Summers End


Well what can i say..Summer left a few weeks ago..it left us with Autumn..slightly less relenting on heat but my energy has been zapped!

So many things have happened here and in the blog world and i know i will never catch up..and yes it seems to be my byline!

I have seen that many bloggers have experienced losses..this is so very sad and of course like life is always something we are not quite prepared for.

I have missed celebrations and commiserations but know i have felt them all.

I got to a point where i felt i had nothing to blog about and the longer i have left it the harder it has been.

Just starting seemed a daunting task!

And so as a tentative dabble back to a forum i love and have missed i want to share with you the last remnants of the Summer that nearly killed my spirit.

I planted almost as a joke some old sunflower seeds i had sat on the porch and carefully pulled from flowers i had grown two years ago.

They had sat in a box waiting for me to find some time for some frivolous gardening.

Nothing here is ever frivolous! hubby had made me some garden beds out back to try and bring more color to our grey/brown/parched world and as the new plants were popped in i threw these seeds in the ground behind them.

The idea being maybe they would offer the new plants some protection.

Well i did this so late in the season i expected not much to happen,in fact i had forgotten about them when they all started to shoot.

Thanks to our Summer refusing to let it’s heat go peacefully the Sunflowers thrived.

Hence the reason i have magnificent Sunflowers when i should have none at all.

I guess Summer decided to give me something to smile about.

Thankyou all for your patience with my 3 month abscence, it’s a long time and i hope these images from my garden can go some way to saying how much you all mean to me .

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68 thoughts on “Summers End

  1. I have long loved sunflowers……they are so happy – the color gradations have been a huge fascination for me for as long as I can remember. When at last they are tired and become droopy….heads down facing the earth, I find I’m feeling the same way so in a way, I think sunflowers are a reflection of how the long hot summers “get” to us. You have been missed of course – but once in a while it is wise to recharge our batteries. Catch our breath. Enjoy things blogging gives you little time for. Just plain BREATHE. Just pop in from time to time so we know you are all safe and happy. That makes US happy!

    Love, Pam (and Sam)

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    • Pam and Sam thankyou! i too adore these sweet flowers..today they seem a little droopy..i beg them not to lose hope πŸ™‚ some still are yet to bloom..late bloomers are always welcome πŸ™‚ the bees are flourishing around them and it does the heart good to BREATHE! and watch and listen..i have a new visitor to the property to share with everyone soon..i am so excited..just when i thought i had no inspiration πŸ™‚ i have missed you all and am ready to roll and enjoy the cooler (lol) months with my computer and extended family πŸ™‚
      Love to you all Bev xx

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      • Oh boy! A new visitor! You do have some interesting visitors there…..as long as those brown snakes STAY AWAY I’ll be happy and no doubt you will too. May you have sunflowers in bloom well into Autumn – and when you see them think of us and smile.

        Love, Pam and Sam

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        • Oh no no snakes..uhh uh no way..we have ALMOST finished March and fingers crossed it will be the first March without a snake bite for Forrest in 3 years so paws crossed! yes the new visitor made me want to squeal put loud..but shhh quietly i had to be careful not to scare him off πŸ™‚ i will think of you when i watch my Sunflowers and maybe even as my Sweet william starts to grow πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Love Bev and the ratbags xxx

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  2. Hi Bev, the weather has been AWFUL and the heat just went on and on! I thought of everyone where you are and I think we might have seen the last of the hot weather now. The sunflowers are lovely to look at. I just know you will feel much better now that the weather is a bit more sensible. Even the children have had enough of the heat! I am hoping to put up an Easter Bilby pattern tomorow. πŸ˜€ XXXXX

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    • Sharon it sure did go on ugh!! and still it’s cooler but far from cool! everyone has been waiting for a real down pour and we got one a whole day a week or so ago..so some dams got water..phew..has knocked the pets around and we have some issues with a few of them that take time and patience..i bet your Easter Bilby will be fantastic πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ xxxx

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  3. Sunflowers are such “happy” plants and, as we are just (supposedly) getting into Spring here (complete with snow/rain/freezing rain in the forecast), we can really appreciate your pics of them! πŸ™‚

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  4. Wow! They are drop dead gorgeous! Sunflowers are my favorite.
    We have missed you, but then… we too have been missing. My life changes almost stopped me…. but ….
    My Nellie voice has come back and we are blogging … or at least attempting to.
    One day at a time and living moment …
    NELLIE and Mommy sending love and kisses to all of you.

