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Natives to love

Orange Marmalade Grevillea

Winter is the time when many natives really start to shine, especially Grevilleas. We love watching birds drooping upside down enjoying their flowing nectar. Here is our selection of natives, this years favourites.

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Grevillea Loopy Lou
A showy Grevillea that will flower nearly all year round. Flowers begin as a pale yellow and then age pink to red. Use as a low filler plant in the garden as this Grevillea will spread to 1.5m wide. Tolerant of light frosts and dry conditions. Height to 50cm.

 

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Grevillea Elegance
Makes a lovely dense screening plant. Elegance will grow to 4m high and 4m wide. The pink-red blooms are produced on the ends of the slightly arching branches. It has glossy finely divided foliage. Available in a grafted form. Height 4m

 

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Grevilleas Ivory Whip
If you’re looking for a Grevillea that will flower nearly all year round, then go no further than Ivory Whip. The dense white flowers make for excellent cut flowers. This medium shrub is great for attracting birds, bees and other beneficial insects. Height to 2m.

 

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Grevillea Firesprite
Excellent informal hedging or screening plant.  Fast growing with bright red flowers in early winter through to late summer.  Dark green deeply lobed foliage.  Height to 3m.

 

Grevillea Sylvia

Grevillea Sylvia
Vibrant deep pink brush type blooms contrast against the silvery blue foliage of this tall growing grevillea. Fast growing and can be used for screening or as a small feature tree in the garden. Height 3m.

 

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Grevillea Peaches and Cream
A cross between Grevillea banksii and G. bipinnatfida this chance seedling was found in a garden just south of Brisbane. The long blooms open pale yellow and as the flower ages tones of pink and orange. Height 1.2m.

Grevillea Orange Marmalade

Grevillea Orange Marmalade
A chance seedling found in a garden in Burbank, Brisbane.  A cultivar of Grevillea venusta, with lovely orange flowers that resemble the colour of marmalade.  Dark green foliage.  Height to 2.5m.

 

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Grevillea Robyn Gordon
This grevillea was a chance seedling found by the plant collector David Gordon in his garden Myall Park in Glenmorgan, Queensland, and named after his daughter Robyn. Beautiful red flowers bloom all year round, this tried and tested Grevillea is one of our favourites. Height to 1.5m.

 

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Grevillea Liliane
Dainty pink and cream spider like flowers and bottle green narrow foliage on weeping branches. This Grevillea is ideal in rockeries or as a feature in native gardens. Also suitable for large containers. Height .5m to 1m by 1-2 wide.

 

Grevillea Cooroora Cascade

Grevillea Cooroora Cascade
Vigorous ground cover with bright yellow flowers up to 20cm long. Delicate silvery grey fine foliage. Excellent for planting on steep banks or retaining walls. Height 30cm by 3m wide.

 

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Baeckea Mt Tozer
A dense shrub with glossy green foliage and sprays of dainty white flowers, through the summer months. Can be clipped into a low hedge. Height to 1m.

 

Hardenbergia

Hardenbergia
Commonly known as native sarsaparilla, this vigorous climber is adorned with purple pea like flowers at the end of winter. Many new varieties are available now, in a range of colours including purple, white and pink. Mini Ha Ha is a small shrub growing to 50cm with dark purple flowers and dark green foliage. Meema is a new variety, with lime green foliage and purple flowers, it can be grown as a ground cover with a spread of 2m, or it also has the ability to climb if given the chance. Happy Duo is a vigorous fast growing climber with both purple and white flowers, perfect for growing over a pergola.

 

Ozothanmnus Rice Flower

Ozothamnus Rice Flower
Rice flowers make a fabulous cut flower, with a long vase life. Available in white, pink and coral this compact shrub is native to SE Queensland. Very easy to grow and drought tolerant. Height to 2m

 

Callistemon Slim

Callistemon Slim
Perfect for narrow areas, this new Callistemon produces a large number of red flowers from spring through summer and into autumn. Use as a hedge or screen planting in tight areas. Suits most soil types, and is frost and drought tolerant. Height to 3m.

 

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Leptospermum Cardwells
Leptospermums or Tea Trees come in many forms. Cardwell is particularly special. The long arching branches are covered in white blooms in late winter early spring, making this plant truly show stopping. Also available in a pink form. Very hardy once established. Height to 3m.

