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 When a bloggy friend sends you a text during History Class and asks if you're OK . . . and that she's missing my posts . . .
 I thought I'd better post, but couldn't believe it had been 6 months since my last post. Just shows how happiness has affected me.
 LOVED my Prunis Elvins this year.  I have stretched to 3 of these trees in my garden and they always blossom on my daughters birthday. No exception this year, and I even had coffee with my daughter on the day. Big milestone!

 Went looking for crocs in Queensland last holidays
 . . . was very excited to see them up close and personal, from the other side of my ZOOM lens!


 Some lazing around has been going on, and some serious gardening, and life in general.  I'm more than OK. Twas nice to be missed.

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 A retired friend of mine has joined the Succulent Society.  I have always been interested in them and have told her that when I retire, I will join too!  In the mean time, I've been enjoying finding interesting ones to add to my collection.  Look what my mum surprised me with the other day.  I just love it.  It's one of her special old cups that she had got a hole drilled in the bottom of.
 Yesterday my boy played in a school band at Booktown in Clunes.  It was a lovely trip out in the country and the music was great.  I just can't help pulling the car over, however when I see great pictures like this on the side of the road.
 . . . and with the inclement weather, it was a great afternoon to focus on Sock Making.  I almost nearly have the recipe right.  Lots and lots of trial and error with the knitting machine.  Just have to relax a bit more when I'm casting off!


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 I'm not quite ready for Winter yet.  There is always so many jobs in the garden and lots of colour still happening - not just leaves this year but lots of flowers and bulbs too.  I have been busy planting my Spring Bulbs, but still have a few to go in the shed.  I keep finding bags of them that I have tucked away.
 Normally in Autumn I am busy crochering, but I haven't even started yet.  i was excited to purchase some wool from Lucy Lockett Land and am going to cast on some socks tomorrow on my knitting machine.  That is if the weather doesn't look good.
 I have made some new guards around some of my garden beds with corrigated iron edging and used some of my rocks to build up other bed edges.  The black birds in the garden have been annoying me, and kicking up the dust and even dislodging bulbs and little plants.  I've used bits of wire too, to put them off a b it, but they are pretty persistent.  Now my cats are not in the garden they have a new found confidence.



 The Autumn Flush of roses is alwys welcome and I am really making the most of the last ones, picking some for inside.  I have a lot of black spot at the moment even though I've sprayed. 


 My Pink Crinums put on a good show this year.  The best ever - they must finally be comfortable where they are.  There are a few hiding under my hydrangea's that i will need to move in the winter time.  I just have to remember. 
I still do declare that Autumn is my favourite season.

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 Despite there being no blog post in MARCH, there was indeed a lot happening in the world of Flowergardenannie.
 I have been loving my dahlia's and posting them regurlaly on Instragram - it's so quick and unfortunatley has taken away from the lovely blogging world.  That's progress I guess.
 Then on the long weekend my Quilting Group (The Begonia Quilters - check out thier blog too) - held an exhibition in the centre of Ballarat in the old Mining Exchange building.
 These are some of my quilts on display.
 Then when it was all over, I decided to cut up all my old favourite scrap pieces and make 16 blocks and put them together.

 Beautiful Zinnia's too that I grew from seed.

 My baby turned 17

 The belladonna's were magnificent . . .
 . . . and my Ginger Lillies had their best year ever - 2 meters high and lots of them all at once.  The smell was amazing.
 Now hand quilting with Pearl Cotton no.8 and a preview of what's happening outside my back door.
I LOVE AUTUMN

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 Thank you to all my blogging friends out there who sent words to me last week on the replies. I was desperate with worry and didn't know quite how much until my son finally answered my call last Friday.
 I broke down in tears and wept for my boy - my baby.
I was scared to hang up the phone in case he didn't pick it up again.
 He is fine - just got sick of the city and all it entails and locked himself away for 2 whole weeks.  I told him next time to just let his mother know.
That's a 50% success rate with my lost children.
I'll keep working on my other one.
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 Here's another view from my new office. Not too shabby!
I've been having a lot of fun making terrariums lately with succulents. My youngest wanted one for his room, so I got busy and found a little garden gnome to put in with it. I have made it in an old giant coffee jar. He lives with his dad now, so I was pleased he wanted me to make something for him.

This is a picture of Miss Flowergarden. This is all I see of her these days.  She hasn't spoken to me since August 2015.  She says I have ruined her life and she doesn't believe in separation. She certainly doesn't believe in re-partnering and finding happiness again in life.  I am at a loss with her. I miss her - I feel that I have lost my only daughter. She is very determined for a young person of 19. I fear she has many hard life lessons to learn and I wonder if I'll ever see her again. My eldest son has also gone missing this week. He has just gone AWOL - off the radar - not to be contacted. He has lost his job in the city because he didn't turn up to work. He has Asperger's Syndrome and although he is 21 and high functioning, he also lacks a lot of insight into society, people, emotions and communication. My heart is breaking for these 2 children.
 
                                                 





Oh thank goodness for my garden.
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 So happy to be on holidays from school and to be in my garden.
 Lots of lovely treasures every day to find out there.
 I have some projects that I'll be working on - some new paths and some painting of my hot house.
 The combinations of these colours is just magic!
 My daughter's Birthday Blossom - she turned 19 - Prunus Elvins has always been one of my favourites.
 Lovely Tulips - fleeting, but worth it.





Enjoying the sun while it lasts, and some inside jobs if it rains.

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 I've been on an adventure
 I thought I'd head over to see the Queen for her 90th Birthday
 
 It was my  first trip to England, and I loved it.
 I loved all the flags and all the excitement and ceremony around the Palace.
 It was a bit of a shame that the rain decided to fall, but people say that is London.  I took delight in all the different umbrellas that shot up and down periodically.


From their Summer, I flew through the night to our Winter where it has been snowing more than once this year.  It's cold and wet and slushy underfoot, but I have wonderful memories of a great trip.
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 These Iceland Poppies were the for-runner for the blooms that were to come
 . . . and they just keep coming
 So elegant and simple
 This is a BIG RED Salvia that is beside my hot house, and is going to look magnificent when all these large red spikes open out. It is covered with buds.
 Had lots of early jonquils and now the daffs are starting to open up.
It's such an exciting time in my garden that has been mainly sleeping for the winter months.
 I got a lovely surprise after work last night, when I spied my magnolia.
It is such a delicate one and I have had a lot of trouble growing them in the past, so I am very pleased that this one seems happy at my back door.
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 . . . and loving it!
 This was my Tiger Lilly Stalks - only lasted a couple of days like this but was stunning in the garden.
 Thank you to all the people who commented on my last post.  It was heart warming to read the messages of people who felt the same way about special pets.  I still miss her.


 Beautiful Cyclamens in my hot house and in all the nurseries around town.  I just love them.  I knew I was getting old when I just adored them.  My mum always had them and raved about them when I was young, and I just didn't "get it" - she had them at the back door and they multiplied and she oooh'ed and ahhh'ed about them. I really didn't like them then.  Now I LOVE them!

 White Nerines popping up everywhere . . . so many delights of Autumn.

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