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Holden Australia

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The Holden brand will disappear at the end of the year 2020 after its owner General Motors (GM) announced it would no longer make cars suitable for Australian roads.




The company was founded in 1856 in Adelaide by James Alexander Holden







The last Holden rolled of the production line in Australia in October 2017.
A demise of a iconic industry after nearly 70 years.

Narrow leaf Zinnea photos

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Native to Northern and Western Mexico



 Grown from seed, adding some vivid orange to a pot that I threw a bag of mixed seeds into.  An uplifting annual on a wet and gloomy day  .

Peter John Lacey Monument Surfers Paradise

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A sculpture dedicated to the memory of one of the greatest lifesaving competitors of all time

Peter Lacey (1946-1997)

in 22 years of service of competitions at the Australia Surf life saving Championships from 1963 -84 he won 18 gold, 19 silver , 10 bronze. medals,

Front Inscription

PETER JOHN LACEY
19.4.46 to 9.1.97.
Peter Lacey was a legend in the sport of surf lifesaving and a business leader in the real estate and property development industry.

Peter Lacey’s strength was his tireless determination to succeed in all things. He was a life-long competitor whose constant goal was to win. As a sportsman he was tough but fair with a genuine respect for his opponents. Business colleagues knew him as a man with integrity whose word was his bond.

His most valued possessions were the love of his family and the friendship of his fellow man. He was greatly respected by all who knew him.
This memorial was erected by Peter Lacey’s many friends and admirers from the surfing and business…

Lychee (litchi) stink beetle Nymph

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Sighting Iluka New South Wales



As their name suggest , these are destructive pest to the lychee tree, but their diet is quite wide and also feed on citrus trees. Like other members of the stink bug family they release an unpleasant smell when threatened

French Hollyhock ( Zebrina )

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growing in my garden
grown from seed
it has been a prolific bloomer





The plant is a perennial show stopper ,that grows 3-4ft tall
self seeds and ideal if you are after a heirloom cottage feel in your garden .





Seeds also called 'cheeses' are brown when ripe and shaped like a cheese wheel, hence the name.


Valentine Rose Petals

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Happy Valentines day

What is Valentine’s Day? St Valentine’s Day is an annual festival to celebrate romantic love, friendship and admiration. Every year on 14 February people celebrate this day by sending messages of love and affection to partners, family and friends.

Little yellow fungi Leucocoprinus birnbaumii

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Commonly known as Flower pot parasol or Yellow parasol.
A miniature fungi that pops up in flowers pots or in organic mulch / potting mix.

the spores from which the fungus grows are small seeds that have probably been in the mix for quite some time.
They aren't harmful and won't hurt your plants









After several stages thru the day, from a knobby yellow bump a few inches above the ground to a pale yellow white mushroom in the shape of a parasol , then dies to a mushy pulp.