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#1086770 - Tue Mar 10 2015 08:34 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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A hint for novice gardeners - thin your carrots out while they're growing.
Obviously I didn't.

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#1086899 - Wed Mar 11 2015 01:51 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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They'll still taste the same when cut up- and I've never had a white one before, that would be interesting to try.

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#1086902 - Wed Mar 11 2015 02:43 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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Right Satguru, the shape doesn't spoil the flavour; from the garden to the dinner plate within an hour, much nicer than store-bought.
This seed mixture also included purple carrots although when cut they are vivid orange inside.

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#1086919 - Wed Mar 11 2015 04:46 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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Our first rose of the season.

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#1086993 - Thu Mar 12 2015 11:59 AM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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Lovely rose, CmdrK! Lovely caterpillar, Howie! Better keep them apart though?

Fantastic crop of interesting carrots, thanks for showing them, auntie. I wonder why we only get orange ones in the supermarkets if they all taste good?


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#1086997 - Thu Mar 12 2015 12:18 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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Fantastic crop of interesting carrots, thanks for showing them, auntie. I wonder why we only get orange ones in the supermarkets if they all taste good?


Blame the Dutch. Thousands of years of breeding across Asia and Europe had produced carrots that were less bitter than the original wild versions, which were mostly purple, white, and yellow - though not all at once. When the Dutch got hold of them it was at a time when that country was struggling for independence from Spain and was led, as it is today, by the House of Orange. So the Dutch proceeded to breed orange carrots and that species took over the world. However the British are reclaiming the night root vegetables! Purple carrots are now quite common here but with a touch of je ne sais quoi and ik weet niet wat lots of the purple carrots have orange insides!
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#1087010 - Thu Mar 12 2015 12:58 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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Oh the Dutch, eh? I should have known. smile

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#1087063 - Thu Mar 12 2015 08:29 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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#1087101 - Fri Mar 13 2015 03:02 AM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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Oh the Dutch, eh? I should have known. smile


On behalf of the Dutch, you're welcome!
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#1087102 - Fri Mar 13 2015 04:13 AM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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Dresden Castle/Royal Palace though today is the home of museums and an art library.


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#1087140 - Fri Mar 13 2015 05:29 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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My Weigela got pruned back very hard last year so I'm lucky that it has any flowers at all.

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#1087147 - Fri Mar 13 2015 07:45 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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#1087199 - Sat Mar 14 2015 09:14 AM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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Springtime mix.

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#1087209 - Sat Mar 14 2015 12:27 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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Rare find: The only primrose flower that hasn't been nibbled, rotted, or gnarled. Why do primroses always look so tatty anyway? I blame the Dutch again. laugh

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#1087212 - Sat Mar 14 2015 12:54 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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Rare find: The only primrose flower that hasn't been nibbled, rotted, or gnarled. Why do primroses always look so tatty anyway? I blame the Dutch again. laugh


The Dutch do it to protect their flower trade. They've trained an international band of ninja slugs who can chomp faster than the speed of light and then move on to the next flower. They are sometimes accompanied by a choir of chewing caterpillars who specialise in herbs and fruit. The Dutch get the last laugh when we go on buying their bulbs and nursery plants so that we can grow our own knowing full well we'll still have to buy the cut flowers later.

Just to rub it in I've even got orange slugs.
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#1087241 - Sat Mar 14 2015 07:29 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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#1087246 - Sat Mar 14 2015 10:21 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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Shoe Island as seen from Paku Hill on the Coromandel Peninsula with the Aldermen Islands barely visible in the cloud in the background.



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#1087323 - Sun Mar 15 2015 12:19 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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Some of the bulbs in pots outside my front door:

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#1087337 - Sun Mar 15 2015 02:37 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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I am so jealous of the flowers!
Despite more than a week of temperatures of very much above freezing and several days of rain, I've still got patches of snow all over my lawn. Flowers seem like an impossible dream.

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#1087358 - Sun Mar 15 2015 05:40 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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#1087455 - Mon Mar 16 2015 05:59 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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Action stations! Garden centres on emergency alert. The Great British Springtime offensive on bedding plants has begun!

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#1087456 - Mon Mar 16 2015 06:06 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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I'm enjoying the ongoing display of gorgeous Spring flowers.

Meanwhile Down Under, my red Haemanthus (Blood Lily) have finally emerged to join their white relatives.







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#1087468 - Mon Mar 16 2015 09:13 PM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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Back out of London, Ide Hill in Kent

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#1087494 - Tue Mar 17 2015 12:41 AM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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So jealous of all your spring flowers, people! mine are struggling to push up more than a bit of greenery at the moment, and are way later than usual in flowering.

How about a festive, St Patrick's Day kitty-cat today? :

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#1087501 - Tue Mar 17 2015 04:14 AM Re: March Photo -a-day thread!
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We catch huge fish at Caroline Bay in Timaru smile


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