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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sunday Selections # 297



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 I have some photos from my garden and a few from others' gardens as I walked to the bus stop.

No prizes for guessing who this is :)  It's Sleepyhead of course.

woohoowoohoowoohoo    not that I'm super excited or anything (*~*), but this is a baby apricot tree, only four inches tall. Some of you may remember I've been trying to grow one (or a few) since forever began, and recently planted nine apricot pits in each of three pebble-ringed circles. This is tree number one :D

near the bus stop, this frantic little bird was zipping from shrub to shrub, probably desperately hoping we wouldn't find where she had her nest.

this echeveria reverted to green after planting, now, two years later the red edging has returned.

how many of you remember when I planted this erigeron hedge? the seedlings were so tiny, a few got trampled by a careless someone wandering about with her hose, but the bushes now have very little gap between them. 

Also called seaside daisies, erigerons have such cheerful little blooms, beginning as pink and maturing to white.

this was the first rosebud to show itself early last month, it didn't survive, bugs and weather got to it.

this fabulous grevillea is on the way to my bus stop

this large hollyhock is part of the footpath garden just down on the corner,

here is my hand on the largest leaf so you can see how big it is. The leaf, not my hand :)

My Ixias are putting on a lovely show at last, I was worried they might not survive the storms, they did get battered a bit. And oddly enough, there are a couple of ixias popping up and flowering way over to the left of this photo. Underground migration in action.

beautiful colours, right?

This is Midori, my grand daughter's six month old chihuahua puppy, very excitable and rarely this still. In the short time I was there, she did learn to Stop! and Sit! but only for me.

orange watsonia under the fejoia tree

and yellow watsonia, far less commonly seen. When these die down in autumn I will dig up a bit of each and plant them in my patch. Only fair, since I just discovered my missing baby buddleia, now five feet tall and thriving in P's section of the front garden. It's in a spot where I will see it when it blooms, so that's okay, I'll get to enjoy the purple brilliance of it.

my Ranunculus have finally opened all those buds, the red is deeper than it looks here, I probably should have set the camera for flowers.

I like this ruffly one and guess what? I forgot to buy white ranunculus bulbs :( 
Have to wait until next year now.

new bronze growth on no-one's rubber tree, I've been watering it from the bucket that catches the drips from their washing machine taps. Last summer it was pretty close to dead. Next autumn a piece is coming here and going in the largest pot I have.

my tiny patch of starflowers, which look white, but are actually the prettiest pale blueish purple.

let's finish with Roscoe, hiding in the dusty miller patch. If that spreads any wider I'm going to have to move Roscoe.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 


 

34 comments:

  1. I do enjoy your garden photos very much...

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    1. Grace; I only photograph the good bits :)

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  2. Beautiful shots of some spectacular blooms!

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    1. S.J.Qualls; I planned a green succulent garden to begin with, but realised I wanted some colour in there, so I put the bulbs in too.

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  3. I, too, love your pictures of your garden. Not to diminish how adorable your pictures of pets are as well. Super cute.

    You really have a talent. I rarely have had any luck with planting seeds and having then grow and survive. I do far better with plant starters or cuttings.

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    1. Cheryl; almost everything you see here was a bought seedling. I keep trying with the apricot seeds because I I'd prefer a tree that has grown naturally and thus is acclimatised to its position, rather than buy a sapling maybe five feet tall for a lot of money and have it die because it doesn't like its new home.

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  4. It looks like your garden is off to a beautiful start this spring. And congratulations on getting that apricot pit to sprout. As for the chihuahua pup only obeying your orders? You must have a well-developed voice of authority.

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    1. Susan; the puppy is in a home where discipline is unheard of, I think she was just as surprised that she sat as I was. I've raised puppies before, always buying them at about ten weeks old. it's the same as raising children really. Start them young and keep at it.
      The apricot pit has me excited that maybe a few more will sprout. I planted them early last autumn. Imagine three small groves of nine trees each! Wouldn't that be great!

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    1. only slightly confused; thank you, Roscoe is a cutie hiding like that. His pal, Rosie the cat, is at the other end of the garden.

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  6. Loving your garden. And Angel. Angry on your behalf about plant thievery.

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    1. Elephant's Child; thank you, the garden is looking rather nice right now, everyone passing by says so too. There's been more thievery :(

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  7. How come the picture of your hand didn't show your green thumb?

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    1. fishducky; the green only shows during planting (*~*)

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    1. Happy Elf Christine; spring has been here a while, according to the calendar, but it's only in the last couple of weeks that tings have really got blooming and growing.

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  9. I forgot ranunculus when I ordered bulbs! I must take care of that. Wonderful garden.

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    1. Joanne; it's autumn now where you are, so get to a nursery and buy them, now is the time to plant them. I had other colours, but only the red survived.

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  10. Spring has spring and I've been running around this morning like a hairy goat...I've never seen a hairy goat running around....but....

    Now I'm going to settle in for the day with the Sunday paper and the Bathurst 1000.

    I hope you have a great week, River...cuddles to Angel. :)

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    1. Lee; I've seen a hairy goat running around :) it was years ago, he was chasing after the nanny. Made quite ruckus too. I'm sure you were at least a little more elegant.
      I had the Sunday paper read by 8am, that's what happens when I wake at 4am. Angel has been very cuddly today

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  11. Always love other peoples garden photos but you would have guessed that.
    Merle........

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    1. Merle; I love garden photos too, especially yours, I always get ideas there.

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  12. .. your garden is looking great River...
    It's great when find that something you planted takes and grows.. I hope your apricot tree thrives for you,........ I love the little star flowers.. Mine are not blooming yet.. xxx
    Angel is looking very regal .. xxx
    .. Barb xxxx

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    1. Barbara; thank you. I hope the apricot tree thrives too, it has a long way to go being only five inches tall now. When I took the photo last week it was four inches, so seems to be hanging in there so far. Have you seen EC's star flowers? Amazing. Angel was sound asleep, right until I zoomed the lens, then he stared right at the camera.

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  13. I believe what you call "encheveria" is here called a "hen and chick plant"
    Coffee is on

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    1. peppylady (Dora); it is called a hen and chickens here too, but so are lots of other similar plants, so I gave it the name on the label. Coffee is on here too.

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  14. Nice Dog. I love Dogs , But have enough to cope with already.
    Our less moderate climate than yours; would really battle To produce such an amazing variety of floral wonderment.

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    1. Vest; Roscoe is a very easy dog (metal), no feeding, no walking, no training required.
      I'm sure you have your own varieties of wonderful flowers and plants where you are.

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  15. Lovely photos. I'm going to put up a few for SUnday Selections today too.

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    1. Tracy; thank you. I've seen your photos, love your chicken :)

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  16. All so lovely and I see you too have those star flowers.
    It's great your garden didn't suffer too much from the deluge that hit SA.
    That Angel is so handsome. Please give him a stroke from me.
    Speaking of rubber trees...a friend of ours, years ago,was digging deep in his back garden to put down a well and he found roots from his rubber tree about 10-15 feet down. Always advisable to grow them in pots. lol

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    1. Mimsie; I think the plants were pleased to get so much water for a change. I thought some of them had been flattened by the deluge, but they haven't popped up again, I think now they are flattened because the cats lie on them.
      I know about rubber trees, that's why I always have them in pots. My daughter's is in a pot too. in the ground and left to grow as they will, they can get very large.
      Angel has had plenty of cuddles today.

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  17. these are very beautiful flowers ,one can stare at them for very long

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    1. baili; welcome to drifting. Thank you, I'm very happy with the way my flowers are growing.

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