Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Peek-a-boo Petals

I’ve encouraged my Naked Ladies/Amaryllis to peep through the fence so passers-by can enjoy their beauty.

There are some inside the fence as well, which we can see from our bedroom window.

“There’s absolutely nothing shady
about this bright pink snazzy lady.”

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Myrtle rust has invaded the North Island, threatening native species such as pohutukawa, rata, and manuka.   I’m concerned about that, of course, but my more immediate worry is that the rust also attacks feijoa trees.  I can appreciate their relationship to pohutukawa, because in our garden we enjoy our feijoa’s Christmas display, similar to pohutukawa in the North Island.

Feijoa tree at Christmas 2009

I always thought feijoa might be related to citrus, because it’s recommended to give them citrus food.  Because of this I haven’t put feijoa skins in my worm farm, but I’ve learned today that worms are happy to eat feijoas, so that’s a habit I will change.  This year we’ve had the best harvest ever from our “Unique” feijoa which we planted in 2000.

Today I’ve baked a Feijoa Loaf – yum!  I just hope Myrtle may be contained in the North Island and keep away from the Avon Loop.

“I hope rust spores will cease to hurtle
down here I would not welcome Myrtle.”

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Gratifying Gladioli

The gladioli are in flower.  I have them planted outside the fence where they make a good show.

There are white ones

There are white ones


and red ones

and red ones


I picked this lovely peach one to bring inside

I picked this lovely peach one to bring inside

The name gladiolus comes from the Latin gladius meaning sword, because the stem is similar to a sword blade.  They are considered to be symbol of friendship, loyalty, memory, and nobility, because of a legend where Thracian soldiers refused to become gladiators and kill each other.  Instead they stuck their swords in the ground and rushed to hug each other.

Gladioli are thought to be the ‘lilies of the field’ that Jesus referred to in the Sermon on the Mount, because they grew wild and abundantly in the Holy Land

“This is a  tall and stately flower
which could complement any bower.”

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Summer Sweetness

The first sweet pea has flowered a month earlier than last year, with more buds poised to open.


Last year I grew sweet peas for the first time for many years.  After the flowers died I planted the pea pods in several different areas, and am delighted they have come up again.

I’ve read that the sweet pea symbolises blissful pleasure, including pleasurable departure after having a good time.  Certainly these sweet smelling flowers give a great deal of pleasure.  This one’s growing outside the fence, so perhaps passers by will have a good time smelling them.

“The sweet pea has a blissful scent
to make a passer by content.”

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Petite Plants

New World’s ‘Little Garden’ promotion appeals to me.  For each $40 you spend you get a free seedling kit.  This includes a peat pot, a tablet of dried soil, a paper circle impregnated with seeds, and a named marker.  You also get an instruction booklet.  While it’s intended for children, I enjoyed getting mine started, and now have potential pots of Basil, Parsley, and Rocket sitting on the bathroom window sill.

Ruth's Little Garden

There are twenty-four different vegetables and herbs available, and the instructions are excellent.  They suggest wearing gloves to mix the soil tablet with water (I didn’t bother, but I did wash my hands afterwards as instructed), and to check the soil in the morning and before bed in case water is needed.   This promotion is so much better than the consumerist ‘Little Shop’ New World offered last year.  I don’t usually have much luck with growing from seeds, but am happy to give these free ones a try.

“Give it a go – I thought why not
grow tiny seedlings in a pot”


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Blue Bells

The bluebells are out.  Hooray!  This really feels like spring.


Bluebells are symbolic of humility and gratitude.  They are called harebells in Scotland because it was believed that witches turned into hares and hid among the flowers.  Any witch or hare who needs refuge is welcome to hide among my bluebells.

“I’m happy if a witch or hare
should choose to find their refuge there.”

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In Colombo Street, near St Asaph, there’s an example of a Xeriscape.



Built by Greening the Rubble, this garden requires little or no water or maintenance.  Xeriscaping is ideal for drought-prone areas, and has other benefits too.

The name was coined in the 1980s from xeric meaning very dry, containing little water.

“A plot that needs no irrigation
in drought-prone land earns acclamation.”

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