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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 3:46 pm

    Recently visited some friends who live about 1000kms south of us so they do get colder weather in the winter than we do. They live in the temperate zone & we live in the subtropics. Remarkably they can grow very similar plants to us due to the all day sun they get. Originally, their smallish garden was all grass for their children to play on. When they grew up & left home they decided to gt rid of the grass & indeed they did.

    Here are some images I took of their tough, no-fuss, drought-proof delightful garden.

    The first image is of an unknown cactus plant/tree directly across the access lane from their front steps. 

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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 3:50 pm

    Their zygo cactus - schlumbergera truncata - is flowering earlier than ours due to the fact we live a 1000kms north of here & our nights are warmer. Looks just like our "White Fantasy". It sits right at the top step & is a lovely welcome to their home.



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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 3:51 pm

    The garden at the entrance. A wonderful drought-resistant take-care-of-itself garden. Ideal for Australian conditions.



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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 3:52 pm

    A beautiful relaxing patio area of their back garden. Awesome. The garage is at the far end.


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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 3:54 pm

    Someone likes elephants.
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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 3:55 pm

    A flourishing bird's nest fern. Beautiful specimen.
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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 3:56 pm

    Mr Garden Gnome.
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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 3:57 pm

    This is all part of the front garden. A lovely spot.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 3:58 pm

    Agave attenuata.
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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 3:59 pm

    Part of the back yard.
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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 3:59 pm

    More of the back yard.
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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 4:00 pm

    A view through their trees.
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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 4:01 pm

    Australian bush always has a blue haze when viewed from a distance due to the release of terpenoids from their foliage. This is where the famous Blue Mountains gets their name.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 4:02 pm

    More views from their deck.
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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 4:06 pm

    Those trees aren't in their garden. There is an exotic or non-native tree changing colour. We don't see this where we live.
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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 4:08 pm

    Think the tree growing to the left of the deck is a bottlebrush of some type. They seem to have chosen native trees for their garden.
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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 4:10 pm

    A little friend, a kookaburra. Looks real. 
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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 4:13 pm

    Love this odd-looking plant. It's a non-spiny cactus called Fire Sticks Pencil Plant - euphorbia tirucalli. 
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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 4:15 pm

    The steep sloping back yard. The grassy bits belong to the neighbour, I think.
     
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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 4:16 pm

    Views of their trees.
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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 4:17 pm

    A view from a window. Beautiful.
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    Post by Joy on Wed 21 May 2014, 4:18 pm

    The view as we leave.

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