 

Eremophila Nivea

Eremophila
Commonly known as ‘Emu Bush’ there are over 200 species recognised within Australia. From low growing shrubs to small trees. Many have soft grey green foliage and flowers can range from whites to creams, pinks to purples and even oranges and reds. One of our favourites is Eremophila nivea (grafted form) with silvery white foliage and purple flowers. The grafted form is more tolerant of our climate, but still requires well drained soil. Can be grown in a large pot.

 

Lomandra shara

Lomandra Shara
Delicate fine blue grey foliage with masses of yellows blooms that sit above the foliage. This Lomandra is suitable to our subtropical climate and with soft foliage is very kid friendly. Use as a border plant, or in containers. This plant has been rated as a top performer in roof top gardens. Full sun to part shade. Height to 50cm.

 

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Banksia Cherry Candles
Large red and golden ower blooms are a favourite of the honeyeaters. Plants will flower in their first year, however after 5 years the plants will be producing 20 to 30 flower spikes. Plant in full sun in a well-drained position. Perfect in pots. Height 45cm.

 

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Casuarina Cousin It
A form of Casuarina glauca, Cousin It mounds from its main stem to 30cm high and then cascades with branches of fine needle like foliage. Foliage can grow up to 1-1.5m long. Creates a thick matt of foliage, it works well as a ground cover helping to suppress weeds and retain moisture
in the ground. Perfect for growing over retaining walls, or use in a tall planter. Height to 30cm and 1m wide.

 

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Scaevola
A fast growing groundcover available in a range of colours from white, pink, blue and purple. This showy groundcover looks great in any garden, pot or hanging basket.

This seasons roses

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The below roses are from this years premium bagged/bare root rose selection.

Please book your roses either by email (info[at]brookfieldgardencentre.com.au) or phone 3878 7739 or come in store.

Limited numbers on some varieties, to avoid disappointment get in quick.

An incredible rose with red and yellow striped petals. Each bloom will be slightly di erent with its own combination. Height to 160cm

Abracadabra – Hybrid T
An incredible rose with red and yellow striped petals. Each bloom will be slightly different with its own combination. Height to 160cm.

 

Soft peach pink blooms with an intense fragrance. Low thorn count, excellent picking rose. Very disease resistant. Height to 170cm

Aotearoa – Hybrid T
Soft peach pink blooms with an intense fragrance. Low thorn count, excellent picking rose. Very disease resistant. Height to 170cm.

 

Barabara Streisand Rose

Barbra Streisand – Hybrid T
Large rich lavender blooms with an outstanding fragrance, a vigorous grower producing long stems with dark green glossy leaves. Height to 130cm.

 

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Best Friend – Hybrid T
A classic rose with vibrant deep, hot plum pink blooms with a strong sweet scent. Named by the RSPCA to honour the unconditional special friendship that comes from loving a pet.

 

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Cabana – Floribunda
Semi-double blooms have an intriguing colour combination of rose pink with yellow stripes and a good fragrance. This award winning rose owers profusely through-out the year. Foliage is semi glossy and dark green, with a rounded growth habit. Height to 150cm.

 

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Daniel Morcombe – Hybrid T
Dark red, velvety blooms and continuously flowering throughout the year.  Blooms are carried on long stems, and has been bred for longevity cut flowers can last over a week in a vase.
Dark green, glossy foliage excellent disease resistance. Part proceeds from the sale will go the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.  Height to 2m.

 

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Dark Desire – Hybrid T
This multi award winning rose, forms almost black buds that open to a unique violet-red bloom and then ages to hues of violet purples. A sensual fragrance of oral and fruity. Exceptional disease resistance.

 

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Full Sail – Hybrid T
A beautiful large white bloom with a heavy honeysuckle perfume, a white sport of the popular Aotearoa. Glossy dark green foliage. Good disease resistance.

 

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Fearless – Hybrid T
New release, awarding winning rose. Intense orange blooms with a sweet light fragrance on long stems ideal for picking. Very heat tolerant. Height to 150cm.

 

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Firefighter – Hybrid T
The best of the red roses, rich intense large blooms, with a very intense old rose fragrance. Height to 160cm.

