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Calling all frangipani experts. Surely there must be one on here! - Tactical Ninja

Nov. 21st, 2011

09:18 am - Calling all frangipani experts. Surely there must be one on here!

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rivet! rivet! The frangipani is flowering OMG OMG OMG! I am excite!

Mostly I am excite because when rivet gave me this plant I was all "Oh shit it's tropical I have no idea how to care for tropical plants." Luckily, the internet knows everything and was able to give me instructions on how to care for it. Imagine my horror when I did what the internet said and the first thing that happened was that all the leaves dropped off it! Again luckily, the internet informed me that frangipani are deciduous. Phew! And pretty soon it had shiny new leaves - loads of them. And then it got buds and I've been waiting for them to open because frangipani scent is lovely and I have a teeny-tiny balcony and it'd be nice, right? Well, it opened yesterday, to reveal a strange looking flower.




And it has no scent! I am.. surprised. I am doubly surprised that the internet has not heard of a frangipani with no scent. Or one with no fragrance. Or even one with no smell. I got no results for any of these things. I also got nothing for "How to increase the fragrance of your frangipani" - I was thinking maybe it needed a particular kind of fertiliser or something, but nope.

Anyone here know anything about them? I'm a total noob and couldn't even tell you what variety it is. It doesn't look anything like the standard frangipani we're all familiar with:



So I'm wondering if maybe it's an odd variety or something - one that behaves like a frangipani but doesn't look or smell like one. Any thoughts, flower people?

Anyway, for those of you who didn't figure it out, the surprise was Dr Wheel, who flew in for his Dad's 50th this weekend. I get Bonus Joel because of this. I like Bonus Joel. It's been 2 1/2 months since I was in Hong Kong! Thus, my weekend was all about *censored*. There was also a lot of hanging out and just being all "Hey look it's Joel. I must touch him to reassure myself he's real." And there was coffee in bed, and some more lying in bed looking through a book of interior design stuff (which is less wanky than it sounds), and talking about what we want to make our bedroom look like. And we went and sat on some couches in a furniture shop, and looked at curiosities. Then Joel did some DIY while I sewed myself an apron because I've been discovering the aerodynamic and adhesive qualities of flour lately and would like to preserve my clothing. It has sheep on! (the apron not the flour)

In other words, we were sickeningly domesticated. Shut up, you would be too if you only saw your partner a few times a year. And we will get over it, eventually. The best bit about this visit (apart from the obvious) is that when he goes back, it'll only be a month till his return for Christmas, and then the next time he goes it'll only be a couple of weeks and then we get Full Time Joel and that will be awesome. It will probably be about at that point where we stop being sickeningly domesticated and start being more sociable. *nod*


As a consequence, I have not really been around this weekend. I have no clue if anything of import happened on the internet, and have not read LJ (sorry, normally I'm pretty good at keeping up). Please tell me if there's anything I should give attention to.

Today I plan to vote. I realised I'm supposed to be shearing on Saturday so figured I should vote early. However, the election folks have not yet acknowledged that I now live in Wellington Central and I can see there being some issues with me trying to vote there. I refuse to vote in Ohariu as I've lived here for more than a month now and done everything right - so giving myself a few days to sort any kinks sounds like a good plan.

Also, I'll be glad when the election bullshit is over, even though I'm afraid of the outcome.

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From:cat_lover
Date:November 20th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
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The frangipani you buy has been grown from cuttings, that have been grafted onto root stock. Because of this, it affects the scent you get. It can take a couple of years for it to rectify itself and to start growing normal-looking flowers with that lovely scent. The only reason why I know this, is due to working in a garden centre when I was a teenager, and having to deal with bored Remuera housewives who would spend 1000s of $$$$ on plants and stuff.

I've finally returned to my LJ stomping ground after a 12+ month absence, and it is surprisingly quiet. Did something happen on LJ that has caused many people to stop posting on here (I am guessing FB is to blame partially).

I'm also afraid of the election outcome. Reading the dribble on Key's FB page by 20 and 30-something mothers is sickening.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 20th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
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OMg hi! Welcome back!

A few things have happened to LJ. First, Facebook and Twitter. Then, Google Plus. Also, a bunch of DDoSing by supposed Russian government folks to try and shut down political blogging (apparently LJ is the political blogging platform of choice in Russia). The addition of ads to free pages.

