Category Archives: Gardening

Opium poppies in Martinborough

We’ve had a few opium poppies (Papaver Somniferum) in a flower bed for several years. They grow well and look very pretty. Unfortunately they are very good at spraying their seed and spreading. This year a dense swarm descended on … Continue reading

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It’s been a good year for rhododenrons

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Touring Wairarapa gardens

I’ve just had a most pleasant weekend visiting eleven of Wairarapa’s best gardens, on a self-drive tour organised as a fundraiser for the Pukaha/Mt Bruce bird sanctuary. The gardens were spectacular, so was the weather and the green late-spring Wairarapa … Continue reading

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Jacobean climbing lily

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Gardening with a sledgehammer

Today we’re trying to rescue our  garden, which was seriously mangled by the digger and truck that ran over it many times while our soakpit was constructed. After a very wet late summer and autumn, the soil was soft and … Continue reading

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Spring busting out

It was a long, wet winter after a wet summer and autumn. But almost exactly since the first of September the rainfall has been low to average, the weather’s been mild and there have been remarkably few southerly relapses or … Continue reading

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When the leek crop fails

Liz can fit them all in one slim vase: I can photograph them. Then I can have my way with them.

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