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Newsletter for August 2021

Hi everyone

This month both the Afternoon Floral Group and the Evening Garden Club are opening their meetings  – it’s ‘Bring a Friend’ month as both meetings will be great.

From Rhonda

Like most who have gardens I have enjoyed lockdown  especially when you get sunshine like today.  A lovely break after all the rain.

I have started seedlings off in my kitchen as advised by Julian in his gardening talk and I am happy to say most have germinated.

Because of the weather most of my gardening has been weeding and tidying. The  Camellias are out and a second lot of dafs . Pretty good for the middle of winter.

Those of you who use Facebook will know that our next speaker is Cheryl Powers. She is a regular and popular speaker so we suggest it will be an excellent opportunity to bring a friend. Cheryl is fun and is always interesting and will be demonstrating what’s new in the gardening world.

I have just done a tour of my garden and my current surprises are winter roses and white violets.  My violets have gone wild and produced at  least four colours. My Luciana was a little subdued this year after a close encounter with Frank. Lots of greens in this weather and we supplement our evening meals from the garden.

Stay safe…see you all next meeting

Rhonda E

From Judi

Hello everyone

As I write this, it’s Monday after a  weekend where the weather was reasonably kind for those of us who are keen to get our gardens ready for the spring or summer showings.

But today I’m wrapped up warm and cozy with a hot waterbottle and the heat pump is on also. So here we are back to chilly cold and blustery winds with some intermittent showers. I finally ventured outside to tackle wandering jew which wants to just ‘come out of nowhere ‘ and cause me all sorts of problems because it invades the whole garden and gets in between all my plants so it’s quite a big job.

This time last year I had most of these chores done but of course I’ve been at the hospital with daughter Helen, so quite a lot to catch up on now. Well at least I have some colour in the large pots and mini wheelbarrow by the house to enjoy.

Who enjoyed the Programme on TV1 about Kew Gardens on Sunday about 3pm? I loved how they were getting the Inside Winter Botanical Gardens ready to show the public. Apparently every year they do a different theme. These hot houses are absolutely huge and there were a few thousand orchids brought in for the display, which I have some pics attached for you to see.

What a rich history Kew Gardens has. They employ a huge staff who have their expertise in all sorts of fields. There was also a snippet on the beautiful trees outside. I so enjoyed watching it. I have never been but I would love to. Hmmm one day perhaps it might happen.

Don’t forget to bring along a little something for the sales table. Little plants – cuttings, maybe make some wee posies, Dahlia Tubers(I’ve got plenty I’m bringing), maybe some marmalades or any type of preserve, garden mags, fresh lemons. We really appreciate any contribution. Thank you.

For those of you who wanted Bio Boost, we will have bags of that ready for the next meeting. Every spring I throw several handfuls of it all over the garden and it works really well.

I look forward to seeing you all in September where we can enjoy another night listening to Cheryl from Mitre10, who is an excellent speaker.

Happy Gardening everyone.

Cheers Judi

From Julian

If you haven’t already started, it’s time to sow some seeds; hardy flowers like pinks and carnations, cool climate crops like peas, lettuce and spinach. It is still too cold for beans except broad beans; dwarf beans, runner beans and all the others can wait another month or more. Lack of room in our kitchen meant that my seeds have to germinate outdoors, so they are in a tiny plastic greenhouse ($50 from the Warehouse) on the shady side of the house so they don’t get cooked. If you have room indoors you can get them to germinate quicker by putting your seed trays somewhere a bit warmer; but be sure not to let them dry out or get too hot – a sunny window sill is not good – and as soon as the seedlings appear put them outside in the daylight, even though it means they are not so warm.

We bought a bag of narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’ from Harrison’s last autumn and put them into a pot. Here they are lighting up a shady corner. So sweet.

From Diana

This month’s competition was “Black and White”. As you can see there were quite a few entries this month. The winners of the competition sections were:

Stage 1 – Janet Richards

Stage 2 – Marilyn Morrin

Stage 3 – Yvonne Thomas

Open Class – Zena Knight

Next month, we are lucky to be having a guest speaker. Our guest speaker is Megan Parker who teaches, as well as running her own Floral business at Lindale. She does everything!! to do with Floral Art and will do whatever you wish. Because our Group is on the older side and some live in Retirement Villages, they do not want large structures. She will do simple symmetrical designs, or vertical and even horizontal! – maybe some wrapping of say, a single Flower! This will be an opportunity to “Bring A Friend”, as it will be so interesting. Our competition will be Hand Held Posy with spring flowers. Our workshop will be the practice for October  – Art Deco. For the workshop, bring a pottery container ( plain china in tones of brown, grey or green). For the arrangement, you will need : marigolds of different  colours with leaves, cosmos with leaves, maybe some fern and a doily ( paper or crochet).

From Marilyn

We have a busy couple of months coming up. Thanks to those of you who have made yourselves available for manning the Coastlands display. I will get a roster out to you shortly.

