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    The blue firework display that is agapanthus coming to full bloom now.

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    Talking about blue; an uninvited guest (that is welcome none the less) blew in on the wind.

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    He he agapanthus is a weed in NZ!
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    He he agapanthus is a weed in NZ!
    Oh you show off. Carry on like that and you may get an unwanted tutu-wearing neighbour one day.

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    A new member (or just one that I have never noticed) has joined the garden share scheme.

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    It looks a lot more impressive in the larvae stage than after metamaorphosis.

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    I have seen much of Mr. Robin and Mr. Goldfinch over the past coupls of days,

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    but coincidentally my new friend from the previous post disappeared yesterday. I was getting quite attached after seeing him every morning for a few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I have seen much of Mr. Robin and Mr. Goldfinch over the past coupls of days,
    I miss robins!

    but coincidentally my new friend from the previous post disappeared yesterday. I was getting quite attached after seeing him every morning for a few days.
    Possibly Mr blackbird or Mr thrush had something to do with that?
    Natalie

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    Auckland garden on a lovely late winter day. Citrus extravaganza:

    Kumquats (perfect for marmalade but rather fiddly to prepare:

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    Limes: margaritas, salsa, and simply sliced in soda water - yumyum

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    NZ Grapefruit - not as bitter as commercial grapefruit, lovely juice.

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    Mandarins - Cut into quarters and suck out the juice. The most intense flavour you can imagine.

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    Not shown: NZ lemons, big, juicy, fragrant; and lemonade lemons that are so sweet you can eat them like an orange.
    Natalie

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    Signs that spring is nearly here (although Auckland is so warm that there is not really a winter - something is flowering at all times of the year, and many of the trees are evergreen).

    Peach blossom

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    Hyacinths

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    Bougainvillea

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    Camellias and magnolias

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    Violets in every nook and cranny

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    Natalie

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    Oh you're so fruity.

    - - - Corrected - - -

    or

    Oh your so fruity (garden)

    it's one or the other,

    never been that good with grammar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Oh you're so fruity.

    - - - Corrected - - -

    or

    Oh your so fruity (garden)

    it's one or the other,

    never been that good with grammar.
    Natalie

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    Smell that?

    That's Magnolia Grandiflora...


    I love the smell of Magnolia in the morning.



    *Magnolia Grandiflora referred to as the prawn cracker tree by the wife

    Flower size approximately 20cm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
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    Smell that?

    That's Magnolia Grandiflora...


    I love the smell of Magnolia in the morning.



    *Magnolia Grandiflora referred to as the prawn cracker tree by the wife

    Flower size approximately 20cm
    My favourite magnolia. Amazing scent. The neighbour has them all along the driveway so I get a lovely sniff when there is one at nose height.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    My favourite magnolia. Amazing scent. The neighbour has them all along the driveway so I get a lovely sniff when there is one at nose height.
    In the cottage garden world (garden size = just about enough room to swing a lilliy beetle) one bloom fills the garden with perfume. I love it.

    Not unlike the captain's caption I believe the garden is to be enjoyed by the fragrance...

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    Spring is here and the garden is getting busier

    today a couple of long tailed tits

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    very, very, very difficult to photograph. It's like they had way too much coffee...

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    Today a few Goldfinches were in the neighbourhood and came to show off

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    I do like birds

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