Gardening

sherri

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@sherri @Lols What sort of flowering shrub would be good in Tasmania? Be the same as the ones that do OK in Victoria. Pity we could not discuss this in Cats, Critters & Gardens but there you go. Things like lilac, crepe myrtle. Don’t want flowering/decorative trees, no room but a bunch of shrubs, path through it, nice bit statuary in the middle, perhaps an arbor with climbing roses.

Lols, by all means keep posting your beautiful photos in C,C&G, safe enough now. If you could add names that would be good.
I am the wrong person to ask! I don't do much gardening but every now & again I buy plants and then they usually die.
It sounds as if you are after an old fashioned garden (which is fine. I don't mean it in a derogatory way). Most modern gardens here at the moment tend to be done with grasses, you would struggle to find anything colourful or flowering.
What about azaleas? I would imagine they could do quite well in Tassie and they are beautiful.

PS This is seriously off topic but thought I'd ask as I am a bit confused. You are showing as HBS guy. Are you the same person as jovial monk? It's just both of you have the same little picture/avatar thingy and it looks like a photo of a pet, rather than a pic taken off the internet, so it made me think you could be the same person.
 

HBS Guy

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Yes, I am Jovial Monk. For some weird reason when I started this I thought I should have a Founder/Owner account (Jovial Monk) and a posting account, HBS Guy. That was a bit silly but I am stuck with it. As a result of moving to XenForo there is now a third account but that won’t ever post so never mind.

Jovial Monk was the name of my Home Brew Shop in Unley. There is or was an order of Trappist monks who did not eat in Lent but subsisted of this heavy beer. I’d be jovial after a few weeks of that! I was never going to call my shop something wet like “Unley Homebrew!” Was a great shop, did really well but eventually arthritis meant I had to close my doors. One Monday there was a steady flow of customers, one coming in as another left for at least two hours. At the end of that I was nearly crying with pain, standing on the concrete floor.

I prefer to be called Monk.
 

HBS Guy

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And yes, my avatar is a photo of Demi, my Jack Russel/Maltese terrier bitch. She is sitting, lead just lying on the ground, in the Parklands in the City of Adelaide by the Torrens River:



Demi in TLP.jpg
 
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HBS Guy

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OK, four 2L bottles of liquid claybreaker on their way to me. Time to regypsum my soil clay and this way it will take a lot less time to do so than shovelling gypsum granules. Just ordered another two 2L bottles, better a bit too much than too little.
 

HBS Guy

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Had a talk yesterday with my sister. Apparently the school where she teaches has a white mulberry tree. Absolutely delicious, she told me, she ate loads as did her pupils.

So, a white mulberry tree I guess I will get, tho no obvious supplier was found in a quick search—for Tassie can only buy from Tasmanian nurseries or from Heritage Fruit Trees in Victoria (they can’t sell grapevine stock to Tassie.) One nursery advised on their website “keep careful records of plant purchases” so that is what I have done. No smuggling in of plant material!

Anybody have any favorite mulberries?

I will have a mill and a press: any excess fruit I can juice or preserve or ferment—add to a mead etc.

I am a bit leery of planting a black mulberry—if the birds eat the crop before I net it cars, house roofs, washing hanging out to dry etc around my house will be plastered with purple birdshit!
 
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