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Hope that everyone has a fabulous New Year
Cheers Richard



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they also grow in both our tropical rain forest and the cold confines of the mountains and Tasmania, which is a chilly place
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I love eucalyptus but there are not many growing here. Much too wet and cold although some ares do have them.

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Look at the Eucalyptus recently section.
They are grown in California

www.independent.com/news/2011/jan/15
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ps much of Australia is arid.



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I do not think that Eucalyptus can survive in California as it is desert with sage and think undergrowth of woody shrubs. The Redwood forests are in California and have tons of ferns in the higher regions but no Eucalyptus. The land there is very dry and it is arid.

Eucalyptus /ˌjuːkə&#71
2;lɪptəs/[2] L'Hritier 1789[3] is a diverse genus of flowering trees and shrubs (including a distinct group with a multiple-stem mallee growth habit) in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. Members of the genus dominate the tree flora of Australia, and include Eucalyptus regnans, the tallest known flowering plant on Earth.[4] There are more than 700 species of eucalyptus and most are native to Australia; a very small number are found in adjacent areas of New Guinea and Indonesia. One species, Eucalyptus deglupta, ranges as far north as the Philippines. Of the 15 species found outside Australia, just nine are exclusively non-Australian. Species of eucalyptus are cultivated widely in the tropical and temperate world, including the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East, China, and the Indian subcontinent. However, the range over which many eucalypts can be planted in the temperate zone is constrained by their limited cold tolerance.[5] Australia is covered by 92,000,000 hectares (227,336,951 acres) of eucalypti forest, comprising three quarters of the area covered by native forest.[6]

Eucalyptus is one of three similar genera that are commonly referred to as "eucalyptus", the others being Corymbia and Angophora. Many species, though by no means all, are known as gum trees because they exude copious kino from any break in the bark (e.g., scribbly gum). The generic name is derived from the Greek words ευ (eu) "well" and καλύ&a
mp;#960;τω (kalpto) "to cover", referring to the operculum on the calyx that initially conceals the flower.[7]


Some eucalyptus species have attracted attention from horticulturists, global development researchers, and environmentalists because of desirable traits such as being fast-growing sources of wood, producing oil that can be used for cleaning and as a natural insecticide, or an ability to be used to drain swamps and thereby reduce the risk of malaria. Eucalyptus oil finds many uses like in fuels, fragrances, insect repellance and antimicrobial activity. Eucalyptus trees show allelopathic effects; they release compounds which inhibit other plant species from growing nearby. Outside their natural ranges, eucalyptus are both lauded for their beneficial economic impact on poor populations[8][9]:22 and criticised for being "water-guzzling" aliens,[10] leading to controversy over their total impact.[11]

On warm days, eucalyptus forests are sometimes shrouded in a smog-like mist of vaporised volatile organic compounds (terpenoids); the Australian Blue Mountains take their name from the haze

This was research I did today you really do have a forest of Eucalyptus there.

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mistletoe has certainly established in Australia.
It is not unusual when driving around to see Eucalypts with big drooping bunches of Mistletoe hanging down.

Cheers richard

I wonder whether it was Eucalypts responsible for the big fires in California.
As far as I am aware, they were imported many years back and took over in places.



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Lovely Christmas anecdote. I didn't know American mistletoe was so aggressive. I tried to get some to take on one of our apple trees but I think it's just too wet and cold here. Or the mistletoe had been cut for too long before I tried it.

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Stockings hung by the chimney with care are lovely. Strands of twinkling lights strung along the porch rail? Im feeling the holiday spirit. And a star-topped tree in the living room may be the most recognizable icon of the season. But it isnt my favorite. Step through a doorway this time of year and you might want to glance up. Mistletoe, that sprig of green, pointed leaves flanked with cheerful white or red berries tacked to the transom is a harbinger of love and togetherness. There is a good chance youre going to get smooched. Kissing under the mistletoe has a long history, but the plant itself may not live up to the positive press it receives this time of year.

The traditions of mistletoe as a symbol of love dates back to ancient times. The Greeks believed loving couples who kissed under the mistletoe were destined to enjoy matrimonial bliss, the Druids regarded it as a symbol of fertility and Norse legend considers kissing under the mistletoe a celebration of life in honor the Goddess Frigga, whose tears turned the red berries to white and resurrected her son Balder, slain by the wicked Loki.

This sometimes invasive plant, however, may betray its romantic legend.

Phoradendron, the scientific name for American mistletoe, aptly translates from the Greek to mean thief of trees. With good reason. Although not technically a parasite, mistletoe can live on its own, but thrives when burying its roots into the branches of trees and leeching nutrients and moisture from its host. European mistletoe (Viscum album) is weaker than its American counterpart, but the aggressive American mistletoe will often kill its unwitting host.

