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LindaB's Journal

LindaB's Journal October 2011

Last Post 2213 days 8 hours ago

Gallardia

27 October 2011 19:56:31
Gallardia

Gallardia

Don't know where this plant came from, think it was in a mixed packet of seeds I spread last year but it has flowered non stop for the last six months and I have not dead headed it!

Aster

26 October 2011 14:48:50
Aster

Aster

I am lucky my asters did not get mildew this year and have survived all the wind and rain and that they are still going strong, they give great colour at this time of year.

Delphinium

25 October 2011 15:29:17
Delphinium

Delphinium

Thanks to Rachel, I have delphiniums in my garden for the first time!  I have never had any joy with them in the past but last year Rachel grew a mixed packet from seed and I was lucky enough to mind the seedlings for her when she was away!  When she came back and they were alive she insisted I take 3 plants!!  I could not refuse and this year the three (which are all planted together) have flowered and flowered and flowered, all 3 are different colours.

This is one which is still flowering now! 

Forgive Me..

18 October 2011 22:33:15
Got to meet Brian!

Got to meet Brian!

..it must be a couple of months since I gardened!

I had an absolute ball in New Zealand with a fundraising group doing a 1000 km Cycle for charity.  I was working on behalf of the IRFU Charity for seriously injured rugby players.  We saw Ireland beat Australia and Italy, shame about the Quarter Final though!

New Zealand is a fabulous country, we were so lucky to have really good weather apart from a snow blizzard on the first day of the cycle and one morning of rain!

We stayed in 13 different places so saw quite a lot of the South Island from Christchurch to the West Coast and back around to Dunedin via Queenstown.

We met the Irish Rugby team after their defeat of Australia and met Sonia O'Sullivan as she was staying in our hotel in Auckland.  Mick Galwey also joined us for the last 4 days of the cycle.

The scenery around the South Island was stunning from beginning to end, I don't think there was any place we went that you could not see snowed topped mountains and the blueness of the rivers and lakes was such an aqua colour and so clear.  I believe this is from a quartz powder which is carried along in the water.

I was absolutely blown away by the Tree Ferns growing everywhere while we were in the Alpine regions, they lined road ways for miles and miles and in all the forests.  It was also weird to be on the other side of the world where it was Spring!

I also got to cycle the last 3 days and did 165 km which I was really pleased about as I had never cycled a road bike before!  The cycles were really tough and hilly with some very steep decents but the last 3 days were some of the easiest (luckily for me!)

Anyone who ever gets the chance to go to New Zealand definately take it!

 

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