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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 June 18, 2014 at 1:38am

Banksia Birthday Candles, Dwarf version of banksia spinulosa found on the NSW coast. Grows to 50cm tall and wide.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 17, 2014 at 8:37pm

I have to get out today and rake up the last of the fallen leaves, its not raining but its over cast.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 17, 2014 at 6:57pm

Moved indoors to flower for the Shepperton Orchid Challenge 4th, 5th, 6th of JULY. 

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 15, 2014 at 6:19pm

Yes wattle is the start of my hay fever season as well. I,m not as bad now that I am older . Suffered very bad when I young. Being surround by farmers cutting hay in early summer, some days I could not go outside. Not too bad after Christmas, the hay season is over and the grass has dried out.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 11, 2014 at 6:46pm

Well I have cut my Mexican fence post. It now cures on our ladder. Just as long as Ken does not get his fuming old engine going, they should be Ok. I got 4 really good sized pieces out of on trunk, I will have to find some bigger pots. Cactus is heavy.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 10, 2014 at 6:43pm

Swainsona formosa, Sturts Desert Pea. I had the pleasure of seeing this growing on the side of the road on a holiday to Broken Hill a couple of years ago. It was in early September, I have tried to grow it but no luck.

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on June 9, 2014 at 6:58pm
I can only have Wattle in the house when daughter is not around as she is highly allergic to it, sneezes non stop, drives me nuts. That's why we have never planted any around the gardens.
Keryn, yes my son goes out running in the desert surrounding Broken Hill and is always sending me photos of the beautiful wildflowers out there. It's amazing how they can sit dormant through the drought years, then after the rains they spring to life. Nature at it's best!
Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 9, 2014 at 6:42pm

Yes they are nearly out down here, so must be out up higher as you always have an earlier season. Thats a pretty one with the grey foliage, there are so many different ones. If I ever make a garden again on a bigger block, I would go all native. When you go to visit your son, keep yours eyes open for the Stuart desert pea, what a beauty.

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on June 9, 2014 at 4:22am

Keryn, what a coincidence you should mention Wattle as I picked a bunch this morning from a vacant block on my way home from the shops.  When I arrived home, first thing hubby said was "they are flowering early this year''.  Here's the pic of them, I have them in a vase in front hallway.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 9, 2014 at 4:10am

My jonquils are up out of the ground so not far away, way too early. Drove to Ballarat today and the wattles are nearly out, all ready, green crops coming up everywhere and baby lambs frolicking in sun. I love winter in Australia.

 

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