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No, I only had about 3 flower heads this year.
Next year I might try to make a tiny batch.

Is this lady the 1 that you may have had a sauerkraut session with recently?

Cheers Richard



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Richard, have you made the champagne? It sounds interesting. I will ask my Austrian friend Sissi . She has elderberries.



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Cheers emoticon Richard, thank you.

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I hear that elderberry is very potent so be careful if you make any beverages with them.

I remember from a long time ago wen I was a kid that my aunts woudl make elderberry wine.


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Here is a home-do recipe that may be of interest

www.thespruce.com/elderflower-champa
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20 points for the team today.

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Do you use the elderberries for wine or anything? I believe the flowers make a cordial which tastes like champagne. I've never tried making either so can't really comment on the efficacy of the article, lol.

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had recent flowers on my potted elderberry
berries soon?



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Much the same as you tbh. Clearing up leaves. Moving pots to more sheltered spots and bringing in tender plants. I've got a small hydrangea, from a cutting last year so I've brought inside. My husband was given a lovely big white one for his birthday. I don;t know anyone around here who has one so this winter will be a big learning curve for me too. Please note, my learning, lol. Our temps were very low Thursday night,down to around 33 - 34 and frost is forecast for tonight. We will see but there's not much more I can do at present. If it looks as thought the hydrangea is suffering I shall wrap some fleece around it. We have climbing hydrangeas but they're as tough as anything. Survived temps down into the teens.

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It's been in the 30's in my neck of the woods. I mowed the other day before we got a ton of rain yesterday. I didn't finish, but got most of the front property done. I am surprised I still have floribunda roses in bloom.
My hydrangeas didn't bloom at all this year. I've been told not to trim them back this fall or spring and they should bloom again. I hope so.

I'm looking forward to getting some indoor painting done during the winter.

What is everyone else up to?


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Did a bit more today. I can actually see where I've been now, lol.

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recently acquired thornless blackberry, raspberries, oregano and youngberry
cheers
cooler, wetter weather here



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First dry day here in weeks so I've been outside making a start in clearing up for winter. I did an hour, which is fine for a first day outside in ages. Hopefully I will get more done tomorrow.

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yes days are warming up here
recently ordered wasabi, bay tree, blueberriy, calla lilly and hippeastrums



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Finally got most of my tender plants inside for the winter. I hope spring is coming along nicely down under.

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yes, my dandelions grow in our gravel driveway, where they get run over by our cars.

I far wished that they grew in my vegetable patch instead

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As I told a critical neighbour a number of years ago dandelions are a beautiful colour and a weed is just a plant in the wrong place. I have lots of plants which seem to have lost their way, lol.

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ugh weeds. they grow way too well.

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Spring-cleaning of the garden taking place.
All those pesky weeds
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lovely!

My mums are starting to bloom. So pretty. I have yellow and purple. I love them both equally.

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Very fall like I thought. Flowers this time of the year are so pretty.

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Like the new flower picture.

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Yeah,
You have got to feel sorry for those very-thickly coated dogs in the middle of a summer

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Yay for spring time.

It's turning fall here in the southern part of the states. I have one tree that already has a small branch of turned leaves. It looks like the color of the Japanese Maple.I'll try to remember to take a pic. The weather has been cooler too. It's been nice to open the windows again, (I don't like using the a/c), but then it gets too cold and I have to put a sweater on. My dogs are absolutely loving the cooler weather.

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Autumn very definitely arriving here. Trees are turning colour and the nighttime temps are dropping.

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Spring weather is slowly emerging here

At least it's light at 6.15am
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"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


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Yes, the KISS principle: keep it simple



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sorry about that. I was getting some strange/questionable visitors for awhile.

I like his system better too. The easier the system the better. I like efficiency.

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thanks for the goodie.

I particularly liked this video as it gave me a new perspective of no dig gardening.
Previously, what I understood involved building up layers with newspaper, manure, straw and compost.
His system is just to spread and plant into compost which is much easier.
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I get this youtube channel subscription and thought todays was especially interesting for no dig gardening

youtu.be/XCAAL1saPzM

(giggle) he says basil the same way my mother in law did.

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A couple of interesting articles. I actually did some cherries in brandy the other day and it was so easy I couldn't believe it. In 3 or 4 months time they'll be ready for eating and once I check it out I might even find out how to make my own Kirsch.

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Four veggies you can grow from the plant.


gardenclub.homedepot.com/4-vegetable
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I found this article and wanted to share with everyone
It is talking about saving seeds and what kind will work and which ones will not produce.
Other articles are on this link as well.

www.hgtv.com/outdoors/gardens/planti
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Happy gardening..

