Category Archives: In the Garden

Posts about our garden – its successes and failures.

Avocados at Arnold Acres

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Way back in May we read an article in a Sunday magazine about growing avocados in Nelson. It sounded intriguing so we contacted Houshang at Avopro up in the North Island to see if we could grow them in our … Continue reading

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Our new track

Before the track was cut.

Between our house and the river is a garden with native grasses. On the other side of the native grasses is a slope down to the river with weed grass, a few ponga ferns (lower left corner of photo) and … Continue reading

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Ellerslie Flower Show 2013

This huge garden by Ben Hoyle, named “A French Kiss for Akaroa” won a gold medal. I don’t know what it had to do with Akaroa,  but it was spectacular. I’m standing in front of it just to prove we … Continue reading

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Garden highlights

This blog post is mostly about vegetables but I thought I’d start with something prettier. This hydrangeas is the biggest of about six we planted in 2011 and 2012—they grow very well here. I grew the flax in front from … Continue reading

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Early Spring 2012

Nothing quite says “spring” like asparagus. About a week ago we planted seven more asparagus crowns in raised beds. Three went into the one we planted asparagus in two years ago to replace a few that didn’t make it. Four … Continue reading

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Why carrots should be thinned

Carrot triad

Carrots all look the same from the top. Some are big, some are small, but basically they look alike. It isn’t until you pull them up that you see what was happening under the surface. Carrots take the path of … Continue reading

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The sun will shine today

Foggy morning

A slow moving high pressure system is over the South Island. Most mornings we wake up to thick fog which begins to lift around 10:00 or 11:00 am. This morning the fog didn’t start to lift until after 11:00. It’s … Continue reading

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A spectacular rainbow

Rainbow close up

Last Monday, April 30, was one of those odd days with lots of sun and clear blue sky interspersed with heavy rain. When the rain comes when the sun still shining, we know there will be a rainbow. It’s just … Continue reading

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Ellerslie International Flower Show

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This blog entry was definitely in the garden, but certainly not in our garden. Thursday and Friday Cliff and I were volunteers at the Ellerslie International Flower Show in Christchurch. We were all set to go last year but the … Continue reading

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Perfect Strawberries

Perfect strawberries

For over a month we’ve been enjoying fresh, ripe strawberries most days with our lunch. Occasionally they are overripe or have been nibbled by a bird or insect. The chickens get the imperfect ones and they love them too. We … Continue reading

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