 

Gallipoli – Modern Shrub Rose ~ Limited stock
A commemoration rose for Gallipoli Centenary 2015. Large elegant dark velvet blooms are produced in clusters, flowering over a long period. A donation from every plant sold to ADCC QLD Inc. will help fund ANZAC education to Australian school children and war veteran related projects.

 

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Happy Anniversary – Hybrid T
Deep orange blooms are produced on long firm upright stems perfect for cut flowers. A lovely delicate fragrance. Perfect for a special anniversary.

 

Heaven Scent Rose

Heaven Scent – Hybrid T
Lovely orchid pink blooms with an intense old damask fragrance. Long near thornless stems with dark green glossy foliage. An easy to grow rose. Height to 200cm.

 

Honey Perfume

Honey Perfume – Hybrid T
Plush apricot yellow blooms, with a strong and spicy fragrance. Large clusters of blooms on a well branched bush, quick to re flower. Good disease resistance. Height to 135cm.

 

Man Of Steel

SOLD OUT Man of Steel – Floribunda
Soft pastel lavender blooms that become more lavender with age. The petit full petal blooms repeat flower on this neat tidy bush with glossy rich green foliage, perfect for pots. Intense fragrance. Height to 90cm.

 

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Mother’s Love – Hybrid T
Soft white to creamy pink blooms, flowers are mainly produced in clusters of three and have a strong sweet fragrance. This rose supports the Nursing Mother’s Association of Australia. A medium to tall grower to 1.5m.

 

Pink Intuition

Pink Intuition – Hybrid T
Large, perfect shaped blooms with a mass of beautifully striped petals.  Long stems are ideal for cutting, this rose is known for its long vase life.  A light, delicate fragrance.  Height to 150cm.

 

SightSaver

Sightsaver – Hybrid T
Large soft pink blooms that are highly fragrant are produced in profusion on a medium sized shrub. Excellent disease resistance. Height to 140cm.

 

Soul sister

Soul Sister – Floribunda
Milky chocolate buds open to a latte co ee colour and soften to lavender as the blooms fade. An elegant and unusual flower colour, the blooms have a light tea fragrance. This free flowering floribunda rose is similar to Julia’s Rose. Height to 150cm.

 

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Soul Mate – Floribunda
Blooms are a perfect butter gold colour with a delicious liquorice fragrance. This floribunda rose has a rounded habit, glossy green leaves and excellent disease resistance. The perfect yellow rose. Height to 120cm.

 

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The Children’s Rose – Hybrid T
Soft powder pink double blooms with a true rose perfume. A strong grower, with good disease resistance. Height to 150cm.

 

Wollerton Old Hall

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Wollerton Old Hall – David Austin
One of the most fragrant David Austin roses, plump buds with flashes of red open to a beautiful, chalice shaped bloom of soft apricots, paling to cream. Up right bushy growth with minimal thorns, can also be grown as a climber. Grows 1.6m, or up to 3m as a climber.

Planting Bagged Roses

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Planting your Bagged Roses ~ A simple guide to follow

Site
Choose a sunny position. Check the soil pH prior to planting. Roses like a pH neutral soil between 6 and 7. Enrich your soil with cow manure or Active 8 prior to planting.

Soak
Cut the bag away from the rose, place the rose into a bucket filled with a diluted Seasol solution and soak for an hour prior to planting.

Prune
Prune the roses back hard, cut back to 100-150mm from the graft. This will help to reduce the risk of die back.

Create a slurry
Dig a hole and fill with water. Back fill with soil to create a slurry. This will eliminate any air pockets and ensure the soil is completely wet.

Planting
Plant your rose, keeping the graft well above the soil level. Water in with a Seasol solution, this will help to reduce the stress of planting. Do not fertilise your roses at the time of planting.

Mulch
We recommend Lucerne around your roses, this will suppress weeds and help maintain an even soil temperature and moisture.

Water
Water every few days with a good soak. It will take about 6 to 8 weeks for your newly planted roses to establish.

Fertilser
Once established feed your roses, every autumn, spring and summer with Sudden Impact for Roses for great results.

Camellias – A garden classic

Camellias are one of the garden classics.  The simplicity of the dark green glossy foliage with the delicate blooms make these plants a must in any garden.

