Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Flowering Flora

I potted up a punnet of petunias in a large purple pot, probably over planting. They were standing up like Brazilian goats, but now while it is not hot, the humidity is was at around 70% and they were not happy at all. They like it hot and dry. Just wait a day or so petals, and all will be well.

Well, the photo did not work out too well and they look a bit better now, even though it is still humid. I have been pinching out the tips of the petunias.

Saturday night was a birthday dinner celebration for our friend who turned 75. I was discussing with someone his own technology devices and to my surprise, he has the same tablet computer I have. We agreed that the storage needs to be larger for us to store 'movies'. My tablet storage space is the same as my phone. We went onto to discussing Youtube and how helpful it is with almost anything. He has shrunk since an illness and finds shirts too long for him. Although he knows his way around a needle, cotton and a sewing machine, he did not know how to shorten a tailed shirt. Youtube told him how. i think he mentioned biased tape, or was that unbiased tape. I thank people who upload their knowledge to Youtube. Youtube people have helped me more than once, and it has again just have now by telling me how to properly prune potted petunias.

Britain, Canada and Europe, as I have seen, all have generally wonderful hanging baskets of street flowers during their summers. I thought maybe it was too hot here in our summers to have hanging baskets of flowers. There are some rather horrid hanging baskets of fake flowers in Toorak Road, South Yarra. But no, Sydney has hanging baskets of real flowers. I saw a man with a big long stiff black hose, curved at the end, pumping water into the baskets. It is all about the cost of maintenance, I suppose. The man I saw in Sydney had a much bigger hose than this man in England with his very thin one.


The flowers have since been removed and tips pinched out until the plants grow a little.



This week's flowers.

20 comments:

  1. Andrew. I seem to always get a batch of petunias every start of Summer but I always prefer them hanging in a basket where natural gravity improves the display.
    Similar to Mint which grows and flops down with gravity, I once made a hanging basket full of various different mints and put it by our front door. Neighbours and residents constantly remarked on the aromas and I let them take a few leaves for their meat dishes.

    Oh Andrew, regarding Youtube, are you trying to break the world record for the shortest youtubes. Last week I recieved 2 youtube alerts from you showing Darling Harbour, one of which was 3 seconds long and the other one was 5 seconds long. Were these error uploads?

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    1. Dee, yes, baskets are best to the cascade effect. The mint basket sounds good. I only intended the videos to be very brief, but I agree, they were too brief.

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  2. Love the petunias.
    We have hanging pots of them in the city. A lovely bright display. I have seen them being watered shortly after seven.
    Youtube can indeed be helpful, but I rarely remember it.

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    1. EC, good to hear. Your climate is closer to ours than that of Sydney, so I see no reason why they would not thrive here.

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  3. I love petunias but rarely have grown them successfully except once when I had hanging containers over our balcony full of cascading purple ones but a possum came and ate them all one night. You tube is great for tutorials on post processing photos.

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    1. Diane, such success only to be spoilt by possums. Now I guess, you can watch someone else do the worrying about the garden. I love the way people share their knowledge and expertise.

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  4. I think it's a shame we can't have hanging baskets of flowers, but councils won't pay for maintenance and watering, they're too busy pocketing excess funds I guess.
    You don't need a lot of storage for movies, put them on a usb stick, or flashdrive, thumbdrive, whatever you want to call them. A single 16GB one will hold between 15-20 movies depending on the length of the movie. Download your movie, transfer to usb then delete it from your tablet. To watch it just plug in your usb, open the file and select your movie. usb's are small enough to be able to send by post too if you want.

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    1. River, that is exactly what I do. Hels gave me a tip about putting each usb in a ziplock plastic bag and labelling it. I do that now. Yes, mean local councils.

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  5. Youtube has been so helpful to me in fixing broken things. I love it.

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    1. Yes, I remember Strayer. More than once.

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  6. my pansies went the droop one of the hot days, they've kinda recovered but not to their full glory!!

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    1. Fen, I've know a drooping pansy or two in my time.

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  7. Gladdies, oh my haven't seen any of those for ever and a day Andrew!
    Youtube is wonderful. I crochet and have done for years, finding Youtube so helpful in modern day crochet - still the same as years ago but more free stuff on there these days. Get wonderful ideas.

    Husband put some petunias in the garden yesterday :) but he knows how to prune them seeing he's Horticulturist and Nurseryman (retired).

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    1. Ah Margaret. So yes, he would know how to look after petunias. I looked after them in the ground well enough and less care had to be taken when they were en masse. A solitary pot of petunias on the balcony needs to look rather perfect. I am just amazed at how people are so willing to make videos, upload them and share their knowledge.

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    1. James, while we are more inclined to just use the net or a cookbook, I can imagine YouTube to be incredibly useful when cooking for things you aren't sure of by showing you how to do it.

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  9. Yes I saw the flower baskets in Sydney too and wondered how they keep them alive.. now I know and I didn't even have to go to Google, merci beaucoup Andrew 😊
    P.s. pretty petunias!

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    1. Grace, I expect they would have to watered at least every second day, but they did look so nice.

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  10. My petunias look rather sad after a bout of heat, maybe I should prune them too, hoping they revive.
    Youtube is fabulous, although I use it for music, or funny videos.

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    1. Sami, they are very resilient. Plenty of water and good drainage. You at times get lost in the world of Youtube.

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