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What@s happened to everyone???

Where are you all?

Posted 3 months ago
graibeard

graibeard

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Australia9b

Hiding :-)
Good to see that you’re not though. :-))

Don’t ask how the garden is growing here. It’s too cold for anything to grow at the moment.

Hopefully you’re faring a bit better?

Posted 3 months ago

Not really – 5 degrees at the moment and 4 expected!

Strange day: one minute sun, then pouring. Have you had snow tonight?

The main joy at the moment is all the bulbs budding or flowering.
My veggie patch is covered with self sown red and green mini cos lettuce, cress, rainbow chard, spring onions and parsley, so have been eating very healthily through winter – and for free!
Strawberries are beginning to flower, and the silvanberries have been tricked into thinking it was spring.
Otherwise, lots of maintenance to be done.
Hope all’s well with you.

Posted 3 months ago
graibeard

graibeard

Folia Helper

Australia9b

No snow, but very close – sleet, slush and hail. Absolute doozy of a frost this morning (now Monday) and a low mist as well. Won’t be rushing any of the frost tender plants in, that’s for certain.

I noticed the Jonquils and daffs are out around the area. our Blood lillies are back to the leaf stage, getting prepped for next season – now that’s one spectacular and hardy plant!
I’m thinking we should put the goats back into the ‘veggie’ garden and clean that out, just in case we put something in this year!

Agree re the maintenance, I’d love to be back on top of things again – no matter how briefly.
Yep, so far, so good :-)

Posted 3 months ago

Have just googled blood lily – they certainly are different!

My parcel of bulk lily longiflorum (I know they’re common) and hippeastrum has just arrived, so I will have to brave the cold this morning and pot rhem up.
Posted 3 months ago

Lovely to hear from you, Graibeard. Like Jap, I too, thought things were a bit quiet here. However, I put it down to winter time and sleeping gardens. Not everyone has year round sunshine and warmth as I do. I’m often trying to slow down or stop things from growing. Winter gives me a break from excessive heat and rain, and, thank goodness, far less mowing.

Jap, your garden sounds lovely, and I envy your vegetable collection. A self-sowing garden is what I was aiming for, but I still have a long way to go.

However, we are now at the end of August, and here in the tropics the pace of growth is beginning to pick up. I’ve noticed the cassava is starting to leaf out again. My vege patch, oh I don’t even want to think about the vege patch. The grass is shoulder high, strangling vines have encroached upon its fences and perennial plantings, shrubs have arisen in the most awkwards spots, and I don’t have any little ducks left to go in there and trample it down for me. A python moved in over the summer and, one by one, ate all of my ducks! Really not happy!

Posted 3 months ago | Last edited 3 months ago
graibeard

graibeard

Folia Helper

Australia9b

@Carol,
It’s been a while! Gulp
As I was reading your post, I thought of your ducks and wondered how they were. Bugger, that’s not the answer I was expecting.

I’m thinking that we need to put the goats in to our patch just to beat the weeds into submission. The work we’ve done to improve the soil has worked, as evidenced by that said, weed growth extraordinaire.
Pumpkins – this year it will be pumpkins; at the very least. Lots of pumpkins (The family has been saving seed! – that makes that part easy.)

Posted 3 months ago

Are any of you on Instagram? There’s a great international band of gardeners all sharing experiences and advice out there.

Posted about 1 month ago

I haven’t used Instagram, I tend to avoid social media as much as possible. Although a landline fault required me to give in and sign up to Facebook as that was the only avenue available to contact Telstra at the time.

Living in such a remote location as I do, I tend to look for geographically closer plant groups, rather than international ones, Folia being the exception to that rule, but then Folia can provide a somewhat geographical focus such as this group. We just need to iron out the bugs in the seed swapping software. If that is eventually overcome I can see great opportunities there. However, I suspect that many Folians mostly use the tracking and database facilities as do I. That is the part of Folia that is priceless and to date I’ve not found such a good system duplicated elsewhere.

