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Spring is upon us

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Jason starts with ...
My apple trees are gearing into action. Nothing yet from Nectarines
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Ellen says...
Sign of Spring in My dwarf nectarine is just started to break out from the buds - but I think that's b/c I've put it in the ground .

Last week I went to a local garden center, and found their dwarf nectarine in pots all are flowering already .
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amanda says...
Yup....spring is here 2!!
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16th August 2009 2:23pm
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culebra says...
Hi Amanda,

nice photos.
is the second one a Geraldton wax? seems fitting for you location.

I have a huge one growing down near the side of my house. the flowers are a lighter shade of pink to yours.
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amanda says...
Yes it's a Gero wax...the garden is on the verge of a riot of colour at moment - and I can hardly wait! I find the darker coloured wax are a bit harder to get up n running than the whites. The rabbits eat them down to a stub so I have to keep them inside the fence!
The wax looks best with lots of pruning - but not too far into old wood. There is an amazing array of these plants now.
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culebra says...
'but not too far into old wood.'
yes definitely i found out the hard way when i performed a renovative pruning on my Gero.
if you cut into old wood they take AGES, literally years to regrow. Mine is also blooming now, on the other side of Oz :).
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18th August 2009 4:59pm
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amanda says...
Thats great culebra! off the topic - but I am grevillia mad...it's bee-central around here at the moment with the blooms .. :)
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culebra says...
i have that second grevillea in my yard.

i don't particularly like it, not the showiest one around IMO.

i will remove it soon, it is infested with borers.

i like Grevillea 'moonlight' a nice one and have several specimens in my garden.
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amanda says...
yea - it needs a lot of pruning and the flowers are too small...makes a good windbreak plant though! I have misty pink, pink surprise, coconut ice, superb, robyn gordon, kay williams and a gold one. I love them as they are easy to grow here and flower all year round...I grow them for the birds too.

Moonlight lovely too...will get the whole collection when more $ around! :)
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18th August 2009 5:27pm
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culebra says...
You have quite a collection Amanda.

another nice grevillea i have growing in my yard is Grevillea Forest Rambler.
it has a nice small pink flower and smallish grows max about 1.5m tall but covers several across. prefers a shady spot. birds love it.

I used to have a prostrate one called G. 'Bronze Rambler' with attractive crimson flowers but it unfortunately died last summer. so much for being drought tolerant!

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amanda says...
I have lots of room culebra! :)
I actually am working on restoring the property and providing a nesting habitat for the native finches and others..they are so beautiful and endangered. It's the least I can do when they provide me with such beautiful song! :)
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culebra says...
finches? I used to keep & breed them.
Do you know what species frequent your area by any chance? good work on doing some habitat resoration too.

native finches are unfortunately absent from my area.
in other areas of Victoria i see the native red browed finches on occasion where they can be locally common.

locally i do see the introduced European goldfinch and greenfinch sometimes but even these are uncommon and possibly declining. (though the above abound in Tas).

unless you count the sparrow (house and tree- in Melbourne) as finches. (wait i have noticed sparrows have definitely declined markedly in Melbourne in recent years) and u (fortunately) don't have sparrows in WA (AFAIK... yet) due to determined efforts to exclude them, along with starlings, indian mynahs, blackbirds et al. which are so common on this side of the continent and which fruit growers (getting back on topic) perpetually struggle to protect their crops from. :)
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amanda says...
Hi Culebra - I should find out what they are (blush) - but they have dark/black wings, a grey body, black 'mask' and a red/brown breast and sing like a canary.
The rainbow bee eaters come thru the block a bit later this year too. There are others but my ID book packed away. Those indian mynahs are a sod of a bird! Down south has been invaded by rainbow lorikeets.
I only have the magpie type mynah? native - they peck the fruit and (rarely) the kurrajong - which will steal whole grapes!
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CJ says...
Hi Amanda, what's the third grevillea in yours pics? It's gorgeous!
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amanda says...
Hi CJ - the tag just says "Grevillia Bonfire" ? no species name.. it's very tough n easy to grow - needs pruning - gets a bit straggly. Grev's do exceptionally well on my block...lucky I love them! :)
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19th August 2009 4:51pm
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Jimmy says...
You can get a lot of these from garden express. i have the fireworks one and it is really good.
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amanda says...
Culebra..oops..they are a type of swallow not finch (blush...) They have a 'split' tail?... oh well they sound great anyway! :))) The falcons are after them at present - so there's a bit of a 'war' going on under the upstairs deck! (and the willy wag tail just sits there taking it all in!..)
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culebra says...
swallows are great little birds.
their aerial acrobatics and speed are amazing.
i like how they sometimes return to the same nest year after year.

oh and willy wagtail must be one of my fave aussie birds.
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Jenny says...
Spring is here, mulberry time! I hope one day a few more of my trees can match this one. Think I'd better make some jam...
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Db says...
Wow, thats super productive tree Jenny.. Mine is only 1.5yr old tree and currently have over 1000 berries, so yummy...
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Jenny says...
yep this is my oldest fruit tree. I may just have the fruit fly controlled this year too I hope.
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ivepeters says...
There is nothing better than coming home to find all my dormant trees coming alive, persimmon, almond, pecan, figs all with leaves starting to come out.
Amazed to find both my Cherry of the Rio Grande in flower, only 2 years.
All the citrus flowering like crazy.
Spicezee is flowering, much later than the other stonefruit.
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kim14 says...
Very exciting isn't it? I'm in the garden every chance I get to check and double check everything.

Is your Cherry of the Rio Grande from seed ivepeters?
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ivepeters says...
No , got 2 seedlings from Forbidden Fruits. Hopefully there'll be fruit soon.
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kim14 says...
so beautiful! How tall are the plants?
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ivepeters says...
1.7m & 1.5m
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kim14 says...
sounds like they're at fruiting age. Good luck! :)
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