Myrtle

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Myrtle

Postby Pam » Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:46 am

In our previous garden.

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Postby Bulbinella » Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:41 am

that looked great Pam....are you going to re-create this same scene (or something similar) in your present garden?
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Postby Pam » Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:48 am

I'd like to, Bulbinella, but have sun/shade/water issues that make it a bit difficult. I have found that the broms greatly dislike the dam water, and because we are reliant on tank water for the house, hubby is (understandably :roll: ) a bit protective of it when it comes to using copious amounts in the garden, so at the moment they're mostly all clustered together in the shadehouse, along with a lot of my foliage-type stuff. I greatly look forward to the day when our dam water is a lot clearer, and doesn't stain everything I put it onto. :roll:

We have around an acre and a half that we are planning on revegetating once we have the erosion issues under control, but it will be mostly natives.
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Postby The Estate » Fri Jul 27, 2007 8:18 am

My Harry thinks your Myrtle is cute and wants to come visit :lol: :lol:

How about a pic of your greenhouse :roll: would love to see your goodies you have got stashed :twisted:
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Postby Bulbinella » Fri Jul 27, 2007 8:24 am

yes, I'd love to see some pics of your goodies too Pam.
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Postby Luzy » Fri Jul 27, 2007 8:40 am

That would be great, Pam. And I do like Myrtle - excellent setting. :D
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Postby guzzigirl » Fri Jul 27, 2007 8:58 am

Pam wrote: I greatly look forward to the day when our dam water is a lot clearer, and doesn't stain everything I put it onto. :roll:


you can get some stuff that is completely harmless and causes the sediments in the water to flocculate and drop to the bottom leaving your water clear.
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Postby Mister Wisteria » Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:22 am

Very pretty, do like your beastie. :D 8) :D
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Postby Pam » Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:43 am

guzzigirl wrote:
Pam wrote: I greatly look forward to the day when our dam water is a lot clearer, and doesn't stain everything I put it onto. :roll:


you can get some stuff that is completely harmless and causes the sediments in the water to flocculate and drop to the bottom leaving your water clear.


Guzzi, are you referring to alum? If so, I was advised against using it because of the frogs. Hubby would like it to be very clear, but my concern is that it would make the tadpoles too easy to spot from the sky.
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Postby guzzigirl » Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:01 am

Pam wrote:Guzzi, are you referring to alum? If so, I was advised against using it because of the frogs. Hubby would like it to be very clear, but my concern is that it would make the tadpoles too easy to spot from the sky.


I don't know what the product is but if you have already looked into it then that is probably what it is. Can you add some water plants and other means of hiding for the frogs & tadpoles? Or is the alum itself bad for them?
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Postby Pam » Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:05 am

Or is the alum itself bad for them?


That was what I was told. We're working on the plants, with the intention of them, in time, clarifying the water to an extent.
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Postby guzzigirl » Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:32 am

Pam wrote:We're working on the plants, with the intention of them, in time, clarifying the water to an extent.


that's the best way in the end.

I have a Gardening Australia magazine with an article on creating a natural pool if you're interested.
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Postby Pam » Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:39 am

I have it already, thanks Guzzi. :D
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Postby Comeilotei » Fri Jul 27, 2007 12:16 pm

Lovely pic Pam, very clever and interesting display of plants and garden knick knacks!!

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Postby Yani » Fri Jul 27, 2007 2:50 pm

Look nice, Pam. And love the turtle too :P
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Postby abwal » Fri Jul 27, 2007 8:57 pm

Nice mix, Pam. Looks good.
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Postby enrico » Sat Jul 28, 2007 9:16 am

I do like Myrtle......and the colours suit her well :D


Pam, what about barley mulch, I have read it cleans murky water :roll:
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Postby guzzigirl » Sat Jul 28, 2007 9:21 am

enrico wrote:Pam, what about barley mulch, I have read it cleans murky water :roll:


Barley straw clears algae, but not sure if it does anything for suspended sediments.
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Postby Pam » Sat Jul 28, 2007 9:22 am

How much would I need in, say, 100 000 litres? :twisted:
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Postby enrico » Sat Jul 28, 2007 9:25 am

Now,now Ms Pam :lol:
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