Funny thing though is that lots of folks bailed on LJ because it's 'so last week', and yet none of the platforms mentioned above have the functionality and control that LJ does. I'm noticing a slight resurgence in use lately as some disillusioned folks come back and the communities are still going. But I suspect the writing's on the wall and I doubt it'll ever be as active as it once was.

And yeah, I fail to understand how Key remains popular while being such a dick.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 20th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
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PS thanks for the frangipani info. I was all "OMG I'VE DEFORMED IT!"
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From:cat_lover
Date:November 21st, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
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Better not tell her (I assume all plants are female) that you thought she was deformed; don't want her developing a scent-inferiority complex :-P
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From:raincitygirl
Date:November 20th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
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i know zip about frangipangi, but I must say your mutant frangipangi is very pretty. Congratulations on Bonus!Joel.
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From:richdrich
Date:November 20th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
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But if you vote in Wlg Central, you just get to choose between Grant Robertson and the National bloke that looks like a fatter version of Grant.

If you vote in Ohairu, you get to unvote for Dunne (and for Charles Chauvel, who is Not Dunne).

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From:tatjna
Date:November 20th, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
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I have been unvoting for Dunne since I moved to Wellington. It's just my luck that this time round is the first time that my vote might actually make a difference - but that's the case in WC too.
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From:caycos
Date:November 20th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
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I'm actually in the same position - last time voted for not-Dunne, this time I'm in WC. Amusingly on Friday we take posession of a house actually in Rongotai, but as we're not actually moving till the following week we're ok to vote centrally.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 20th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Friday! Wow, that came round fast. Exciting!

Plz post pics of house when moved!
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From:caycos
Date:November 20th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Actually it came round reaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllly sloooooooooooooooowly.. It's been about three months!

I can't see there not being pics - it'll be like those parents with new babies who just can't help it ;)
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From:tatjna
Date:November 20th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
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I completely understand. ;-) I find houses more interesting than babies so yes please!
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From:t_c_da
Date:November 20th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
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12 candidates

Which means that the successful candidate is likely to win with less than 23% of the vote...

Roll on Preferential voting for electorate seats which will mean that the candidate preferred by most folk is more likely to win (unlike Upper Hutt council elections a few years ago where Rex Kirton would regularly win with ~20% of the vote because many folk stood against him and the vote against him was so fragmented that he got in anyway despite huge unpopularity in the city).
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From:anna_en_route
Date:November 21st, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
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As long as it's as a subset of MMP, I fully agreee with you!
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From:t_c_da
Date:November 21st, 2011 03:26 am (UTC)
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If I had my druthers, it'd be preferential for the electorate seats, and no person could both stand in an electorate and be on a list.

Oh, and I'd also make voting compulsory for all citizens of voting age (as in .au). If you ain't prepared to express an opinion (ANY opinion, even "none of the above") you don't deserve to be a citizen in my book.
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From:richdrich
Date:November 21st, 2011 07:16 am (UTC)
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Which would mean that in marginal seats like Wellington Central, we'd get unfavoured or beginner candidates to choose from, because anyone the party was worried about getting in (like Grant Robertson) would go list-only or to a safe seat.
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From:cat_lover
Date:November 21st, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
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I live in Auckland Central, and only appears to be three candidates contesting this seat. We have Nikki Kaye (Nats), Jacinda Ardern (Lab), and Denise Roche (Greens). Quite surprising to only see females contesting this particular seat.

But the Greens are only going for the party vote, so will be giving my electorate vote to Jacinda, despite my membership with the Greens (who will of course be getting my party vote).

I <3 election time (apart from the feeling that the Nats will get back in again).
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From:thatgirljj
Date:November 21st, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
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I'm very confused. What you have there looks exactly like what we call night blooming jasmine here (which from google is not really a night blooming jasmine, but that's what everyone I know calls it). It doesn't smell like frangipani, but it most definitely has a strong scent.

And yay for Joel!
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From:tatjna
Date:November 21st, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
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Yeah - I reckon it looks a lot like a clematis flower but clematis is a vine so it's definitely not that.

IT'S AN ALIEN.
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