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good tips
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Speaking of summer being over here is an article I found on preserving herbs and other things from the garden.
www.hgtv.com/outdoors/flowers-and-pl
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This way we can enjoy the fresh flavor all winter long.
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I just found out that Reunion Island also is in winter. As winter as they get anyway. we are hosting a foreign exchange student from there. I thought it was funny that when the kids are off for winter break, they actually call it their summer break. emoticon

Some of my wild flower seeds bloomed, but they're very small. I'll throw more seeds next spring. I FINALLY got some patio and the front walk pressure washered. Still more areas to wash including the dog kennels. (I do not have dogs in there, but they get pretty gnarly/dirty)

We never caught up on the branch burning, but did make progress until we trimmed more trees. emoticon I noticed yesterday there were a lot of leaves in my drive. I guess summer is officially over for me here.

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we are very slowly coming out of winter temperatures
here in Australia
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emoticon Autumn is just around the corner. Hope everyone had a great summer.

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my zucchini didn't grow this year. I don't know what happened. But I will save the information and definitely cut and freeze in the future. Thank you for sharing.

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I found a great article I wanted to share. You know if you grow zucchini you have given so much to friends and neighbors that they hate seeing you walk up the sidewalk knowing you are bringing more to share, here is a way you can have the crop in the winter months.

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1 of the tv gardeners we used to have
recommended putting clay slurry on sandy beds along with plenty of mulch and compost.



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Never tried as we have stoney soil. It's good loam but the buildings around here are built in random stone gathered from the fields. However, lots of the farms that grow food for the supermarkets are on very sandy soil so I think it must be okay. Probably benefit from lots of compost and fertiliser though as it will wash through. Interesting to give it a go.

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I have only lived here this year and I really don't think I can grow any unless it would be radishes.
We have lots of cotton tail rabbits here and they even eat my strawberries and some of my flowers.

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What is it like growing root vegetables in sandy soil?
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I wish I had your problem I have all sand in my yard and garden I have to amend it just to get flowers to grow have had good luck with Russian sage, lavender and Arizona Sun plants I also am getting strawberries but that is the best I can do in the high desert where I live.
I am longing for the fertile soil I had at my last home in the Seattle area no worries of watering there.
Happy that you got so many tomato plants I love heirloom but I have to get mine at the farmers market.
Have a wonderful week enjoy that garden.

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My sister in law gave me so many tomato plants this year she received them from a friend who helps a gal who plants and sells heirloom tomatoes. Many had no lables so they will be a surprise!! I planted as many as I could into my raised beds (3 of them) It is like a jungle in there now, you can't get in between them. Also with the heat and humidity I have to pick raspberries twice a day! A yummy problem to have. My potatoes are starting to droop over and are growing out of the ground. I am getting zucchini and peas and lettuce and Swiss chard and cherry tomatoes. But, my cucumbers aren't growing well. I have been watering them because I think that must be the problem. I always water my flowers and they are beautiful. Soon I will have green beans and the corn is super tall so it should tassle soon. I have a mutant cherry tomato on my deck that must have cross pollinated and is growing a very large tomato that is turning pink! That is early in Northern Minnesota to get a vine ripened large tomato.

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I've had a lot of rain too, but the only thing thriving is the cucumbers and watermelon. I'm concerned by the time the watermelon is ripe it's going to be tasteless. :(

I did find some volunteer cherry tomatoes growing in my old compost area that I'm thrilled about. We had two dry days of extreme heat and it cooked my peas. I'm going to try again and replant this month.

My potatoes are doing well. I've already pulled some new potatoes and they were delicious.

Glad to hear your garden is so large and lush. I am longing to have that type of garden again.

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How's everyone's garden growing. Mine is going mad. we've had so much rain recently everything is huge and very green. Doing home repairs means no gardening so not much work done outside.

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When I lived at a previous residence,
I was young and stupid.
A previous owner had magnificent bi-coloured roses he had bred.
Unfortunately because I didnt properly know how to transplant and look after them.
They ended up getting white scale then died.
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When I lived in Cali I had beautiful hybrid tea roses and considered trying to graft new types, but never did.
Now I live in the south and hybrids aren't very popular out here, unfortunately. The knock out roses or floribundas seem to be the norm.

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Never tried growing roses from hips either but my husband has tried a few times with the wild 'Burnet Rose' hips, unsuccessfully so far but they are so pretty he keeps on trying. I think its to do with getting the hips at the right time for them to germinate and as they are wild we can't take cuttings for grafting. He has grown other roses from cutting though. The hybrid tea ones are more iffy though and none of those have 'taken'. He keeps trying with an ancient old white rambler that a neighbour has. She has lived in the village since 1961 and the rose was in her garden then, lol, but every time he takes cuttings they get frosted in the spring so this year he intends to bring them into the porch so the young shoots are protected and we shall see. We would both be interested to see how you get one with cross-breeding some roses Richard as we are both very interested in seeing what comes up.

