Seedling variation
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by Abbie Jury
21h ago
I found the range of different seedlings in the self-sown dwarf cosmos this year interesting and thought some readers may, too. Last year, we planted seedlings of Cosmos ‘Bright Lights Mix’ (from King’s Seeds) for late summer colour in the rockery. They performed well, stayed compact in growth and provided vibrant splashes of colour at ..read more
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Summer gardening
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by Abbie Jury
2w ago
Here is a sight to strike terror in many gardeners. Those are gladiolus bulbs, in this case a yellow flowered hybrid. I knew it was a ‘vigorous’ grower, as the euphemism goes. I just didn’t realise quite how enthusiastic it was about increasing ..read more
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A possible mystery
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by Abbie Jury
1M ago
My current conclusion, which I am more than happy to see corrected if I am wrong, is that if you buy Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Herbstonne’ in this country, it is highly likely that is exactly what you will get. However, if you buy Ratibida pinnata you may well receive the Rudbeckia laciniata instead. Or you may receive what we doubt is the ratibida but looks mighty like a rudbeckia species that is closely related to R. laciniata, to our eyes. All we need is a botanist with specialist knowledge in American wildflowers to clear this up for us ..read more
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Botanical inaccuracy
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by Abbie Jury
1M ago
Randomly, I read the print on the back of my tube of hand cream. There I found the following paragraph in very small font but full caps as shown below: “YOU HAVE ARRIVED IN THE FULL BLOOM OF SPRING, ON A PATH OF CAMELLIA, LOTUS AND AMBER, TO CHERRY BLOSSOMS, PINK AS PAINTED OVAL LIPS, TO THE ZEN TEMPLE OF THE GOLDEN PAVILION WHERE YOU FEEL CALMED, INSPIRED BY SIMPLICITY AND FOCUSED BY RESTRAINT TO SEE BEAUTY IN EVERYTHING.” Shall we unpack that a little ..read more
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“It is a good plant but we don’t need it everywhere”
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by Abbie Jury
1M ago
This is my new mantra. We have always had some level of self-seeding in the garden, some more desirable than others ..read more
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Changing plans
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by Abbie Jury
1M ago
When I find myself in times of trouble, it is not Mother Mary who comes to me as she apparently inspired John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Rather, it is the garden that wraps around my day. Always, as I reach the reflective time at the end of the day, when Mark’s and my ritual is to sit together and have a drink (sometimes alcoholic and sometimes just homeopathic gins – lime and soda in a glass with just the memory of actual gin), I think how lucky I am in life to have washed up living in such a special environment.  ..read more
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Magical moments both here and abroad
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by Abbie Jury
2M ago
Readers may notice that my photos do not feature heavily defined and structured gardens with pristine maintenance. It is clear that, even before we realised it ourselves, both Mark and I have been drawn to a more naturalistic, softer-edge style of garden. The more I reflected on my memories of special experiences and searched out photo confirmations of those memories from my thousands of images on file, the clearer it became where our hearts lie. This is not to say that I can not enjoy or appreciate more structured, manicured gardens. It is just that that, to hark back to Michael McCoy's comme ..read more
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Ninfa-ish or Ninfa-esque. Sort of.
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by Abbie Jury
3M ago
I don’t think I have ever felt so flattered in my life as when Australian garden expert, Michael McCoy came here two weeks ago saying that a Wellington landscaper friend told him he must come, that our garden is ‘like Ninfa but without the ruins’. Well, I was even more flattered when he endorsed that observation after we walked around for 2 ½ hours in rain ..read more
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Needs must when drastic pruning is required
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by Abbie Jury
3M ago
We carry out a lot of pruning in our garden but not a whole lot of drastic, hard pruning to reduce a plant to juvenility. Generally, we like to celebrate maturity in plants and to shape or clip to bring out their natural form if required. But sometimes there are plants that are beyond that and drastic action is needed because they have lost what ornamental merit they had ..read more
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Life amongst death
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by Abbie Jury
3M ago
I dropped in yesterday to Te Henui cemetery yesterday, not to pay respects to the dead but to revel in the flowers. It was a while since I had last visited ..read more
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