What a joy to have two clients living next to each other. It was a pleasure to get stuck in to this garden and remove the weeds which were harbouring so many snails. That's when I wish I still had chickens.
Kiwis have their preferences regarding planting native plants in their gardens. Some are from the staunch eco-sourced natives only brigade, while others prefer formal gardens with exotic plantings.
Abbie's blog talks about why they refer diversity at Tikorangi Gardens. No limit of ten plant types for them - and I heartily agree. Biodiversity is where it's at!
Subtitled 'Sowing seeds of awareness' this little book helps me connect with why I love gardening and why I do it. It encourages me to stop and look deeper and purposefully at nature.
Clea Danaan is a gardener and teacher on a mission to help people fall in love with the earth. (Paraphrased from back cover).
This property has some newly established native plants. We maintain and care for the garden. There are more photos in the Facebook gallery.
A lovely wee garden in Berhampore. Roses, camellias, grevillia, callistemon. More photos in the Facebook gallery.
Another garden we maintain. When we first took it over, it had a lot of pest plants but these are now under control.
What a delight to spend a weekend enjoying others' hard mahi. Not to mention the huge choice of gardens from the three garden-focussed festivals in the 'Naki at the time: the Powerco Taranaki Garden Fest, Sustainable Backyards and Fringe Gardens. There's something for everyone, from food forests to rhodos; from small and simple to grand and complex.
Here are some photos from one of my faves this year Waiongana Gardens, by the river.