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First flower 2013

We promised flowers and even started a countdown on July 7, predicting first rose blooms 154 days later on December 8 (according to the locals). But it seems nature is a little eager this year and our first rose poked its nose out a month early. And the other bushes are positively groaning with buds, dozens of them.

So we dug in and planted proteas from Garden Express mail-order service, peonies from the Tangled Maze and Mistydownes Nursery, and a peach and an apricot from our local Growmaster in Ballarat.

And finally for this post, our regular road trip around our region. This time we visited the nearby booktown of Clunes, the vineyards and cellar doors of Avoca, and the delightful gem of a little cider brewery and deli just outside Ballarat.

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