Posted about 1 month ago

Hi! reporting from Astatula, Florida. This is the time a year I grow most of my vegetables here as it turns nice weather and lots less bugs.!

Posted 23 days ago
Amarylis

Amarylis

Folia Helper

United Kingdom8a

Hi Carol, good to hear from you again – or should that be the other way around? I’ve become much erratic in my postings on the gardening forums & I’m on three!

“However, I suspect that many Folians mostly use the tracking and database facilities as do I. That is the part of Folia that is priceless and to date I’ve not found such a good system duplicated elsewhere.”

I suspect you are quite right, Carol! I’m as guilty of that as are many, many more Folians! During the first couple of years on Folia I found the free version so addictive that I really don’t know what would have happened to me if I’d taken out a subscription! I’d never have come down out of the Cloud!

Hope things are going OK for you Down Under. You must be pretty well on the way to summer as we are to winter! The temps are cooling down a lot now & we now need our overcoats, etc.

Just today I planted out some Pansies in troughs on the balcony floor. I also put in some Crocuses amongst them. These are all on top of the Daffodils bulbs I planted out in the troughs a few weeks ago!

Just a week or two ago I finished the preparations for overwintering of the balcony & today my son came round & took ALL my pots of Amaryllis to his place. He offered me the use of his shed for them some months ago & I’ve now taken him up on his offer! So now I have absolutely NO Amaryllis bulbs at home for the first time in 16 years!!!

How is your end of spring gardening coming along?

Posted 21 days ago

Hello Amaryllis, yes, things are warming up here in the tropics. Plants are waking and putting on fast growth. We are still just getting scattered showers now and then as it is the very beginning of the wet season, so parts of the garden need some supplemental watering. I mowed the other day to get the grass down before more rain, and beneath the long grass out front I found a flowering Hippeastrum, that is, Amaryllis as you know them. Mine overwinter in the garden as it does not get cold here, ever. Although I find myself shivering and need to put on a light cardigan if the temperature drops to 17 C, that’s around 62 F. I’m definitely a tropical creature now.

Currently in my garden the Crucifix Orchid is in flower, as is the Arabian Jasmine by the front steps which wafts its heady perfume through the front door and into the house. Similarly, the murraya (aka mock orange/orange jessamine) has been flowering but a next flush is currently in bud. That too, sends its fragrance through the house. I have birds eye chillies galore in every shade and state of ripening from green through red, and the habanero chillies are in flower. The vanilla orchid is trying to climb the wall beside the front door so I keep winding it back to its pot and wrap it around sticks that I placed in the pot to both train it and, being epiphytic in nature, give it a woody stem to which it can cling. The ornamental salvias are covered in bright red blossoms, the orange-red bougainvillea is nearly finished its colourful display but the white flowering one with variegated leaf is in its fully glory. The cassavas have burst into leaf, the round cardamom is in full flower and setting seed, and has just about taken over the garden bed. Similarly, the shell ginger is in flower, and the galangal, aka Thai ginger, is bearing its somewhat insignificant flowers aloft, while the black pepper and kava are taking over the back garden around the former duck bath. I also have a little forest of pawpaws (papayas) growing there. The cashew tree is shooting skyward, as is the mulberry, so they will need to be pruned back to keep them a manageable size. The young citrus trees are covered in new leaf and the old ones are already developing next winters crop.

Posted 18 days ago
Amarylis

Amarylis

Folia Helper

United Kingdom8a

We must all count our blessings but it seems you have more to count than most! Other than a few Fuchsias there are no longer any flowers on the balcony, the exception being the Pansies I put in a week ago. They only have about one flower per plant at the moment.

Can’t imagine what it must be like being able to grow plants ALL year round! I always have a few inside the flat but outside I don’t have anything other than Pansies till about February when the Crocuses will start to put on a lovely display.

Posted 15 days ago

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