The rose picture is beautiful btw. Do you know it's name so you can replace it at your new house.

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I never have tried that before as I just buy my plants at nursery's.
I have heard of grafting plants to change the blooms.

I posted a very pretty rose picture on Tuesday's bloom yesterday and
I posted on Tuesday's bloom today the Yucca plants blooming in my yard and garden.

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With the rose-hips

Does anyone know of a person that has grown the seed and perhaps produced a new variety?

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Would you believe the rabbits ignored the lettuce because they did, lol. They didn't touch the dandelions which have regrown where I pulled them up earlier. I don't mind them too much as we get siskins, red polls and goldfinches eating the seed heads. They are so beautiful it's worth leaving some seed heads for them.

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oh boy, dealing with the wild animals is frustrating. Isn't there a saying about farming and how much to grow and the includes a certain amount to be eaten by the aimals?

burned more branches yesterday and deadheaded some of the rose bushes. Getting into it, I couldn't help but wonder how long it's been since the previous owner did anything to the roses? They're just crazy right now. I'll need to cut them way back this fall when they finish blooming.

My son has been cutting the gladiolas to put in a vase in the house. So sweet.


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it gets frustrating

when special effort in terms of isolating plants from pests is required

I had a bunch of chilli plants in a trough on a vertical planter.

Whenever the top of this planter was close to a decking rail, the possums ate the leafy tops off the chillis

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Sorry about the rabbits eating your plants I have the same problem. they love my strawberries and my soap wart plants also some of the plants in the raised beds.
Next year I am going to plant a raised bed just for them with lettuce etc....then maybe they will leave the other plants alone.

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So disappointed, all my schizanthus seedlings, sometimes called Poor Man's Orchid, have been eaten by rabbits.

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I have perennial basil.
It is rather more pungent than sweet basil
It spreads like mint.

But it grows better for me rather than any of the regular basils
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I do have a small basil plant, yes. emoticon

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are you growing basil to have with your tomatoes?
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did yard work and mowing on Monday and enjoyed a small tomato off the plant and some peas. So delicious.

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ANNPAUL31 welcome to our team. Please feel free to post photos of your blooms and veggies we love to see what everyone is growing.


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our possums are a bit like this

especially when it comes to eating garden produce and rose flowers

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Thats a shame about the windows.
It's time like this that you wish for a towbar and trailer
or a friend with a van.
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I searched for worms. I was hoping to find some to feed to my chickens. I didn't see any. That's why I thought it might be grasshoppers. I'll check again in the morning.

Oh yes! Last Tuesday I saw an apartment building was throwing out class doors. I wanted to take them for the cold frames we had talked about, but drat, they didn't fit in my car.

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my vege patch is a bit miserable at the minute.
I do seem to have parsley sprouting up in some of my pot plants....which is good
Weather is too cold to enjoy going outside at present.
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oh that list of poisonous plants is taken from my property. Okay, not all of it, but I have Irises, the daffodils, poison ivy/oak/sumac every where. Or so it seems. sigh. Was hostas on that list? I don't remember now.

My weeds are growing abundantly well too. Something is eating my kale. I have a suspicion it's grasshoppers. My swiss chard, broccoli and carrots didn't take at all. :( The peas, lettuce, kale, tomatoes are growing. As are the potatoes I plopped in late. The volunteers are doing amazingly well! I plopped in some corn seeds and more tomato seeds.

It's been unusually cool here for this time of year. Next week is supposed to rain just about every day.

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I hope everyone is finding their garden growing well. My weeds are doing remarkably well, a cold spell of rain and chill has slowed any cultivated stuff right down. I'm hoping for a bit of warmer weather to get the lettuce going again.

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a pity as some garden varieties are quite beautiful.
good notes about animals as some of these like to chew
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I found this article very interesting as I have many of these plants in or around my home.

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25 poisonous plants to watch out for these plants especially for your pets.

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oh yes, I forget that not everyone on the team are in the same country. Sorry about that Richard.

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Not a holiday in Oz,
But I hope you all enjoy your festivities.
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Thank you Free. I have the same desire for everyone here.

I have family visiting, (a sort of small, very small reunion) and my ds and I are super excited!
I'm prepping for a taco bar fiesta. woohoo!

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Wishing everyone a fun and safe Holiday weekend.
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We have had cool dry wether with mild nights the last 3 weeks.

Looks as tho there is an imperative to water some of our pots soon

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Yes, the salvias are a pretty group of plants.

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we had fantastic results with pruning our Salvias thru the season.
Led to a lot more growth and flowers
Cheers

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Dead heading won't give me any more flowers this year but it allows the leaves to feed and nourish the bulbs so they will produce flowers again next year, so a bit of both.

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