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Re: Gardening

Postby Lefty » 02 Dec 2009, 19:34

Stopped at around 8 mm - knew I shouldn't have said anything. Still hanging around tho.
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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 02 Dec 2009, 20:04

hahaha

sky here getting nice and grey
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Re: Gardening

Postby Lefty » 02 Dec 2009, 20:35

Storms several hundred kilometres to the west, still heading this way - chance of more overnight.

Total rainfall here in the past 8-9 months - 48mm.

Average annual rainfall for Gladstone 1050mm.

HUGE rainfall deficit this year.
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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 02 Dec 2009, 20:40

Like a 1m deficit!

Gawd, we don't even get half a metre total!
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Re: Gardening

Postby Lefty » 02 Dec 2009, 20:57

On the way to work this morning, was looking at all the dying trees on the hills around Wurdong. Most are paper-barked apples (*Angophora sp which indicates that although they are a local native, they are less tollerant of super-extreme conditions than Eucalypts and Acacias (although some of those are turning their toes up as well).

Think I might email Burnsie or Livvie at the local weather bureau in Rockhampton and ask a few questions - I have NEVER seen it this dry in my lifetime.

* No relation to actual apples obviously - they are a relative of gum trees
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Re: Gardening

Postby Lefty » 02 Dec 2009, 21:00

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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 02 Dec 2009, 21:03

Hmmm not a eucalypt?
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Re: Gardening

Postby Lefty » 02 Dec 2009, 21:17

Previously classified as one, since moved to a genus of it's own. The flowers actually have noticable petals which Eucalypts and Corimbya's (the other group formerly lumped together with Eucalypts) are lacking. Quite similar in most respects - all three bear "gumnuts" - and apparently koalas will feed on all of them.
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Re: Gardening

Postby Lefty » 02 Dec 2009, 21:19

Bit hard to see the petals here - you can see the extreme similarity between Angophora and Eucalyptus blossoms

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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 02 Dec 2009, 21:41

Can't see any petals.

Cool on the new genus, nice to know other species exist.



FUCK! BuMet forecast for tomorrow:
Forecast for Thursday
Fine apart from the chance of a light early morning shower. Mild with winds
shifting moderate to fresh southwest early morning, tending southerly in the
evening.

We were going to get showers, plural! damn!
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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 06 Dec 2009, 12:08

Today going to make one more no-dig patch, behind that apricot tree. Will need some nice part sun-part shade type perennials up to a metre high to really stand out.

Got a heap of edible plants incl onions and leeks to plant over next few days.
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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 06 Dec 2009, 17:41

Got that patch done. Tomorrow morning will plant a couple of African violets, need plenty more--bugger that Olivers is closing and the Ellers(?) nursery at Salisbury is gone. Only fucking Bunnings I guess blah
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Re: Gardening

Postby Ethnic » 06 Dec 2009, 17:47

Ellers? Do you mean Engels?
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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 06 Dec 2009, 18:14

Yes! Engels!

I always used to go there once or twice in spring. Last time I went--they weren't there! :grn
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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 07 Dec 2009, 10:41

Picked a few roses yesterday and had them next to the computer. Smelled real nice.

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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 07 Dec 2009, 17:40

Also planted a red currant seedling, put it where the weepy hose there can water it properly. If this one doesn't work I am bleeding giving up! Jeez!
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Re: Gardening

Postby Lefty » 07 Dec 2009, 21:24

Read an article in the local rag yesterday. Despite the most acute lack of rain I have ever experienced, our resevoir is close to 50% full and I think that is 50% of the new capacity (they added 8 metres to the wall height) and that there is currently more water in the dam than there was 2 years ago.

So we're in no danger yet.
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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 07 Dec 2009, 22:21

Ours are pretty full. How long will the El Nino last is the question.
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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 08 Dec 2009, 06:19

Wow! 4mm rain overnight!
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Re: Gardening

Postby Lefty » 08 Dec 2009, 06:21

Yeah, it's pretty unpredictable. The ENSO effect breaks down about the end of March I think as a general rule - which isn't all that helpful since that is the beginning of the dry season anyway. It can then often re-form again as we move into what would normally be the start of the wet.

They say it doesn't always mean serious drought because the influence of the Indian ocean can cross the continent (Australia being relatively flat I suppose) and deliver rain here in the east. But the Indian ocean has it's own effect called the Indian ocean dipole - I wonder if on rare occasions the two "dry" swings can occur at the same time, leading to drought of extreme severity such as now.

Saw that on the BOM site. Will have to read up on that one.
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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 08 Dec 2009, 06:27

Yes, I saw that about the dipole. Haven't seen anything to suggest why southern Australia had such a good year rainwise. I had seen that the circum-Antarctica winds were drawing in closer to Antarctica and hence why we were getting dryer winters. Oh well, no need for me to walk around with a watering can this morning!
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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 08 Dec 2009, 07:38

Still raining, not hard but still coming down! Had a quick wonder round the garden--all looks good, think the corn grew heaps just overnight. :purple

All the no-dig patches I have set up are fine, no erosion of the raised beds at all! Rainwater tanks are full again, nice to know in the lead up to summer! Looking at the BOM website I think we have had the rain that we are going to get today.
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Re: Gardening

Postby annielaurie » 08 Dec 2009, 07:41

I was raining and miserable this morning up here at the top of the world where I live. But by the time I was ready to leave the house to go do errands the storm had passed over, and there was bright sunshine, very cold sunshine, brr!

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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 08 Dec 2009, 07:55

Yup Mr Sun is spending more time down here :purple :purple
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Re: Gardening

Postby Lefty » 09 Dec 2009, 05:31

I've seen him every day for about 9 minths. Bit cloudy looking this morning but the local weather dude said last night only a chance of the odd shower or storm for the region.
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