Camellias are very versatile plants, they can be used in hedge planting, for a small specimen tree and even grow beautifully in pots.

They are hardy plants and relatively trouble free, proving beautiful floral displays for many years.

There are two main varieties of Camellias that grow well in Brisbane- Sasanqua and Japonica

Sasanquas are the first to start flowering, generally from March through to June. They grow and flower best in a full sun position.  The flowers are smaller than Japonicas, generally 5 to 9cm and come in range of colours from pure white through to pink and reds.  Sasanquas make excellent hedges and can also be used for espalier or topiaries.  They respond well to pruning.

Japonicas prefer some shade to protect the winter blooms and leaves from scorching.  The flowers range in colour from pure white through to pinks and reds.  The flower form can be quite stunning with formal doubles, semi doubles, single and peony forms.  Japonicas generally flower through the winter months.  Use in mass plantings, or as a single specimen.

Before planting, we recommend to check the pH level of the soil, Camellias prefer a slightly acidic soil generally around 5 to 6.

Camellias also like good drainage, heavy wet soils will lead to root rot.

Feed Camellias with Camellia and Azalea fertiliser during spring and early autumn.

Prune Camellias straight after flowering.

These pictures of blooms are from our current floor stock – taken Tuesday 9th May, so they may sell out.

Colour in the garden

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All year round we crave colour in our gardens.  Flowers come to mind straight away, however colour can be achieved with foliage as well. Using coloured foliage in the garden has the added bonus of colour all year round, whereas flowers are seasonal. There are many great plants that will add interest to a garden, from grasses to large shrubs.

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Alternanthera Little Ruby

Alternanthera Little Ruby will add a contrast to a garden edge, with its deep burgundy foliage.  It is a hardy plant that loves our humid summers.

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Crotons

Crotons or Schefflera Madame de Smet are hardy plants that will add interest to full sun or part shade gardens, both of these plants are easy to grow in pots on verandas or in very well-lit positions inside.

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Variegated Pseuderanthemum

Variegated Pseuderanthemum (what a name!) is a fabulous shrub to 1.5m, and is available in deep purples, variegated purple and lilac and lime greens with  dainty flowers.

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Blue Fescue

There are many grasses that will also add colour and texture to a garden.  From the low growing Blue Fescue and Stripy White Liriope to the taller growing Pennisetums, also known as Purple fountain grass.

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Autumn, you have finally arrived!

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After a long hot and dry summer we have finally welcomed in autumn with a good soaking of rain.  So, after the lawn has been mowed we start to think about the veggie patch and all those wonderful winter veges we love to plant.

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Tommy Toe – voted the tastiest tomato by The Diggers Club

If you live in a frost free area of Brisbane, the good news is you can still plant tomatoes.  The Diggers Club have put together a selection of their all-time favourite heirloom varieties this includes many tomatoes.  We have 11 varieties to choose from, Tommy Toe is voted the tastiest tomato and is a vigorous grower, however if you are short on space try Red Fig it is a smaller growing bush that fruits in 8 weeks from planting and can produce in excess of 10kg of fruit over the season.  For a good old fashion big tomato try growing Mortgage Lifter, fruits can weigh up to 400grams each or Black Russian an unusual black skinned tomato full of flavour.  For the adventurous, check out Beams Yellow, a lovely little yellow tomato or Green Zebra, yellow stripes appear on the unusual green fruit when they are ready to harvest, a great one to confuse the pests with.  Check out some of the range planted in the kitchen gardens at the garden centre.  And remember there will be a tomato shortage at the end of winter this year due to Cyclone Debbie.

Potatoes are another vegetable that comes to mind for winter planting and what an easy vegetable to grow.  Potatoes can be planted from April through to July, and can be grown in either the ground or very large pots or grow bags. A great vegetable if you are short on space.  The Brassica family are also fans of the cooler weather, Kale, Broccoli, Cabbage and Cauliflower can all be planted out now.  And don’t forget the Peas, snow peas, sugar snaps and garden peas can all be planted now.  These will need a trellis to grow on, try using the compostable jute netting now in stock, easy to put up and compostable when the plants have finished.

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Remember to add some flowers to your vegetable garden not just for the bees but for your dishes as well.  Edible flowers that can be planted now include Viola, Calendula, Pansy, Dianthus, Alyssum, Nasturtium.

