Category Archives: In the Garden

Posts about our garden – its successes and failures.

Mini Solar Power Demo

Greymouth is in the middle of a record number of days in a row without rain—23 as of December 3. In fact, most days have been like this. That morning the lights were still on at 5:45, sunrise was 5:55. … Continue reading

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Wekas just want to help

After the big wind and rain storm a week ago (check the blog on November 8) the ground floor windows were absolutely filthy and needed cleaning. When I was finished washing them today a weka decided to see how he … Continue reading

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A banquet fit for a stoat

This is a gas powered “trap” for stoats and rats. The bait goes in under the black cap, the stoat runs up the wire coil to eat the tasty bait and Pow! Right in the Kisser! The stoat falls down … Continue reading

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Wild and Windy Night November 7 2017

Yesterday was stormy over most of New Zealand. Parts of the country, including some of the West Coast lost power but luckily I didn’t. It blew all night–over 120 kph at times and sounded like the Big Bad Wolf was … Continue reading

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Planting at Arnold Acres

Any place that isn’t either easy to mow or part of a view is fair game for filling in with native grasses or trees. This area is a very wet bank on the slope down to the river. The plant … Continue reading

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Saving a Hydrangea

This was the first hydrangea we planted. Subsequently we planted flaxes and some trees sowed themselves nearby. The hydrangea had been swallowed up and had almost disappeared. I was reminded of it every week or so when  I emptied the … Continue reading

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Memorial Tree for Cliff

Our good friends Patty and Alex, who live in Italy, wanted to give me a tree to honor Cliff’s memory. Patty spoke to the owner of our local nursery and decided a Japanese maple would be a nice choice. They … Continue reading

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Cliff’s Birthday—March 23

Cliff always loved his birthday. He used to say that March was the best month because it was when he was born. August was the second best month—you can guess why. We both hoped he would have been able to … Continue reading

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New Flag

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The strong New Zealand sun has been fading our flag ever since we erected our flagpole in September of 2015. Last month we sent away to The Flag Shop Ltd for a replacement. In fact, we bought two just to … Continue reading

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Garden Round-up February 2016

Welcome to our garden.

This post is a combination of inside the veggie compound and around Arnold Acres. The hydrangeas are always beautiful in summer here. The fence is 10 m x 12 m (120 square meters inside, about 1290 square feet). The fence … Continue reading

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