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newsletter 26 june 2020

From Rhonda

Still in level one and looking forward to our July solstice meeting. 

We experienced a small frost recently but no damage and even had a little group of Jonquils flowering under my Lily of the Valley tree. My Hibiscus is completely disregarding the seasons and continues to flower through the winter.

In fact walking around my garden it would be hard to notice it is winter. Fuchsia, butterfly bush and daisies in full bloom along with a rather large yellow wattle.  My new purchase  this week is a box of swan plants. I love the Monarchs fluttering around and hope to have these plants up and ready for Spring.

From Judi

Hi all. The weather has been really lovely this past week so I’ve found myself in the garden a lot more.. plus it’s a good time to get the broccoli and cauliflower plants in. The week before I prepared the bed with some blood & bone and 2 days ago planted the seedlings with seaweed juice to give them a good start. I also planted some beetroot as the vege punnets were 3 for $9 so an excellent bargain. Other things I’ve been doing is tidying up the many dahlias and loving the dry stalks to help layering the compost..with my other clippings.. lots of leaves, newspaper and vege peelings etc.. can’t wait to spread it all over the garden come spring.

The other pics show some winter colour around the garden.. and a quick trip to Watson’s to pick up some white primulas to edge the garden beds.. Happy gardening everyone. It seems like Spring already.

From Diana

For all the regulars to the Afternoon Floral Group and anyone else who would like to attend, we are finally getting back together on Friday 3rd July but a little earlier than usual. We will be having a Shared Lunch (finger food style) starting at 12.30pm. Lots to catch up on so time will fly and we still want to have time in hand for a workshop with Joy demonstrating some possibilities to prepare for the August Competition. The workshop will be “Beach Gatherings” so on your next trip to the beach, take a bag and collect up all those interesting things you see but can’t think of a use for and therefore have to leave them behind. The recommended container for this style of arrangement is a flat dish or similar. The Sales table and raffle will be up and running, and we will hold the usual Best Blooms and Most Unusual competition. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

From Marilyn

It’s getting close. Next Friday we will finally all get back together. It seems an age since the last gathering and there’s going to be a lot of stories to tell, especially how much gardening you did during lockdown (or not). The others have been bragging about the blooms that grace their gardens, I have to admit that apart from camellias and wild calendulas, there’s not a lot in bloom in my garden. However I now see all the other colours there are in the foliage of the shrubs. There are quite a few flaxes in the garden of various colours and the view I have captured here for you is one I see every morning when having breakfast.

The flax, Jester, seems to have deepened in colour and is looking great. If you look hard at the back on the left there is a little Japanese lantern and – see the concrete fence and ornamental top – these have all come from Yard Art at Levin, where I got the statue recently. The committee members have decided they would like to have a look at this place so we are going to get a minibus and head of up there, and include a visit to RJ’s licorice and the new Mitre 10 which Frank reckons will be a good lunch venue. If anyone is interested in joining us, we haven’t set a date but will discuss further at the meeting on Friday 3rd July.​            

Speaking of which, we will celebrate the Solstice at this meeting with a light supper provided by the Committee which will be served to you individually if you want to indulge, along with the tea and coffee. 

 We will also have the Sales Table and Raffle but will not have our four categories of competition. Instead bring along your exhibits and we will have a combined display.

From Julian

Remember to get your tools sharpened before tackling the winter pruning. Blunt cuts can lead to all sorts of problems. If your tools could do with a touch-up, let me know as all proceeds go to KHS and are producing a nice little stream of income for the club. Give me a ring on 9059578 if you want to take advantage of this.

newsletter 20 June 2020

From Julian

It is the shortest day tomorrow, mid-winter already, we even had a light frost on the grass last Sunday morning. Our benevolent climate allows for very little winter down-time in the garden; my very little front garden, all 10 square metres of it, is getting a quick make over. Where it was mainly full of summer annuals it is now going to be a few shrubs and perennials, meaning I can smother it in mulch and do less weeding. The challenge is going to be keeping up a supply of picking flowers. Here is a picture of last summer’s flowerheads on Hydrangea petiolaris ‘Limelight’, now a lovely soft brown, the colour my mother used to call fawn

From Marilyn

With the warmer autumn weather we had, I have managed to relocate 2 rhododendrons and 11 roses. Just today I discovered the last of the roses had new shoots to show a success. I now have a 100% take of all of them. To me, that’s amazing. But to prove it is not a flash in the pan, take a look at this camellia, Red Imperial. It has taken 3 years to recover from the sulks but it was a big tree (nearly 2m) when I shifted it so not really surprising. This year it is smothered in buds and with my white daphne starting to open up near-by, my red and white garden will definitely be colourful for the next few weeks.

