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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday Selections # 282



Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
 
I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week once again, I have garden photos for you. Not "my" garden, but the main garden in front of "my" particular block of flats. 

way over by the side fence in the part that P claims as hers is the Loquat tree. (more a shrub really)
It's that darker one at the back of the picture. All the smaller bushes in front of it were ankle to knee height the last time I wandered over there. P has planted so many things in this large section, from the fence to the path at the edge of the lawn which fronts my flat. And everything she puts in there, thrives. 

there are many of these pretty little native violets throughout her section.

and an orange Abutilon right where she can see it from her kitchen window.

it's a new plant, certainly wasn't there last summer.

probably planted at the beginning of autumn and as you can see, thriving with three flowers already. 
It's about 50cm high, just a baby.

P's rosemary bush, planted three years ago and only 8 inches tall then, is now taller than I am!

meanwhile -sigh- this is the patch right beside the driveway and footpath, at the end of the path that leads from my front porch. There is one spindly rosebush. There used to also be two pink daisies and a couple of geraniums, all of which recently mysteriously died and several small things I planted in there which mysteriously disappeared.

this is the front corner of that empty patch. I had 14 large daffodils planted in there :(
it can stay empty, I'm not putting anything else in there.










27 comments:

  1. Maybe have a chat with P and see if she would adopt your patch up to maturity. It seems she has public patch superpowers. The bit she has worked over seems contented.

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    1. Joanne; I don't think I'd like her method. I suspect she kills off anything she doesn't like, which amounts to pretty much everything I've put there.
      I'll stick to my small side patch of succulents and gnomes.

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    1. Grace; isn't it gorgeous! When the bush is bigger I will take more photos.

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  3. Joanne is right. P does indeed have gardening super power. And no doubt has had a few glitches on the way. I would be asking for her secrets. Love that abutilon too. Now I want an orange one.

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    1. Elephant's Child; P's patch is over to the east and shaded from the northern sun by the boundary trees and from the western sun by the trees across the driveway. It's also been a garden much longer so the soil has developed longer.
      Her secrets include killing off anything she doesn't want in there, or pinching them to replant way over on her side, like two pelargoniums I put in soon after moving here.
      I hope you find an orange abutilon.

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  4. Lovely garden P has there. I'm not very good with plants, myself. That orange abutilon is very pretty.

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    1. S.J. Qualls; I'm not so good with plants myself. I plant things and baby them for the first summer, after that they're on their own. Survivors are praised. A hit-and-miss method.

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  5. I used to have a great rosemary bush. I bought it when it was just a small potted plant and once I put it into the ground (we have lovely red, volcanic soil here on the Tamborine Mountain)...it grew and grew. Unfortunately, for me and for the rosemary about three years ago my landlord ripped it out because it was getting in his way when he mowed on his ride-on!!! I was not a happy-chappy...considering this property has many shrubs and trees growing throughout it!!! But who am I to say anything? I bit my tongue, but thought a lot!

    I hope you have a lovely week, River...and warm cuddles to Angel...keep warm. :)

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    1. Lee; oh no! He should have trimmed it instead. What a shame to lose such a fragrant bee-loving bush. Even trimming the lower branches to make it more a small tree shape would have been better. I'm sure Angel will pop up soon for his cuddles.

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  6. That's the biggest rosemary bush I have ever seen. Rosemary always makes me think of roast lamb.

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    1. Andrew; I love the smell of rosemary, but not the taste, so I don't cook with it much. Same with basil, I much prefer the fragrance to the taste. If I put basil on pizza I will only use the tiniest leaves.
      P's rosemary bush is about as wide as it is tall.

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  7. Rosemary, beautiful stuff good with lamb .
    When we have lamb I have to pinch some of the neighbours bush, I bought plants and planted them but they don't grow but when I was 7 we were given a sprig at school for ANZAC day and I planted it at my parents place by the time I moved out it was huge never had any success since .
    Merle............