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    • Aww Nellie we are super glad to see you! yes life has a way of getting in front of you sometimes! i was so happy to see these blooms and one day they were just stalks and the next flowers! they make me smile..so lovely to see a sunny color and not a sunny brown dry landscape! sending you and Mum huge hugs and loves and sooo happy to see you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Loves Fozziemum xxxx

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    • Oh i love Summer Fred..i loive it to leave right about now..we have had a summer of 45c days and 95% humidity it has been awful for everyone 😦 i will pop over and visit momwithoutpaws new bloggie indeed πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemum xx

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  5. So that’s what happened to our summer heat: it emigrated to the land of Oz. We had a very windy and rainy summer so far, with some really cold days thrown in. Poor Genis spent most of his summer indoors, that is why his blog is also rather quiet. Thanks for sharing the stunning pics, we love sunflowers.

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    • We had a shocker of a summer my friend..so much heat and bushfires in some states .awful..it’s past midnight weeks into Autumn and it’s still 20c outside ?? i hope soon it comes your way πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ thankyou Sunflowers always cheer me up πŸ™‚

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  6. wow you planted your own suns in your garden to enjoy sun rays a little longer :o) my momma said sunflowers always remind her of Mr. Kings story where the sunflowers waited for new boys next to the haunted house… I better check if her mug contains really just tea, huh?

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    • Hahahahahhaha oh Mr King has some super bed time reading for sure ..best done with the lights on and no special tea πŸ™‚ i was surprised they grew! i forgot them..i threw some Hollyhock seeds in to and they are also growing..maybe it’s the can’t be bothered gardening style that does it πŸ™‚ they are lovely and make me smile ..and soon ..well i have a NEW visitor who has been here on our property and THAT will make you smile for sure πŸ™‚ go check Mums tea now hahhaah πŸ™‚ Loves Fozziemum xx

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  7. So glad to see you back. We really missed you and all the Roos. Those sunflowers are just terrific. They must like that Australian heat. We were never successful in growing them. Do check in once in awhile. But we do understand.

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    • Marg thankyou i am happy to be back here in blogville πŸ™‚ yes that Aussie heat has been hanging around so long that the flowers had a real chance even when i planted them so late! i have been having fun doing volunteer photos at a rescue shelter of the pups and kitties which has been time consuming but very worthwhile πŸ™‚ the better the picture the better the chance they have πŸ™‚ i do hope to share them all here soon on the furries blog πŸ™‚ Hugs Fozziemum..pee ess new visitor to our property will be making an appearance here too soon πŸ˜‰

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  8. OMD OMD LOOK at those BEAUTIFUL Blossoms…. the Sunflowers REWARDED you for allowing them to come out of their Hibernation and BRIGHTEN your SUMMER… and OUR DAY.
    WELCOME BACK… WE MISSED YOU.

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    • WOO HOO we missed you too guys! and yes it was a lovely surprise that they grew..i have just been looking at them in the moonlight..past midnight here and still humid and warm..but those sunny faces are shining in the moonlight πŸ™‚ a real REWARD indeed πŸ™‚ Loves Fozziemum xxx

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    • Lavinia thankyou and it is great to be back..yes summer was horrid..just took it out of all of us..and energy went kaputz! i agree the summer at least gave me some beauty as a last minute surprise! and i kept busy with a super productive veggie garden first time since we bought here…so all in all i feel pretty rested now and ready for a long cold winter πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  9. I know just what you mean Bev and it’s been the same here. I still do get my off-moments and then I just sit and watch my movies/series or walk around in the garden hoping to see something that will cheer me up. I am sort of glad summer is over. I will miss the swimming and as far as the heat goes, I really can’t complain too much. I do love Autumn though. Lovely, cool weather and I hope my Golden silk orb-weavers will be here this year again. πŸ˜€