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Succulent LOVE

Succulents

Want a plant that looks good with minimal care?  Try growing succulents, there is one for every position. With a little bit of know-how you will have a beautiful healthy collection of succulents.

Let’s think about climate: succulents love the dry.  This makes them perfect to grow in pots, hanging baskets or raised garden beds where the moisture drains away quickly.

If planting in pots, use a cactus and succulent potting mix to ensure that your plants don’t get wet feet.  This type of potting mix has a high percentage of sand to assist with drainage.

Now for the sun: most succulents will grow happily in half to a full day of sun.  If you want to keep succulents indoors, find a position that is well lit or has some direct sun.  Also as a general rule of thumb choose plants with dark green foliage as these will tolerate the low light positions better. Try some of the Aloes or Haworthias.

Low bowls make great planters for succulents, giving you the opportunity to create a work of art by multi-planting.  Alternatively, create a collection of pots of varying heights and fill with your favourite succulents.

If you plants become too crowded in their pots, simply divide or take cuttings to replant.

Keep your succulents looking great with a slow release fertiliser such as Osmocote every six months.  Also, if you are growing flowering forms of succulents the addition of a liquid fertiliser (like Powerfeed) during the flowering season will be beneficial.

 

 

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Maiden Hair Fern

The quintessential indoor plant.  Everyone should have at least one maidenhair fern in their lives. The lovely lacy foliage and lush lime green colour has the perfect appeal! So to keep your maiden hair fern happy and healthy, follow these simple tips.

 

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Water regularly, and keep moist
If keeping inside – find a well-lit position
If keeping outside – plant in the shade
Fertilise every fortnight with a diluted liquid fertiliser (like Thrive All Purpose)
Repot every two years

Don’t

Place in a draughty or windy position
Let the pot dry out
Expose to direct sunlight

If your plant dries out, fill a bucket or sink with water and submerge the pot until the bubbles stop. Take the plant out and allow the excess water to drain away. Trim off any brown leaves.

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Garden RELEAF

Garden Releaf

This year we are again supporting beyondblue through the Garden RELEAF initiative taking place on Sunday 19th March. This industry initiative is to help drive awareness and to the numerous benefits that spending time in a garden or simply being surrounded by living greenery can have on a person’s health and wellbeing.

Proceeds from the below events will go directly to beyondblue.

Don’t forget to purchase your raffle tickets in store, we have a prize valued at over $1000.

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Anyone with kids will tell you that these little guys blow a hole in the weekly budget. Why not try growing them yourself! We are donating $10 from every blueberry bush sold until the 19th March to beyondblue as part of the Garden RELEAF Australia initiative.

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You need this in your kitchen repertoire. Join Wild Canary‘s Blake Mickelbourgh as he guides you through the steps of producing a delicious and beautiful blueberry frangipane tart, then enjoy if with friends over tea & coffee in the Bird Cage of Wild Canary. A donation from the proceeds will be made to the charity beyondblue.

Thursday 16th March 10am | Includes tea, coffee and of course frangipane tart, plus a recipe to take home.

Bookings essential | Book Now Online

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Join Claire Bickle for a workshop on ‘Growing organic vegetables for the soul’ Sunday 19th March at 2pm |  Gold coin donation welcome | All proceeds going towards beyondblue as part of Garden RELEAF.

RSVP [email protected]

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Orchid Lovers! Come down on Sunday 19th March between 10am and 2pm to meet David Furness, an orchid expert from QLD Plant & Flowers, he’ll be on hand to talk orchids with you | Gold coin donation welcome | All proceeds going to beyondblue

 

 

 

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We love this plant

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Zanzibar Gem

We love this plant.  It has glossy green leaves, is happy anywhere inside and thrives on neglect.  What more could you ask of an indoor plant?

Pair it with a gorgeous pot, and place front and centre on your desk or coffee table.

It will grow anywhere inside or in the shade, even in those dark corners that every other plant seems to fail.

Makes the perfect gift for the plant killers out there.

Water sparingly, once a month is fine, even less when it is cold.  Use a slow release fertiliser, like Osmocote in the spring, and re-pot when you see or feel a slight bulge in the pot.

Here is some inspiration from the internet, we don’t have the pots featured in stock but might have something very similar.

 

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