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    1. Merle; I don't cook with rosemary, I prefer the fragrance to the taste. My kids do their roast lamb with rosemary, I do mine with garlic, but very rarely eat lamb anymore. I don't like it as much as I used to and it's hellish expensive.
      I can't grow begonias, yet cuttings from my poor examples years ago, grew to great sizes in my mum's yard.

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  8. .. your neighbours area does look great, River.... but I think if she wanted to 'branch out' she would have suggested to you that she 'do' your area.
    I had plants die on my front verandah many times.. now I just have rocks.....looks great. I realise doing rocks is probably not practical for you...
    I do hope your daffodil bulbs come up..
    .. hugs .. Barb xxx

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    1. Barbara; I don't think she wants to branch out. I think she just wants all that space to be hers and she can have it. Anything anyone else (me) puts in there is quickly killed off or just disappears. The daffodils won't come up, they were pulled out after the first season; only three of them flowered and someone pulled them before I could take photos, the rest got pulled up before any flowers developed.
      I may put some in my small side garden instead.

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  9. This look fun and haven't been involved with any type of what I call a meme.
    But the word one I do want to try.
    Coffee is on

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    1. peppylady; welcome to drifting. You're very welcome to try the word challenge meme. Words have been here for the month of June, in July they will be at Elephant's Child' site. It's a moveable feast.
      This Sunday meme has been going for years, you're welcome to join in. Use any photos you like, old or new, doesn't have to be garden, can post any pictures you like and let us know you have so we can visit and see. Coffee is on here too :)

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  10. Although she may have a green thumb I don't much like the sound of P. Comes across as very selfish and domineering. Perhaps some spiky cacti in that bare patch to send her a message. Just a thought.
    Pity there isn't a camera to see who it is that pinches things you plant.
    We have a very large rosemary bush but try to keep it in order as much as possible. I can't use garlic much as Phil not keen. Something to do with his Englishness I think but he loves rosemary.
    Hope you had no problems with the storms that went through Adelaide recently. Saw lots of flooding on the TV news.

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  11. Mimsie; she's 70 and mostly means well. She helps others and volunteers at a coffee shop in a facility where homeless gather for meals. She's the one who comes knocking on doors to welcome new tenants, and tell us news that she thinks we should know about what's happening with housing.
    I'm not putting spiky cactus anywhere, there's too many cats and too many elderly people who might trip and fall into it.
    We had no flooding problems this time and most of these blocks of flats are up a foot or two off the ground anyway. Mostly it's the gutters that flood and cause havoc with the traffic. Our storm drains simply can't cope.

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    1. Sorry I said what I did about P although to me as nice as she is, she still sounds as though she enjoys managing people.
      I agree with you about cacti, was just joking....I even got rid of some of that cactus that grows really huge (forget its name) and Phil was quite upset as he liked it. I could just see the grandkids or animals falling into it. Prickly pear...just remembered what is is called.
      Glad you were OK in the stormy weather.

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  12. The garden is doing well, seems plants chosen are the right ones for the area.
    That is a good sized rosemary bush..

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel; it's a popular rosemary bush too, many tenants come around a snip a sprig or two for cooking. I imagine the constant trimming has encouraged the growth.

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  13. Wow, I did not know a rosemary bush grew so large. Love your Sunday Selections and EC's as well.

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    1. Granny annie; most plants will grow larger if planted in the ground instead of kept in pots. I've seen lavenders as tall as me, and stands of oregano that spread for almost a metre. I once planted a half dozen parsley plants that grew into a hedge almost two feet tall. In a different garden with better soil.

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  14. Sorry, I have been away from my computer for a couple of days. I love your garden. Your rosemary is amazing. I have had a lot of trouble getting mine to come back. This year it managed to return but doesn't look overly healthy.

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  15. Cheryl; this section of the garden isn't mine. Most of the gardens are actually communal, surrounding the blocks of flats we live in, but many of us have claimed a small patch closest to our individual flat as 'ours'. This large front section has been claimed by neighbour P, who plants things in the area directly in front of and beside her flat, and takes care of watering the rest as well, where the roses are. The rosemary is in P's section, right beside the communal path to the lobby leading to the upstairs flats.

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