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The flowers generally last a few months in Spring - maybe from August to October, @Judith. We have a few plants where we are, and they also smell very beautiful! Unfortunately, I cannot send the smell to you. 🙂

We're out of town, but there are market gardens in town which grow a variety of different vegetables. They have irrigation systems, though, so that definitely helps! We also grow our own vegetables with the help of our watering system. Currently, our spinach plants are going crazy!
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Ummm, lush grass, @Judith? Outback Australia usually looks more like this:



But near the coast and in irrigated areas, plenty of food can be grown.
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I have read that there are many varieties of wattle. So many, that at least one type is in flower every day of the year.

But the Golden Wattle, as @Lillian said, flowers in spring. I love the smell of it too!
Thanks for the photo, @Pat B . I was repeating Lillian’s words about “lush grasses“ in wetter places. It sounds as if there are both dry places and wet places so both are correct.
@Lillian , lots of spinach sounds wonderful to me!
What do your sheep eat? Are there grassy fields for them to enjoy?
I wish I could smell a golden wattle! What do they smell like? Lilacs?
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Whoops, you're quite right! Lillian mentioned the lush grass first. It's such a big country, so there is plenty of variety of landscape and rainfall.

We have a small home garden that is currently growing tomatoes and capsicums.

And I am sorry, I can't describe what wattle smells like. It just smells like wattle. I was walking near my mother's house a few months ago when I noticed the smell of wattle. When I looked around, yes! There was a tree full of blooms.
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Right now, we're supplementing our sheep with hay and grain as we're in a low-rain area, @Judith. There is not much grass at the moment, but there has been some rain recently, so there are a few green blades coming up! We have also sown some crops in a couple of paddocks, so these should be ready in a few months.

Homegrown tomatoes taste absolutely delicious, @Pat B. Do you have a lot growing?

Yes, the golden wattle has a unique smell. It is very, very sweet and can be smelled a fair way away from where the plant actually is.
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@Lillian I love tomatoes so any I can grow reduce the grocery bill. We only have about 12 plants, otherwise we end up with stacks all at once! Sometimes we'll give away garden produce to family or neighbours.

I hope you get some follow-up rain. All the best for the new grass, it's always exciting to see.
It has been such fun to have both @Lillian and @Pat B here representing Australia...then to have @Namrata Tejwani add her photos and stories, has made this such an excellent thread.
I am hoping that @Lillian gets rain for her sheep. We have been having so much of it here. 18 out of 24 days it has rained and next week looks rainy too. Our plants enjoy it, they are all flowering, but we feel so soggy! If I could only send some to you I would!
Tomatoes can be challenging to grow here. They get blight from too much rain, a fungus, but when they do grow well they are amazing! I like the small cherry tomatoes...will eat them like candy. I also throw them into a frying pan until they burst into a delicious sauce. I will add basil from my garden. Can you grow basil or any other herbs?
Is it possible for you to meet one another some day? Do you live far from one another?
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Wow! That is a lot of rain, @Judith. We had about 1 1/2 days of rain and thought that that was a fair bit. 🙂 I can imagine that you might be a bit sick of the rain, especially since you can't go outside as much and enjoy the fresh air. It always smells so nice after rain, though. 🙂

We have grown basil before, but it hasn't grown this year. I guess the main 'herb' we grow is chives. It's not really a herb, but it does give flavour to salads and things.
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I've never had much success growing basil, but there is always some parsley, mint, rosemary and garlic chives in the garden. Parsley is my favourite herb! I live in south-east Queensland.
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Your garden sounds very flavoursome, @Pat B! I image that it would smell nice, too. I know when we had basil that it always had a very nice smell. 🙂 I'm in southern Victoria.
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So, @Judith, we are probably nearly 2000 km away from each other 😯
Wow...you love far from one another! I thought that since you both lived “south” that you might be closer.,Does this mean you have different weather systems and plants?Are one of you in a rural place while the other is in the country? Here in the US we are also a large country but the climate is so different as well as the kinds of people each region have, almost like other cultures or as someone here called it “sub cultures”. Is it that way in Australia?

@Lillian oh chives are delicious! They are so good to cook with too, less intense than inions but so flavorful.
@Pat B wow! You are quite the gardener! I used to have a huge garden but it is so much work. Now I love growing herbs and flowers.
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Haha, yes, we live in the south of the different states, but I'm much more south than @Pat B. 🙂 I've been told that the weather system where I am is similar to that of California, if you've ever been there, @Judith. It's mostly mild, but can get quite hot in summer. I think a lot of Australia is fairly similar in terms of cultures, but I would say that the cities are more culturally diverse. In the country areas, the culture is about the same. In the remote areas in the north of the country, there are a lot of Indigenous groups. I haven't actually been myself, but my grandparents did a number of years ago, and they said that experience there was quite different from what they were used to.
Thanks for the explanation @Lillian . I had always wanted to visit the indigenous groups.
Your weather sounds wonderful, except for the summer. Having harsh winters the way I do can be beautiful to look at but not fun to be outside in. California type weather sounds almost perfect. Does it ever snow where you live?
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No, it has never snowed where we are, @Judith. It has snowed near us, but that was at a higher elelvation. Even then, that wasn't much. As soon as the snow touched the ground, it melted. I guess that's the best way to have snow!
It is, @Lillian . Although a favorite activity I used to do is to catch the flakes on a dark paper where you can see them before they melt.,each is unique and oh so beautiful.
You are so good to discuss things with. I have learned so much about your country and your way of life. I hope you still have time to enjoy music!
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That is a good idea, @Judith, to catch the snowflakes on dark paper. I had heard that every snowflake is unique, but haven't actually seen them up close. 🙂

Yes, I always make time for music. If I have spare time, I'll generally sit down at the piano for a while. It really relaxes me. I assume you still play your clarinet often (it was a clarinet you played, wasn't it?)?

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