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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sunday Selections # 347

Welcome back to Sunday Selections.

Begun way back in the mist of time by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock and now continued by me, with a drastic relaxation of rules.


Originally meant for showcasing old photos lost on your files, never seeing the light of day, the meme has morphed into photos of your choice, new or old, good or not-so-good, anything you please, but nothing rude please.


If you are participating, please leave me a comment so I can buzz along and have a look.
Elephant's Child always participates, and her pictures are always worth seeing.


This post is about 97% floral, so let's get the not so pretty stuff out of the way:

I've seen shopping carts left out on the footpaths before, but never one inside the grounds here :(

six weeks later, this still hasn't been repaired :(

several shades of green

pretty in pink

apricot perfection

oh-so-white frothy blossoms of the May bush, each individual flower is so tiny.

Pat's salmon pink geranium is looking large and lush

and her pelargonium is doing much better than mine.

I don't know what this one is, but it's sprawling over a couple of metres and about 90cm high

my freesias are blooming

in a rainbow of colours

Bluebells blooming by the dozen and I hadn't even noticed they started

Ixias are also beginning

this one is leaning on its glossy jade neighbour

I do wish the stems were strong enough to support the heavy heads

in a sea of orange clivia

one yellow one hides

how bright are these cheery orange blooms?

I like how full my birdbaths are looking

the donkey tail is doing better than I expected


How's your Sunday going?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

42 comments:

  1. It's a shame that people leave shopping carts randomly parked around, I figure if you are going to take one at least bring it back, it would be funny to see someone plant flowers in it.

    I like your birdbath, it is looking nice.

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    1. Jimmy; the people around here who leave carts all over are those without cars or carry bags to bring home their shopping. Down-and-outs who have been housed here, often drug addicted, they bring the cart home with them and then don't want to walk it back to the shop which is only five minutes away.
      There are two birdbaths, one at each end of my small garden patch.

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  2. I am always in awe of the way you call things by their scientific names - I know jack-all about plants but I always love your plant photos - so pretty!

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    1. Grace; I don't know scientific names, those are usually in Latin, all I know is what everyone else calls these plants.I still read your blog :)

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    2. Disqus is gone BTW - so if you wanted to add your 2cents - fire away!

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  3. Everything looks so lovely. I can't remember names except for the most common things, so I just call them flowers. :-) Lucky you to have so many around you!

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    1. Sharon; late spring around here is when everything gets blooming and most of the gardens are really colourful right now. The hayfever inducing plants are doing well too, sniff, cough, scratch aaachooo!

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  4. Still waiting on Sunday; Saturday is quite nice. We have one of those small white flowered, big, gangly plants, too, but Laura is not here to ask her the name.

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    1. Joanne; perhaps you can ask her whenever she gets home. I'm not too concerned if I never know it, it's too big and sprawly for me to ever consider buying one, so I don't need the name.

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  5. Your unknown flower looks like a plumeria, but I don't think they grow like that!!

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    1. fishducky; not a plumeria, the flowers are small and the petals are strong, not delicate thin.

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  6. We have that problem with the carts here as well. Several of our grocery stores have a new system where the carts are chained, you put a quarter in a slot on the handle and a cart releases. You get your quarter back if you return the cart. I think it helps.

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    1. only slightly confused; yes it does help, but most of our pay-to-use stores are in more affluent areas to discourage the street people from stealing them I suppose. Our carts cost a dollar to get unchained and when they were first introduced there were free tokens available to encourage people to use the carts, but soon enough people lost their tokens and had to switch to coins, I'm really surprised at how many people leave the carts in the supermarket parking lot instead of retrieving their dollar coin, it seems even the few metres to the cart corral is too far.

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  7. We used to see shopping trolleys everywhere. You now have to pay $1 or $2 to get one (refundable when you return it). The problem has been reduced. The coin operation thing is tricky for weak hands/wrists though.
    Love your photographs of things in bloom. You are much further advanced than we are.

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    1. Elephant's Child; I remember quite a few people who couldn't manage the coin slots, they couldn't push the coin in far enough to disengage the chain, or they'd put the coin in the second trolley in line thinking that would release the chain from the first trolley. In eleven years I saw the same people doing the same things over and over and I would bite my tongue while helping them get unstuck and be thinking why the heck can't you remember this and how is it you are allowed to drive a car?

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  8. Lots of colour and renewed life around you. Clivia are just brilliant plants to put on a show and look ok even when not in flower. I didn't know they came in yellow. Some supermarkets have wheels that lock if they are removed from the supermarket or car park. I have seen people carrying them along the street.

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    1. Andrew; you've seen people carrying a trolley?? Wow. I've heard about the wheel locking thing, but I don't think we have that here.
      I also didn't know clivias came in yellow. I do know the clumps will spread and eventually form a carpet covering that whole space. I'm going to keep my eye on the yellow one and see if it grows a baby or two next season.

