newsletter 3 june 2020

From Rhonda

Another beautiful day in level two with level one on the horizon – fingers crossed.

Autumn has truly arrived and my flowering cherry is covering the front lawn with brilliantly coloured leaves.

We went to Paekakariki School  plant sale. It was interesting adventure with social distancing and queuing and signing but well worth the effort. There was quite a walk across the grounds so we only bought what we could carry. They had a wonderful array of natives and exotics, as well as seedlings so make sure you look out for their next sale.


The flowers pictured are from the coffee shop in Te Horo and I would dearly love to see the garden where they come from. We also got Te Horo horse do and amazing pears – Doyenne du Comice. Excellent day out.

Ollie and the children helped me feed my soil with the horse do, cocoa husks and grass clippings.

  As you know there is no meeting this month but we are hoping for one next month. We will keep you posted.

Lucky voucher this week is for Joan Pitchforth. Congratulations, Joan.

  From Judi  


Did something a little different a few days ago. I went for a Bushwalk at Nikau Palms, up 120 high steps to the Ridge. The relief was the flat track bits and scenery. Birdsong was everywhere.  I was treated to 6 tuis in one tree but missed the photo opportunity (my son had my phone at that stage), but I still managed to get this waxeye though. Panoramic views that were awesome, a lovely sunny day, apple, snack and water as we reflected on what was happening down below (things getting back to normal) – what more would you want?

From Julian

Winter Veg Seeds

The cabbage and spinach seeds sown in pots are all up, five days after sowing.

Actually I cheated a bit by putting the pots on the kitchen window sill to keep them warm at night; but they have been outside since the little seedlings first appeared as otherwise they grow up too tall and pale (etiolated is the technical word) and then they don’t do at all well.

Probably in a week or two they will be ready to go into their final homes; and six or eight weeks later they will start appearing on dinner plates.

From Marilyn

Isn’t it amazing how innovative you can be when you can’t get out to buy things. During the lockdown, I overhauled a section of my garden out the back. By recycling pavers from my stash I created a little seating area. A concrete bench out in the front garden was repositioned in the space, then all the weeds in the adjoining gardens removed. It was then I discovered that in fact most of the greenery was only weeds (some hellebores getting ready to do their thing were the only plants of note) and I now had a lot of empty space but not allowed to go buy plants. A quick tour around the garden revealed that there were some plants that would divide up nicely. I now have a quantity of renga renga lilies and clivia to go with the hellebores that were in the garden. As a treat for my efforts, as soon as lockdown was over I visited my go-to place –  Yard Art in Levin – and acquired a lovely statue to finish it all off, (using the money I hadn’t spent on plants 😉).  

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