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#1040832 - Mon Apr 07 2014 04:31 PM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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Thanks. smile It's designed to be low maintenance - apart from the few trees and shrubs left from the previous garden (which I planted when I moved here 25 years ago), the shrubs you can see in the background are all in pots buried underneath a membrane which has been covered in wood mulch. They'll never grow to be full size but they won't require much in the way of pruning and they can be moved around. A gardening expert told me that was a stroke of sheer genius then, when I'd stopped preening myself, she told me how to make sure they were watered properly - I never thought I'd start the process of potting plants by cutting lengths of overflow pipes!

Next week, we start on the front garden...
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#1040839 - Mon Apr 07 2014 07:26 PM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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It's always like seeing Lucy again when I see Precious. It's good to keep the memory going.

A misty field on Fetcham Downs in Surrey

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#1040894 - Tue Apr 08 2014 04:31 AM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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#1040956 - Tue Apr 08 2014 12:04 PM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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Love the lighthouse. We farm Elk here, but not deer. Interesting.
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#1040961 - Tue Apr 08 2014 12:16 PM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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What is called sculpture in the same field

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#1040969 - Tue Apr 08 2014 03:34 PM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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Oh I like that a lot.

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#1040971 - Tue Apr 08 2014 05:08 PM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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Okay, that's way too funny David : )
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#1041087 - Wed Apr 09 2014 03:58 PM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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A hyacinth in full bloom and giving off a wonderful scent


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#1041103 - Wed Apr 09 2014 05:56 PM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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Oooh yes I can almost smell it from here. I have lived in the Far East for over 35 years, and I can honestly say there is not an awful lot I miss, but spring flowers is one thing. Orchids and Bourgainvillae are really boring after a while.
So I love it when people post the gorgeous flowers of England.
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#1041147 - Thu Apr 10 2014 02:33 AM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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Back at Roemer Square in Frankfurt and a view of the 13th century Old St. Nicholas' Church.


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#1041173 - Thu Apr 10 2014 04:25 AM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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Originally Posted By: ren33
Orchids and Bourgainvillae are really boring after a while.
So I love it when people post the gorgeous flowers of England.


I remember going to live in Singapore with my head full of the Bougainvillea which had starred in so many novels, and orchids are exotic almost by definition. After three weeks, I trampled happily across bougainvillea on my way to catch the bus and any orchids I got were stuck in a lemonade bottle for want of a vase. After a year of remorseless pink, I didn't care if I never saw bougainvillea again and while these days I'd thank anyone who gave me an orchid it would only be for politeness' sake - such a silly plant and they don't even smell!

Some primroses for Ren. smile

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#1041182 - Thu Apr 10 2014 07:10 AM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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such a silly plant

YES!! Thank for saying it. Whats more you cant even kill them!
The primulas are just gorgeous. Thanks so much!


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#1041242 - Thu Apr 10 2014 01:06 PM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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I love orchids. I grow 8 different species in my house. Living where I do, it's nice to have something blooming 3x per year. I don't think they're silly at all. My father-in-law, while he was alive, created his own varieties. They were fabulous. And it's quite easy to kill them: a) overwater them and b) wait for an imported mealybug infestation. Orchids are also one of FEW plants you can gift to people with plant allergies because they do NOT produce pollen. Hence they don't "smell", but they sure do look purdy : )

Now bougainvillea on the other hand, is a weed. I'd like to be able to grow ONE plant here, but that's not going to happen. I had my "fill" of them when visiting the southeastern states in the US though. And they can be seen in professional greenhouses here. They don't smell either, but again, they look nice.

Primulas? Yah okay, I like them too, since they grow here. But they are not prettier than orchids. Sorry.


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#1041272 - Thu Apr 10 2014 06:25 PM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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Sorry to be so rude about orchids. One gets annoyed here by the people who make it big business. There is some snobbery about how much people pay for them etc. Al flowers are lovely, yes I know.
Primulas and other UK spring flowers are special to me, of course they are, because I miss them. I bet your orchid collection is really lovely Jakeroo.I didnt mean to denigrate them.
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#1041275 - Thu Apr 10 2014 06:56 PM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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Staple's Hill in Loughton

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#1041317 - Fri Apr 11 2014 12:23 AM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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No worries Ren. There's no place like home : ) I'm sure if I moved to Nevada, I'd get pretty tired of cactus. And I'd miss our spruce/fir/pine and fruit trees. Probably wouldn't miss the snow though LOL.

I feel I must clarify my statement about orchid pollen. They do produce it, it's just not "airborne". It's sort of encapsulated and falls directly to the dirt (or your counter top lol). Orchids used to be expensive here, but more and more stores (including groceries) have started carrying them and prices have dropped considerably. I feel sad that they are considered "snobby" in some places of the world.

And bougainvillea comes in many other colours than just "pink". If anyone cares (which I'm sure they don't lol), the colour you see on that plant is not actually the flower. Those are bracts (same idea as a poinsettia). The flower part is the tiny yellow bits in the center of the bracts.

David: another lovely pic, as usual. Someday I hope to visit your country.


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#1041337 - Fri Apr 11 2014 02:00 AM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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It's all about personal taste, of course, and I suspect emotional triggers come into it too. I had an amazing amaryllis last month, and I am sitting beside a vase of very beautiful pink roses, but somehow nothing beats the snowdrop pic I have as my background on my tablet. I've had various snowdrops as my screensaver/wallpaper all Spring. Orchids are special for a lot of reasons, just like Good Belgian Truffles are truly special and amazing chocolates, but somehow, when push comes to shove etc, a packet of Cadbury's Chocolate Buttons really hits the spot for me. Weird, innit?

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#1041341 - Fri Apr 11 2014 03:17 AM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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Yes. or good old Fruit and Nut. Snowdrops do it for me, every time, wherever I am in the world . But any flowers that you folks post are great to see.
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#1041379 - Fri Apr 11 2014 10:40 AM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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Actually, most of the cacti in Nevada - like many of us residents - are imported. Most of the ones in this picture are from the Sonoran Desert in Mexico. The Sonoran goes up into Arizona but not Nevada. In our Mojave Desert here, the yucca and joshua trees are prevalent.

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#1041435 - Fri Apr 11 2014 04:02 PM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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A small bay at the western end of Lake Rotoiti on State Highway 48 heading out of Rotorua. The full name of the lake is Te Rotoiti-kite-a-Ihenga (the small lake discovered by Ihenga). Ihenga was an early Maori explorer and when he first saw the lake he thought it was much smaller than the 15km length it actually is. It is connected to Lake Rotorua by the Ohau Channel.



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#1041451 - Fri Apr 11 2014 06:27 PM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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St Mary's church in Hampstead

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#1041499 - Sat Apr 12 2014 02:30 AM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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All our New Territories Villages put on a festival every 10 years, and there is often a large bamboo theatre built for the visiting opera. Here are some of the costumes before the show.
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#1041619 - Sat Apr 12 2014 10:25 PM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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Great pic Ren!
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#1041660 - Sun Apr 13 2014 05:27 AM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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I thought for a moment that it was Ren's walk-in wardrobe. It would make a fabulous dressing-up box.
I've been looking for gnomes, I feel they can't be far away....

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#1041745 - Sun Apr 13 2014 03:42 PM Re: The April Photo a day thread!
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