At last month’s meeting, the competition tables were loaded with colourful blooms as the spring bulbs came into their own. The winners for the four sections were:

●             Pat Browne Trophy for Flowering Spring Bulb was Bev Thomas with a stunning double bi-colour daffodil.

●             The Best Bloom was magnificent – a deep burgundy magnolia from Pauline Steel’s garden.

●             The Most Unusual Flower was Julian Chadwick’s flannel flower.

●             Best Fruit or Vegetable was shared by Julian Chadwick with a pot of parsley and me with my spring onions.

Next month’s Flower of the Month is a Perfumed Flower. This should see a full table of entries as this really is the best time of year for these flowers.

Included with this newsletter is a copy of this year’s Annual Flower Show Schedule. There have been a few changes and if you have any questions, bring them along to the next meeting and we will do our best to answer them for you. It is also available on the website.

We are always looking for new ways to give you more gardening information and if you have any ideas, let us know. This month we are trying a new slot in the programme. Often when you move into a new garden (or a visit from a bird who has been out in the neighbourhood leaves a seed that you don’t expect) you can’t identify a particular plant or flower. Bring a piece or a picture along and you can display it on the table labelled “What is this?”  Hopefully, some-one at the meeting will be able to help you out.

Cheers, Marilyn


From Rhonda

Hello Horti people

Here we go again back into lockdown though not so bad this time as we know the ropes.

My garden will benefit hugely as I will have time to do those many little jobs that I have neglected. My spinach and miners lettuce keep us in winter greens and my elephant garlic is flourishing.

We have buds in the fruit trees and the plums are in bloom. My garden surprise this month is the miniature daffodil pictured here with one of my King Alfreds.

I bought three of Merle’s white polyanthus from our market stall and my grandchildren took them and planted them in their garden by their playhouse. The plants are in bloom and look wonderful in the shade and I wish I had purchased heaps more.

Spring is always exciting and we have a wonderful climate here in Kapiti so we do not experience the dramatic transition in the Southern region. I still have a small pot of Cape Gooseberries I have been nurturing for I think it was Jill and some red geranium cuttings Fay brought for someone. I will bring them to the next meeting which is currently on hold until further notice. We will send out weekly updates and keep you posted. People who are not on the internet will be given a phone call if there are any dramatic changes.

Keep safe and hope to see you all again soon

Kind regards ,Rhonda

From Judi

Good morning all. I’m sure many have been out in their gardens with all the glorious sunny days we’ve had. I’ve chosen to move some of my Dahlias back a bit. I gave them a dressing of Blood & Bone and a handful of slow release fertilizer before a layer of pea straw.

The photo attached is a couple of new ones I couldn’t resist. One could never have too many of these beautiful show stoppers. It’s a pity they are never out in time for our Flower Show.

Apart from that, time has been spent tidying up lots of little areas that needed attention. I think I’m starting to feel much fitter because of being back in the garden more so that’s always a plus.

Happy gardening everyone, Judi

From Diana

We had a good meeting at the Afternoon Floral Group on August 7th and the ladies did well with their designs.

The AFG committee have decided that they will hold the afternoon meeting in September, making sure that all the measures required to safely hold the meeting will be put in place For our next competition, it’s BOUNCE INTO SPRING. Our workshop will be a practice for October’s design “THE WITCHING HOUR (HALLOWEEN)”. Any dark container, eg old black pot, artificial pumpkins or real! Scoop out, eyes shaped, small light globe inside, torch, black ornamental cat (real one if you like!) witches, orange\black sweets, orange\black drapes, anything scary, leaves, remember cans of black and orange paint to spray anything.

Any member of the KHS is welcome to attend the afternoon group as your subs cover both afternoon and evening meetings.

From Marilyn

Mum and Dad live in Auckland and we were lucky enough to be able to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with them and leave to come home before that lockdown occurred. Unfortunately I missed our monthly get-together and it sounds as though the speaker was one I would have liked to have caught up with. (I have often thought I would like to try my hand at bee-keeping.

As we didn’t get home until Tuesday last week after a stopover in Tauranga, I was delighted to find that most of my hellebores had used the time since I left to move from bud to full bloom. I never realised how many I had in the garden.

Dutch irises are also opening up and the erlicheer and snowdrops are hanging around so there is colour again in the garden. And while I can’t top Rhonda’s plums in bloom, I do have two blossoms on my dwarf peach tree – despite a week of frosts. Where we are, we seem to lose the effect of the sea-breeze and have had frost most mornings – twice in the last week, we have been down to -2C. Shouldn’t have too many bugs left after this.

I had mentioned that we had revised the Rules for the Society and were intending to hold a Special Meeting at the start of our usual Friday evening meeting. With the uncertainty of the way this Covid resurgence will go, we are waiting for things to come back to normal before proceeding with this.

From the Evening Competition Table

Flower of the month – Pauline Steel with an unnamed daffodil

Best Bloom – Rhonda Edwards with a Tibouchina

Most Unusual – Marie O’Sullivan with a Euphorbia wulfenii flower

Fruit and Veg – Julian Chadwick with a Chinese cabbage ‘Napa Blues’

Well done everyone!