    Your sunflowers are absolutely exquisite and so are your captures of them. I sat here oooh-ing and aaaah-ing all the time. They are such gorgeous flowers and really do brighten up any day. I am also glad to see you are back. Missed you girl! πŸ˜€

    β™₯ Big Hugs and Lots of Love β™₯

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  10. I ADORE Sunflowers! They always make me smile! Your photos are fabulous as ususal & I love the 3rd one the best!!!!
    Do not worry about ‘catching up’. It will never happen & you know all of us understand. Life ‘happens’ & sometimes blogging is last on the list. You have had ALOT to deal with between the Aussie Summer & all the Vet visits. The fact you even stayed in touch via FB was amazing!
    And you know I sometimes just feel I/Siddhartha Henry have nothing to say…..I have been missing Nylablue so much the past few weeks….I don’t know why. I just accept this is what I feel & do not beat myself up!!!
    Sending you all my love & lots of {{{{hugs}}}} Sherri-Ellen ❀

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    • Sherri_Ellen my sweet thankyou ..they are a gorgeous flower and such late blooms i was so happy..yes i understand about how you feel..i have periods where i miss all the fur babes that have gone and seem to mourn them all over again..love is a cruel thing in a way..yes the summer from hell has gone..Autumn has been awful slow to cool down though..ugh..and yes vet after vet visit..sheesh..i just pfaffed with fb as it was easy lying in a pool of sweat on the couch..then stupid WP would not behave right on my phone so i gave up …techno spud me πŸ™‚ I send as always my love to you and Little Purrince and yes email did go awry..again..in an episode called why do i have over 5 thousand e ails from 3 years back that i have deleted already about four times hahahhaha OY VEY…Big love to you Bev xxxx

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    • Hahaah indeed there is Connie! i was sure i had left my run too late..a lovely surprise indeed! thankyou for the lovely compliment and happy to share pretty any day πŸ™‚

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  11. Hey FM…glad to see ya my friend! Your sunflowers are spectacular. I love the shade of a sunflower on a real hot day. Did you know they thrive on pee…I water them daily around here and we get huge sunflowers….I noticed at the end of the season they look like little old men….all bent over cause they’re heavy with dried black seed. Mom was going to roast them last year but she had lots to do at the end of season and the sunflowers got vetoed. Maybe this year. Mom says she understand where you’re coming from after being away for 2 weeks…she too wondered if peeps would find her …sorry my blog interesting. Really, I don’t know where she gets these ideas…its my blog anyway. If, you were totally gone we’d miss you very much and do understand about real life.

    Friends forever,

    Shoko

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    • Shoko my sweet friend..oh no we would never forget you ! and oh my the summer was pretty darn awful here..on and on and on..oh my..45c days leave not much fun in a person..the sunflowers do look like little old men when ending their days..i will most likely seed gather again as these seeds stayed viable longer than i thought..must be tough! and if i can get even more in next year then more bees will come and then the whole world will be better off hey ..:) i promise to not be so awol again..we had a ducted aricon installed so next year i will be prepared!! yep..subzero they will call me πŸ™‚ Friends forever indeed my sweet loves Fozziemum xxx

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    • Genevieve thankyou! it’s great to be back and sweating less from Summer..and indeed there is beauty everywhere and i am lucky i can always squeeze in a glimpse πŸ™‚ Loves Bev xxx

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  12. Beautiful flowers! I had been thinking about you and hoped all was good. I totally understand taking a hiatus. I am on a go-slow lately myself! Too much going on. Just glad the summer left you unscathed!

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  13. Bev….no apologies are needed…we all understand; yes you’ve been missed and yes it’s GREAT to see you back, but we also know life is a …you know what….. at times….one takes care of family first….blogging…..way down on that list…….with all this said, while you may have been away from
    the “web” your photos are as spectacular as ever…..I like the green tints the best…..take these to market !!! β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯ hugs and loves

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    • Hi Laura great to be back..and Summer can go jump! just sayin hahahah i have missed you all and am glad to find some time to visit and share stuffs πŸ™‚ the green hues in those pics turned out so well..funny the same flower at different stages has such different tints to it..and i had fun avoiding the bees..a story for another time..yikes! i may just print some off..last market was dead boring and i vowed not to do anymore until i moved some πŸ™‚ then again..hahahah huge hugs and loves BEV XXXX

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  14. Lovely shots of those sunflower plants, Bev! There’s something special about sunflowers, isn’t there? So much detail, contrast and vivid color. No need to apologize about your hiatus … we understand completely. πŸ™‚

    Hugs!

