as you do) and he was having a bit of a whinge about the lack of bees this year to pollinate his lemon tree that's right near the fence. Meanwhile, I was trying to dodge all of the bees having such a lovely time! Oh well...

I've got another photo that show the size of the tree a bit more - I thought I'd blow it up and print it out as our Christmas tree this year (save on decorations and clean up :lol: )
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Postby The Estate » Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:16 pm

Seen any rainbow Lorrikeets hanging around, a few about at work having a good feed the other day, too windy to tak a pic :(
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Postby midgin » Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:22 pm

Luzy, is that a Callistemon (spell?)? If so do the Rosella's come and bight off the flowers? They do ours... little blighters...
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Postby Luzy » Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:31 pm

Possibly, midgin... :roll: :roll: I prefer to call it 'bottlebrush' :lol: We rarely get rosellas around here - too many ferals, I guess - so there's not much damage, except for heavy wattlebirds. And wattlebirds fighting with crows.
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Postby midgin » Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:38 pm

That's what I call them also Luzy.... I was just showing off....lol
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Postby The Estate » Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:38 pm

Luzy wrote:Possibly, midgin... :roll: :roll: I prefer to call it 'bottlebrush' :lol: We rarely get rosellas around here - too many ferals, I guess - so there's not much damage, except for heavy wattlebirds. And wattlebirds fighting with crows.


Yep same here Bottlebrush.
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Postby Luzy » Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:09 pm

:lol: :lol:

Here's the full flowering side (that Don gets to see) of our Callistemon (thanks, midgin)...

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I love common names... :D 8)
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Postby The Estate » Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:12 pm

Im a common name girl too, how tall is it Luzy, l :shock: ks pretty big :?: :idea:
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Postby Luzy » Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:23 pm

:lol: It is big, Thee, it takes over a big corner of the front terrace. And, ummm, it's tall enough to almost touch the wires to the house???? We had it trimmed last year and the bloke did a fabulous job - it hasn't flowered this much at once before. :D (it also can get really annoying - it's hell trying to walk underneath it at the minute :lol: )
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Postby The Estate » Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:26 pm

Should have got hubby up om the ladder :lol: :lol: :cry: looks great and for the birds and the bees :D
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Postby midgin » Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:31 pm

I hope you girls don't think I am a bit flash with my attempt at the botanical name... I use any names for my plants.. I was just showing off..
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Postby Luzy » Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:32 pm

Nah, we had a bloke in to remove two big trees and he did some pruning into the bargain. And he was sooo good at it - explained that all he'd do was thin this a bit as it'd be a shame to do anything too drastic to a mature tree (the first bloke wanted to make this and the bay tree into 'umbrella shapes'), and that he needed to take branches back to certain parts in the tree to avoid any chance of disease or weak parts. Besides, he was a bit of a hunk! :shock:
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Postby Luzy » Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:33 pm

Midgin, I also just luuurve botanical names - it's just that there's always that feeling of mis-pronounciation... (and remembering them :lol: )
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Postby The Estate » Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:34 pm

Luzy wrote:Nah, we had a bloke in to remove two big trees and he did some pruning into the bargain. And he was sooo good at it - explained that all he'd do was thin this a bit as it'd be a shame to do anything too drastic to a mature tree (the first bloke wanted to make this and the bay tree into 'umbrella shapes'), and that he needed to take branches back to certain parts in the tree to avoid any chance of disease or weak parts. Besides, he was a bit of a hunk! :shock:



:roll: :roll: :roll: I might need a bit of pruning as well, got his number :oops: is that a bay leaf tree ??
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