Dahlia breeding programme
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​I’m pleased to share more photos of dahlia seedlings in my breeding programme.  This pink one is my favourite so far. ​Here are some photos of other dahlias in my trial which I feel are worth growing on for a further year to stablisise before deciding whether to keep them ..read more
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Daffodils
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One of the mixed bouquets I put together Two years ago, I planted a number of daffodils in our garden.  I thought it might be nice to share some photos of them.  I planted a naturalizing mix which contained different varieties.  The bulbs were different sizes.  I also planted some different named varieties.  I have never had much luck growing daffodils in the past and was really happy with the results.  I really enjoyed arranging the flowers too! ​ Mixed bouquets I really enjoyed making mixed bouquets.  I gave most of them away to friends and other people t ..read more
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Our roses - part III
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1M ago
I have written a bit about the David Austin roses we have in our garden, which you can read about here and here. I wanted to share some photos and details regarding the rest of the roses we have in our garden.  I did lose a few roses over the past couple of months so I will try and find replacements in the new year. A Gardener's Dream I added this rose to our garden two years ago.  It has become one of my favourite roses. Absolutely Fabulous This is a stunning yellow rose which flowers profusely year round. Blackberry Nip I added this rose to the garden after I saw a picture of ..read more
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Dahlia breeding programme
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2M ago
I am excited to share that some of the dahlias in my breeding programme which I started in spring last year have already started flowering!  At the moment I am on holiday at our bach and expect to return home in the early new year. I can’t wait to see if more of the plants have started flowering and share more photos with you ..read more
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Our roses – Part I
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4M ago
I haven’t covered all of the roses we have in our garden yet.  I thought it might be nice to share some photos of the different varieties we have and make a few comments about each.  I only have standard roses in our garden.  My aunt, who incidentally lives across the road, has a row of standard roses next to their carport.  They look very elegant planted in a row.  I have always admired them, so that’s why I decided to plant those too. It’s a shame because having only standard roses limits you.  There are so many more varieties that are sold as bush roses, especi ..read more
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Labour Weekend
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4M ago
Today is the last day of Labour Weekend, a long weekend in New Zealand which falls towards the end of October.  It is significant for gardeners as it marks the time of the year when people start planting their summer garden.  The seasons have shifted due to climate change, so I’m a bit cautious about planting my seedlings outdoors just yet.  But there is plenty to do outside and I have been very busy harvesting our remaining winter veggies in order to create space for our summer garden. ​ Reflecting on Anita’s Garden Put it down to middle age, but I have been feeling quite nosta ..read more
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Developments around the garden over the past week
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4M ago
Unfortunately I still have the virus with the annoying cough that never goes away, that has been going around during winter.  I don’t know about other countries but it has been going around Australia as I’m doing Weight Watchers to try and help me maintain a healthy weight and look after my health.  My personal coach is in Sydney and when I asked, she said it was going around there, too.   I’ve had it for six weeks now. For the first four weeks, I remained in bed all day because I was so determined to recover completely so I could get back into the garden. But that didn’t h ..read more
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Moving away from dahlias and flower farming and going back to growing edibles
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4M ago
Some freshly dug new potatoes and freesias from our garden which I gave to my GP and his reception staff yesterday To be perfectly honest, I’ve had enough of flower farming.  As I mentioned in my previous blog post, this summer I will focus on growing edibles.  Part of the reason is the astronomically high price of fresh produce in New Zealand these days.  Buying all our veggies is getting too expensive.  Growing your own definitely helps to put food on the table, due to the ever-rising cost of living, which seems to be a problem everywhere, not just in NZ.  But the ..read more
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My tips for creating formal mass flower displays
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4M ago
When I first started gardening a decade ago, I grew more edibles than ornamentals (ie flowers) but in recent years my passion for growing veggies gave way to a newfound love and appreciation for flowers.  I discovered that you can grow certain varieties that are commonly used in the cut flower industry and are suitable for arrangements as they have, among other qualities, long stems and often last well in a vase.  Just before I started growing and selling cut flowers, I became very fascinated by mass flower displays similar to what you would see in gardens and parks managed by the co ..read more
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Tips for growing petunias from seed
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4M ago
Easy Wave Yellow petunias I grew from seed Last spring, I grew petunias from seed for the first time and was very pleased with the results.  They can be a bit tricky to germinate so I thought it might be helpful if I shared some tips to help other gardeners that would also like to give it a go. I sowed the following varieties, which I purchased from the Egmont Seeds Commercial Catalogue (available from the company upon request as it is different to the home gardeners catalogue on their website). Easy Wave Pink Passion Easy Wave Plum Vein Easy Wave Yellow Hulahoop Mixture Shock Wave Co ..read more
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