From Rhonda

Hi everyone, it’s been a bit of a wet week so not so much gardening happening. I did however follow Julian’s advice about seedlings and had a perfect strike rate. Four sets of seedlings on my kitchen bench waiting to be planted. I am so pleased because I love sweet peas and have never had much luck with them before. We had a road trip to Te Horo and returned with huge avocados, two plants, large bunch daffodils, and more pears Doyenne du Comice…fabulous. Weather forecast looking good so back in the garden soon. Midwinter is also the time to get those garlic bulbs in, you don’t need a garden – remember Murrays demo when he planted garlic in a pot. Another good thing our Farmers Market is back. I bought a red Kaka beak five dollars and a beautiful pot plant in pot six dollars and Ollie and I filled the trolley with vegies. Ollie found a giant cabbage and insisted I buy it and a giant Daekon. We really do live in paradise. Stay safe and hope to see you all again soon.

newsletter 10 june 2020

From Rhonda

Another beautiful covid free day and now level one. Heaps to celebrate. The level gives us the excuse to get out and about to maximize living on the coast. Here even a visit to the beach is always a treat and the local coffee is as good as any.

The weather has been perfect for the garden and we have a selection of greens that we pick each day.

The organic farm at Te Horo (Kebbels farm..worth a visit)  taught us how to use either outside leaves or  cut across the top to get second harvests. My grandson replanted leek bases to create another plant just as we as children loved growing pineapple and carrot tops.

My lemons are readying for a bumper crop and my surprise this week is a purple anemone

Now that we are in level one, it is likely our July meeting will go ahead so we will keep you posted.

From Diana

I am quite limited here even though I’m Head Gardener!!!of the front and back gardens. My daughter-in-law prefers a white& green garden!!!!! hard when I’m used to lots of colour!!! If anyone has bits of WHITE anything, I’d be very grateful for any left overs!!! To keep everyone happy, I do as I’m told, (mostly!!!)

I forgot to mention earlier, that I am competing with a White!! 6 year old rabbit!!!!with a large appetite!! I’ll say no more!! And a very energetic Fox terrier/ Poodle cross – again,I’ll say no more!!!! I hope we meet next month,so much catching up to do!!!! I’m ready for the Winter!!! are you???

From Marilyn

I can sympathise with Diana. I had these two punnets of seedlings( (silverbeet and beetroot) on a shelf in my potting shelter which is open all the time, front and back. When I went to plant these, I found that my feathered friends had found them and pruned them down to stalks.

Not happy,  so went for a walk to regain my sense of humour, only to find that they also liked my lovely broad bean plants in the garden and had stripped half of those as well. I am now frantically netting up everything.

Happy gardening.

Growing veg through winter

We are keeping up a regular supply of garden veg by sowing a few seeds of cabbage and spinach in small pots. I’m hoping for 10 or 12 spinach plants and 3 or 4 cabbages, so I’ve sown 16 spinach seeds in one pot and 9 cabbage seeds in the other, I know, I counted them! When they have germinated and produced their first pair of true leaves the strongest will be transplanted into the veg garden, with some slug bait so they don’t disappear overnight. The spinach is called ‘Upright’ and is from Kings Seeds, but any sort not for summer growing will do; the cabbage is actually Chinese cabbage, the sort that makes a dense barrel-shaped head, and this one is ‘Napa Blues’ from Egmont Seeds. If you don’t already buy your seeds from a mail order company you might give it a go; they offer many more varieties than shops and lower prices too, the downside being that you get carried away in the catalogue and buy more seeds than you mean to – if that is a downside.