Posts Tagged ‘garden’

The strong southerly was causing this hollyhock to bend over and I worried it might break.  Others had been staked, but this one was on its own.

Windblown hollyhock

I hurried out to place a strong bamboo stake and fasten the plant to it.  That should hold it firmly.

Staked hollyhock

‘I rescued it from a cruel southerly
with tender action, almost motherly.’



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Floral Friday

This Dianthus was planted over a year ago.  It’s one of Dr Keith Hammett’s Scent from Heaven Landscape Carnations and has a delightful clove scent.  Called Angel of Desire, it’s supposed to flower almost continually, but in fact had no flowers in winter, so I’m pleased to see it back again.  Carnations are called pinks because their spiky petals look as though they were cut with pinking shears.

‘My scented Angel of Desire
has blooms you cannot help admire.’

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I wanted a good photo of Stephen and me to use on our seasonal greeting card.  We went outside and stood beside the Uetersen climbing rose which is flowering beautifully at present.  I took a couple of selfie snaps, then a women walking by stopped to say how much she admired our cottage and garden.  She was a stranger, but I thought ‘why not’, and asked if she’d mind taking our photo.  (I’m never very confident about selfies.)  She snapped several which show the rose to advantage, but in the end I decided to use one of the selfies, because they are closer and show our faces better.

Photo taken by a passing stranger

I cleverly managed to write a message on the chosen photo (programme available through MS Office), then went to Smith’s City to get some prints.  Their prices are half those of Warehouse Stationery, they’re not nearly as busy, and the woman staff member was most helpful.  When I received the prints, the bottom where I’d written the message had been cropped, which was disappointing.  I pointed this out and they redid them, uncropped, for no extra charge.   They’ll be my photo printers of choice from now on.

‘It’s really not so very hard
to make a special greeting card.’

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Floral Friday

Our sage plant is flowering abundantly.

Sage is one of the most important Native American ceremonial plants, used by many tribes as an incense and purifying herb.  It is burned as a spiritual cleanser before many traditional ceremonies, and is also one of the herbs frequently included in medicine bundles and amulets.  You can boil sage and drink it as a tea. It releases what is troubling the mind, removes negative energy, and can be used for digestive problems, and for depression and memory loss.

Its scientific name is Salvia officinalis and there was a Roman saying, “Cur moriatur homo, cui salva crescit in horis?” – “Why does the human die when salvia grows in their garden?” 

‘Presumably abundant sage
means we may live to an old age.’

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Floral Friday

Our garden is a riot of roses just now.

That’s Cecile Brunner on the left and right at the back, and, Blush Noisette in the front at centre.  Both were planted in 1995, and make a lovely show of pale pink.  There are different colours further along the fence.  You can see one Dublin Bay bloom peeking in on the left.

‘It’s roses, roses all the way
so many in full bloom today.’

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Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Supermarket rhubarb

I was surprised to see rhubarb for sale in the supermarket, at $10.99 a kilo!  I thought anyone who liked rhubarb would be growing their own, but not apartment dwellers I guess.

Cottage rhubarb

I have an abundance of rhubarb.  If you’d like some, let me know.   (You might end up with a few aquilegias as well.)  I could even let you have a crown so you can grow your own.  It’s essential for making delectable spicy rhubarb cake.

‘I guess there must be some who aren’t
able to grow this easy plant.’



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Tomato Time

Labour Weekend is the traditional time to plant tomatoes in Aotearoa.   Fortunately Cultivate Christchurch had a seedling sale yesterday, so I walked down to see what was available.

Cultivate’s Seedling Sale

I bought three tomato plants along with a punnet of basil, for $3 each.  It’s good to be able to buy organic plants, as a reasonable price, from a local social enterprise.  The tomatoes are now planted, watered, and ready to go.

New tomatoes planted

I have two Black Cherry Climbers, and a Roma Bush tomato.  I’d dug lots of compost into the bed beforehand, so now I just need to keep them watered and give them occasional drinks of diluted worm pee.  My tomato harvest last year was disappointing.  These are in a new place where I’ve never grown tomatoes before, so here’s hoping!

‘I hope these plants grow strong and tall
with suitable sun and rainfall.’


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