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    • Hi guys! great to be back after a Summer of ick! i agree there is something almost fairy world about Sunflowers..they draw you in with their patterns and colors like a spinning wheel πŸ™‚ and the bees have loved them too so win win πŸ™‚ it’s great to be back here and sharing the things that tickle my fancy πŸ™‚ Hugs and loves Bev xx

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  15. Hi Bev, I was so pleased to see you had updated your blog. Only yesterday I was wondering how you were doing.

    So glad Mother Nature decided to make you smile with those beautiful Sunflowers. I hope you can collect their seeds and have even more coming up next year.

    Hope you, your hubby and your fur babies are all doing ok. Sue, Polly & Honey

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    • Sue,Polly and Honey hellooooo πŸ™‚ glad to be back and happy to see you πŸ™‚ Summer has been hard here..too too hot and zapped any energy anyone had..the fur babes had health stuff one after the other and something had to give..me… hahahahh i hope to collect the seeds again this year as they were string and healthy and looked adorable ..hope you and the girls are all super well and i must send off some stamps..have quite the collection now πŸ™‚ Hugs Bev xxxx

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        • Sue thankyou..had a pretty busy Easter so offline again! i am glad the stamps help:) Greyhounds need to be found loving homes away from nasty racing stuff! Love to you all Bev xxx

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    • Thankyou my sweets πŸ™‚ yes i missed everyone and am glad the nasty end of summer is gone..goodbye kicked to the curb! so i am raring to go πŸ™‚ so glad to see you and happy to be back πŸ™‚ Hugs Bev xxx

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  16. CANNNNNNNNNNNNNNN YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU HHHHHHEAR US CLAPPING AND YELLING?
    We sure have missed you and of course you came back with MACnCHEESE bright yellow Sunflowers. What
    pretty happy flowers. I sure do hope fall/winter are kinder than the summer was.

    loveys and hugs,
    madi and mom

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    • HAHAHAHAAH hELLLOOOOOOOO my sweet friends πŸ™‚ yes of course cheese colored flowers are so happy..hahahhaah..i sure hope so to my sweets Summer was an old bat and Autumn has been her sister ugh! you never know may get a cold spell yet!! great to see you again πŸ™‚ big hugs and loves Fozziemum xxxx

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  17. OMD!!!! HELLO FURIENDS!!!!! You knows we all missed you terribly, butts you also knows that you can go away, and come back and we will just pick up where we left off….with MARGARITAS!!!! BOL!!! Those purty sunflowers are most FABulous!!! See, Mother Nature just wanted to say a hearty ‘Thank you’ for putting up with the heat! ☺
    Sendin’ lots of {{{hugs}}}
    Kisses,
    Ruby β™₯

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    • Helloooooo Ruby my sweet..oh boy glad to be back..that heat has hopefully hit the road..ugh!! we love the sunflowers and i think they did say here thanks for putting up with the hideous heat πŸ™‚ Margaritas all round my friend πŸ™‚ Loves and hugs Fozziemum and gang xxx

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  18. Sweet Bev, I wish I could toss out seeds as a joke and have such lovely flowers spring up. I love sunflowers and these pictures are amazing and your sunflowers are beautiful. I understand about blogging I am having a difficult time with what to blog about. I am not posting very often at all and have not been visiting other blogs like I would like to. Just post when you feel like it and want to and about whatever you want. Not to worry if you are not in the mood to do blogging…it should be fun and enjoyable. I know you must be glad to see the heat of summer take leave for awhile. Lots of hugs, Maggie

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    • Maggie my friend thankyou..have missed you and understand also..yes i was surprised by the throw away seeds and how they flourished..i can plant with TLC and get horrid results..go figure πŸ™‚ sending our love and hugs to you and Chancy and will see you when you blog..no pressure here either always around πŸ™‚ xxx Bev

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  19. I hope those sunflowers gave you hope that there is always beauty out there, no matter how tough things get. We just went through a very tough time selling our house so we could buy our new dream house with 17 acres of land. There were times I thought the stress would kill me. But now we are in our new home and all of that is behind us. We are survivors, aren’t we all? At times we wanted to give up, but I’m glad now that we fought through all the garbage to get where we wanted to be.

