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Letting fellow Aussies know you've posted photos or added a blog post. 63 Replies

I know I've mentioned this before but I thought I'd suggest this again now that we have quite a few Aussies on this site.  I'm not sure if others regard it as a problem, but catching up with photos…Continue

Started by Bernadette (Zone 11 Australia). Last reply by Bernadette (Zone 11 Australia) Dec 11, 2013.

Welcome to our new Australian members 42 Replies

A big welcome to the latest Australian members to join Garden Share.  It is so lovely to see our numbers increase at last.  Hope you all enjoy not only this group, but the whole site.  There are some…Continue

Started by Lyn - Sydney. Last reply by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia Dec 11, 2013.

Zone chart for Australia and to convert to USA zones 4 Replies

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Started by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia. Last reply by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia Dec 11, 2013.

Wildlife in our yard 15 Replies

We had a goanna and a red belly black snake in our yard last Saturday and had to deal with them as we were getting ready to go to a wedding.  They both got away.  I hope the snake isn't lurking.

Started by Heather Jones. Last reply by Heather Jones Apr 18, 2012.

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Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on February 27, 2014 at 9:48pm

We are having the most beautiful weather at the moment, but step out side and the flies come from everywhere to annoy. I have some fly repellent that was first made for horses. Went inside and put some on and walked back out , where are they now, it really works .  The label is worn so hard to read, I think its called "Natures Bounty". Its made at 1606 Main Rd Toongabbie, Victoria.  Its a  rosemary and cedarwood cream. Wonderful and really works.

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on February 27, 2014 at 1:39am
Yes Keryn, that looks like mine, except it is darker green, with a vibrant white border.
Love that Celosia, very vibrant.
Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on February 27, 2014 at 1:29am

salpiglossis superbissima, interesting plant to grow from seed, it shoots in the dark, so I put the seeds in my seed bed and covered with a big plastic pot. Worked well the shoots came up very well and quickly, but when I thought it was time to remove the pot they all died even under the shade cloth. I think anything that shoots in the dark must a cool climate plant. I will give it another go in our winter.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on February 27, 2014 at 1:17am

celosia spicata, Flamingo Feather, I have also grown this from seed and is doing OK, but looks nothing like this picture. The snails don,t seem to like this and its starting to get a go on now that its rained and some cooler weather.  I will post mine at a later date.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on February 27, 2014 at 1:09am

This summer I have grown from seed purchased over the net  amaranthus perfecta tricolor. This is not it, had no trouble getting the seedlings to a good size and transplanted it the garden beds, then it got too hot, they stopped growing and snails ate them. Its a native of India and is used in a lot of cooking dishes so no wonder the snails liked it. It should grow in our climate I have a second lot in so will try again.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on February 27, 2014 at 12:58am

Lyn, does this look like coleus canina, if it is, then its the Aussie version, dryed out and sun toughened. I think I will have to wait until flowers.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on February 19, 2014 at 9:23pm

Its great Lyn, the lawns will green up again and might stay green if we don,t get really hot weather again. I am looking forward to a nice warm, not hot and not cold Autumn. I hope I didn,t just jinx it with that statement.

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on February 19, 2014 at 8:53pm
Seems to be over much of the country at present. How welcome is it, not only for us gardeners, but for the poor farmers who have lost so many crops.
Going up the Blue Mtns at weekend to pick our own Jonathon apples, so fingers crossed it's not pouring Sunday!
Garden is perking up already after these downpours.
Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on February 19, 2014 at 5:36pm

Rain Rain glorious rain, after close to 8 weeks of no rain and very hot weather we have relief at last . Heavy rain last night and then again today, my plants are all looking up to the heavens, saying "please can we have more".

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on February 15, 2014 at 11:56pm

Forgot to say we had some drizzle rain last night, still no ground wetting rain, the temperature has dropped enough, so you can get out and do something, but OMG the flies are annoying.

 

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