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Susan's Blog – August 2016 Archive (3)

Almost Spring 2016

Spring is just around the corner.  My garden is bursting with flowers and I am planting more!  If you have roses, make sure you go out there with a strong spray and hit those aphids - I discovered that all my new growth was covered even though, from a distance, it looked exceedingly healthy.   I'm trying to let the lady bug population explode in response so am avoiding pest oils etc at this stage.  Plus, I just planted sunflower, zinnia, allysium, cosmos and marigold seeds throughout the…

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Added by Susan on August 28, 2016 at 19:30 — 18 Comments

Sick days and pottering

Hi all,

I'm having a day off work today as I have caught that awful cold going around.  I was going to catch up on some school work at the same time but am procrastinating at the moment.  Did the kid's school drop off and was wandering around my garden with a cup of tea and got inspired to post!

I don't know if you can see much in this photo, but this shot makes me so happy.  Everything looks lush and productive.  Right at the front, you can see the carrots, beets and…

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Added by Susan on August 16, 2016 at 11:00 — 8 Comments

Quick August update and fortuitous meetings

Hi All,

Imagine my surprise today when I saw (I should say though - that she saw me as I'm hopeless) Sophie and Frank today at Bunnings and had the most lovely chat there and then they came back to my place and I had an impromptu garden visit where I showed off a little bit :)  You should see the yard now though Sophie, my husband mowed it and I cleaned out the front wicking beds and replanted with flowers -> Looks heaps fresher :)

So my trip to bunnings yielded an…

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Added by Susan on August 7, 2016 at 19:00 — 12 Comments

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