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Comment by Lyn - Sydney on January 26, 2011 at 5:31pm

Debi - we planted raspberries, but if you can, keep them in large pots. They send out roots , suckers everywhere!  Although they are ideal for taking pieces from to give to friends etc.  Ours started as a tiny plant and before we knew it had gone crazy, despite cutting back the canes.  We have raspberries on it now - first year of fruit, but we have had to net due to birds etc.

I also grew a blueberry plant/bush and it gave us heaps of fruit first year (last season actually), seemed to be a very sturdy type of plant and then suddenly as soon as it stopped fruiting it promptly died!!  Will be buying some more and perhaps putting them into large containers, as I am not sure if weather conditions had anything to do with the plant dying.

Robert - Thanks for your tip about  acidity in soil for the blueberries - we actually used lucerne mulch around ours.

Grape vines are in the future once our Pergola is built, but they seem to be a very easy plant to grow (here anyway).

Bob - I used to always get huge bags of coffee grounds from Starbucks when my daughter lived in the city, they used to just put them in a big basket next to door.  However I have never seen any other coffee shops following this method of disposing of their grounds.  The grounds were fantastic for the gardens and the smell was just beautiful too!! 

Diana - Yes we have lots of crepe myrtles, but they too go rather rampant and send up suckers/new shoots everywhere - We have a huge one in the chicken pen that provides much needed shade for the chickens, but we discovered last week that it has sent suckers right through to our nearby veg patch - some 2 metres away!!

Our local Council use a lot of them as standards in the middle of the streets, they are looking particularly spectacular at this time of year and are very sun hardy aren't they?

Lila - forgot to say how beautiful all your bulbs look, especially the way you have set out the display. 

Yet another hot humid day here.  Minding toddler grandson today so no gardening anyway, just lots of reading, singing, dancing and building blocks!! 

Happy Day all.

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on January 26, 2011 at 3:45pm
Debi -- I agree with REB and also, consider going to a local coffee shop and getting some used coffee grounds and working them into the soil before planting.   I'd recommend 2 pounds of grounds for every 9 square feet  (3x3) which conveniently is a great size plot for a single bush as well.  This will ensure the acidity that blueberries like.   Check the I-net to confirm on grape and raspberry as I have no personal experience with them (and coffee) as I do blueberries.   Once in the ground and doing well, you can add a pound or two of coffee grounds to each plant twice a year or so ... just scatter it around out at the drip line and not at the base of the plant.     Cheers!
Comment by Robert E Brown--z7b8aNC on January 26, 2011 at 3:28pm
Make sure the soil is a bit acid for the blueberries.  They will love you for it.  Pine straw or pine bark is a good mulch for them as well.
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.


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