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    • I am so happy for you Janet..those big moves can be awfully hard work! 17 acres sounds wonderful..and here i am looking in the future at 1 acre..nice to have 11 here but hard yards in the bush πŸ™‚ hugs and look forward to hearing more on the big move!! loves Bev xx

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  20. Such beautiful, happy sunflowers, Bev. You’re not the only one who has been absent. I’ve been trying to get back in the swing and catch up. I think we’re better off if we pretty much start where we are and move forward! Looks like you’re moving into your fall season as we’re heading into spring. It’s been over 20 years since I could really say that and mean it! We’ve been in our new place in North Georgia now for three months and we’re still not set up. I keep saying we old people tend to move slower! HA! I’m waiting anxiously to see what all will bloom here. We’ve been told we’ll have a lot of flowers around our house. Time will tell. We had daffodils and then another freeze took most of them away. But it’s good to reconnect with you, my friend. Sending wishes to you and yours for a glorious Easter. Hugs!

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    • Linda so much fun waiting to see what new things bloom πŸ™‚ dang that freeze..yes setting up takes forever..seems we have spent nearly 5 years setting up…ugh! i assume the Norht of Georgia is climactically very different πŸ™‚ look forward to hearing more Linda πŸ™‚ Hugs and loves Bev xxx oh and bekated Easter wishes πŸ™‚

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  21. Hippity Hoppity Happity Easter! I bought a packet of seeds last year that said GIANT Sunflower seeds and I guess it was a matter of perspective because they must have been packed by a midget they grew about three feet tall. That joke was on me.
    Sweet William The Scot

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    • Hahah oh my..i was so not expecting anything..these seeds were picked by me years ago and have sat all alone..so maybe the trick is less care πŸ™‚ perhaps they were meant to be a GIANT disappointment πŸ™‚ Loves Fozziemum xxx

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  22. Easter has been not so good here in Outback South Australia./ Unlike you, I only hear the thump, thump of the kangaroos in the dark when I am out walking with the dog. It has been very wet here and the kangaroos have not started congregation at the water drainage area. They only come here at when it’s dry out in the bush. Things have not been so good for us here, industries are falling by the wayside, businesses are closing up and leaving – Dick Smith, Mensland, Spotlight, Sazzy Shoes – to name a few – and there is a very real danger that the Steelworks will close – which will be catastrophic for the area and cause more damage than the closure of Holden in Elizabeth. This could become a ghost-town. One local High School, built to house 1200 students has less than 150 students. The weather has been strange and very draining at times. People are wearing the ‘Brave Face” but it’s a worrying time until Arrium Mining – (Former BHP Steel) decide mid April what it is going to do and if the State Govt and the Feds organise a financial bailout. For us, the bright spot was the Edinburgh Tattoo in Melbourne. I might think about Celtic Thunder in October, but we’ll see how things are.

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    • It seems all over things are on edge..i hope there is some solution that can can keep community spirit going and some enterprise that can boost economy! Ghost towns are not what we need 😦 i agree the Tattoo was awesome..a stunning event and a real highlight for us too. And despite the terror of driving at night and avoiding roos it was a great night out πŸ™‚

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  23. I love the flowers – most of the land here is recovered saltbush and it’s probably the best soil for growing, provided you are really fond of weeds. The further south we go the better the soil is, which is probably why the major farmlands are down there and not up here. Anyway, it’s good to have you back again. We missed you and your lovely flowers and photographs.

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    • Thankyou so much for the lovely compliment my friend πŸ™‚ yes here at home it is a rock reef..so we have no soil..granite..slate…quartz..most likely gold (if you want to blow up the yard!) so you add to the ground in order to get anything to grow..wattles even die..yikes!!

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