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Comment by Debi Ross on January 26, 2011 at 2:17pm
We are going to plant grape,raspberries, and blueberries  this year any tips?
Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on January 26, 2011 at 9:39am
Lila- How beautiful your bulb garden is! Your creative side is showing both as a gardener and photographer. Do you plant all your bulbs tightly in a shallow container each year? What time of the year will you plant? Once bloomed, what will you do with the plants/bulbs?
Comment by Minako Sargent Fukuda on January 26, 2011 at 8:25am
I love the flower pots, what beautiful arrangend colourscheme, its lovely , i look at the pics and wish I could do some too! but I dont have a camera for this digital things , one day ...... does anyone know a title of a book about all the frogs in oz , I am still trying to find out what species I have in my yard! any reply thankfully received  add where I can get it too and the cost!thx
Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on January 26, 2011 at 7:42am

Lila, your container gardening is beautiful and so well put together.  Practice makes perfect.  Can I make a suggestion, instead of a heat pad, use a heating pad for humans.  It works the same way just use something so you don't get it wet.

Deborah, I know what you mean about knee hurting.  My tropicals are in containers but my flowers are in raised bed (so I can sit).  What are we going to do when we really get old?

Lyn, I have seen the Lilac trees in California.  We have crape myrtles and orchid trees.  The humidity is really bad here for about 3 months.  Sometimes its hard to breath.

Happy Gardening.  The sun is out and the birds are singing.

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on January 26, 2011 at 4:20am

Despite forecasts of thunderstorms today - it didn't happen - so stll no rain!

Lila - I entered daugter's  name in a comp on a Gardening Site - that was all, didn't have to do one of those write in 25 words or less which are all the thing these days. That's the 2nd thing she has won in 3 days!

Didn't manage to get out to garden today, other than early and late watering, as it was just too hot..  Noticed Lilac tree had a few crispy leaves, but I guess it is to be expected.


Passionfruits are continuing to drop off the vine and I seem to be running out of people to give them to and things to do with them.  I have frozen the pulp, made Campari and P/Fruit Sorbet, jam and will attempt Passionfruit Butter later this week and perhaps a passionfruit flummery recipe that I found on the net. The joys of an abundant crop!


Comment by Minako Sargent Fukuda on January 26, 2011 at 4:02am
To all the aussies out there happy Australia day, the 2 pic are delightful, what do they call the fresia lovely colour, havent tried to fry an egg but yes its hot here in victoria too, usually I water nighttime i am a nightowl , morinigs not good for me, with my back/hip condts. I often cant sleep so mornings are usually slept through ! isn.tfunny looks the plant just wanted out of the pot robert,diana I remember crocus when I was a child back home, it liked dappelt shade too, maybe thats the secret, see if that is the solution for you ! my prob is this 2 legged ferral, last night my peach tree in my w/machine insert was looking good, when I got home the string I had so it had support was gone, and since the tree has so much fruit on it the branches where hanging , so I had to redo it all again, anyway I dislike very much living where I live because of it!
Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on January 26, 2011 at 1:52am

Charlie - The freesia seem to love the weather, they bloom fully in both spring and fall. All of the freesia are growing in 18"-36" diameter glazed ceramic pots. I guess they must like the heat.

I don't plant in the ground because of the invasive Bermuda grass which is everywhere, and the gopher invasions. After a few years of container gardening I discovered that my knees hurt less, I could use less water, fertilize less and still have more beautiful and productive plants than ever before. So, everything not-a-tree is in a container.

I planted a tuber of ginger today. It has a bud nearly an inch high, so I planted it. I placed it in a plastic tub, then set the tub in another container. This way it will not be able to get the jump on invasion of the entire container. I planted an asparagus plant in the same container and about 50 yellow onions.

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on January 25, 2011 at 9:58pm

Thanks Joe - yes we are halfway through Australia Day already. 

Diana - we are mid summer now, so we kind of expect these temps and we do get some colder weather and even early morning frosts in July/August.  Not that I mind the hot weather,  it is the humidity that is the killer - reminds me of when daughter and I were in Miami in '05 and as fast as we showered we were dripping wet again.The hot weather was the reason I came to Oz 40 yrs ago - I knew I could not stay in UK and look forward to a couple of weeks of sun here and there for the rest of my life.

I love the outdoor lifestyle here and being able to wander around in shorts and singlet tops for much of the year.  In my mind there are only 2 seasons here - summer (9 months) and winter (which I always say is June, July, August)

Entered daughter in a comp (and myself of course) and today she won a personally signed book on how to create an Australian garden - so appropriate with it being Australia Day today!!

Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on January 25, 2011 at 8:34pm
Wow, the mad scientist and frying an egg.  Lyn, is that your usual weather/temp?  Do you ever get a break from the weather?
Comment by joemurphyct on January 25, 2011 at 7:37pm

Happy Australia day tomorrow Lyn.


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