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    2. I believe you can help them spread by digging some up and planting them about. Btw, you have some spam at the end of the comments.

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  9. My Sunday is still in its early stages, but so far so good...I hope the status quo remains and continues.

    I hope the coming week treats you well, River. As a good start, "Red" is back tomorrow night at 10.30 pm. It will be great to see him again. Even with all my streaming I've missed him I could watch all episodes again via streaming, but I've been busy with so many other series...oh, the pain of it all! It is justified, though. :)

    Cuddles to Lady Lola. :)

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    1. Lee; Yay Red! I'm surprised to see it back so soon after beginning in the USA, usually we're 8-10 weeks behind. You're going to LOVE tomorrow's episode. Lady Lola has been quite cuddly today.

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  10. At one time one of our supermarket chains offered a $50 reward for trolley sightings (and recovery) then the coin in the slot came along. Like EC mentioned not a good idea for those with weak wrists trying to get the coin ( or token) out of the slot.
    I must look at my Clivia to see if any blooms are coming up - didn't notice any Bluebells either.
    I have a Sunday Selection post today - come over and see - Roses but no trolleys 😊 ~ Cathy

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    1. Cathy; a $50 reward?? We never had that, or I would have made a small fortune. Enough to keep me in toilet paper at least :)
      I'll pop over a bit later and see your roses.

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  11. Happy Spring to you! Your flowers outshine mine any and every day of the year. I am inept when it comes to flowers. Vegetables? I can do those in my sleep.

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    1. Susan Kane; thank you, a lot of the flowers aren't mine, but they're all in the gardens around the flats here so that's close enough, I can consider them partly mine. I can't grow vegetables here, the soil is too poor and choked with tree roots, plus there are some newbies around who don't care for rules and would just pinch anything edible.

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  12. Always amazed when people leave the carts all over. I've clocked it and it does take 30 seconds to return one. Think I can afford that.
    It was nice to see such color as we drift into a blossom-less fall here.

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    1. Arkansas Patti; people usually return them here after they've loaded the goodies into their cars. The ones without cars, they are the one who walk home with the trolley then can't be bothered taking it back.

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  13. Beautiful shots! I know what you mean about the shades of green. I've taken similar pictures but they always turn out kind of blah. Yours really shows the differences.

    I like the donkey tail . . . heh heh

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    1. jenny_o; try taking the different greens at different times of day and see which time shows them to the best advantage. here early morning or late afternoon seems to be the best, midday is always too bright and colours get washed out, while dusk is too dark, everything comes out shadowy.

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  14. Such color and beauty! I don't know much about flowers, but that shade of apricot is not a hue I've seen before.

    Maybe the ne'er-do-well who abandoned the shopping cart couldn't get it past the broken sidewalk!

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    1. Val; you've never seen an apricot rose? The buds start out bright yellow and lighten as they begin to open, with the mature bloom fading to near white as it dies.

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    2. Nope, I've never seen one. And until I just read that, I assumed they started that color and stayed that color!

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  15. A tiny bit of ugliness but oh! so much beauty to follow. Your garden is wonderful and I think the bush you don't know the name of is hawthorn. We have a very large one outside our bedroom window that is flowering now as are those in the gardens each side of our house.
    Our garden at present is a display of daisies but very little else. We are just getting too old but am hoping my frangipani will soon have leaves and then flowers.
    I love the apricot geranium, a most unusual colour. I only have reds, pink and white.

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    1. Mimsie; nice to see you here. I hope you and Phil are well. I did think it might be a hawthorn, there are several around here, but it's very sprawly, while the others I've seen are more compact, still large, but together not rambling. I suppose this might be an overgrown groundcover version.
      I hope your frangipani flowers soon, it's one of my favourite small trees and I wish I had one, but just don't have the space.

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  16. enjoyed your shots

    Hope you've had a nice weekend

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler; thank you, I enjoyed taking them. I had a lovely weekend, the weather here is sunny with cool mornings and evenings. I hope you're all cleaned up and settled again after Irma.

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  17. Those are some gorgeous shots. I particularly like the rose and the purple flower.

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    1. Robert Bennet; thank you, the rose is a favourite of mine, I look for it to start blooming every year. The purple is also lovely, I have the same flower type in different colours and I'm waiting for those to begin blooming.

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  18. Your pictures are always outstanding. You have a good eye and a steady hand when it comes to photography. We'll leave teeth out of this one. (There's a lol)
    A perfect post.

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  19. I didn't get one freesia this year. I miss the wonderful scent. Will have to set myself a reminder to plant a mass of them next year to make up for it, hey?!

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